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  • How can we make canmaking more sustainable, efficient and leaner?

    25 Jul 2017 | Trade News

    This is the question that drives our packaging teams here at Tata Steel. We may primarily be a packaging steel producer, but we are committed to finding ways to make the canmaking process more environmentally friendly, productive and effective.


    How do we do that, you might ask? The answer is simple....


    More sustainable

    We invest time and energy to improve the sustainability of the canmaking process – and Protact® laminated steel for two-piece and three-piece DWI cans is an excellent example.  Protact’s polymer coating reduces the need for lacquer-related operations, including the washcoat, spraying and curing stages. This radically lowers energy consumption and CO2 emissions from gas-fired ovens used during standard canmaking practices.

    It also means that volatile organic compounds (VOC) are eliminated from the canmaking process and consequently the machinery needed for VOC removal is no longer required. Canmakers who switch to Protact now safeguard themselves against further tightening of VOC-related legislation and the costs that this could entail.

    Our colleagues in the Packaging Recycling department, based in our packaging steel operation at Trostre in South Wales, also work to promote steel recycling with suppliers, producers and consumers. For example, did you know that as part of our ‘Packaging Recycling Education’ programme, we deliver more than 100 packaging recycling workshops with children aged seven and over, each year?


    Greater efficiency and leaner lines 

    One way we’ve made canmaking more productive and cost effective this year is by introducing Protact for three-piece cans. Already a proven solution for two-piece canmaking, Protact comprises a steel substrate with a three-layer polymer coating which removes the need for a lacquer application and so releasing line capacity.

    In the case of two-piece, drawn and wall-ironed canmaking, we’ve seen clients eliminate up to five cost-intensive operations from their lines, including external and internal can lacquering.  With a leaner line, canmakers can up-scale manufacturing to meet market demand. And to deliver further gains, Protact is available to full DWI width – 1220mm – for heightened can line output.

    So, if you’re looking for a partner that has the same canmaking goals as you - greater efficiency, leaner lines and increased sustainability - get in touch with our team.


    This article first appeared on the LinkedIn blog of Steven Dijkstra, Head of Marketing Packaging & Nordics at Tata Steel in Europe.