Metal packaging: sustainable, safe and versatile.
A brief journey back in time to the second half of the 18th century: The industrial revolution brought about a profound and lasting transformation of working conditions and living conditions worldwide. Metalworking and its mass production gain in importance. Metal packaging material is emerging and asserting itself.
It is soon discovered that some materials are more suitable for packaging than others. Moist and liquid goods, packed in iron containers, suffer from rust, which provides a breeding ground for bacteria. As a result, sheet metal establishes itself as the preferred material. Later, stainless steel, often with a sheet metal coating or as a more complex alloy, is increasingly used. The different materials offer different advantages, so that the choice is based on customer requirements.
Today, most metal packaging used in the processing industry is made of thin sheet or stainless steel.
So even in the 21st century the triumphal procession of metal packaging is unbroken.
The main advantage of metal packaging is that the metal is one hundred percent recyclable. They are simply economical and sensible.
Ever since people started mining and processing metals, they have always recycled them. Broken or worn metal parts have been melted down and formed into something else. Of all the metal that people have mined over the last 250 years, over 90 percent is still in use today in some form or another. So metal was recycled before the term even existed.
The good news is that the use of recycled material reduces the mining of raw materials, which greatly reduces the environmental footprint of industrial mining. Energy consumption is reduced by 60 percent compared to new production and air pollution is reduced by 30 percent.
Metal is the most frequently recycled material. The recycling rate in Switzerland is currently 86 percent and 82.5 percent in Europe. The metal's numerous physical advantages, its robustness and durability make it the best choice for packaging a whole range of different products.
Metal packaging guarantees protection. Against mechanical and climatic influences and against contamination. They are robust and impact-resistant, resistant to heat, moisture and light and keep dirt, parasites and bacteria at bay. So it is obvious that industrial packaging made of thin sheet metal or stainless steel shows its strengths especially with hazardous goods. After all, the aim here is to consistently protect people, the environment and the packaged goods.
The Corona crisis has made it clear that the supply of people with the necessary goods for their daily needs cannot be achieved without safe packaging. Packaging and closures made of metal offer special safety in the industrial processing of food, chemical substances and other means of basic supply. Filling goods simply remain optimally protected in thin sheet metal and stainless steel packaging.
Industrial packaging made of metal can be used in many ways. They are ideal for air, sea and land transport of liquid and solid materials - and especially for hazardous goods. Companies from various industries (pharmaceuticals, chemicals, hygiene, cosmetics, flavors and fragrances, food, mineral oil, paints and coatings, semiconductor industry, storage and distribution) therefore rely on packaging solutions made of sheet metal and stainless steel to protect their valuable contents.
Standard solutions of drums and hazardous goods packaging can be equipped with additional product features and create versatile and effective additional benefits. For example, additional reinforcing beads provide even more stability or internally coated drums offer increased protection for the contents. Combination drums - steel on the outside, PE adjustable inner tank - take special account of sensitive products by ensuring that only the PE comes into contact with the product and the stable steel jacket protects against mechanical and climatic influences.
Another aspect of versatility can be demonstrated through the use of colours and screen printing. Industrial packaging made of metal can be sprayed with coloured lacquers during the production process and / or provided with logos and messages. This gives companies the opportunity to enhance industrial packaging in their corporate colours or with advertising subjects.