Protact design: Truffle can concepts
Protact offers customised inspirational surfaces and shapes
Protact offers an easy way for brands to stand out on the shelf
Overview
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Overview

Protact laminated steel from Tata Steel meets market needs for more sustainable, reliable and safe packaging material. Infinitely recyclable, Protact is food-safe and optimised for efficient canmaking. It is a proven material solution across a number of high-performance canmaking applications and formats including DRD cans and D&I aerosols.

Efficient canmaking

Protact removes the need for up to five cost-intensive operations associated with the use of lacquers – eliminating VOC emissions and cutting water and energy consumption. Its extra width allows a 10-15% increase in canmaking output. High wall ironing ratios deliver consistently reliable forming.

Optimised performance

Protact is suitable for all product applications. It comprises a steel substrate with a three-layer polymer coating system on each side. Each layer is optimised for can performance and processing benefits. The coating can be tailored to your needs for maximised efficiency and brand impact.

Protact is suitable for all product applications. It comprises a steel substrate with a three-layer polymer coating system on each side. Each layer is optimised for can performance and processing benefits.

Secure supply

We have been supplying Protact into the market for more than 20 years. Continuing investment in multiple, high-capacity production lines means we offer security of supply – so you can be confident of maintaining high volume production.

Customer support

We are the only steelmaker with commercial canmaking equipment as part of our world-class Research & Development facilities. Our experts can help you to optimise your canmaking line through using Protact. To help you outperform the competition, we can also support you in the development of new can formats.

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Protact for food cans
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Protact for food cans including fish

Protact laminated steel is a fully approved and controlled food-safe product. For 2-piece D&I food can production, Protact offers significant benefits including opportunities to increase yield and cut costs. Protact’s performance in DRD fish cans has been proven over many years.

We can customise Protact to meet your specific applications and canmaking needs. Continuing investment in multiple, high-capacity production lines means we offer security of supply – so you can be confident of maintaining high volume production.

Food-safe packaging

Protact is BPA-free and fully compliant with all relevant European and USA food contact legislation. Well-controlled purity levels of all chemical substances used in Protact also enable compliance to upcoming legislation on non-intentionally added substances (NIAS). Certification and compliance of Protact is undertaken by the independent and respected European research institute, TNO Triskelion.

Efficient canmaking

By removing the need for lacquer-related operations, Protact offers canmakers the opportunity to increase yield and become more competitive. In 2-piece D&I canmaking, up to five cost-intensive operations can be removed. A leaner line means you can scale up manufacturing to meet market demand. To deliver further gains, we are developing Protact to full D&I width – 1220mm – for optimised can line output.

Optimised performance

Protact comprises a steel substrate with a three-layer polymer coating system on each side. For food applications, the three layers have been optimised for a variety of performance and processing demands. Protact’s adhesion layer is optimised for sterilisation. Its main layer is optimised for non-blushing performance and/or coating colour. The surface layer of Protact has been specially developed for content release and forming performance. The internal and external coating systems do not crack or perforate during the D&I process – allowing wall ironing reductions of 50 – 55%. The unique build-up of Protact’s coating layers delivers a non-abrasive material – minimising tool wear during canmaking.

Ideal for fish cans

Protact offers a robust material that meets the demands of fish packaging. Protact has a long history of use in 2-piece DRD cans for the USA salmon market and South American seafood market. Protact’s inert three-layer polymer coating system has excellent organoleptic properties –ensuring the original taste of the packaged food is not affected. Combined with its low level of porosity, this makes Protact the ideal solution for contents packed in oil and brine. For fish cans, Protact’s coating system is optimised for maintaining content appearance and for easy content release.

 

Protact for aerosols
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Protact for aerosols

Proven in commercial production of D&I aerosol cans, Protact laminated steel offers several advantages over lacquered aerosol components. Protact’s external surface is optimised for print – for improved branding performance. Its unique polymer coating system means it is highly formable, with no loss of containment performance. Excellent corrosion-resistance removes the risk of rust rings.

We can customise Protact to meet your specific applications and processing needs. With commercial canmaking equipment as part of our world-class Research & Development facilities, our experts can also help you to deliver new formats.

Brand differentiation

Highly formable, Protact can help you to provide more aesthetically enhanced shapes and formats. This gives you the opportunity to produce a market-differentiating aerosol that competes with the aluminium monoblock. Because Protact’s three-layer polymer coating system does not crack or perforate during forming, it also ensures reliable containment performance. For aerosol manufacture, we have optimised Protact to support high-quality print and improved branding performance. Protact is designed to work with the latest direct-to-cylinder printing – helping you to stay ahead in image quality, productivity and reliability.

Optimised performance

Protact offers proven product contact performance for aerosol contents. It comprises a steel substrate with a three-layer polymer coating system on each side. For aerosol applications, these layers have each been optimised for a variety of performance and processing demands. The main layer is optimised for barrier properties and/or coating properties, the adhesion layer is optimised for heat resistance and the surface layer for print. The flexible, non-brittle nature of the coating system means it is not susceptible to chipping. This ensures excellent anti-corrosion performance – eliminating the risk of rust rings in humid environments.

Efficient aerosol manufacture

Protact removes the need for cost-intensive unit operations related to the use of lacquers and tinplate. As a result, canmakers have an opportunity to increase yield and become more competitive. A leaner line means you can focus on your core business – growing it more economically and widening your product portfolio.