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Aluminumis Used in Food & Packaging and Pharma Industry

Aluminum is an electronegative metal, which possesses a strong affinity for oxygen. It is the sixth most ductile and second most malleable metal present on the earth. It is exceptionally light, impervious to dust, possesses a high degree of conductivity, and exhibits significant strength when alloyed. It is widely used in food and packaging and pharmaceutical industries, as it is nontoxic in nature. It preserves food for prolonged times and inhibits growth of microorganisms. Moreover, corrosion resistance, reflectivity, and recyclability are other characteristics of aluminum, which makes it a favorable choice for various industrial applications. Another factor that is expected to drive the growth of the global aluminum market is the shifting trend in the food & beverage industry towards packaged food, especially in the developing markets such as India, and Brazil. The demand for aluminum in the packaging industry is expected to advance due to the rapid proliferation of process

Aluminum in Competition With Other Materials

Aluminum is in competition with other materials, yet even if it should lose market share in individual areas of application, it will find increasing employment in others, and its growth areas will remain larger than the areas in which substitutes are found. Further, the trend towards energy-saving and the material's excellent reusability is certain to increase aluminum consumption. Even though the plastics market is booming, the flexible plastic sector is facing challenges in countries such as the U.S., Indonesia, and a few countries of Europe. Owing to this, the metal packaging market is making strides, and aluminum material is gaining its major position in the packaging industry. The restrictions pertaining to plastics in the packaging industry will further boost the application of aluminum in the market. Nipra is one such company that makes use of aluminum to make bottleclosures. The given aluminum closures have the ability to withstand high temperature, durability, and stu

Aluminum Has Found Its Way in Preserving Your Favorite Bottle of Wine

Wine has gainedits presence in almost every part of the world. Initially,during the 17th and 18th-century wine bottles were sealed with a cork. Later, a little bit of aluminum found its way in preserving your favorite bottle of wine by becoming an alternative method of closure. Aluminum screw caps have been around since the late 1950s but they were originally intended for use for economy (cheap) wines. Later, countries like Australia and New Zealand started to use them extensively for all kinds of wines including the costly ones too. In the year 2001, the Screw Cap Initiative was started in New Zealand where top winemakers in the country started sealing their bottles with aluminum caps. This initiative garnered a huge favor in Australia too. As a result, the aluminum caps started gaining momentum rapidly. Moreover, the fact that aluminum caps are 100% recyclable, helped winemakers think about it more differently. Later, Washington State University's Viticulture and Enology s

Why Aluminum Screw-Caps Do Well Over Corks?

Earlier, cork was the preferred choice of sealing as it resisted moisture and rotting in addition to being leak-proof. But cork’s graceful utility took a bad hit as the issue of ‘cork taint’ came to the fore. It leaves a moldy, musty, off-putting smell inside a bottle. It is commonly associated with spoilt wine. In studies, it was found that ‘Cork taint’ comes from a natural fungus which infects the wine through TCA, or 2,4,6-trichloroanisole, a compound that lets off a bad aroma. Screw caps help winemakers avoid this cork taint, which can wreck as many as seven bottles of wine out of a hundred. Howaluminum screw-caps do well over corks? Screw-capped wines contributed more consistency in flavor. The wine ages more slowly than in bottles closed with a cork, which aged not only more rapidly but more variously too. It includes the elimination of the nasty smell that TCA gives out from ‘cork taint’. A screw-cap provides better insulation to the wine from oxygen than cork. The alumin