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Aluminum foil has improved our everyday lives since the early 1900s. Today, we count on foil for everything from food packaging to spacecraft insulation, cable wrap to medicine packets.


Aluminum foil reflects up to 98 percent of light and infrared heat.


Containers and packaging applications account for around two-thirds of the North American aluminum foil market.


The foil & packaging market for aluminum grew by 3.5 percent from 2010-2020.

Innovation in Action

Aluminum foil’s high thermal conductivity, coupled with comparatively low cost and formability, allows for a high level of energy efficiency within the smallest possible space—giving companies plenty of opportunities to develop innovative uses.

When you hear the words aluminum foil, odds are you immediately picture the household foil we all have in our pantries. But did you know it has also supported missions to space? 

Aluminum Foil Protects What Matters

Aluminum foil provides a complete barrier to light, oxygen, moisture and bacteria. For this reason, foil is used extensively in food and pharmaceutical packaging. Aluminum foil is also used to make aseptic packaging. This type of packaging enables storage of perishable goods without refrigeration.

Foil side of a medical blister pack

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