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Once again the Alufoil Trophy competition has underlined the versatility and practical advantages of aluminium foil to create highly original new developments as well as fresh ideas to enhance existing products.
The aluminium foil sector’s annual premier awards competition, the Alufoil Trophy brings out the best in both multinational and specialist foil manufacturers and converters. This year is no exception with 65 entries across the five major categories producing 10 outstanding winners, plus an Overall Excellence winner, which scored extremely high marks in all categories.
“The sheer variety and diversity of the entries clearly demonstrates how innovative the alufoil sector can be,” commented the head of this year’s judging panel, Louis Lindenberg, global packaging sustainability director at Unilever. “There was a very fine line between those who won an Award and those who missed out, such was the highly original thinking and quality of manufacturing which went into all the products entered.”
“Even for regular, well established and popular packaging formats, such as containers and aluminium closures, there were a huge amount of fresh ideas combined in the need for performance, sustainability and visual impact. Consumers and the environment will both benefit from these clever, yet commercially viable products,” he added.
The Alufoil Trophy is organised each year by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association. The association’s executive director Guido Aufdemkamp expressed his satisfaction at the outcome of the 2016 judging. “Each entry is judged on its own merit before we compare the relative strengths against others in the same category. It is a very rigorous judging process and those who win an award can truly feel they have achieved a notable success.”
The competition is open to products which are either made from aluminium foil or contain aluminium foil as part of a laminate, structure or packaging system, as well as aluminium closures. Categories cover every aspect of aluminium foil usage across many diverse markets, particularly those for packaging and technical applications. The classifications are Consumer Convenience; Marketing + Design; Product Protection; Resource Efficiency; and Technical Innovation. The judges also have discretion to award an Alufoil Trophy for products displaying excellence across a number of categories, or for an outstanding or clever application.
Production and deliveries of aluminium foil from European rollers has ended 2015 ahead of results for 2014, but only by a very small margin. The total of 860,152 tonnes was just 0.5% higher than the previous year. However, Q4 provided a very positive quarterly growth for the year with a 1.4% rise compared with the final three months of 2014, according to figure recently released by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association.
One bright spot was the continued increase in deliveries of thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications. These ended the year 4.5% ahead, thanks mainly to increasing demand from the building, construction and automotive sectors – all of which saw growth in 2015. Thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils, continued to be a very flat market, closing 1.5% down compared with the previous 12 months.
Overall shipments within the EAFA region increased by 1.1%, indicating a slow but patchy recovery in these markets. Exports continued the downward trend seen throughout 2015, with the total ending 4.8% lower than the year before, which was a period of growth for overseas sales. Strong competition from suppliers outside the European zone continues to impact on this performance.
Commenting on the results Guido Aufdemkamp, EAFA’s executive director said, “Markets remain fragile and making predictions about future growth is still very difficult. But we see plenty of underlying signs that our core end user sectors are improving. If these trends continue the outlook for 2016 remains positive. But we will monitor the situation carefully as uncertainty still exists.”
“In particular we believe aluminium foil, with its absolute barrier properties, will continue to play an essential role in flexible packaging, by delivering resource efficiency and avoiding food waste, as well as preventing packaging materials becoming waste,” he added.
Young professionals in Brussels are being invited to join ALUNCH at the prestigious Grapevine restaurant, near the European Parliament each Thursday through April and May. To ‘pay’ for their meals the lunchers need to bring along some aluminium bottle closures, which will enable them to feast on a variety of delicious food – all served in aluminium foil or containers, of course!
The initiative, which will run from 14th April until 26th May, aims to show the value of aluminium closures as well as other aluminium foil products and raise awareness of their benefits and convenience. All the closures will be collected in a transparent tube so that there will be a ‘bank’ full of them at the end of the period.
Guido Aufdemkamp, executive director of the organiser EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association explained the reasoning behind the event, “We wanted to make our point about the value of aluminium closures and, indeed the entire aluminium range, in an interesting and amusing way, which would be particularly appealing to the many international young men and women living, working and studying in Brussels, the Heart of Europe!”
The ALUNCHers will be treated to a menu (in French, Dutch and English) which will give them a choice of meals, desserts, coffee and treats all served in aluminium foil, containers, pouches or capsules.
EAFA will involve Social Media, including Facebook and Instagram to promote ALUNCH and hopes that guests will post some pictures on line showing their experiences, particularly the funny ones! Flyers and posters will also be placed in the restaurant which, being in the Place du Luxembourg is in a vibrant and busy location in the heart of the Brussels European Quarter.
All the closures collected will be sent for recycling; showing their true value to the community is simply a twist away.
For more information about the ALUNCH initiative visit www.alunch.eu
Following last year’s first, successful attendance at ProWein, the leading trade fair for wine professionals, the Aluminium Closures – Turn 360° campaign that promotes the advantages of aluminium closures for winemakers, will be back in Düsseldorf in March. The campaign team can be found in the dedicated “Packaging & Design” sector adjacent to the ProWein Forum, Hall 13, Stand E50.
With a fun focus on the convenience that aluminium closures bring, there will be a daily competition on the stand to find the ‘Turn 360° Champion 2016’ who demonstrates the fastest opening & closing time! The competition will take place daily on the hour from 12pm with the last opportunity to participate at 6pm. Each contestant will be asked to open, re-close and turn five bottles of wine upside down as fast as they can, demonstrating just how good aluminium closures are for efficient opening, re-closing and storage. Every hour the winner with the fastest time will be rewarded and the fastest overall contestant will be crowned ‘Turn 360° Champion 2016’.
