Used in epoxy lacquers since the 1960s, bisphenol A (BPA) has been banned in some markets because of studies that linked it with health problems. Our new BPA-NI (bisphenol-A non-intentionally included) pre-lacquered steel for aerosol mounting cups has now been approved by major brands. It offers comparable performance to BPA solutions, and complements our BPA-NI tabstocks and ends.
Strong demand for alternatives
Although a 2015 scientific opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) found it posed no health risks to consumers, BPA has been banned in France for food contact applications and is subject to mandatory labelling in the state of California. This has driven strong customer demand for alternatives, leading us to develop a BPA-NI pre-lacquered steel for aerosol mounting cups alongside the BPA-NI steels we had already developed for tabstocks and ends.
In testing, our BPA-NI product performed as well as traditional epoxy products that contain BPA, particularly for water and alcohol-based simulants. Alongside this innovation, we have already developed a chromium-free (Cr-free) passivated tinplate coated with a BPA-NI lacquer. BPA-NI steel for aerosol mounting cups became available to customers towards the end of 2018.