Most industries have their “hot topics”. In the world of food and beverage packaging, replacing bisphenol A (BPA) has long been top of the agenda.
Used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s, questions have been raised about BPA’s suitability for the manufacture of certain consumer products – including the coatings used inside beverage cans.
France was first to restrict its use in 2015, followed by California a year later. A major global movement is now underway to shift to BPANI for applications that involve direct contact with food.
Those alternatives have been coined BPANI (BPA non-intent) solutions, which refers to the fact that the chemical is not intentionally added. This transition initially posed some challenges for the manufacturers of packaging coatings, but AkzoNobel has started to firmly establish itself as an innovative key player developing and supplying BPANI products.
AkzoNobel R&D team has developed a new generation of BPANI coatings which goes beyond compliance and addresses materials of concern. As well as delivering flavor and pack performance, the new products also maintain can-making productivity and efficiency, therefore helping customers to control costs.
The company’s research into the new generation coatings resulted in the adoption of an acrylic technology platform. This meant that BPA wasn’t simply replaced, it was taken out completely.
AkzoNobel’s ongoing commitment to providing customers with more sustainable and innovative solutions highlights its role in providing quality coatings to the food and beverage industry.
By using sound chemistry and making the right choices now, we can ensure that the metal can – an infinitely recyclable and sustainable package – continues to be a package of choice in the future.
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