DRT buys precision tool firm

DRT Mfg Co, a supplier of conversion systems for easy-open ends to canmakers worldwide, has bought precision tool machining firm Ohio Tool & Jig Grind.Dayton, Ohio-based DRT said the acquisition would enhance the company’s end-conversion and shell tooling business. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.Ohio Tool & Jig Grind, which makes precision parts, tools and components for the...

Envases Universales de Mexico widens European presence with Pack2Pack purchase

Mexican packaging giant Envases Universales de Mexico (EUM) has expanded its footprint in Europe with the purchase of Pack2Pack.Shares in the Dutch canmaker were sold by private equity firm Gilde Equity and the company’s management to EUM’s Danish unit Glud & Marstrand.“We are very enthusiastic about this new milestone for Pack2Pack,” the management of the Halsteren, Netherlands-based tinplate specialist...

Crown works with Swansea University on tomorrow’s smart canmaking factories

The next generation of ‘smart’ canmaking factories, which use advanced digital technology to improve efficiency, could be the result of a new collaboration between Crown Holdings and Swansea University.The three-year project, which began in June 2018, involves Dr Cinzia Giannetti, from the College of Engineering at Swansea University working with Crown’s R&D centre in the UK, using new data...

Ardagh plants awarded environmental sustainability certification

Ardagh has been accredited with meeting internationally recognised environmental sustainability goals at three of its US canmaking plants.The company’s beverage can factories in Fairfield, California, and Fremont, Ohio, as well as its food packaging facility in Reno, Nevada, have been awarded ISO 14001:2015 certification.The designation, issued by the International Standards Organisation (ISO) recognises the efforts the factories have made...

Crown’s global beverage can volumes rise by 5 per cent

Global beverage can volumes that grew by 5 per cent helped sales jump by 26 per cent at canmaker Crown Holdings in the final quarter of 2018 to US$2.73 billion, compared with the same period a year earlier.Most of the increase was from the acquisition of Crown’s Transit Packaging business, which added $595 million in sales. Crown turned a...

Tight markets could push up canstock prices

Aluminium canstock supplier Novelis will begin price negotiations with its major customers in the canmaking industry later this year in an attempt push up prices as the company responds to tightening global supplies of aluminium caused by rising demand and tight capacity.Steve Fisher, chief executive of Novelis, based in Atlanta, made the announcement to analysts during a briefing on...

Metal cans provide ‘iconic branding’ for paint maker Farrow & Ball

Premium paint manufacturer Farrow & Ball has restated why it is committed to using metal cans with the recent launch of a new range of colours.For more than 20 years, the paint and wallpaper maker based at Dorset in the UK has used a range of traditional cans supplied by Ardagh in volumes from 750ml to 5 litres.Most of...

Digital print firm Fujifilm joins the UK’s MPMA

In recognition of its move into the metal decorating sector, industrial inks and film manufacturer Fujifilm has been accepted as a member of the UK’s Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (MPMA).Fujifilm makes offset and digital printing inks and conducts research into inkjet applications from its facility in Broadstairs, Kent, where it has produced screen inks for more than 60 years...

Glud & Marstrand gains certification for its coating lines

Danish canmaker Glud & Marstrand (G&M) has been designated as the first SpecMetrix-certified facility in northern Europe, following its transition “to a higher level of film-weight process control and next generation quality assurance tools”.G&M’s plant at Odense was given the designation by US-based Sensory Analytics, which produces the SpecMetrix range of real-time film-weight measurement systems. The systems, which measure...

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