ArcelorMittal Flat Carbon Europe (FCE) has announced plans to supply around 140,000t of drawn and wall iron (DWI) steels to global beverage can manufacturers in 2013.
The steels, which will be produced in the company's FCE Packaging Europe sites in Florange (France), and Aviles (Spain), will exhibit properties that enable its customers to produce 2,000 beverage cans a minute.
ArcelorMittal global R&D packaging development senior specialist Gilles Mangin said that after introducing metallurgical solutions to minimise the amounts of steel needed to produce a can, the company has been recognised by beverage can producers as an innovative steel supplier.
"Reducing costs related to metals consumption is one of the key objectives for our customers, as it represents about 50% of the final cost of a beverage can," Mangin added.
The reduction is achieved by cutting down the metal thickness of can walls.
The company is aiming at thicknesses between 0.19mm and 0.18mm, below existing standard levels of 0.21mm.
ArcelorMittal's customers include North American and European beverage can manufacturers and metal packaging suppliers Ball and Crown.
As well as being fully recyclable, steel cans are also easy to brand and fill at high volumes and also rigid and tough on filling lines and at the point of sale.
According to the company, more than 59 billion aluminium and steel drinks cans were filled in 2012 across Europe, representing a 3.7% increase compared to 2011, and a 55% increase over the past ten years.
Image: The steels will be produced in ArcelorMittal's FCE Packaging Europe sites in Florange (France), and Aviles (Spain). Photo: courtesy of ArcelorMittal.