Several members of EAFA’s Closures Group will also be exhibiting in the “Packaging & Design” section, where visitors can learn about all the benefits of aluminium closures for wine: Amcor, Astro, Closurelogic, Guala Closures Group, Herti and Mala Verschluss-Systeme.
The hunt is on in Ireland with thousands of school children in Dublin seeking out used tea light holders to collect for recycling, thanks to an initiative from Alupro Ireland, which is being co-financed by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association.
Alupro Ireland’s Tea Light Hunt campaign, launched in conjunction with retailer IKEA and WEEE Ireland, seeks to encourage recycling of used tea light holders in the Greater Dublin area and includes some fun activities for children. A collection challenge and a colouring competition for 2nd to 4th classes have been initiated, with colouring sheets distributed to local schools and available at IKEA’s Dublin store. Within the first two months of the campaign over 1,200 entries were submitted.
The deadline for entries has been extended to 4 December!
The search for the best innovations in aluminium foil and closures continues until 4 December 2015. The Alufoil Trophy is recognised as the most highly valued award in the sector, with categories covering every aspect of aluminium foil and closures use. Applications include packaging, construction and automotive, as well as industrial and decorative applications.
More information in the Alufoil Trophy section.
The steady recovery of demand for aluminium foil products in Europe has continued to see the gap between 2014 and 2015 production narrow to just a 0.3% drop by the end of Q3, compared with 2.5% in the first quarter of the year. This continues the trend seen in Q2. Deliveries for the first 9 months of the year reached 652,900tonnes, (2014: 654,900t) according to the latest figures released by EAFA.
“Volatility remains across most markets,” said Stefan Glimm, EAFA’s Chief Executive Director, “but the European area is finally seeing more consistent growth than before. We expect that to continue into 2016 and are confident to reach the same full year totals achieved in 2014.”
New data released by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association, confirms that recycling rates in Europe for alufoil trays and semi-rigid containers in 2013 reached about 55%. The previous reporting period (2010) saw that figure rise above 50% following concerted efforts by the industry to promote the benefits of resource efficient and sustainable packaging options.
The Association says continued work by the industry to promote the value of collection and recycling; along with national campaigns are having significant effects. Increased awareness has seen consumers recognise all aluminium foil trays and containers, not only those used as primary packaging, can be recycled, as well as other kitchen products, such as disposable alufoil BBQ and oven trays.
Search for the best innovations in aluminium foil and closures begins
Entries for the 2016 Alufoil Trophy competition are now open and will be accepted until 20 November 2015. The Alufoil Trophy is now recognised as the most highly valued award in the sector, with categories covering every aspect of aluminium foil and closures use. Applications include packaging, construction and automotive, as well as industrial and decorative applications.
More information in the Alufoil Trophy section.
The European domestic market for aluminium foil made a welcome return to growth in Q2. It improved by 0.3% compared with the same period in 2014. This means that the shortfall on total deliveries has narrowed to just 0.7%, down markedly from the 2.5% seen in the first three months of 2015, according to new figures released by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association.
From January to June deliveries in the EAFA region* were 439,300 tonnes (compared with 442,200t for the first six months of 2014). Once again thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, led the way with an increase of 4.5%, continuing the growth established at the end of last year, following a considerable period of decline.
Demand for thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils, fell by 3.2%, again affected by a drop in exports. However this figure is almost half that recorded in Q1, reflecting an underlying pick-up in demand in the domestic market. Continuing strong competition from rollers in other parts of the world meant exports fell 7.8% at the halfway stage this year compared with last.
The British Bulldog BBQ team is the winner of the official WBQA World Barbecue Championship 2015. The Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI) and the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) supported all of the 60 competing teams from around the globe with aluminium foil and semi-rigid foil container which were major components in the preparation of creative barbecuing. Over two days the competition took place in the city centre of Gothenburg, Sweden.
All teams very much appreciated the aluminium household foil especially produced for the event by international foil roller Hydro and Dutch rewinding company ITS, as well as the sets of aluminium foil containers produced by Danish Plus Pack. Aluminium foil is practical and versatile in use for preparation and the actual barbecuing.
The Official WBQA World Barbecue Championships 2015 will take place 13-14 June in the city centre of Gothenburg, Sweden, and is supported by the Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI) and the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).
About 50,000 visitors are expected to watch more than 60 BBQ teams from 18 countries from Europe, Africa, North and South America displaying their skills at the grill across the full range of BBQ disciplines. For all teams aluminium foil and semi-rigid alufoil containers will be a major component in the preparation and creative barbecuing of the seven competition categorie.
Deliveries of aluminium foil products fell by 2.5% to 218,500 tonnes in the first three months of 2015 compared with the first quarter of 2014 (224,000 tonnes). But clear signs of stronger demand emerged in February and March, according to figures released by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association. This followed a ‘short’ month in January, due to later than usual production start-ups after the Christmas and New Year breaks.
Sales of thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, rose by 5%, confirming that industrial applications are continuing to recover after a long period of stagnation. However demand for thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils, fell by 6%, mainly driven by EAFA exports. Strongly expanded exports throughout 2014, fell by 2.6% in total during the first three months of 2015. That was an anticipated adjustment after the increased export growth from the EAFA region had been spectacular in the previous 12 months. Overall domestic demand remains flat and fell by 2.5%.
Once again companies from every part of the aluminium foil industry have embraced the opportunity presented by the Alufoil Trophy. With the diversity of the 57 entries, covering a wide range of products across all the entry categories, the judges had a demanding task but finally selected 12 worthy winners.
