Permit enables shipment of more sustainable, lighter weight aerosols
Crown Holdings subsidiary Crown Aerosol Packaging North America is the first metal packaging supplier to receive a permit exempting the company from US Department of Transport (DOT) regulations on the transportation of pressurised products.
The DOT standard, established in the 60s and part of the 49 Code of Federal Regulations, specifies that metal used in aerosol cans must be a certain thickness for safe transportation. Crown’s exemption is based on advances in lightweighting and double seaming technology and means the company’s customers can enhance their own sustainability platforms thanks to resource reduction and weight savings, which translate to decreased fuel costs during transportation.
Crown has also secured a similar exemption from Transport Canada.
“As leaders in the metal packaging industry, we place a high priority on safety,” said Crown Aerosol Packaging North America president, Andy Bolton. “But it was clear that this particular standard needed to be challenged, as it did not reflect the evolution of aerosol technology since the regulation was first established. We are pleased that the DOT has recognised that while today’s aerosol cans are lighter in weight, they still meet stringent safety requirements for transport.”