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New Trend: Light aluminium drink bottles

New Trend: Light aluminium drink bottles
Innovation

Aluminium drink bottles are predicted rapid growth: Leading bottlers are increasingly using “DWI Bottle Cans” as premium packaging, which allows for improved freedom of design. As Drawing and Wall Ironing (DWI) is used in production of bottle cans, they require significantly less raw materials than traditional extruded bottles. Experts are going so far as to say that, in the future, more of these aluminium bottles will be produced every year than aerosol cans. The trend has spread from Japan to the USA and also to China.

It is in this context that the world’s largest press manufacturer, Schuler, has partnered up with Japanese specialists in DWI Bottle Cans, TMC. TMC is a market leader in machinery for the production of aluminium bottles and has developed a machine to form bottle necks (“Bottle Necker”) with ambitious tool technology. They are defining the individual design of metal packaging with this.

The TMC-neckers are available with 40 to 56 forming stations. Independently of this, the maximum diameter of the bottles is 59 or 66 millimeter, with a maximum bottle length of up to 245 millimeter. The rate of production is up to 150 bottles per minute. TMC Bottle Neckers are in use all over the world. The company has further locations such as in Hong Kong and in the USA.

Bottle Cans production lines generally consist of a cupping press, a “Bodymaker”, a “Light Tester”, and a Bottle Necker, as well as cleaning, decorating and inspection equipment. Schuler is offering high-performance Cuppers and highly flexible ServoCupFormers as well as Bodymakers with complete mass balancing (BodyFormer) from its own production. Schuler is taking over commercial representation for TMC Bottle Neckers in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

Company profile

Schuler is the world market leader in metal forming technology. The company supplies presses, automation solutions, dies, process know-how, and services for the entire metalworking industry and lightweight automotive design. Customers include automobile manufacturers and suppliers as well as companies from the forging, household appliances, packaging, energy, and electronics industries. Schuler is the leading supplier of minting presses and supplies system solutions for aerospace, rail transport, and large pipe manufacturing.  In 2015, Schuler achieved a turnover of 1,200.0 million euros. Following the acquisition of die manufacturing company AWEBA and with a majority holding in Chinese press manufacturing company Yadon, Schuler employs around 6,800 members of staff in 40 countries. The Austrian ANDRITZ Group holds a majority share in Schuler.