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A leader in Europe

Ardagh is at the forefront of metal packaging production, with 55 production facilities across Europe. We are the pioneers and global leaders in production methods such as DWI (Draw and Wall Ironing) and have introduced breakthrough opening solutions such as Easip®, OptiLift® and Easy Peel®.

With numerous dedicated research and development facilities across Europe, we employ more than 100 scientists, researchers and designers who focus on product and process innovation. Internationally recognised with over 100 innovation awards, Ardagh is truly shaping the future of metal packaging.

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Beverage cans

Ardagh Group provides a wide range of beverage cans in many shapes and sizes to high volume segments of the drinks market including beers, flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs), wine, soft drinks, energy drinks and tea. Our beverage cans are available in standard, sleek and slim ranges. We also cater for specialty sizes.

Our dedicated R&D team constantly works to develop ideas for new functions, shapes and decors for beverage cans. Continuous refinement of product and process technology make beverage cans a high-quality, innovative and environment-friendly form of packaging.

Key research focuses include:

  • Alternative printing techniques for strong brand presentation and enhanced customer loyalty
  • Visual effects to positively influence consumer purchase decisions at the point of sale, including innovations that provide our customers with functional added value
  • Continuous refinement of beverage cans with a view to factors such as environment protection, for example by weight reduction and resource economy

Our Customer Technical Service (CTS) team is dedicated to optimising the performance of our packaging on over 400 customer filling lines.

Our service portfolio ranges from simple technical assistance to a comprehensive audit of an entire customer filling facility.

By adopting the latest in technological analysis and industry best practice we are able to match the efficiency of our packaging to individual customer requirements with the aim of improving overall performance.

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Ardagh Group provides a wide range of beverage cans in many shapes and sizes to high volume segments of the drinks market including beers, flavoured alcoholic beverages (FABs), wine, soft drinks, energy drinks and tea. Our beverage cans are available in standard, sleek and slim ranges. We also cater for specialty sizes.

Our dedicated R&D team constantly works to develop ideas for new functions, shapes and decors for beverage cans. Continuous refinement of product and process technology make beverage cans a high-quality, innovative and environment-friendly form of packaging.

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Aerosols

Ardagh Group is a leader in steel and aluminium aerosols. Markets include personal care, household, pharmaceuticals, food and industrial. As an innovator in both product and process we are constantly pushing the boundaries of shaping and decoration with a full range of exciting techniques including freestyle body shaping, 360° decoration, blow-shaping, die-necking, embossing and debossing.

Ardagh offers 3-piece metal aerosols in a full range of products and services. Steel aerosols can be blow-shaped with air pressure by up to 30% of the original size, offering a variety of shapes. To enhance your brand and product we also provide full-colour printing as well as embossing, debossing and beading techniques.

Our steel aerosols range from a 45mm to a 65mm diameter and a filling capacity between 100ml and 750ml. Necked in and straight walled aerosols are available for all sizes.

Our technological expertise of slug extruded aluminium aerosols allows us to make ultra-light aerosols at high-speed, which opens up new opportunities for creativity & design in packaging. Our freestyle body shaping and 360° decoration possibilities help to highlight your brand at the point of sale. Aluminium aerosols are shaped through die-necking or debossing processes featuring many shaping possibilities.

Our aluminium aerosols range from 35mm to 66mm diameter and a brim capacity of between 59ml and 800 ml.

Ardagh Group is a leader in steel and aluminium aerosols. Markets include personal care, household, pharmaceuticals, food and industrial. As an innovator in both product and process we are constantly pushing the boundaries of shaping and decoration with a full range of exciting techniques including freestyle body shaping, 360° decoration, blow-shaping, die-necking, embossing and debossing.

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Food

Ardagh provides a wide range of steel and aluminum cans in many shapes and sizes to high volume segments of the food market. Customers benefit from our continuous investment in the latest production and processing technology, ensuring sustainable, cost-effective and innovative product solutions.

Metal cans are modern, convenient and protective, enabling ambient storage for a wide range of foods. They are an excellent way to preserve food naturally; no preservatives are needed, as they lock in vitamins, minerals and flavour.

