Do you know the lifecycle of an aluminium can?

Next time you have a drink stop and ask yourself that can you hold it what goes into making it how did it get you and what happens when you’re finished with it a Wrexham we make the broadest range of sizes in the industry from small airline cans to great big one liter beer cans seven million cans an hour day in day out that’s quite a lot of cans but let’s look at your smoke some cans are made from steel but the majority are made from aluminium.



The aluminium can starts life as a war material bauxite one of the earth’s most abundant minerals the bauxite is mind and thence melted to form aluminium which is then made into ingots using largely renewable energy supplies. The ingots are then rolled into aluminium sheet, the aluminium arrives at Wrexhoun’s manufacturing plants in huge coils each around 10 tons and 5 miles in length.(Aluminium Coil) The roles is fed continuously into a cutting grass which punches out thousands of shadow cups every minute. The material left over is collected and recycled from here the cuts pass through the body maker, the cans starts to take on its familiar shape each cup is forced at high speed through a sense of precision rings known as dies each of little smaller your one before this process forms the base of the cap it stretches the body and reduces the thickness of the metal at its midpoint the cam wall is about as thin as a human hair but still strong and secure.



The next stage is the trimmer where the cam is cut to the right height again any leftover material is recycled, the cans pass there are special washers to remove any cans wiggins and are then dried in another Kamiya the can is sent to the printer which can apply up to the eight colors at once this is where it really becomes the can as new notes the inside is also sprayed with a coating to stop the contents from reacting with the metal, the cans are then given their characteristic connection before a final quality control chair. They’re also been tested and inspected at every stage of production with any panel to matically rejected if it doesn’t matter suffocation, the cans are then put on pallets and stored ready for shipping. Every can needs an end. These are made at separate dedicated plants using a sophisticated process. A coil of aluminum is fed into a press which stamps out six thousand shells a minutes. A special sealant is then added to the shell to enable a perfect seal and another press attaches the rim Paul town both the end in the body of our town are now ready to be delivered to our customers for filling.



A Wrexham we produce sixty billion cans every year. About a quarter of the world’s cans. Now we are seen how the body in the end of our canna made its time to look at the second part of the story. First, the cans are shipped to the customer for filing. Pallets of cans are stacked on top of each other and travel by lorry or train to the customers plants. There are canned filled and sealed with the end to complete the process. Because of the wide opening cans are quick and efficient to fill with around 2000 filled and sealed every minute. Lightweight, convenient and durable each cans now ready to go out into the world to supermarkets convenience stores and other retail outlets. The shape of the can lends it self perfectly to 36o degree branding giving brands the best visual impact on the shelf and making a promise of quality and refreshment to the consumer, and because it’s strong and chills faster than other packaging. The can delivers on this promise. It’s perfect for people in the go quenching thirst any time of the day and wherever you happen to be and if has its own unmistakable sound when its opened.



But that’s not the end of the story from the recycling bin the can starts a new life once collected cans are bailed and sent to a recycling plant. Where they’re washed shredded and remelted at 750 degrees centigrade the molten aluminium is poured into molds and cooled to form ingots. Each ingots contains around one and a half million recycled drinks cans. And now we’re back where we started the ingot can be turned into anything. From a window frame to a part in your car or even another roll of aluminium to make cans. Aluminium is infinitely recyclable and is as good as new each time recycling a can saves up to 95 percent of the energy. It takes to make one from virgin metal. So if really makes sense to use and reuse them. This can of ours is one of the most recycled objects on the planet and now it’s come full circle. You can understand why at Wrexham we are proud of each and every one.



We strive to provide our customers with a unmatched flexibility in our aluminum packaging solution. That’s to say, regardless of the size of your business. We can always help you to find the right solution that maxi sizes the market value of your product.

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