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Crown Holdings is considering building its third beverage canmaking plant in Spain as a first step toward the conversion of that market from steel to aluminium can manufacturing, a process that would take the next couple of years.

The company is the only remaining canmaker manufacturing steel beverage cans in Spain, where it has two beverage can plants with five lines.

Crown’s chief executive Timothy Donahue had previously commented that the five lines would be converted to four with aluminium, of which two lines would be new.

Now he has confirmed that a new canmaking operation would enable the company to transition to aluminium from steel without having to shut down lines in what is Europe’s second-largest beverage can market and where the company is “relatively sold out”.

In this issue we bring you the news that the location for what will be Spain’s sixth beverage canmaking plant will be Valencia.

Also in this issue is news about a blow-moulding process developed by Canada’s Montebello Packaging that will enable it to offer aluminium bottles in asymmetric shapes from October, with minimum orders down to 30,000 bottles.

Montebello has been working on a way to shape an aluminium bottle with flutes, embossing, debossing, and various fine details. The company employs technology where aluminium preforms, understood to be impact-extruded and printed, are then expanded by high-pressure air inside a mould with registration to the graphics.

It is precisely the type of development worthy of a prize at The Cans of the Year Awards. Our office in the UK is still receiving entries to the competition this month. Entry deadline has been extended to 25 August and all samples must be received by this date.

Short-listed entries will be displayed at The Canmaker Summit, being held at Gleneagles, Scotland, on 24-25 October, where the winners will be announced.

If you can fit only one more convention in your diary this year,The Canmaker Summit is the one.

Mónica Higuera