Packaging accounts for around one-fifth of all aluminum use. Because of its qualities, aluminum has few rivals when it comes to the packaging of food, beverages and pharmaceuticals. Aluminum packaging is light and unbreakable but not bulky. Lower energy consumption is achieved and there are reduced distribution and recycling costs because transportation costs are kept to a minimum. The high thermal conductivity of aluminum also spells energy savings when drinks in aluminum cans are refrigerated.

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