It is inconceivable today to consider packaging materials without acknowledging the primary role of aluminium foil in the marketplace. Likewise for technical applications the properties of aluminium foil are vital to the effective performance of many important components in transportation, construction and interior design.
Alufoil’s versatility is remarkable, making it an ideal material for many forms of packaging, across all product ranges, but particularly food. Its strength, malleability, formability, barrier properties, deadfold characteristics and the ability to stand extremes of heat and cold are unique amongst packaging materials. Foil’s decorative qualities and the fact it can be printed on, lacquered, embossed and laminated with other materials means it is the most multi-faceted and ubiquitous material available.
For technical applications it adds lightness, reflective ability, conductivity and robustness to the properties listed above. This has helped to revolutionize some ‘under bonnet’ transport components, combining safety as well as comfort to users. In construction, its strength to weight ratio and insulation features helps save resources and speed the whole building process.
Add to this the fact that aluminium foil saves more resources than are consumed in its production, through the complete value and supply chain, it can truly claim to be the perfect material for many applications. Many of these are explored in detail in the following pages.