SLAC Precision Equipment to acquire assets of OKL Can Line

Suzhou SLAC Precision Equipment has received court approval through its US subsidiary SLAC USA LLC to purchase the assets of OKL Can Line Inc, and Allcan Global Service Inc.The move is said to be part of SLAC Precision's global strategy to expand its operations into the D&I bodymaker and trimmer market.Founded in 1984, Cincinnati, Ohio-based OKL specialises in...

Circular Economy Package to be adopted by the EU

Higher recycling rates for metal food and drinks cans, the creation of new jobs and cost savings for businesses could result from the adoption of the Circular Economy Package (CEP) by the EU.Brussels-based APEAL (Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging), has welcomed the decision following years of campaigning for its acceptance.“Whilst the final formal endorsement will take...

Crown’s sales jump by 16 percent in the first quarter

Strong growth in its global beverage can segment helped boost sales at Crown Holdings by an impressive 16 percent in the first quarter of 2018.While volumes of beverage cans grew by 3 percent, with ‘notable gains’ in Brazil, South East Asia and the US lifting segment sales by 12.5 percent, the biggest growth compared with the same quarter last...

Aluminium beverage can recycling rate hits 72 percent in UK

The recycling rate for aluminium drinks cans in the UK has increased again, says the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro).The rate last year rose to 72 percent, up from 70 percent in 2016.With the weight collected of all types of aluminium packaging increasing four percent last year to a total of 94,092 tonnes, the national recycling rate rose to...

Good news in latest US beverage can shipment figures

The latest beverage can shipment figures in North America for the first quarter of 2018 offer good news for canmakers.Shipments of cans for soft drinks in the first three months of the year were up 2.6 percent in a market that is in volume decline as consumer tastes change, indicating that cans continue to take a larger share of...

Sales up at Italian canmaking equipment suppliers

Suppliers of canmaking equipment in Italy are reporting strong increases in sales and orders. During a series of visits by The Canmaker, they said that sales are expected to be 10 percent up on last year.Orders at seaming systems supplier Imeta for 2018 are already 10 percent up on the same time last year, with two new sales people...

Aluminium canstock suppliers join Metal Packaging Europe

Two leading aluminium canstock suppliers have joined Metal Packaging Europe (MPE) as associate members for the first time. MPE brings together European canmakers and their supply chain partners.Dutch-based Constellium and the European subsidiary of US-based Novelis join APEAL, which represents tinplate manufacturers in Europe. Constellium and Novelis produce aluminium coil for use as packaging in the beverage and food...

Mineral water brand uses aluminium cans to help clean up oceans

A Chicago-based mineral-water brand is continuing its campaign to reduce the volume of plastics drinks bottles used by adding standard cans to its packaging that started with Ball’s Alumi-tek bottles.Green Sheep Water believes that plastics bottles are a major contributor to pollution in oceans, so it is now offering its premium US-sourced still water in 12oz aluminium cans supplied...

Third launch for Joseph’s self-chilling cans to ‘wow’ consumers

Aluminium bottles could be used for the latest version of the self-chilling can that has been under development for 25 years by the Joseph Company, based in California.In a video, chief executive Mitchell Joseph and R&D chief Mark Sillince, demonstrate how the new twist-activation can self-cools its drink.It is the third version of the Chill Can to be designed...

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