Steel cans hits recycling targets three years early

Steel can recycling in Europe has hit an all-time high of 80.5 per cent, according to the latest figures from APEAL, the organisation that represents the top four producers of steel for packaging on the continent.This record rate, which represents data from 2017, confirms steel as Europe’s most recycled primary packaging material, claimed APEAL. It also indicates the industry...

Canmakers sign up to circular economy strategy

Europe’s canmakers have agreed to a new strategy covering the ‘circular economy’, which encourages greater use of infinitely recyclable metal packaging.At its annual general meeting held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on 6-7 June 2019, 90 members of Metal Packaging Europe (MPE) from 17 countries approved an ambitious 24-month strategy to support Europe’s metal packaging industry as it undergoes a period...

Funkin Cocktails adopts Ardagh’s Nitro Can

A new range of nitro canned cocktails is to hit UK shelves following cocktail mixer company Funkin Cocktails’s collaboration with canmaker Ardagh.Funkin has adopted Ardagh’s Nitro Can to package its range of ready to drink cocktails in cans. The slim 200ml aluminium can features a fixed nitrogen-infused widget that mixes the cocktail the moment the can is opened.The...

Tata Steel Europe fears US tariffs could hit Protact exports

Tata Steel Europe is concerned that continuing arguments over US tariffs on steel imports and the huge amount of installed capacity in the US that makes use of traditional D&I canmaking techniques using tinplate could hinder the prospects for growing sales of its Protact polyester-laminated steel.Concerns among US canmakers about the future impact of Section 232 tariffs are inhibiting...

High-speed two-piece food can line for Tennessee

Ball Metalpack is planning to install a new high-speed, two-piece food can line at its plant at Chestnut Hill in Tennessee, USA.The new line, which will be capable of making a range of can sizes, is expected to be ready for commercial production in the fourth quarter of 2020.“Staying close to our customers has been a key strategy at...

More beverage can capacity for Baosteel in China

One of China’s biggest beverage can manufacturers, Baosteel Packaging, is planning to expand the capacity of its plant at Harbin.According to a report in Shanghai Securities News, the plant in Heilongjiang, China’s northernmost province, will have a second two-piece canmaking line installed to meet growing demand from drinks companies in the region.The plant, which started production in August 2016,...

Emission system partnership formed by Roeslein Asia

The Asia division of project engineering specialist Roeslein & Associates has formed a partnership with Wuhan Kaidi and Nestec Technology in China to enable the use of their emission abatement technology.Roeslein Asia is using the companies’ regenerative thermal oxidiser (RTO) design to meet the specification of a customer so that volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be burned to meet...

Artificial intelligence improves canmaking’s sustainability

Tin and copper producer Minsur is closely tracing its metals from mine to smelter using artificial intelligence (AI) in a bid to improve the sustainability of its supplies to the canmaking industry.Juan Luis Kruger, chief executive of the Peruvian miner, told a recent gathering of leading figures from Europe’s steel packaging industry that its products were now 100 per...

Play games with a can of Miller Lite beer

Beer brand Miller Lite says it has designed a gaming controller that is also a 12oz can of its US beer. The so-called cantroller has been developed by the brand to appeal to gamers of beer-drinking age.Select fans had the chance to win one of the custom controllers at a special event held on 12 June at Electronic Entertainment...