03 Feb Packaging Europe highlights the benefits of non-refillable aluminum caps
Elisabeth Skoda from Packaging Europe spoke to Guido Aufdemkamp, the communications director of the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), to find out more about the closures’ advantages and about the decision to include aluminium closure manufacturers in the association.
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EAFA, offers comprehensive market research, providing statistics, production data and information on sustainability. Aluminium closures are also promoted via the recently launched ‘Aluminium Closures – Turn 360°’ campaign, featuring a website available in five major European languages, i.e. English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
“It was born after members expressed the need for an umbrella campaign showing the benefits of aluminium closures. In addition, we do a lot on networking and manage conferences, where all the members meet on a regular basis, networking and meeting suppliers,” explains Mr Aufdemkamp.
It is important to EAFA to try and include the benefits of aluminium closures as objectively as possible. “Our key objective is to promote our own material and not side against others” adds Mr Aufdemkamp.
On the other hand, Mr Aufdemkamp comments that in a Life Cycle Analysis for closures, both cork system and aluminium screw cap systems were compared, showing that the closure only had a small impact on the analysis, and that the wine was the biggest factor.
“Cork taint is to blame for between about two and five per cent of bottled production. End consumers used to accept it with wine, but attitudes are slowly changing, and the aluminium screw cap is really favourable compared to other systems. On top of that, depending on design, aluminium closures are cheaper than traditional closures,” he concludes.