The judges were led this year by Jean-Paul Duquet, global packaging eco design manager of Bel Group, who brought a wealth of experience in aluminium foil to the table, having had a long and distinguished background in the alufoil industry. He commented, “It is very refreshing to see so much creativity from the aluminium foil sector at a time when market conditions continue to be challenging. There are some fine examples of highly original concepts to open up new market opportunities or expand existing ones.”
“The ability to meet environmental and sustainability targets without losing any degree of performance or quality is very clearly demonstrated. In addition the technical innovations, to solve complex problems or meet difficult conditions, illustrate the talent available in the industry. Overall it is clear innovation and creativity are alive and well in the aluminium foil sector,” he added.
Despite 2014 providing a very mixed set of results in the aluminium foil sector, overall, it was a satisfactory performance, in the face of continued economic difficulties and competitive influences, according to EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association. Total production in Europe reached 852,685 tonnes, just 0.3% below the previous year’s total of 855,510t.
Once again exports put in a strong performance, ending 2014 with a rise of 17.2%, from 84,126 tonnes (2013) to 98,668t (2014), helped by currency factors. In the EAFA region deliveries retreated by 2.2%, recording sales of 754,018 tonnes (2014) compared with 771,385t (2013).
The “Aluminium Closures – Turn 360°” campaign will be present for the first time at ProWein (15-17 March 2015 in Düsseldorf), the leading international fair for the wine sector. The campaign, which promotes the advantages of the growing segment of aluminium closures for wines, is taking part in a dedicated “Packaging & Design” show adjacent to the ProWein Forum.
The stand “Aluminium Closures – Turn 360°” organised by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association, will be located in Hall 13 D44. There they will explain how wine makers, retailers and other professional users in catering and hospitality can benefit from the convenience, taste and quality protection, technological and economic advantages, as well as the sustainability and recyclability offered by aluminium closures. The excellent design and branding opportunities made possible by using these closures will also be demonstrated.
Mid of January, supporters of the Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI) have decided to turn this activity into a legal trade association. It started operating immediately with 42 member companies, including 5 supporters, from all major foil producer areas worldwide.
This follows the remarkable success of GLAFRI so far, particularly the three annual conferences held to spearhead its activities. Thereupon, the supporters have decided to formalize the initiative by creating a trade body to continue and develop its work.
Initially the major objective of the new association will be to continue ‘one voice’ on foil promotion and sustainability issues globally, with the aim to support foil market growth in general. The new organization will enable more continuity in carrying out the decisions and actions decided during the conferences and allow other projects and ideas to be developed.
See also www.global-alufoil.org
The aluminium closures market, particularly for wine, is expected to continue strongly growing in 2015. This growth is attributed to a number of factors including the convenience offered to consumers as well as to wine makers and fillers.
An end-consumer survey by IPSOS in five major European markets (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK) and the USA, demonstrates that the majority of consumers prefer an aluminium closure over other closure options for its convenience. Whether for opening, re-closing or avoiding wine spoilage due to cork taint aluminium closures scored top.
More details about consumer preferences and the market growth of aluminium closures are summarized in an attractive brochure titled “A good choice!” which can be downloaded from www.aluminium-closures.org.
Results issued by EAFA for the first nine months of 2014 reflect continued sluggish demand in European markets of aluminium foil. But these have been more than offset by the continued strong recovery in export deliveries, resulting in overall sales of 643,000 tonnes, ahead by 1.5% compared with the same period in 2013 (633,000t).
The figures also show an underlying trend of recovery for thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, which have shown a welcome increase in volumes of 6% in the year to date. While demand for thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils, was flat, recording a small decline of 0.4%.
In the third quarter of 2014 deliveries with 209,000 tonnes remained at almost the same level as 2013 (210,000t). However, once again exports boosted this figure with an increase of 15%, while European demand fell by 2%.
Entries for the Alufoil Trophy 2015 competition are now extended until 5 December 2014.
The Alufoil Trophy recognises and rewards the use of aluminium foil and aluminium closures in all its many forms and uses. From rolls in the kitchen, through sophisticated laminates or as insulation, for use in packaging, construction and automotive products, as well as in many other industrial and decorative applications it is used daily and, in many ways, can be regarded as indispensable.
More information in the Alufoil Trophy section.
- Average aluminium closure recycling rate in Europe hits 45 per cent
- Even though small in size, aluminium closures are widely collected and recycled – either separately with other packaging or together with glass bottles
- Recycling of aluminium needs up to 95% less energy than its primary production
Aluminium closures are mainly used for wine, spirits, water and olive oil. The advantage of aluminium closures is that they can be collected either together with the mixed packaging fraction or along with the glass collection stream. The aluminium is easily extracted from both material streams so that it can be recycled.
“Aluminium closures are probably the world’s most recycled closures in the wine and spirits sector.”, comments EAFA‘s Executive Director Stefan Glimm about the improved recycling results. “Particularly, European consumers are increasingly aware of the sustainability and convenience benefits of aluminium closures. Nevertheless, the industry will continue supporting national initiatives to enhance the collection and recycling.”
More information at www.aluminium-closures.org
Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative website relaunched
Prior to the world leading ALUMINIUM exhibition the Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI), which supports foil growth globally and coordinates information on sustainability and recovery, relaunched its website, www.global-alufoil.org.
In line with objectives of GLAFRI to build ‘one voice’ on foil sustainability issues globally the animation video on Alufoil’s role in reducing the environmental impact of food and drink products is now available in 10 languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese, representing all major markets for foil globally.
