Aluminum foil can be used to do so many wonderful things. You can seal plastic bags, convert batteries, iron clothing faster, and even "foil" electronic pickpockets. When it comes to the moldable, shiny stuff, this is the best out there.
While there are a ton of cool hacks you can do with foil, it's probably the most useful when it comes to cooking and other more practical uses. When it comes to the best stuff around, Christine Cyr Clisset at The Sweethome recommends a foil that is malleable, unlikely to puncture, and is readily available:
We tested 18 top-rated foils only to find that classic Reynolds Wrap Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil ($8 for 125 feet) is still the best of the bunch—but not by much. We came to this conclusion after 20 hours of research and 15 hours of unrolling yards of foil to cover bowls, make campfire foil packets, and (in a couple of cases) sculpt alien-thwarting helmets.
Clisset and the rest of The Sweethome testers found that most heavy-duty foils will work just fine most uses, but Reynolds was just a little thicker and slightly more malleable. They also suggest you avoid the thinner standard foils completely, as they tend to puncture and tear easily.
Top five aluminium foil manufacturers in the world
Due to its versatility, ease of use and easy recyclability, aluminium foil turns out to become one of the most consumed aluminium products across the world. According to the Product Complexity Index (PCI), aluminium foil is the 275th most traded product in the world and the 281st most complex product. Aluminium foil can provide complete insulation to light, oxygen, moisture and bacteria making it the perfect product to be used in food and medicine packaging. Other applications of aluminium foil include beverage, confectionary, personal care, health care and other industrial uses. Since, aluminium foils are mostly used in packaging applications, developed economies are the top consumers of foil.
The global aluminium foil packaging market is expected to see high growth over coming years. The major growth is expected in the developing markets owing to strong economic growth and increasing middle class with growing disposable income. The change in life style which includes changed food habits has led to increased demand for packaging. Growing demand for ready to eat confectionaries and pharmaceutical products is the major drivers for aluminium foils industry.
We are looking at the top five aluminium foil manufacturers in the world on the basis of their product volume and market size. It is interesting to note that with the recent developments in the global aluminium market that has slowly shifted the production base to the East and particularly Asia, a number of new emerging players from China, India and Middle East have started taking market share from some of the oldest foil manufacturers from the U.S. The list is based on current available data and is dynamic depending on changing market conditions.
Amcor Limited is an Australian-based multinational packaging company. Amcor creates packaging solutions using flexibles and rigid plastics packaging, and products that protect food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, personal, home, and personal care goods. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, the company employs 27,000 people worldwide and has operations across 43 countries.
Zhejiang Junma Aluminium Industry
hejiang Junma Aluminium Industry is one of the largest manufacturer and exporter of Aluminium foil in China. Zhejiang Junma's aluminium foil rolling machines are supplied by world's first rate manufacturer roughing, and finishing mills, thickness testing instruments and high precision equipment. Zhejiang Junma aluminium Foil are widely used in cigarette package, food package, flexible package, electric package industries, etc. The total output of our company is 12,000tons per year. The company also has a household aluminium foil factory with a capacity of 80000rolls per day.
Novelis is the world leader in rolled aluminum products, delivering unique solutions for the most demanding global applications, such as beverage cans, automobiles, architecture and consumer electronics. Novelis is a global leader in rolling and the company is specialized in coil-coating, laminating, tray and container production. The company offers the whole range of opportunities to satisfy our customers’ requests. Their products are used in different markets including packaging and food containers.
Hindalco is India’s premier foil and foil laminates supplier in different variants – plain, laminated, lacquered and printed which are used for various packaging applications. The state-of-the-art foil rolling facilities incorporate the latest technology and offer a wide range of quality foils. The three German mills are fitted with “Automatic Shape & Gauge controls” for delivering high quality output and are capable of meeting requirements of sophisticated end applications.
Jumbo reels of foil are used as stock for manufacturing House Foil rolls. SRC stock in various thicknesses and widths is offered for manufacturing semi-rigid-containers. Hindalco has its own well established and widely distributed brands of house foil - “Freshwrapp” and “Superwrap”.
The entire range of products are not only well accepted in India but are also exported to several countries regularly.
Huawei Aluminium is a leading Chinese aluminium product manufacturer located in the capital of Henan Province, P.R. China. It takes 25 minutes to Zhengzhou International Airport from our company. Their products include Pharmaceutical foil, packaging foil, aluminium foil, aluminium plates etc. The products are widely used in railways, shipbuilding, automobile manufacturing, printing, electrical, electronics, packaging and other industries. Their products sell well throughout the country and are exported to the United States, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Britain, Italy, India and other countries and regions.
Other prominent companies in the aluminium foil manufacturing sector are:
Eurofoil is one of the leading suppliers of aluminum foil in Europe from its two plants in Dudelange, Luxembourg, and Rugles, France, and is a leading player in the market for tobacco consumer packaging products from its Berlin, Germany, operation. These businesses are supported by the Eurofoil Innovation Centre in Belvaux, Luxembourg. In 2012, Novelis sold three of its European aluminum foil and packaging plants to Eurofoil. The transaction includes foil rolling operations in Rugles, France; Dudelange, Luxembourg; and Berlin, Germany.
Eurofoil was established in 2012 by American Industrial Acquisition Corporation (“AIAC”). AIAC’s companies manufacture precision products and equipment for a wide variety of end markets, including food, pharmaceutical, petro-chemical, aerospace, defence, appliances, automotive, rail, refrigeration, construction and medical devices.
Carcano Antonio S.p.A. was established in 1880. Since then the company has been constantly evolving to become a solid company in the field of aluminium foil rolling and converting. Carcano Antonio S.p.A. works according to a completely integrated and traceable production process, from the raw material to the finished products, according to GMP and European standards UNI EN ISO 9001:2008 and UNI EN ISO 14001:04.
As one of the leading companies in the flat rolled aluminium sector, Assan Alüminyum is producing flat rolled aluminium products since its establishment in 1988. Assan Alüminyum is exporting to more than 70 countries around the world, led by the European Union and providing logistics advantage to its customers with its warehouses in various countries. It serves a large variety of sectors including distribution, construction, transportation, consumer durables and packaging.
Ess Dee Aluminium
Ess Dee Aluminium consists of the parent company, Division India Foils and its 100% subsidiary, Flex Art Foils Ltd. With over 100 years of collaborative experience, we are the leading providers of primary packaging solutions in the Asian Market, poised to expand horizons globally by consistently exceeding expectations.
For close to a century Division India Foils has been one of the largest producers and pioneers of Aluminium Foil in Asia. Ess Dee was the first in India to manufacture dedicated high-end pharmaceutical packaging products like Cold Form Blister and Child-Resistant-Blister packaging. The company’s product portfolio has significantly enhanced since then, now covering a wide range of sophisticated and technologically advanced products.