Metal packaging minimises wastage of natural products such as fruit and vegetables, enables distribution to consumers across continents and provides an effective moisture and oxygen barrier for dried products, such as baby formula and nuts.

Ardagh manufactures a wide range of standard shapes and sizes in 2 and 3-piece options, with convenience-opening solutions such as Easip® or OptiLift® and in a range of diameters and heights. We also produce the thinnest easy-opening ends in the world.

Our range includes conical, rectangular and oval shaped cans for multi and single-serve use. We use the latest manufacturing technologies (including DWI and DRD) in the production of both steel and aluminium packaging. We are the only producer of DWI cans in continental Europe and are a leader in DWI food packaging in Europe.

We offer a range of single-serve bowls, perfect for products such as desserts, fruit salads, pâté and spreads, in 2-piece steel and aluminium shapes. Our bowls are suitable for retort processes, do not require chilling and are available with various opening solutions. We are European leaders in low-cost DWI food can technology, with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities across the globe.

All the metals and lacquers used in our cans are rigorously tested for their suitability for food packaging. We use advanced techniques, such as accelerated shelf life, to determine the most appropriate specifications for our customers and to explore opportunities for continuous optimisation and down-gauging.

At Ardagh, we’re not just making cans, we’re creating the future of food packaging. We offer technology, expertise, innovation, vast geographical spread and full end-to-end supply chain service.

Our highly-acclaimed ‘next generation can’, a packaging solution based on 10 years of research and development, has raised the bar in terms of innovation. Using nitrogen dosing techniques, the can wall is 43% thinner, giving an overall material saving of 15% versus a standard industry food can.

Ardagh offers DWI cans (Drawn, Walled and Ironed) across the globe. DWI is an advanced metal can making process, which differs from traditional 3 piece can manufacturing in that the can is formed in two stages. In the DWI process, the main body and base are formed together in one piece via an extrusion and pressing process, rather than using a rolling and seaming process. It enables Ardagh to continue the process of down gauging (weight reduction). Manufacturers have been able to reduce the weight of metal cans through technical and design improvements such as these and cans today are 33% lighter than they were 20 years ago.

The ultra-convenient metal bowl with Easy Peel® we created was the first time that canned vegetables could be sold in a 2-piece bowl. Smaller and more attractive than a traditional can, the new design makes the product more appealing to consumers looking for a healthy snack between meals. For food producers there is an additional attraction, as they can use their existing closure equipment with only minor modifications.

OptiLift® is a startlingly simple, yet highly effective, effortless opening solution. Pioneered by Ardagh’s Research and Development Centre in Crosmières, France, this inventive can opening solution uses a finger-well beneath the tab to ensure an intuitively easy positioning of the finger to give an improved grip for easy lifting.

Key to this innovation is the flex panel; convex during the seaming process, it achieves automatic concavity after sterilisation, without the need for mechanical manipulation. OptiLift® has a common lid and tab design and it also offers a material savings of 15%.

Ardagh provides a wide range of steel and aluminum cans in many shapes and sizes to high volume segments of the food market. Customers benefit from our continuous investment in the latest production and processing technology, ensuring sustainable, cost-effective and innovative product solutions.

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Aluminium bottles

Aluminium bottle packaging is a growing market sector worldwide. Ardagh produces a wide range of aluminium bottles that suit all beverage types. Aluminium bottles offer a premium packaging for your brand, they are light and unbreakable and are excellent for single serve portions.

We provide high definition, 6 colour dry offset printing with many special effects such as matt finishes, glow in the dark, thermo chromic and glitter effects making your brand truly stand out. We will soon be introducing the first aluminium screw top bottles for regular filling lines.

Aluminium bottles are available with a fill volume of between 150ml to 500ml and special sizes upon request. Aluminium bottles can be filled at high speed on traditional glass bottling lines and do not require technical investments.

Product filling possibilities for aluminium bottles are endless and include beers, energy drinks, wine and spirits, carbonated soft drinks, RTD’s, alcopops, juices, convenience drinks, teas and dairy products. Pasteurizing and hot filling is also an option.

