The Almighty (Malleable) Sheet Of Metal

Where would we be today without the invention of the humble aluminium foil?

Before moving on, you need to understand that tin foil and aluminium foil aren’t the same things. While it’s true that tin foil was the metal sheet of choice prior to the rise of its aluminium counterpart’s inception, the former was ultimately supplanted by the latter by 1910.

How The Aluminium Foil Was Born

It was around the early 1900s that the first aluminium foil rolling plant — Dr. Lauber, Neher & Cie — was opened in Switzerland.

But prior to that, the aluminium manufacturing plant was owned by the team of J.G. Neher and his sons. Located at the foot of the Rhine Falls, the factory harnessed the energy of the massive waterfall to generate electricity. It was at this point that Neher’s sons and Dr. Lauber discovered the endless rolling process as well as the use of aluminium foil as a protective barrier. Soon after, the aluminium foil rolling plant was in operation!

The aluminium foil movement began to truly gain traction when some Swiss confectioneries started to use the flexible and cheaper material for the packaging of their sweets. One of which included the largest Swiss-based confectioneries at the time, Tobler who decided to wrap its chocolate bars (including the iconic triangular chocolate bar, Toblerone) in aluminium foil. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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