Ball Corp. 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. Ball’s technology breakthrough will allow the company to lightweight its extruded aluminum aerosol packaging by as much as 10%, with further
lightweighting expected in the future.
Currently, almost all extruded aluminum aerosol packaging is made from virgin aluminum “slugs.” These metal disks are impact extruded to produce
packaging for aerosol products. Ball will use aluminum recycled from Ball’s global beverage can operations to produce the company’s new slugs.
“Our ReAl 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 Seabrook, Ball COO, 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 begin producing cans made with ReAl slugs initially in Europe, and has applied for patents on its ReAl packaging. Clayton Corp. has announced
the company has been issued a patent on its non-sticking valve technology designed for the aerosol 1-component moisture cured polyurethane foam (“PUFoam”) market. The patent was issued in the U.S., China and the EU. The non-sticking valve technology helped solved a long term and costly problem created when regulations required the removal of Freon propellants from PU Foam.
Cosmoprof North America (CPNA) will take place July 22–24 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. The Discover Beauty program will return for its sixth year of matching leading retailers with emerging beauty brands in 2012. Companies from all over the world will be selected to participate as show organizers arrange pre-scheduled sales meetings and events with retailers (although all show visitors are invited to learn more about these brands). YouBeauty.com (a website that explores the link between beauty and science) will also partner with the Discover Beauty program to find brands for their new ecommerce site, BeautySage.com, which
launches Spring 2012.
New this year, CPNA introduces Spotlights, an exclusive initiative within the
Discover Beauty program. The new exhibit space will allow smaller companies that are big on creativity but tight on budget the opportunity to
showcase their products at CPNA.
The International Fragrance Association, North America (IFRANA) announced it is joining the Safe Cosmetics Alliance and its efforts in supporting new legislation to help safety regulations keep pace with scientific and technological advancements in personal care products. The Alliance is working to champion modernizing the industry’s U.S. cosmetic product safety laws, according to Alliance officials. The U.S.-based coalition supports
science-backed federal legislation that would strengthen U.S. Food & Drug
Administration oversight of the industry, increase transparency and enhance existing consumer safeguards.
MeadWestvaco Corp. announced the official opening of its state-of-the art pilot plant located in Richmond, VA. The pilot plant is a 48,000 -squarefoot
packaging materials and technologies research and development facility.