Pre-buying dents can volumes at Silgan

Unit sales of metal cans by Silgan Holdings in the first quarter of 2019 slipped by 4 per cent, but their value was unexpectedly better, the US-based canmaker reported in its latest results.Can sales were US$507 million in the first three months, up 4.3 per cent, even though customers had been pre-buying in the previous quarter to beat steel...

Lighter cans cut environmental impact for UK cider maker

A UK cider maker is reducing its impact on the environment by using lighter cans for its products.Canmaker Ardagh collaborated with Somerset-based Thatchers to supply the cans, which are said to save the equivalent of 5.9 million empty cans a year.The switch to the lighter versions of 440ml aluminium cans is the latest in a string of sustainability initiatives...

Crown launches shorter cans that are both round and square

A new variant of round-to-square cans aimed at the luxury packaging market has been launched by canmaker Crown Europe.The cans, which are now available in heights of 100mm and intended for confectionery, biscuits, tea and cosmetics applications, were previously only available in taller sizes, aimed specifically at the wine and spirits markets.Square at the bottom, the can transforms into...

Global can volumes increase 3% at Crown

Crown Holdings reported first quarter sales up by 25.4 per cent to US$2.76 billion compared with the same period a year ago, but this was all attributed to the canmaker’s acquisition of transit packaging manufacturer Signode in April 2018.Increased beverage and food can volumes for the first three months of the year were offset by the impact of unfavourable...

Brazilian plant investments for Ardagh

Canmaker Ardagh Group is planning to increase the production capacity of two plants in Brazil in response to growing domestic demand for drinks cans.Ardagh’s three-line beverage can plant at Jacareí (pictured), near São Paulo, has been operating at full capacity since 2017, so could have either a speed-up package or an additional line installed.Ardagh’s endmaking plant at Manaus in...

Ball recognises its most sustainable canmaking plants

Five of Ball Corporation’s plants have been recognised in the canmaker’s eighth sustainability awards.The awards identified those plants that demonstrated leadership through significant efficiency improvements, team safety and wellness enhancements, the promotion of metal packaging's sustainability credentials, and engagement in their local communities.Each plant will receive the 2018 R. David Hoover Sustainability Award in Ball’s beverage packaging and aerosol...

Laminated packaging steel line started up by Zhongshan Zhongyue in China

Chinese packaging steel manufacturer Zhongshan Zhongyue Tinplate Industrial Co Ltd started up its first production line for polyester-laminated steel in March.Zhongshan Zhongyue Tinplate, a subsidiary of Guangdong-based Guangnan Holdings that also includes Guangnan Hong Co and Zhongyue Posco (Qinhuangdao) Tinplate Industrial, a joint venture with Korea’s POSCO, offers food-grade tinplate and associated products with annual sales of more than...

Beverage can shipments in Russia up by 15%

Shipments of cans for beer and beverages in Russia grew by 15 per cent to 5.5 billion in 2018, according to a report prepared by canmaker Ball Corporation and the Russian Aluminium Association.The figures show a revival in demand for drinks cans in Russia, driven by last year’s World Cup and the hot summer in Europe.Commenting on the market’s...

Irish mobile canner expands Crown distribution deal in UK

A mobile canning company that’s helped fuel the growth of canned craft beer in Ireland has expanded a distribution deal with canmaker Crown Bevcan in the UK.Bevcraft Group has opened a new facility in St Helen’s, Lancashire, to add to its logistics operations, fulfilling by-the-pallet can orders for small and medium sized drinks producers in the north of England...