The Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL) has welcomed its fifth member. APEAL confirmed the new member, Liberty Liège-Dudelange, which operates three steel production sites in two countries, joined the association on 16 October.
Liberty Liège-Dudelange is a subsidiary of international metals and industrial group Liberty House, part of the GFG Alliance. Tony Waite, president of APEAL, said: “We are delighted to welcome Liberty Liège-Dudelange to APEAL. It is a significant step in the drive to strengthen our industry, drive growth and improve the wider understanding of steel as a sustainable packaging solution, its unique properties contributing directly to its excellent recycling performance, and its ability to preserve food and reduce waste.”
“Europe is on a journey from a linear to a circular economy and we are all determined to help raise awareness of steel for packaging as a truly sustainable material and a positive choice for the environment,” said head of quality and product development at Liberty Liège-Dudelange, Jean-Francois Willem.
“APEAL is the reference for steel for packaging in Europe – joining the association is therefore the right choice for our company and the other members of APEAL.”
Steel packaging is used across multiple industries, including the aerosol industry. According to APEAL, 8% of all steel for packaging goes towards the production of aerosols.