EAFA will be present at the world's leading trade show and B2B-platform for the aluminium industry and its important application area.
Visit us at hall 12 K 30.
See also www.aluminium-messe.com
Rolling out excellence in aluminium foil applications and design
Entries for the Alufoil Trophy 2015 competition are now open until 21 November 2014. The Alufoil Trophy recognises and rewards the use of aluminium foil and aluminium closures in all its many forms and uses. From rolls in the kitchen, through sophisticated laminates or as insulation, in packaging, construction and automotive products, as well as in many other industrial and decorative applications it is used daily and, in many ways, can be regarded as indispensable.
More information in the Alufoil Trophy section.
The European Aluminium Foil Association, EAFA, has reported half year results which continue to show a modest, but steady, recovery in demand for both thin and thicker gauges. This is largely led by a strong showing from exports, which are 28% ahead of 2013. European* deliveries remains flat with demand showing a very small decline of 0.2% compared with last year.
In the six month to June overall production was 434,100t, 2.5% above the 2013 figure (423,000t). Thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils, held steady with growth of just 0.9%, but continuing the increases seen for the last 5 quarters.
Thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, held on to the gains seen in the first quarter, with deliveries running 6.3% higher than 2013. This year has seen a welcome upturn in demand for these gauges after declines for all of the previous twelve months.
The Association recently held elections to its Board and is pleased to announce the results:
EAFA Board: Re-elected Jan Homan as EAFA President (and FPE Chairman), Manfred Mertens as Roller Group Chairman, Franco Bove as Closures Group Chairman, Hans Hogeveen as Rewinder Group Chairman and Ulf Wienböker as Chairman of FPE German Group. Peter Wallach from Constantia Flexibles was newly elected as Container Group Chairman. The elections took place in Dublin at the annual conference with record participation. The Association welcomed 11 new member companies since the last conference was held.
The European BBQ Championship will take place 20-21 June at the Charlotta Valley Resort and Spa on the Polish Baltic Sea coast and will be supported by the European aluminium industry.
About 12,000 visitors are expected to watch more than 30 BBQ teams from 15 European countries displaying their skills at the grill across the full range of BBQ disciplines. For all teams aluminium foil will be a major component in the preparation and creative barbecuing of the seven competition categories (home cooking from the homeland, fish, chicken, pork ribs, pork butt/shoulder, beef brisket and dessert).
Deliveries of both thin and thicker gauges of aluminium foil have made a bright start in the first quarter of 2014, according to figures released recently by EAFA, the European Aluminium Foil Association. In particular exports from Europe recorded an excellent increase compared with the same period in 2013.
Overall alufoil production during the first quarter reached 219,000 tonnes (2013: 208,000t), an increase of 5.5%. After a slowdown through most of last year there was a welcome return to growth for thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, which saw a 10% improvement compared with the first three months of 2013. Thinner gauges, used mainly for flexible packaging and household foils, added 3.3% to continue the steady recovery seen for most of last year.
Inside Europe* the still slow, but improving, economic situation led to a 2.2% increase in production to 193,000 tonnes. Markets outside Europe, where economic activity is increasing sharply, accounted for shipments 26,000 tonnes (2013: 19,000t).
Experience alufoil live at interpack: FOIL & TASTE
At interpack visitors will have the chance to experience alufoil and aluminium closures live. Experts will run the FOIL & TASTE shows which will take place every show day at 11.30, 13.30, 15.00 and 16.30 hs at EAFA’s booth in hall10 / C53.
A short overview:
- Thursday, 8 May: Wine Sommelier Taste & Quality Show
- Friday, 9 May: Chocolatier’s Treats
- Monday, 12 May: Coffee Barista Tasting Performance
- Tuesday, 13 May: Wine Sommelier Taste & Quality Show
- Wednesday, 14 May: Cocktail Champ Action
A study undertaken by IFEU (The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research) to measure the relative environmental performance of two different sandwich packs: aluminium household foil and a rigid plastic lunchbox, found that aluminium foil performs very favourably in terms of environmental impact and should be considered a sustainable and convenient alternative product for packed lunches.
The IFEU project manager Frank Wellenreuther wrote in the recommendations section of the LCA: “From an environmental point of view the aluminium foil performs no worse than the plastic box to which it is compared. The environmental impacts due to the aluminium foil are lower than those of the plastic box in most relevant environmental impact categories and equal in the remaining ones ..."
More information at www.sandwich.alufoil.org.
This year's Alufoil Trophy featured many original, yet practical, solutions for products using alufoil packaging and aluminium closures. Some shining examples of the skills and innovation on offer from the sector were among a record number of entries. The panel awarded 12 trophies from the 67 entries, recognising excellence in all five competition categories, plus one discretionary award.
Head of the judging panel this year was Dr Mark Caul, technical manager for packaging at Tesco, who brought a valuable retail perspective to the table. Commenting on the overall competition he said, “We were particularly impressed by the combination of alufoil with other materials to come up with some very well engineered and novel packaging solutions – many of which could lead to new market opportunities for alufoil or closures. In addition some of the finishing and print quality was simply outstanding and took some, often quite established concepts, to a completely different level. I was genuinely excited by the potential of some of the winning entries.”
Full year results for the European aluminium foil sector show a stable, but largely flat market in the past twelve months, while the outlook for 2014 is viewed optimistically, with a general recovery in demand expected to gather pace both in Europe and overseas. Final output figures for the year were 842,700 tonnes, 0.3% ahead of 2012 (840,600t). Q4 results showed production declined by 3.3% to 199,800 tonnes compared with 2012 (206,700t).