100% of the bottle surface can be decorated and profile 53 bottles are available with a solid high white or brushed aluminium substrate. Bottles are currently available with a pry-off crown 26mm or a maxi P pull-off crown.

Aluminium bottle packaging is a growing market sector worldwide. Ardagh produces a wide range of aluminium bottles that suit all beverage types. Aluminium bottles offer a premium packaging for your brand, they are light and unbreakable and are excellent for single serve portions.

We provide high definition, six colour dry offset printing with many special effects such as matt finishes, glow in the dark, thermo chromic and glitter effects making your brand truly stand out. We will soon be introducing the first aluminium screw top bottles for regular filling lines.

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Kegs

Ardagh offers a variety of kegs with high quality print finishes that create product differentiation and add shelf appeal. Suitable for beer and other liquids, our kegs feature convenient tapping technology for ease of use and an integrated pressure system that ensures freshness after opening.

Our 5 litre keg combines innovative extreme shaping with pre-distortion decoration. Special thermographic ink lets the customer know when the beer has reached the optimum drinking temperature and an internal carbon dioxide pressure system keeps the beer fresh for up to 30 days.

The TopKeg Plus offers a new way of tapping with an integrated compensator tap lever. The CO2 pressure control system keeps the chilled beer airtight and fresh for an entire month. The keg can be conveniently stored in your fridge and the tapping system gives a great glass of beer with an excellent taste.

The CO2 cartridge can be activated by simply turning the activation button. You can regulate the jet and foam with the compensating valve. The keg is easy to carry, because of an integrated carrying handle on the top.

The convenient tapping technology of our party keg allows an easy and professional way to serve a fresh drink. The kegs fit conveniently in the fridge and are available in 3.1 and 5 litre sizes, meaning that customers can enjoy fresh beer at home for barbeques or parties. An ideal solution!

Ardagh recently introduced the 11 litre keg with modular system and fitting with snap on mounting. This keg can be filled on existing filling lines (standing, over the filling hole or on head standing, over the fitting). The kegs can be delivered with assembly grip top or completely mounted, depending on filling.

Ardagh offers a variety of kegs with high quality print finishes that create product differentiation and add shelf appeal. Suitable for beer and other liquids, our kegs feature convenient tapping technology for ease of use and an integrated pressure system that ensures freshness after opening.

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Nutrition

The Nutrition market is one of the most demanding for packaging producers as it requires the most stringent hygiene and quality standards. Ardagh has many internationally recognised accreditations in safety, quality, environmental and food safety, including ISO9001, ISO14001 and BRC/ILP. Innovative opening systems make delicate products such as infant formula not only safer but also more hygienic to use. Ardagh leads the way in this market and is trusted by many global brands.

Metal provides unique barrier qualities and robustness, crucial for markets such as infant formula sold in widely different climates. Whether it is for dry powder formula or wet dairy, metal is the perfect packaging material. It is tamper-proof, requires no refrigeration and provides a unique barrier for your product.

Exclusively developed for Nestlé’s infant formula, we created an award winning Deep Drawn End opening solution. A peelable aluminium foil provides easy access to the formula and serving spoon, along with a convenient space in the recessed end for storing the spoon.

Our Easy Peel® opening systems offer a patented ring pull rivet technology for added safety.

Metal packaging for nutrition, as well as ends, are manufactured at Ardagh’s six state-of-the-art facilities in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Czech Republic. Our packaging solutions are available in various sizes and range from 57 mm to 189 mm in diameter.

The Nutrition market is one of the most demanding for packaging producers as it requires the most stringent hygiene and quality standards. Ardagh has many internationally recognised accreditations in safety, quality, environmental and food safety, including ISO9001, ISO14001 and BRC/ILP. Innovative opening systems make delicate products such as infant formula not only safer but also more hygienic to use. Ardagh leads the way in this market and is trusted by many global brands.

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Seafood

Ardagh is a leading supplier of seafood packaging globally. We offer an extensive product portfolio and have production facilities in all the main canning zones globally.

