Constellium N. V. has launched Aeral, a new aluminium solution designed for the production of aerosol containers using the Drawn and Ironed (D&I) technology which is currently used to produce beverage cans.

Constellium's Aeral allows a minimum of 30% weight savings compared to traditional impact extruded containers, all while maintaining the same level of performance in terms of resistance to pressure and great ductility.

"Aeral is a new aluminium solution which, combined with the D&I technology, we expect will radically change the niche aerosol market. Yielding significant weight savings, this combination will dramatically reduce the environmental footprint of aerosol containers," said Raphael Thevenin, Sales & Marketing Director, Beverage Food and Personal Care at Constellium.

"Constellium's Aeral is developed from a specific alloy that can be used efficiently throughout the D&I can making process, including the specific necking operation, while meeting the pressure resistance and aesthetical requirements of cosmetics companies," highlighted Herve Vichery, Customer Technical Support Manager at Constellium.

Aeral demonstrates Constellium's commitment to sustainability and the development of innovative, lighter and infinitely recyclable solutions. Aeral was created through a combination of cutting-edge research at C-TEC, Constellium's world-class technology center in Voreppe, France, and strong industrial capabilities at the Company's rolling mill in Neuf-Brisach, France, which has long experience in manufacturing light-weighting products, including beverage cans. Constellium is already in advanced discussions with some key players in the market.

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