Ball to boost its global beverage can capacity by 25bn to the end of 2023

Ball has started up its latest new beverage can plant in North America and expects another to be in operation by the end of June, as it reported revenue up by 15 per cent in the first quarter, compared with the same three months last year.The four production lines at the Glendale plant in Arizona add an estimated 4...

New interim general manager for Alupro

UK aluminium packaging recycling organisation Alupro has appointed its sustainability and public affairs manager Tom Giddings as interim general manager.He succeeds executive director Rick Hindley, who will move on to another senior role within the recycling sector. Prior to joining Alupro in June 2020, Giddings held the role of sustainability data and reporting manager at international packaging provider DS...

CMbE strengthens can tooling capacity in the US

Canmaking equipment specialist CarnaudMetalbox Engineering (CMbE) has expanded its activities in the US with the acquisition of can and end tooling supplier H-V Industries and can tooling specialist Wissota Tool.Both companies will be integrated into CMbE’s North American business based in Norwalk, Connecticut.“HV Industries and Wissota Tool have an extensive and established background supplying quality tooling and services to...

Sales of aerosols in UK in 2020 exceed expectations

Production of canned aerosol products exceeded expectations in 2020 despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) which represents the industry in the UK.Overall production remained above 1.5 billion units – just 1.3 per cent down on 2019 figures – as the aerosol industry adapted to the constraints and changing consumer demands caused by the...

Koenig & Bauer reports declining orders for metal printing presses in first quarter

German metal decorating equipment specialist Koenig & Bauer has reported declining orders for its MetalPrint metal packaging business in the first quarter of the year (Q1), despite double-digit growth in its sheetfed printing business overall.The news follows a disappointing set of results for the company last year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.Overall, the recovery in Q1 saw...

Profit recovery in first quarter for canmaker Baosteel

Net profit at Chinese canmaker Shanghai Baosteel Packaging (Baosteel) improved dramatically in the first quarter (Q1) of 2021, jumping from last year’s RMB13.2 million to RMB81.5m (US$12.6m) in the three months to the end of March.The beverage can manufacturer’s operating income for Q1 was RMB1.5 billion ($232m), a year-on-year increase of 54 per cent, while income for the full...

Canmaker in Cambodia expands production

Phnom Penh Shengxing, the wholly-owned subsidiary of China’s Sunrise Group, will begin the second phase of expansion for its two-piece beverage can line located in the Cambodian capital.Phnom Penh Shengxing is Sunrise Group’s only plant outside of its home country and joins US-based Crown as one of the few canmakers to operate plants in Cambodia. The market for canned...

Former Mivisa boss to head up Crown’s divested European Tinplate business

The European Tinplate canmaking business being sold by Crown Holdings to private equity will be headed up by Tomás López, a former managing director of Mivisa SA.Crown agreed to sell the canmaking business, which produces food cans, aerosol cans and speciality cans, to KPS Capital Partners earlier this month. Crown is retaining a 20 per cent stake in a...

Beverage can growth for Ardagh as AMP nears completion

Two beverage can lines have started up in Ardagh’s new Olive Branch, Mississippi plant, as the canmaker’s US$162 million growth investment for the first quarter progresses.The new production lines making sleek cans, announced at the end of 2020, have an estimated capacity of 2 billion cans a year.As the Dublin-based canmaker released its first quarter results, it said that...

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