Deliveries of thinner gauges, used largely for flexible packaging and household foils, remained positive throughout 2013, although the strong growth figures seen in the first half of the year did not carry on into the second. The decline in demand for thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, continued into Q4, largely caused by ongoing uncertainty in construction and technical markets and depressed demand from overseas.
An in-depth survey of 6,000 consumers, undertaken by IPSOS*, to discover consumer preferences on wine and spirit closures has confirmed that the majority prefer an aluminium closure over other closure options for its convenience.
The study, which took place in five major European markets (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK) and the USA, was commissioned by the European aluminium closure manufacturers and suppliers who are members of the EAFA Closures Group, part of the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).
Aluminium closures also scored top when the consumers were asked about their preferences for re-closing a bottle of unfinished wine for later consumption. Four out of ten surveyed confirmed they had poured away wine from a bottle closed with a cork closure which had been tainted or gone bad.
More information at www.aluminium-closures.org
More than 30 foil rollers from all continents have joined forces in a new Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI) to support foil growth globally and coordinate messages on sustainability and recovery.
With the market for aluminium foil expected to grow by 4-5% CAGR up to 2018 the industry gathered in Dubai for the third Global Aluminium Foil Roller Conference (GLAFCO), organised once again by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). The main outcome was the establishment of the global initiative, enabling the industry to speak with ‘one voice’ on issues of central importance to the industry’s growth.
See also www.global-alufoil.org
A new fact sheet presents an up-to-date overview concerning the behaviour of aluminium packaging items during and after incineration in Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plants including quantifying the percentages of aluminium metal typically available to be recovered from the incinerator bottom ashes.
Based on five tests performed in different European household waste incinerations and on additional scientific research it can be concluded that the metallic transfer ratios for beverage cans, foil containers and even thin (laminated) foil are relatively high. This means that most aluminium packaging can be found back in the bottom ashes of the incinerators and – depending on the individually arranged combination of Eddy Current separators and / or other advanced sorting technologies - can be extracted for further treatment and recycling into new valuable aluminium products.
Four products, which won the coveted Alufoil Trophy in 2013, have been recognised by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) with the award of a WorldStar 2014 for packaging excellence. The winning alufoil products were made by Constantia Flexibles and Amcor Flexibles and cover food, beverage and pharmaceutical applications.
The next Alufoil Trophy winners, for 2014, will be a major feature of the EAFA stand at the interpack exhibition in Düsseldorf this May. The winners will be announced in Spring 2014, shortly before the exhibition.
New figures show that the worldwide aluminium foil production currently accounts for 12% of global primary aluminium output, making it a key product for the sector. These figures underline the importance of the up-coming third Global Aluminium Foil Roller Conference (GLAFCO), organised by EAFA, which will take place from 15th – 17th January 2014 in Dubai, where about 90 leaders around and from the alufoil business will meet to discuss future strategies and mutual projects.
See also www.global-alufoil.org
A new report, from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has used a number of Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) undertaken by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), in a wide ranging, in depth, report to understand best practice in using LCA as an assessment tool for packaging.
The report, produced under the Life Cycle Initiative - a joint organisation of UNEP and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) - summarizes the results of a project designed to consolidate outcomes of existing research on the environmental performance of packaging, namely LCA studies, in order to demonstrate the value of applying LCAs to evaluate environmental impacts for food and beverage packaging.
Aluminium foil, with its proven barrier properties against light, gas, moisture and odours has long been at the forefront of food and beverage packaging developments to achieve extended shelf-life and improved ambient shelf performance.
The information campaign to promote awareness of aluminium closures, 'Aluminium Closures - Turn 360°' has been extended from wine to take in new content on the wide range of bottled products using this form of closure, including spirits, water and oils. These new contents, underscore yet again the campaign’s proactive approach in this sector.
- The ‘Aluminium Closures – Turn 360?’ is a dynamic awareness campaign initiated by Europe’s leading manufacturers of aluminium closures. It provides detailed information on the advantages of aluminium closures as a state-of-the-art closure for many bottled products
- The campaign features the most up to date information and data with support given by the suppliers to the alu closures industry
- It demonstrates the high growth rates for the use of aluminium closure in recent years (2012: 16 billion closures for wines, spirits, table waters, and oils)
More information at www.aluminium-closures.org
Overall Year To Date (YTD) deliveries from Europe’s aluminium foil manufacturers stayed ahead of comparative figures for 2012, despite a weakening in demand through the summer. At 639,100 tonnes the totals are 0.8% higher than for the same 9 month period last year.
Demand for thinner foils, used largely for flexible packaging and household foils, has been continuously positive throughout 2013 and once again performed well in a sluggish summer market. Figures were 0.6% ahead in Q3 compared with 2012. But thicker foils, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, continue to struggle, with deliveries falling by 1.3% against the same three month period a year ago. Total alufoil deliveries in Q3 were 1.6% down at 207,300 tonnes.
In addition the figures were affected by slower demand in overseas markets which have been experiencing strong growth in the previous 6 months. Deliveries for trade outside the European area fell by 5.1%*. Although, taken as a whole, the first nine months of 2013 has seen good performance in exports.
The programme for the 3rd Global Aluminium Foil Roller Conference (GLAFCO) taking place from 15th – 17th January 2014 in Dubai is now available.
The leading foil rolling companies from all continents have already committed to either chair a session or to report on regional market developments. Moreover, the who’s who of the foil supplying industry as well as from the customer side will present on latest market trends and developments. A further focus will be on foil sustainability and recycling.
