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Exceptional Versatility for General Line Container Applications

Packaging steels have become indispensable for containing paints, solvents and other flammable and combustible products used by consumers and industries. The variety of steel can shapes and sizes provides the right package for thousands of nonfood products ranging from paint cans to shoe polish, waxes, aerosol sprays, finishes and lighter fluids.

Aerosol Cans Deliver Safety and Convenience

Only the aerosol can provides the variation of propellant pressure and the range of spray patterns and particle sizes that make a multitude of products possible for industrial and consumer use. More than 90 percent of all aerosol cans are made from steel and are completely recyclable when empty after normal use. Aerosols are the package for more than 1,500 different products ranging from lubricants, paints and finishes to personal, medical and household products.

Because the aerosol can is hermetically sealed, its products won’t leak, spill or evaporate. Packages are tamper-resistant, and product shelf life is extended. Many medical and convenience products, such as asthma inhalers and shaving cream, are available to consumers only through aerosol packaging. Controlled dispensing, premixed contents and convenience add up to efficient use of cost-effective products packaged in steel aerosol cans.

It is a myth that aerosol products are harmful to the environment. Since 1978, virtually all aerosol products - 98 percent of those made and sold in the United States - have not contained chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as a propellant. The less than 2 percent of total aerosol products made in the U.S. that do contain some level of CFCs are primarily medical and pharmaceutical items and are classified as essential products by the U.S. government.

The Safe package for Flammable Liquids

Manufacturers of paint and other flammable/combustible products choose steel for strength, durability an stackability in warehouses, and because they look great on retail shelves. More importantly, they select steel containers for fire safety. In the event of a fire, the qualities of steel containers are unmatched in protecting against product loss, damage and possibly higher insurance costs. According to a recent study conducted by fire safety experts at Schirmer Engineering Corporation, steel containers have been proven to be significantly more fire- resistant than plastic containers in numerous fire tests conducted during the past decade. Packaging in steel containers means reduced pool fires, less seepage of contaminant into the ground and fewer problems with insurance underwriters and fire marshals in a fire situation.

  • The variety of steel and shapes and sizes provides the right package for thousands of nonfood products ranging from paint cans to shoe polish, waxes, aerosol sprays, finishes and lighter fluids.
  • Aerosols are the package for more than 1,500 different products ranging from lubricants, paints and finishes to personal, medical and household products.
  • A fire extinguishes itself within 22 minutes without activating the sprinkler system in tests conducted by Southwest Research Institute in conjunction with Hughes Associates with support from American Iron and Steel Institute. The tests used a pallet of one-gallon steel containers of paint thinner. Although some plastic caps melted during the tests, all 180 steel container remained intact, and no product contributed to the fire.
  • In tests of plastic containers flames nearly reached ceiling height in less than two minutes. Leaking paint thinner creates a pool fire 12 feet in diameter. Sprinklers ultimately control the fire, but not before the water spreads it to the edges of the building.