Rigid metal packaging

B. Page,     Packaging Consultant, UK


This chapter discusses rigid metal packaging. After an introduction on the history of metal packaging and its main markets, it reviews raw materials and the safety and quality issues associated with them, the manufacture of rigid metal containers, closures, cost issues, container specifications and decorating processes. It concludes by looking at environmental issues affecting rigid metal containers.

Key words

metal packaging

metal can

can end

processed food


draw and wall iron (DWI)

draw and redraw (DRD)

metal coating

metal decorating

8.1 Introduction to metal packaging

8.1.1 Brief history of metal packaging

Tinplate is one of the oldest packaging materials ...

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