More info at www.global-alufoil.org
The Belgium BBQ Championships 2013 took place last week in Oostende, Belgium and were supported by the European aluminium industry. The jury was composed of the main Belgium Michelin star chefs and it was, in general, very impressed by the high quality of the dishes served by the teams. The new Belgium BBQ Champion is Team HERTALS.
About 30,000 visitors enjoyed watching the 36 BBQ teams from Belgium and neighbouring countries displaying their skills at the grill across the full range of BBQ disciplines. For all teams aluminium foil was a major component of their creative barbecuing and practical preparation of the five required barbecue dishes (fish, pork, chicken, beef and a dessert dish).
The thick aluminium household foil and the sets of small rectangular and round aluminium foil trays, kindly supplied by the aluminium packaging companies Hydro, ITS Foil and NOVELIS, were an essential tool used by the participants.
Deliveries of aluminium foil products continued to move ahead in the second quarter of 2013, confirming that the recovery in demand seen in 2012 continues. Overall production for the year to date reached 419,800t, a rise of 2.5% compared with the first half of 2012 (409,500). Exports too maintained momentum, increasing by 3.2% in the second quarter of 2013, helping first half sales outside the European market to an impressive 6.6% rise.
Q2 results showed thinner gauges, used largely for flexible packaging and household foils, once again led the way with a rise of 2.3%. Thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, dropped back by just 1.8%, indicating recovery is more uneven for these products. Total deliveries, at 210,400t achieved a rise of 1.3% compared with Q2 2012.
The Alufoil Trophy 2014 is open for entries. It is anestablished major prize, which recognises innovation and creativity in the useof foil across a number of applications and very well received in the media. In addition, the 2014 winners will befeatured at interpack, the world’s largest packaging exhibition, in Düsseldorfnext May.
Five entry categories place the spotlight on the many different contributions alufoil and aluminium closures makes to the modern world: Marketing + Design, Consumer Convenience, Resource Efficiency, Product Preservation and Technical Innovation.
Thedeadline for entries is 29 Nov 2013. Click here for more information.
The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) announced that the third global aluminium foil roller conference (GLAFCO) will take place from 15th – 17th January 2014 in Dubai. Delegates from the international aluminium foil roller industry are expected to continue the coordinated actions on foil sustainability and promotion to support market growth globally and highlight innovative developments.
More info at www.global-alufoil.org
First quarter 2013 figures for aluminium foil showed growth across all gauges for the first time since mid-2011. Overall Q1 production grew by 3.7% to 209,400t (2012: 201,900). Meanwhile exports* from European manufacturers maintained the momentum seen in the later part of 2012 with a first quarter growth of 10.3%, according to figures released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) recently.
Thinner gauges, used largely for flexible packaging and household foils continued their steady recovery during 2012 with a 2.4% increase in the first three months of 2013. Thicker gauges, used typically for semi-rigid containers and technical applications, advanced by 2.5%, showing growth in this sector for the first time in 18 months.
Greatingenuity to create innovative products, some with the potential to takealufoil into new markets, underlined the entries for the Alufoil Trophy 2013.Practicality was combined with style and creativity across all sectors. So goodwas the quality of entries that the judges were challenged to pick ‘the best ofthe best’, but eventually selected 12 winners.
Judgingwas led by Professor Dr. Markus Prem, principal of the Department of FoodPackaging Technology at the University of Applied Sciences Kempten, whocommented on the overall standard of entries saying, “The originality andquality of the entries generated much discussion among the judges. In thesetough economic times we always look to focus on developments which can addvalue or reduce cost, as well as meeting sustainable requirements. But itimpressed us how some very imaginative and stylish ideas were presented whichcould open new doors for alufoil, or create better, eye-catching solutions forexisting products.”
More information can be found here.
The moderate increase in demandand deliveries for aluminium foil products from European manufacturers, seenduring the first three quarters of 2012, was maintained in Q4. The year endedwith total production up 1.5% at 813,800t (2011: 801,600t) according to theEuropean Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). The deliveries in the fourthquarter 2012 were 5% up compared with Q4 2011.
Thinner gauges used for flexiblepackaging and household foil continued to lead the way with an increase of 3%compared with the previous year. The increase in Q4 compared with same period in2011 was even 8%. Deliveries of thicker gaugeswhich are typically used for semi-rigid containers and technical applicationscontinued to decline, falling in total by 5% in the last twelve months,although the rate of decline is continuing to slow down with only a 1% decreasein the fourth quarter.
Across Europe the average recycling rate for aluminium closures is 40 per cent
- Despite their small size, aluminium closures are collected and recycled – either separately with other packaging or together with used glass bottles
- Recycling of aluminium needs up to 95% less energy than its primary production
More information about aluminium closures on www.aluminium-closures.org.
EAFA announced that the third global aluminium foil roller conference (GLAFCO) will take place from 15th – 17th January 2014 in Dubai.
Delegates from the international aluminium foil roller industry are expected to continue the coordinated actions on foil sustainability and promotion to support market growth globally and highlight innovative developments.
The 3rd GLAFCO is organised by EAFA, the global network leader of foil producers. The conference is open for foil rollers worldwide. Previous conferences were held in Oman and Thailand. Supporters are Achenbach Buschhütten, Kampf, Novelis PAE, Thiel & Hoche and the International Aluminium Institute (IAI). The strategic partner is CRU.
