Unilever cuts its carbon footprint with Ball’s ReAl cans

Weight-saving technology is being used for the relaunch by Unilever of Rexona and Sure antiperspirant aerosol sprays in Europe.The aluminium cans are made by Ball Corporation, which is rolling out its ReAl technology, enabling the containers to be made 20 percent lighter.In the impact extrusion process for making aluminium monobloc cans, pure aluminium slugs are the raw material. But...

Canmaking industry body formed in South Africa

An organisation that will represent the interests of the metal packaging industry in South Africa has been formed.MetPac-SA, which has membership within the canmaking business, its suppliers and customers, will focus on establishing the industry as a valuable and recognised contributor to sustainability throughout the supply chain, and beyond, says its chief executive Delanie Bezuidenhout.“We will support and represent...

“Solid start” for Crown as it increases beverage can capacity

Metal packaging manufacturer Crown Holdings has outlined its new environmental sustainability goals up to 2020 in a submission to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) climate change program.
With four beverage can plant projects due to increase its capacity, Crown says that it is off to a “solid start” this year with net profits up 35 percent in the first quarter compared with the same period in 2016.Sales were up marginally by 0.4 percent at US$1.90 billion on the back of increased beverage, food and aerosol can...

Special Ardagh finishes for American Lager brewed in St Louis

Canmaker Ardagh has helped design and manufacture cans with a special finish for the launch of a lager produced in St Louis, Missouri, by craft brewer Urban Chestnut Brewing.Urban Underdog, an on-premise-only American Lager available at local bars and restaurants, has been packed in 16oz cans with a matt finish.Co-founded by David Wolfe and Florian Kuplent in 2010, Urban...

Special effects draw attention to Crown’s speciality cans in Paris

The full range of shapes, textures and special effects that are possible in metal packaging will be displayed by the speciality packaging unit of canmaker Crown at a gift packaging show being held in Paris in June.Crown says that metal as a packaging material has many attributes that make it ideal for promotional and gift products. From square and...

Ball’s Widget Can relaunched for the craft brewing industry

The draft-beer experience in which a foamy head is produced when poured from a can is being revived for the craft brewing industry at this week’s Craft Brewers Conference in Washington DC.Ball says that its Widget Can provides a “bigger head, a longer cascade and a smoother and creamier mouth feel that other nitrogen-dosed alternatives can’t deliver”.The predecessors of...

Diversity championed with skin-coloured cans from Skol in Brazil

Beverage cans star in two campaigns developed by advertising agency F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi in Brazil.Leading Brazilian beer brand Skol, part of Anheuser-Busch InBev, has launched a special-edition run of cans in a spectrum of skin colours in a campaign that celebrates diversity.Consumers can pre-order packs of six-cans of Skolors at skol.com.brAlso part of Anheuser-Busch InBev, soft drink brand...

New colour management program for beverage can design and printing

A new approach to colour management by INX International Ink Co is being introduced at this week’s Craft Brewers Conference in Washington DC.Part of the INX Colour Perfection program, the INX Color Catalog is claimed to offer advanced digital proofing, best-in-class ink, and the ability to potentially reduce inventory levels.INX says it created its Color Catalog to be the...

NAPIM honours Dave Weller with Ink Pioneer Award

The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) in the US awarded the Printing Ink Pioneer Award to Dave Waller, INX International Ink Co’s vice president of sales - North America, at its recent annual convention in Florida.“Dave was really deserving of this award and everyone in the INX family are very happy for him,” said Rick Clendenning, president...