New alloy for aluminium aerosol cans

In 2018 Tubex introduced Neucan 2.0 – Aerosol Cans Light – a joint development of a new alloy material together with slug suppliers Neuman and Rheinfelden.

To optimize the production of slugs and cans Tubex and Neuman continued this development in 2018. The result is Neucan 3.1 and Neucan 3.2. The new alloys are in industrial production since QIV/2018. With this new development the following main targets were reached: 

- Significant weight reduction

- Suitable for all kind of shapes

- Sustainability by being able to use real PCR

Neucan 3.1 complies with Tubex’ ambitious ecological demands and continues the tradition of developing trendsetting manufacturing processes and materials.

To meet those targets Tubex invested in new production equipment such as layer wide packaging and one hundred percent full body inspection/visual inspection of the aerosol cans to avoid dents and ensure quality.

The above listed developments underline Tubex’ approach of sustainability - as Tubex pioneered with trendsetting processes in material and applications for a long time. 

Examples are: Neucan (2006), internal powder coating (2007) water-based coatings and lacquers (2002). The recent ban of PAM coatings (2017) with NMP triggered together with suppliers of coatings the development of useable alternatives, free of NMP. 

Some of these developments have been awarded in the past with various prestigious awards such as the Aerosol & Dispensing Award, World Aluminium Can Award and Canmaker Award, to name a few.

The use of pre-consumer recycling aluminium has always been a standard for Tubex and its slug producers since the start of the development of alloy materials many years ago. 

Beyond that, Neucan 3.1 alloy has been designed for use of different recycling scenarios (real PCR).

Aluminium, unlike a lot of other materials, captivates by the fact that it can be recycled indefinitely. The recycling rate for aluminum packaging in Germany is close to 90 percent! Matter of fact is that 75% of the so far produced aluminium worldwide is still in use.

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