December 20: Coopers Brewery in Australia is the first drinks firm outside of Japan to launch a commercial product using cans with co-extruded polymer coatings. And it is considering switching from aluminium cans for all its beers.
Used for a special promotional run of Coopers’ Dr Tim’s Traditional Ale to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Flinders University in Adelaide, the cans were made by Amcor.
They are made from Protact, which has been under development by steelmaker Corus for a number of years and has found applications in aerosols, food and decorative containers.

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