EMS tests vacuum-sealed end covering amid can hygiene demand 

EMS Group has developed a new technique for quickly vacuum sealing transparent plastic film onto beverage can ends as it seeks to meet customer demands for improved packaging hygiene.The Italian maker of can-handling machinery and plastics claimed the Skin4Can covering will keep ends and ring-pulls sterile for years. It’s tamper-evident, requires no glue and can be decorated and customised...

New easy-open end line could be Russia’s biggest

What is thought to be the largest line in Russia for manufacturing 83.4mm tinplate easy-open ends has been started up at Ussuriysk.The facility close to Vladivostok in the Primorsky territory has been constructed by FIB EOE & Packing, representing an investment of RUB130m (US$2m). It was set up in cooperation with a state-affiliated enterprise, the Corporation for the Development...

Every Can Counts celebrates ten years

Every Can Counts, the partnership between European and UK drinks canmakers, the aluminium recycling industry and leading drinks brands launched in 2009, is celebrating its tenth birthday and a decade of continued growth and success.The companies behind it agreed to work together to make it easier for people to recycle drink cans when they were out of the home,...

Canmaking plant sale could be part of A-B InBev ‘streamlining’

US beverage can plant operations run by Metal Container Corporation (MCC) could be sold as part of a streamlining of brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (A-B InBev) business portfolio.The world’s biggest brewer is reportedly working with Deutsche Bank on a deal to sell the remainder of the North American canmaking and bottle-making operations it acquired when it bought Anheuser-Busch in 2008.A...

Ardagh plant gains energy certification

Canmaker Ardagh’s distribution centre in Fairfield, California, has been awarded the Energy Star building certification for energy performance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the fourth consecutive year.The distribution centre primarily caters for Ardagh’s distribution needs in the West Coast for the wine, food and beverage industries.To receive Energy Star certification, buildings and plants are required to perform...

Ball Metalpack to close Arkansas canmaking plant

Ball Metalpack is planning to shut down its canmaking plant at Springdale, Arkansas, next year and transfer capacity to six other facilities in the US.Manufacturing tinplate packaging for food and aerosol products, the plant was one of eight acquired from Ball Corporation last year when Ball Metalpack was created by Platinum Equity.The plant is expected to close in the...

Canpack officially opens beverage can plant in Colombia

Canpack officially opened its new beverage can plant in Colombia yesterday.The US$150 million plant at Tocancipá, north east of the Colombian capital of Bogotá, has two production lines with capacity to make 1.3 billion aluminium cans a year.Beer and beverage customers targeted by the Poland-based canmaker include Anheuser-Busch InBev (A-B InBev), through its brewing subsidiary Bavaria SA, which is...

Nampak plans to up beverage can capacity in Nigeria

The Nigerian canmaking operations of Nampak, Africa’s largest diversified packaging manufacturer, were the bright spot in an otherwise challenging year, with economic collapse in Zimbabwe causing particular problems.In Nampak’s results for the year to the end of September, a “stellar performance” was reported for its beverage can business in Nigeria, which delivered double-digit market share gains and increased sales...

Crown showcases engineering opportunities at Milan jobs fair

Engineering opportunities at canmaker Crown were highlighted at a recent international jobs fair in Milan, Italy, in a move designed to attract the best and brightest people to the company.Representatives from Crown’s European Division took part in the fair organised at the Bovisa campus of Politecnico di Milano. Ambassadors from Crown’s food can plant in Parma and its aerosol...