Ardagh further lightweights can range
Committed to pursuing policies that reduce its consumption of materials, minimise its emissions, and maximise the sustainability of its products, Ardagh has further lightweighted its range of aluminium cans across the majority of its plants, making it one of the most sustainable cans in the market today.
By refining the manufacturing process, Ardagh has reduced the weight of its 33cl can by 7% across the majority of its plants.
This innovation has been extended to the company’s 44cl and 50cl lightweight cans, creating the potential to save 3.3 million hectolitres of water in Ardagh’s production process, and to overall cut CO2 emissions by 28,000 tonnes.
At the same time, the lightweight cans offer the same customer benefits as standard cans: they run as quickly along the filling lines; they’re equally able to withstand the pressure of carbonated drinks; and though they measure just 0.09mm at their most slender, the walls maintain the cans’ column strength.
The lightweight cans are also compatible with the CDL end, which provides the same protective seal as a standard end but is 10% lighter, and therefore offers a further saving in resources in comparison to the previous end version.
Investing in this product development to add lightness is just one way in which Ardagh is taking responsibility, and is part of a wider programme of measures by which the group plans to meet its 2025 targets for the continued reduction of process water consumption, CO2, and VOC emissions, and its increasing rate of waste recycling.