Aluminum Foil Labels and the History of Aluminum Foil

Aluminum Foil LabelsOne of the more popular materials being used in the creation of labels these days is aluminum foil. Labels made out of this particular material are durable, have a shiny metallic look, and can be marked with the use of a variety of marking options. The marking options that you can use with this material include stamping, digital printing, and silkscreen printing, among others.

The thinness of this material makes it rather easy to work with since it is as thin as paper, yet has the metallic properties of aluminum. You can stamp designs on this material by hand, and can even write on these with the use of a ball-point pen, creating recessed designs in the process. Who do we credit for this wonderful invention that is not only used in the creation of tags and labels, but are also used for packaging needs and for wrapping items up for storage in your refrigerator and for cooking?

Before aluminum was used in foil form, there was already a metal foil available for use by people, and this was tin foil. While this earlier counterpart had the same properties in terms of thinness and being useful for the same applications, there was something wrong with it for people who wanted a more malleable foil metal. These were also known to leave a metal aftertaste on food that is wrapped in it, making whatever is wrapped in it rather unappealing to consume.

In 1910, aluminum took over tin as the better option for foil, and this came about with the opening of the foil rolling plant for aluminum in Switzerland, which was owned by J.G.Neher & Sons. This family manufactured aluminum, but they credit Dr. Lauber for the process associated with the creation of thin sheets of aluminum called aluminum foil. This paper thin piece of metal is made with a process called endless rolling process. The process was discovered three years earlier, in 1907, and was seen as a possible protective covering or barrier for food and other products.

The use of aluminum foil as a protective barrier for food first occurred when Toblerone, also a Swiss company, decided to wrap their chocolates in the metal foil. The following year, Maggi another food manufacturer also started using aluminum foil for their food packing needs, particularly for stock and soup cubes. In 1913, a US food company followed suit and started wrapping candy bars, gum and the popular candy with a hole, Lifesavers, in aluminum foil too.

From then on, the product started gaining considerable popularity as a better alternative to tin foil due to its malleability, versatility, and the fact that it does not leave any metal taste on the food it covers. Now it is used for many things that include packaging, insulation, art and décor, and the creation of aluminum foil labels.  

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