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    Well-proven in a range of applications, our tin-free packaging steel (ECCS) delivers reliable quality for efficient processing. A new coating under development will ensure Tata Steel’s tin-free steel continues to be REACH-compliant.

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    • Matching your needs

      To meet your application and processing requirements, we offer reliable ECCS packaging steel in a wide choice of grades, thickness, surface finish and width.

    • Ongoing REACH compliance

      We are developing a new Chromium III-based coating for our tin-free steel – ensuring compliance with new European REACH legislation.

    • Short lead times

      Flexible, multi-site operations and a robust supply chain infrastructure mean we offer a responsive service. We can supply tinplate to match your production demands – in as little as two weeks.

    Tata Steel

    Chicago office

    475 N. Martingale Road, Suite 400

    Schaumburg, IL 60173

    T +1 847 619 0400 or 1800 542 6244 (N.America only)

    F +1 847 619 0468

    Overview

     

    Our electrolytic chromium coated steel (ECCS) for packaging is well-proven in a range of applications. Providing an excellent substrate for lacquering, this tin-free steel is available in a wide choice of grades, thickness and surface finish to suit your processes and applications.

    To ensure compliance with upcoming European legislation, we are developing a new chromium III-based coating for our tin-free steel.

    Packaging and related applications for our tin-free steel include:

    • easy-open ends
    • classic (standard) ends
    • twist-off caps
    • 2-piece DRD
    • specialty packaging
    • microwaveable cans
    • bakeware

    Wide choice to meet your needs

    We offer a wide choice of tin-free steel – tailoring our products to meet your required strength, surface finish and forming requirements. Our food-safe ECCS packaging material is produced using Tata Steel’s blackplate.

    Bespoke tempering and investment in both batch and continuous annealing ensure that we can match requirements for a variety of applications.

    We supply tin-free packaging steel in a choice of:

    single reduced and double reduced steel grades – with material tempered to match your strength and ductility requirements
    thickness (gauge) – with scope for downgauging thanks to our direct rolling operations which produce thin-gauge material with increased strength
    surface finish – to meet your processing needs and product performance requirements
    width - up to 41.34” (1050mm) but with extra-wide 47.25” or 1200mm material under development for optimized operational flexibility and output
    oils – for protection in transit

    Reliable quality for efficient canmaking and product performance

    We have a proven track record in ECCS manufacture. Our fully-traceable tin-free products benefit from the dependable quality of our blackplate feedstock and ongoing investment at our dedicated packaging steel mills.

    All of our processes – from initial pickling, through rolling, annealing, tempering and chromium coating – are carefully controlled and monitored. Process control is combined with rigorous inspection to deliver:

    reliable mechanical properties – including earing properties required for 2-piece drawn can production
    consistently good shape and dimensional tolerances – for efficient processing
    precise surface coating chemistry – for reliable lacquering
    homogenous coating coverage – for corrosion resistance (although ECCS is not suitable for highly acidic can contents)
    excellent surface finish – at a roughness to match your requirement and achieved through careful control of both direct and temper mill rolling

    New tin-free steel development for REACH compliance

    The new European REACH regulation for chemicals controls the use of Chromium 6 in the production process for packaging steel. We have developed a new, REACH compliant coating to replace traditional ECCS. In addition to delivering a fully-compliant coating, our investment in this new coating plant allows us to produce extra-wide (up to 47.25” (1200mm)) tin-free material.

    Our new tin-free steel will be fully-proven in trials. It will be available in time to meet new REACH legislation. It will:

    provide required product performance – by matching the material properties currently offered by ECCS
    enable you to maintain canmaking operations - by avoiding the need for changes to your processes
    deliver scope for improved output – through availability in widths up to 47.25” (1200mm)

    Responsive service to suit your production demands

    Our flexible, multi-site operations and robust supply chain infrastructure mean we can offer lead times to suit your production demands.

    Tata Steel ECCS can be supplied in:

    • coil or sheets
    • DOS or ATBC oil

    Our approachable ECCS experts are happy to advise you on the best products to meet your needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

     

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    Overview

    Overview

     

    Our electrolytic chromium coated steel (ECCS) for packaging is well-proven in a range of applications. Providing an excellent substrate for lacquering, this tin-free steel is available in a wide choice of grades, thickness and surface finish to suit your processes and applications.

    To ensure compliance with upcoming European legislation, we are developing a new chromium III-based coating for our tin-free steel.

    Packaging and related applications for our tin-free steel include:

    • easy-open ends
    • classic (standard) ends
    • twist-off caps
    • 2-piece DRD
    • specialty packaging
    • microwaveable cans
    • bakeware

    Wide choice to meet your needs

    We offer a wide choice of tin-free steel – tailoring our products to meet your required strength, surface finish and forming requirements. Our food-safe ECCS packaging material is produced using Tata Steel’s blackplate.

    Bespoke tempering and investment in both batch and continuous annealing ensure that we can match requirements for a variety of applications.

    We supply tin-free packaging steel in a choice of:

    single reduced and double reduced steel grades – with material tempered to match your strength and ductility requirements
    thickness (gauge) – with scope for downgauging thanks to our direct rolling operations which produce thin-gauge material with increased strength
    surface finish – to meet your processing needs and product performance requirements
    width - up to 41.34” (1050mm) but with extra-wide 47.25” or 1200mm material under development for optimized operational flexibility and output
    oils – for protection in transit

    Reliable quality for efficient canmaking and product performance

    We have a proven track record in ECCS manufacture. Our fully-traceable tin-free products benefit from the dependable quality of our blackplate feedstock and ongoing investment at our dedicated packaging steel mills.

    All of our processes – from initial pickling, through rolling, annealing, tempering and chromium coating – are carefully controlled and monitored. Process control is combined with rigorous inspection to deliver:

    reliable mechanical properties – including earing properties required for 2-piece drawn can production
    consistently good shape and dimensional tolerances – for efficient processing
    precise surface coating chemistry – for reliable lacquering
    homogenous coating coverage – for corrosion resistance (although ECCS is not suitable for highly acidic can contents)
    excellent surface finish – at a roughness to match your requirement and achieved through careful control of both direct and temper mill rolling

    New tin-free steel development for REACH compliance

    The new European REACH regulation for chemicals controls the use of Chromium 6 in the production process for packaging steel. We have developed a new, REACH compliant coating to replace traditional ECCS. In addition to delivering a fully-compliant coating, our investment in this new coating plant allows us to produce extra-wide (up to 47.25” (1200mm)) tin-free material.

    Our new tin-free steel will be fully-proven in trials. It will be available in time to meet new REACH legislation. It will:

    provide required product performance – by matching the material properties currently offered by ECCS
    enable you to maintain canmaking operations - by avoiding the need for changes to your processes
    deliver scope for improved output – through availability in widths up to 47.25” (1200mm)

    Responsive service to suit your production demands

    Our flexible, multi-site operations and robust supply chain infrastructure mean we can offer lead times to suit your production demands.

    Tata Steel ECCS can be supplied in:

    • coil or sheets
    • DOS or ATBC oil

    Our approachable ECCS experts are happy to advise you on the best products to meet your needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

     

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