Sunrise to acquire Pacific’s Qingdao beverage can plant

Canmaker Sunrise Group of China is to acquire Pacific Can’s canmaking operation at Qingdao in Shandong Province, for RMB262 million (US$40.5m). The announcement, made to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange on 17 June, follows Sunrise’s RMB171m ($26.44m) purchase of Pacific’s Shenyang operation in Liaoning Province in the north-east of the country at the end of last year. Both transactions are part...

WeCan unveils its first three-piece canmaking equipment

Italian provider of technical services for three-piece canmaking machinery and production lines WeCan has diversified into equipment manufacturing. The company will host an event this week (23-24 June) at its Bologna site to launch the first equipment it has designed, the necking machine N-S 8-800.Sales director Vincent Argondizzo, who joined WeCan in 2018 after over a decade at Cevolani, talked...

France’s Ogeu to put its beverages in Ardagh cans 

Ogeu, the French drinks group that made its name bottling mineral water, has bought its own filling line so it can move its beverages from glass packaging to cans for the first time.Production began in April with Ogeu canning alcoholic and non-alcoholic still and sparkling drinks. The line can fill multiple can sizes including 15cl (150ml) slim, 25cl  (250ml)...

Trivium issues first sustainability report and new circular economy initiative

Trivium Packaging has released its first environmental report, outlining how it sought to place sustainability at the core of its business in 2020 despite "a year of unparalleled disruption".The Amsterdam-headquartered canmaker also launched a Circularity Champion strategy, in which it hopes a three-point focus on customers, the planet and people, will help it promote the benefits of a circular...

Pakistan’s lone beverage can manufacturer launches IPO

Pakistan Aluminium Beverage Cans (PABC), the country's only producer of drinks cans, is inviting investors to buy into its anticipated share sale. The company, which is chaired by industry veteran Simon Jennings, hopes the initial public offering (IPO) at the Karachi Stock Exchange will raise at least 3.3 billion Pakistan rupees (US$21 million).Proceeds from the sale of 26 per cent...

Coating manufacturers pursue rapid European expansion

German paint producer Lankwitzer Lackfabrik has diversified with a range of coatings for metal packaging.The Berlin-based company offers coating systems based on UV-curing, water-based, solvent and powder technologies and recently appointed a new division manager to lead its can coating activities, Roman Lüdigk. Lüdigk joined the company in 2020 from PPG.“Lankwitzer has many years of experience in the cosmetics...

Canpack launches feel good packaging

Canpack is behind the calming design for a canned drink that claims to take the edge off a hangover.Regenera, made by Hungary’s SSHS Group, is a sparkling fruit-flavoured soft drink sweetened with honey. The vitamin-enriched beverage is billed as an “anti hangover revital drink”.Canpack kept things simple with a matte finish to the orange and black design that it...

New president for trade body Metal Packaging Europe

Oliver Graham, chief executive of Ardagh Metal Packaging, has been appointed as the new president of Metal Packaging Europe (MPE), the trade body that represents the canmaking industry in Europe.Graham was elected by the MPE Board during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 9-10 June 2021 and immediately assumed his new role.He replaces Didier Sourisseau, EMEA president at Crown...

Crown expands beverage end-making capacity in the US

Crown is planning to ramp up beverage end production at its plants in the US.The canmaker is adding a fourth end-making module at its end-making facility at Winchester in Virginia and a third end-making module at its Dayton, Ohio plant.The news emerges as Crown’s customers continue to introduce more products in cans to align with consumer preferences for sustainable...

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