Colep and Henkel Collaborate on Lightweight Cans


Consumer goods packaging and contract manufacturer Colep has collaborated with Henkel on lightweight tinplate cans for the former’s professional hair styling brand Syoss.

The aim is to provide customers with more sustainable packaging solutions which use less materials, energy and water. The cans are being used for 400ml and 500ml hairspray products for the Syoss, Indola, Silhouette, Coiffeur and Rilken brands.

“Combining mathematical models, process investments and new materials, we are reducing the material consumption in the three metal components,” said Colep industrial director, metal packaging Jose Oliveira. “In this case, we are reducing the wall thickness of the aerosols by around 22%, using ‘double reduction’ material - harder material with lower wall thickness - in combination with a new seaming station. In this way, we can obtain the same performance, mechanical and chemical resistance assuring all the safety requests.”

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Philippe Blank, head of packaging innovation & sustainability at Henkel’s beauty care division added: “The Syoss hair styling aerosol cans have been reduced by 18% in weight, which is a significant saving associated with the classical 3-piece tinplate can manufacturing process. Our continued commitment to reduce our environmental footprint by teaming up with strategical suppliers to work on sustainable joint development projects has been proven again with Colep. Finally, the new double-reduced tinplate aerosol cans deliver an important contribution to reach our corporate sustainability goals to achieve more with less and enable us to save up to 1,000 tons of CO2.”

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