Aluminum for pharmaceutical industry

Aluminum was discovered in 1809 by Sir Humphrey Davy and first isolated in 1825 by Hans C. Oersted. However, initially, and despite being the third most abundant element in the earth’s crust, it was considered a semi-precious metal and therefore only applied in luxury works due to its high cost of production. Only at the end of the nineteenth century, with the increase of production and consequent reduction of prices, this metal began to be used also in the production of kitchen utensils. But it was only in the beginning of the twentieth century that aluminum alloys with high mechanical properties began to be developed and produced, which finally allowed them to be used in another industries.


One of those is the pharmaceutical industry. For which, the packaging of its products have extreme importance because, in addition to maintain the quality of them, this can also become the ideal and unique identification of a brand in the market.

Aluminum for pharmaceutical industry


Aluminum has unparalleled properties and unique features such as:

  • ability to completely exclude humidity, microorganisms (bacteria), light, oxygen and other gases;
  • protection between the product and the external environment, creating the necessary barrier between both;
  • is not reactive with the product and does not add odor or taste;
  • it is not toxic or dangerous to health because it do not contains plasticizers and is environmentally friendly;
  • makes dispensing easy but at the same time is “child-resistant”;
  • can be hermetically sealed, and its improved sealing for thermoformed films ensures high performance;
  • is moldable and easily adaptable to packaging production equipment;
  • “long shelf life”.


Because all of these it perfectly fits in all the requirements for its use in pharmaceutical packaging which makes it their primary material – the one that is used in direct contact with the product, involving it and keeping it safe.


There are also other important benefits related to its use:

  • Aluminum foil can be easily coated, laminated, printed, cut or split, cold formed and embossed which qualifies it as an extremely versatile tool for the packaging designer.
  • Guaranteed efficiency in blister lines with proven processability.


According to the “Product Complexity Index” (PCI), aluminum foil is the 275th most traded product in the world and the 281st most complex, being the most important non-ferrous metal.

Lodec Jinshu is able to supply worldwide a wide range of products namely aluminium foil, aluminium sheets, aluminium plates and aluminium tubes in a large variety of alloys and sizes to highest quality standards. Our offer also includes blister sheets for the pharmaceutical industry for competitive prices, as well as flexible financial solutions and a competent, experienced, reliable and always available team to help you. We look forward to your contact to provide quotations and innovative solutions tailored to your business.

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