ArcelorMittal FCE supplies 140,000t of steel

ArcelorMittal Flat Carbon Europe (FCE) will supply an estimated 140,000t of drawn and wall iron (DWI) steels this year to beverage can producers across the globe.
These will be produced in ArcelorMittal’s FCE Packaging Europe sites in France, and Spain. The steels can be used to produce 2,000 beverage cans per minute, with can walls as thin as 60µm in some parts (comparable to paper thickness ~100µm).
“ArcelorMittal FCE has long been recognized by beverage can manufacturers as an innovative steel supplier, after introducing metallurgical solutions to drastically reduce the amounts of steel needed to produce a can. Reducing costs related to metals consumption is one of the key objectives for our customers, as it represent about 50 per cent of the final cost of a beverage can. This is achieved by reducing the metal thickness of can walls, and ArcelorMittal FCE is aiming at thicknesses between 0.190-0.180mm, significantly below current standard levels of 0.210mm,” said Gilles Mangin, senior specialist, Global R&D packaging development.
Steel cans offer several benefits to manufacturers and the retail trade: they are easy to brand, easy to fill at high volumes, extremely rigid and tough both on filling lines and at the point of sale, and fully recyclable.
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