Campaign to promote the quality and advantagesof aluminium closures for wine
- The leading manufacturers of aluminium closures launch the pan-Europeanpromotional campaign ’Aluminium Closures – Turn 360° to enhance publicawareness about the advantages of a sustainable and state-of-the-art closureform
- New internet portal www.aluminium-closures.org goes online to provide comprehensive information on the advantages of aluminium closures
Recyclingrates for alufoil trays and semi-rigid containers across Europe rose above 50per cent in 2010 (2008: 45 per cent) helped by the industry’s commitment topromote the benefits of resource efficient and sustainable packaging options.
Aluminium isendlessly recyclable, which saves up to 95 per cent of energy use compared withits primary production. This message is increasingly recognised by thepackaging supply chain, while consumers are showing greater willingness to playtheir part across Europe.
The first ninemonths of 2012 showed a positive development for the European manufacturers ofaluminium foil. According to European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) 618,500tonnes were delivered in the three quarters (2011: 611,400 tonnes),representing an increase of 1.2%.
Thinner gauges mainly for flexible packaging andhousehold foil were up more than one cent while thicker gauges typically usedfor semi-rigid containers and technical applications decreased five per cent. Exportsoutside the EAFA region further improved by twelve per cent, indicating arecovery in demand from emerging markets and others outside Europe.
Alufoil reachesevery part of the world we live in: packaging or helping with the preparationof the food we eat; protecting the medicines which help to fight disease andillness; in transport to make vehicles more efficient and sustainable; and inbuildings to keep us warm, cool or safe. The Alufoil Trophy celebrates allthese activities and recognises the best of the best as well as highlightingnew and exciting applications using aluminium foil and closures.
The Alufoil Trophy is now established as a major prize, whichrecognises innovation and creativity in the use of foil across a number ofapplications.
After a slow start into the year 2012 the Europeanmanufacturers of aluminium foil saw clear signs of recovery in the secondquarter. According to EAFA 411,500 tonneswere delivered in the first six months (2011: 420 100 tonnes), representing adecrease of two per cent.
Thinner gauges mainly for flexible packaging andhousehold foil were down two per cent while thicker gauges typically used forsemi-rigid containers and technical applications dipped almost eight per cent.A major boost came from exports which leapt by almost ten per cent, indicatinga recovery in demand from emerging markets and others outside Europe.
However, these figures mask a better performance inthe second quarter of 2012, where deliveries were above the year before,indicating more steady demand from inside Europe.
The firstblister pack was introduced to the market 50 years ago. Today it is hard toimagine a world where unit doses of solid form pharmaceuticals are notavailable in this user-friendly format. So many advantages for the end-userhave emerged and its most obvious benefit is that it is always clear how manytablets have been used.
Jan Homan, Chairman ConstantiaFlexibles, has been newly elected President of EAFA. The association also welcomed 17 new member companies.
Speaking recentlyat the association’s annual conference Jan Homan said, “Theexcellent work of EAFA is proven by the high number of new companies joining.Common interests like the promotion of the material and challenges in the worldof sustainability as well as food contact issues form an important industryvoice.”
He added: “Especially alufoil and flexible packaging applicationscan contribute to a more sustainable consumption and production as illustratedin our thought leadership papers ‘More is Less’ and ‘The Perfect Fit’. Ourassociation will continue serving its members and their customers and will dealpro-actively with new challenges.”
The start into2012 was calm for the European aluminium foil manufactures in line with the Europeaneconomic markets. The first three months showed an overall shipments decreaseof almost five per cent to 204,000t compared to last year’s first quarter accordingto figures published by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).
Thinner gaugesmostly used for flexible packaging and household foil declined by almost sixper cent. The shipments of thicker foil segments typically used for semi-rigidcontainer and technical applications fell by almost ten per cent. However,exports* from Europe rose by almost nine per cent underlining the competivenessof the European foil rollers on a global level.
Commenting the start of the year and the outlookEAFA’s Executive Director Stefan Glimm said: “The slow start reflects theoverall European economic situation with quite stable regions and lessperforming areas. The prevention of food waste through its excellent barrierand preservation properties should provide aluminium foil a healthy future.”
Full year figures for European output of alufoil in 2011 showed a modest decline in overall production levels, reflecting the cautious outlook throughout the European economic markets. However exports from Europe remained steady according to figures released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).
Total production fell back by 5.2% to 801,900 tonnes (2010: 846,300 tonnes), with thinner gauges declining by 7.9%. Thicker gauges fared much better registering only a 2.4% drop from 2010 levels. Exports* held up better, down by just 0.7%.
Entries for the Alufoil Trophy 2012 showed great originality in developing advanced forms of familiar products as well as some ground breaking new ideas. The competition attracted 52 entries across five categories and ranged from household goods to packaging, on through to automotive applications and a remarkable survival product.
“The great diversity of applications and multiple functionality of alufoil were clearly demonstrated by the entries for this year’s Trophy.” observed Antoinette Devine, global packaging consultant for SABMiller, who headed the judging panel. “But we were particularly impressed by the original thinking which had gone in to some traditional items which took them to a new level of performance and technical innovation.”
More information can be found here.
EAFA has become a full member of the SAVE FOOD initiative which was launched officially in 2011 at the world’s largest packaging fair, interpack, in Dusseldorf.
The SAVE FOOD initiative is a joint campaign instituted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and Messe Düsseldorf to provide a platform for activities and the promotion of initiatives to reduce food waste.
A key element in this programme is the development and adoption of appropriate packaging solutions. This aligns completely with the work of EAFA to offer innovative and sustainable packaging formats for the protection, distribution and preservation of all kinds of food products. www.save-food.org
The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) announced the launch ofits newly designed website, dedicated to providing comprehensive information onthe European aluminium foil industry.