Metal cans are the ideal packaging material for seafood. As well as providing the perfect barrier against oxygen and not requiring any refrigeration, it allows for the safe transportation of seafood over long distances, even in the most severe climates and the harshest of conditions.

Ardagh produces a wide variety of shapes in steel and aluminium seafood cans, including Club, Oblong, Hansa and Dingley. Cans are either non lithographed or provided with high quality print on body and end for maximum brand impact. Our state-of-the-art

2- and 3- piece DRD equipment offers packaging solutions for local consumption requirements as well as international standards, short runs and runners. Seafood cans are available with Easy Open and Easy Peel® ends for added convenience.

Ardagh is a leading supplier of seafood packaging globally. We offer an extensive product portfolio and have production facilities in all the main canning zones globally.

Metal cans are the ideal packaging material for seafood. As well as providing the perfect barrier against oxygen and not requiring any refrigeration, it allows for the safe transportation of seafood over long distances, even in the most severe climates and the harshest of conditions.

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Paints & coatings

For paints and coatings, metal packaging is the obvious choice. It’s strong and robust, it offers the best possible non-permeation to both water-based and solvent-based products and ensures a long shelf life.

As Europe’s market leader with dedicated facilities in seven countries, Ardagh manufactures packaging for all the major European brand owners in the DIY, trade, wood care, car-refinish, marine & protective and aerospace sectors.

Manufacturing is only the beginning of the service. We also offer full design and decoration, everything from litho printing to in-house labelling. Our network of facilities means that we can guarantee both a fast reaction time to market and expert back-up for customers throughout Europe. Our service teams have excellent business relationships with customers and are recognised for their ‘can do’ approach to problem solving.

Ardagh provides a diverse range of innovative, cost-effective and flexible solutions, including UN approved products, such as:

  • Can sizes from 100ml tester pots to 33ltr industrial pails
  • Cylindrical paint cans from 100ml to 5ltr
  • UN rectangle cans from 250ml to 30ltr
  • UN conical pails & hobbocks from 2.5ltr to 33ltr

All Ardagh paints and coatings sites are accredited with ISO9001 (Quality) and ISO 14001 (Environmental). We adopt Six-Sigma and Positive Release as part of our continuous improvement strategy. We offer customers a proactive service to meet their individual OTIF requirement. Through on-going investment and portfolio optimisation we can supply high quality products at competitive prices.

For paints and coatings, metal packaging is the obvious choice. It’s strong and robust, it offers the best possible non-permeation to both water-based and solvent-based products and ensures a long shelf life

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Custom

Ardagh provides a range of packaging for specialised markets such as dry foods, coffee and cigar tins. With our extensive experience in all market sectors, Ardagh offers innovative, cost-effective and convenient packaging, whether it is a standard or a custom made solution.

Ardagh manufactures a wide range of metal boxes for cigars and cigarillos. The hinged lid boxes are available in various diameters (such as 86x79mm, 95x90mm, 106x94mm, 103x50mm, 124x109mm, 128x122mm) and heights (such as 9mm, 14.5mm, 17mm). Direct offset print decorations on the lid, bottom and inside of box provide an excellent marketing tool.

We offer a wide range of rectangular 3-piece steel boxes with stepped lids for various market applications such as biscuits, that are available in a diameter of 230x215mm and various heights (50 to 102mm). The metal surface allows for attractive branding and allows your brand to stand out at the point of sale.

We manufacture peanut cans with a diameter of 83mm. They are necked in and are available at a standard height of 74mm with both Easy Open and Easy Peel® ends. Also promotional cans are available in a 90mm height with a six colour decoration.

We produce coffee cans in a wide range of heights and diameters giving your product a premium look and feel for both grounded coffee and beans. Recent surveys showed that Ardagh is regarded as a high quality, flexible supplier with short delivery times. All coffee cans are available with Easy Peel or Direct Peel closures.

Ardagh provides a range of packaging for specialised markets such as dry foods, coffee and cigar tins. With our extensive experience in all market sectors, Ardagh offers innovative, cost-effective and convenient packaging, whether it is a standard or a custom made solution.

The average shelf life for products in metal packaging is 3 years