Food can sales weaken, but Crown’s profit rises

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.
A slump in its European food can business weighed on sales at Crown Holdings in the third quarter, the canmaker reported in its latest results.Sales also slipped in Crown’s Americas beverage can segment, as the Pennsylvania-based global canmaker reported a 2.9 per cent sales decline in the three months through September to US$3.08 billion, compared with a year earlier....

Sustainability recognition for Canpack’s new plant in India

Beverage Canpack India, part of the Canpack Group, has been recognised by the India Green Building Council (IGBC) for the sustainability of its new beverage can plant at Nuh in the state of Haryana.Last month (September) the IGBC – the highest certifying body for green construction in India – awarded Canpack Platinum Status for ecological credentials in reducing its...

North American beverage can shipments jump in third quarter

Beverage can shipments in North America were up by 3.3 per cent in the third quarter continuing growth which has exceeded that in 2018, according to the latest figures from the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI).The Washington-based organisation that represents canmakers reported that 25.3 billion cans were shipped to customers in the US and Canada in the three months to...

Ball to build first aluminium drinking cup plant in Georgia

The first commercial plant to manufacture aluminium drinking cups is being planned by Ball Corporation.To meet growing demand for innovative, sustainable beverage packaging for US customers and consumers, the facility will be built adjacent to Ball’s existing beverage can plant at Rome in Georgia with production due to start in the fourth quarter of 2020.Ball is investing US$200 million...

Aluminium beverage can recycling rate in Europe hits new record

The recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the EU, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland reached a record 74.5 per cent in 2017, according to Metal Packaging Europe (MPE), which represents Europe’s canmakers.This is 1.7 percentage points up on the 2016 recycling rate of 72.8 per cent.Almost 31 billion aluminium cans weighing more than 420,000 tonnes were recycled in the...

ORG leads in China after completing Ball deal

ORG Technology is now China’s largest manufacturer of aluminium two-piece beverage cans following its acquisition of Ball Asia Pacific’s plants in the People’s Republic.The US$225 million deal, first announced last December and wrapped up at the end of September, involved four plants at Beijing, Foshan, Hubei and Qingdao with a combined capacity of more than 8 billion cans a...

Canmakers in spotlight as BlackRock launches circular economy fund

Canmakers could benefit from a new financial instrument that aims to invest only in companies that contribute to the circular economy.Leaders in the industry – such as Ball, Crown, Ardagh and Canpack – could qualify for inclusion in the BGF Circular Economy Fund, which was launched by BlackRock, the world’s biggest money manager. It’s working in conjunction with environmental...

Tripartite agreement in China to develop polyester-laminated cans

Chinese steelmaker Baosteel and its canmaking subsidiary have agreed with equipment specialist Hanjiang to develop products using polyester-laminated cans. Last month a ceremony was held at Baosteel Central Research Institute during which a strategic cooperation agreement was signed by management from Baosteel Co, Baosteel Packaging and Hanjiang Machinery.

Aluminium conversion for Crown’s plant at Seville

Crown is in the process of converting its beverage can plant at Seville in Spain from tinplate to aluminium.The conversion is one of a number of investments to meet increasing demand for aluminium drinks cans on the Iberian Peninsula and follows the start up by Crown of a new two-line plant at Valencia in 2018.Sources at the Canmaker Summit...