US - Ball Corporation has announced a metal technology breakthrough that enables the use of recycled aluminum in the manufacture of extruded aluminum packaging for aerosols.
The resulting new metal alloy exhibits increased strength and allows lightweighting of the container without affecting package integrity.
"Our ReAl(TM) brand slugs will improve the carbon footprint of increasingly popular extruded aluminum packaging by enabling us to reduce the amount of metal in the package and further enhance the environmental performance of our company," said Raymond J. Seabrook, Ball's chief operating officer, global packaging.
"This breakthrough comes after months of collaboration between our global metal technology experts and innovation teams, and brings additional value to the supply chain by adding recycled aluminum from our beverage can plants into our slug manufacturing processes and by lightweighting our extruded aluminum packaging. We are excited to bring this new solution to our customers around the world in the coming months."
Ball will use aluminum recycled from Ball's global beverage can operations to produce the company's new slugs, starting initially in Europe. The company has also applied for patents on its ReAl packaging.