Featuring a comprehensive overview of aluminium foil,its history, market information, Alufoil properties and applications, the newwebsite has a completely new look and feel. The design incorporates performanceoptimised navigation to enable access to the right information quickly andeasy. It also offers a search facility to locate EAFA’s member companies andpotential suppliers of alufoil products.
The economic slow down in Europe also affected the deliveries of aluminium foil in the first nine months of 2011. According to data published by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) the total production declined by almost 4% to 609,000t.
Aluminium foil impacts on every area of our lives from the kitchen to the retail shelf and on to technical industrial applications, which is why excellence in aluminium foil and flexible packaging within Europe will be recognised and rewarded with an Alufoil Trophy 2012. Organised by EAFA, these sought after awards are presented to manufacturers and users of aluminium foil across all market sectors and applications, and celebrate the creativity and flexibility of aluminium foil. The Alufoil Trophy encourages the industry to show off innovative new material structures which offer true consumer convenience, technical development and sustainable solutions across packaging applications and industrial solutions.
Alufoil sector stabilises on high level
After bullish growth rates over the past quarters the aluminium foil deliveries stabilised on a high level according to data published by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).
The production of the European aluminium foil industry slightly declined by 0.9 % to 419,000 t in the first six months of 2011.
The World Grill and Barbecue Champion 2011 is Christoph Gollenz. Together with his team Goli & Chef Partie from Austria, he convinced the expert judges at the 2011 World BBQ Championship which was sponsored by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) and held last weekend in Gronau in Germany.
Signs of buoyancy continue for the European aluminium foil sector with a rise in production of 1.3 % to 214,400 t for the first quarter of 2011 compared with the same period in 2010. Thicker alufoil gauges, used mainly for the manufacture of semi-rigid foil trays and technical applications rose by 6 %, while thinner gauges used mainly in flexible packaging and household foil fell slightly by -0.7 %. Exports outside the EAFA region* remained stable.
Variety was the key to a fantastic array of product developments entered for the Alufoil Trophy 2011, organised by the European Aluminium Foil Association. “Covering almost every market, entrants offered something for each category and gave the judges plenty to assess making it very difficult to pick the eventual winners,” said head judge Alan Moffat, Packaging Development Manager, H. J. Heinz R&D.
More information can be found here.
Sustainable Development is a global challenge that transcends geographical boundaries and national borders. The way environmental considerations are addressed and tackled to promote resource efficiency around the globe also have a local impact and will shape the future of the way we all live.
This May is going to be hot, hot, hot, with everything revolving around barbecue and grilling! The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) invites all to celebrate the beginning of summer at two major international BBQ events that will demonstrate just how many different features of aluminium foil can be put to good use for barbecues and grills.
Sustainability was at the top of the Agenda at the 2nd Global Aluminium Foil Roller Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand, 12-14 January 2011, at the initiative of the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). The importance of aluminium foil usage to the global market was underlined by 90 participants from China, Europe, India, Japan, Middle East, North America, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and Turkey representing almost 80% of global aluminium foil production. The conference programme covered the development in global aluminium foil demand (over 4% for the last 10 years, to 3.2 million tons in 2010), the environmental performance of the smelters and its impact on the eco-performance of end-products, technical development in the rolling sector and foundries, the position of aluminium foil in the sustainability debate. The first common project “A Global Moment with Alufoil” as a result of the first conference was launched. It covers a brochure and a website www.global-alufoil.org.
Soaring growth to bring alufoil production within Europe to the record levels experienced in 2006 before the 2008 economic crisis took hold, is shown by the year-end figures for 2010. Published by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), these show overall shipment growth of 10.6 per cent to 850,300 t (2009: 768,600 t), creating in confidence in the outlook for aluminium foil products. EAFA President François Coëffic said, “The figures represent a return close to the record pre-crisis levels of 2006 and, even though we live in more unpredictable economic times, confidence is returning and we as EAFA arecautiously optimistic for 2011.”]
Policy makers, industry stakeholders, NGOs and media representatives were invited to attend an event jointly organised by the European Aluminium Association (EAA) and the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of aluminium foil. The invitees assisted to a live cooking show and could taste quality dishes using aluminium foil.
An upward trend is emerging in European recycling rates for alufoil trays and semi-rigid containers which rose to 45 per cent in 2008 (2007: 40 per cent), thanks to an increasing understanding of its benefits in providing more sustainable packaging options. Aluminium is endlessly recyclable. Recycling of aluminium saves up to 95% of energy use compared with its primary production. This message is being increasingly understood by the packaging supply chain. It is also heartening that consumers are showing an increasing willingness to play their part.
François Coëffic, Novelis, has been re-elected President of the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) and chairman of the Roller Group for a second term. Speaking in at the association’s annual conference François Coëffic, said, “Sustainability is a key challenge and will continue to be at the top of the agenda of our members and their customers, particularly for packaging applications. Our association has a very pro-active stance on raising the debate and implementing actions for sustainable consumption and production. Ongoing globalisation is another challenge we are dealing with and for key issues like sustainability we are managing and addressing questions while also proposing solutions at the global level.”
EAFA announced that the second global foil roller conference will take place from 12th – 14th January 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand. François Coëffic, EAFA President:”The first conference in 2008 represented more than 75 per cent of the global foil industry and far exceeded our expectations identifying a range of challenges and opportunities in terms of growing global markets but also in terms of sustainable development.”
There is no better way to celebrate the future than to draw lessons from history, which is why the European Aluminium Foil Association is celebrating the 100th anniversary of aluminium foil with a look at past, current and some future technical developments.