VCI Film History

A History of VCI and the Birth of VCI Film

Corrosion has been called the silent and pervasive menace. It has caused catastrophic structural failures that have brought down bridges, destroyed roadways, sunk ships, and collapsed buildings.

Results of global industry analysis place rust and corrosion costs at over $400 billion dollars in the U.S. alone. Global market segments as varied as aerospace, automotive, defense, foundry and casting, heavy machinery, international export, linear rail and metal stamping battle the destructive force of corrosion everyday.

We are fortunate to live in a world where Boselon® exists as the ideal rust prevention packaging method. However, this wasn’t always the case. Below is the history of VCI, which inspired the creation of Boselon® and its continuous improvement as an industry leader in corrosion prevention.


Prior to Aicello developing Boselon® as the world’s first ever volatile corrosion inhibiting (VCI) film, there were only messy and dangerous packaging methods from which to choose.

In the 1940’s, Shell Oil Company developed a chemical called Dichan (Dicyclohexylammonium Nitrite) which was used by the U.S. military. This type of VCI was an improvement from the use of oils and greases as it allowed parts to be unpacked and used immediately. However, over the next couple decades as health assessments became more advanced, the need for better solutions became apparent.

By the 1960’s, it was common practice for many automotive original equipment managers to use VCI paper for rust prevention. However, VCI paper wasn’t able to provide a sealed environment. To create this sealed environment, VCI paper needed to be used in conjunction with polyethylene bags. As a result, each metal part was first wrapped in VCI paper and then in a polyethylene bag to create a rust-free environment.

Less Packaging Yet More Effective VCI Protection

Less Packaging Yet More Effective VCI Protection

Aicello Corporation recognized the inefficiency of the double wrapping process and was determined to find a solution. Aicello’s idea was to develop a new form of polyethylene film that would incorporate VCI properties within it – thereby eliminating the need for double wrapping VCI paper and polyethylene bags.

In the late 1960’s, Aicello began research and development work on its revolutionary new film and soon had sample products for testing. The first test was performed by wrapping various metal automotive parts in Aicello’s new packaging film and shipping it overseas in ocean containers. After several months of transportation, the parts were unwrapped and all proved to be rust free.

In 1969, Aicello officially introduced Boselon® to the market. Boselon® was the world’s first VCI film and its use immediately began to spread throughout the automotive industry as it was an obvious upgrade to the inefficient packaging of VCI paper while also avoiding the mess and fuss of oils and greases.

A Clearly Superior Difference

Boselon® also had the additional advantage of being a clear film. Whereas parts wrapped in opaque VCI paper needed to be unpackaged for inspection, parts wrapped in Boselon®‘s transparent film could now be visually inspected without opening the sealed environment and exposing the parts to the elements.

Since its introduction, Boselon®‘s use has continued to grow. It provides superior workability, a safe product with excellent rust prevention, and reduces the amount of packaging material used.

Parts Arriving with Rust Cause Headaches and Slow Production
Leading with Innovation

Leading with Innovation

Today, Boselon® has a commanding share of the global VCI film market. It leads with an over 75% VCI film market share throughout Asia, with an even higher market share in Japan, and is used in various markets throughout the world. Aicello’s R&D practices work to continuously improve the Boselon® product creating additional grades for each industry and use, and positioning Boselon® for continued market growth.

This commitment to continuous innovation allows Boselon® to not only be the world’s first VCI film, but the world’s best VCI film. Through Aicello’s dedication to continuous improvement, Boselon® is constantly getting better and expanding the global VCI film market.

Boselon® is at Your Service with Expert Personal Support

Step 1

Tell Us Your Rust Problem or Need

Your Boselon® representative can help with an existing rust issue or work with you on VCI film and rust prevention packaging for future projects.

Step 2

BOSELON®’s Engineers the Solution

Boselon®’s corrosion protection specialists will work diligently to find the perfect rust prevention packaging products to meet your needs while providing custom designs that take into account your shipping and storage requirements.

Step 3

100% Customer Satisfaction

Boselon®’s quality VCI products are the most trusted and dependable for clients in the United States as well as for global customers.
Step 4

Rust Worries Disappear

Boselon®’s unique properties combined with their specialists’ know-how will solve your rust issues — for good!

Boselon® is at Your Service with Expert Personal Support

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