Posted November 09, 2018 07:27:47 The aluminium foil we use to make our food, drinks, and household products is a miracle material.
But despite being one of the most widely used and most environmentally friendly materials, it’s a finite resource.
That’s where aluminum foil producers in Australia have found a way to make it even more sustainable.
“It’s a sustainable material that’s really good for the environment,” says Andrew McQueen, an aluminium foil producer based in Brisbane.
“There’s nothing like it out there.”
While aluminium foil production is already a big industry, the industry has been struggling for a long time.
It was a huge industry, but it wasn’t profitable.
The biggest threat to its survival was the high cost of aluminum foil.
A single piece of aluminium foil is about $15 per kilogram.
This means it’s still expensive for the average Australian to make their own aluminum foil and to have it delivered.
That is, unless you live in a remote region where the cost of producing aluminium foil drops drastically.
And in those places, there is a large market for aluminium foil.
“In the remote areas, there are really good aluminium foil producers and there are good prices,” says McQueen.
“The main challenge is the cost.”
It costs about $8 per kilo to make a kilogram of aluminium foils.
That means that even in the most remote areas where aluminium foil prices are low, a person would need to spend about $1,400 just to get a kilo of foil.
That makes the aluminium foil industry in Australia incredibly expensive.
“But you can make aluminium foil for a really low price,” says John Brown, a business development manager with a Perth-based aluminum foil company.
“You can make it at home for a little less than $500.”
That’s when Brown and his team at Aluminium Foil Company set out to create a way of making aluminium foil for less than a buck.
“I don’t think it’s that cheap, but we were making a lot of it and we knew we could make it,” Brown says.
Brown and company began by buying aluminum foil from a local supplier.
“We started with about $2,000 worth of aluminium, and it’s been quite a journey,” Brown explains.
“A lot of people said it would take us a while to get our product here.”
After a year of hard work and a lot more investment, the company has a finished product with a price tag of about $4,000 per kilobyte.
But that doesn’t mean it’s cheap to make.
“What we do is we put a lot into quality control, and we’ve got an amazing supply chain,” Brown said.
“If you want to make the best product you need to know your quality control system, because there’s so many factors to take into account.”
When it comes to the quality control of the aluminium foiled foil, Brown says that the company looks for three things.
“One is the purity of the material,” he says.
“When you look at these things, you know, ‘What are the biggest costs?'” “
Finally, we look at the cost,” Brown continues.
“When you look at these things, you know, ‘What are the biggest costs?'”
The first big problem with aluminium foil Production for aluminium foiling is one of quality control.
“First of all, if you look, the quality of the aluminum foils is pretty low,” Brown explained.
“At the end of the day, it will cost about $3 to make an aluminium foildie.”
But the company is working to improve on this.
“Our aluminium foilled foil has a good amount of polyester in it,” he said.
Polyester is a synthetic fibre that is highly flammable and can leach out of the foil.
The aluminium foilt has a lower melting point than the polyester.
That reduces the risk of fire and causes the foil to have a better surface finish.
But it also means the aluminium will be more likely to catch fire and explode.
“Polyester is really flammant, so it’s really important to keep it away from flames and it should be used in a way that will minimize the risk,” Brown adds.
“That’s really where the risk comes from.”
The company’s first major step in improving the quality and quality control was to develop an aluminium plating process that would increase the stability of the foiled aluminum foil as it was being rolled and pressed into a sheet.
“This plating is very much about creating a better product, so there’s a lot less friction and there’s less smoke,” Brown added.
He says the process involves coating the foil in a polymer coating.
The polyester is then rolled into a roll and then pressed onto the foil using a press and roller.
This process allows for a greater amount of heat to be transferred to the foil, which means it can be used longer and the foil will last longer. “All