Canstock supplier Norsk Hydro hit by cyber attack

Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s largest aluminium producers and a leading supplier of coil for beverage cans, was hit by a damaging ransomware cyber attack on Monday 18 March, which caused it to shut down a number of its plants.By Wednesday, although some progress had been made in restoring its operations, things were still not back to normal,...

Growth returns to Brazil’s beverage can market

Demand for beverage cans in Brazil grew by 8.5 per cent in 2018, according to domestic industry body Abralatas.The growth was four times higher than expected by brewers, which use the bulk of the aluminium cans in the South American country, and seven times higher than gross domestic product (GDP).Canmakers in Brazil – Ardagh, Ball, CanPack and Crown –...

More polyester-coating lines start up in China

A new polyester-coating line for steel canstock has been started up in China by Jiangsu Global Packing Technology Co.The line has been installed by the packaging steel manufacturer – one of the largest in China with a capacity of 200,000 tonnes – to meet growing demand from canmakers for laminated steels that better meet increasing environmental legislation from the...

Ardagh uses artificial intelligence to fend off cyber attacks

Canmaker Ardagh Group has invested in specialist artificial intelligence (AI) software, which it has deployed internationally to protect against attempts to hack into its computer networks.The global metal and glass packaging manufacturer is using the Cognito network detection and response platform from Dublin-based Vectra to expose attackers hidden inside its network and to carry out incident investigations. While the...

Italian can handling firms merge to form the EMS Group

Four Italian companies have combined their expertise in conveying and handling systems for canmaking plants to create the EMS Group.The merger of Mectra Spa, which provides handling systems for canmaking plants supplying the food and pet food industries, Emmeti Spa, which offer palletising and depalletising systems for metal and glass packaging, Sipac Spa, which produces conveying lines, and automation...

Ball and Red Bull invest in a US canning plant for energy drinks

Energy drink giant Red Bull is collaborating with canmaker Ball Corporation in the construction of a ‘multi-million dollar’ canning plant in Arizona.Approval was recently given by the city council of Glendale, a suburb north west of Phoenix, for the construction of the plant at the Woolf Logistics Industrial Campus.The canning plant's location is a few minutes’ drive from Goodyear,...

Self-heating system for cans relaunched as HeatGen

US developer of a self-heating system for canned drinks, HeatGenie has rebranded itself as HeatGen in a move designed to increase take-up of the technology introduced to the market last year.The Austin, Texas-based company behind the technology has launched the new name and logo, accompanied by the wording ‘Powered by HeatGen’, with the aim of making it clearer that...

Canmaking apprentices qualify for World Skills championships

Three trainee engineers from canmaking equipment manufacturer CarnaudMetalbox Engineering (CMB) have been selected to represent the UK in an international skills competition regarded as the apprentices’ Olympics.Andrew Joyce, Isaac Khan and James Thomason will compete in the WorldSkills event at Kazan in Russia at the end of August. They qualified for selection when their electric wheelchair project won them...

Kaliningrad canmaker aims to become biggest in Russia

One of Russia’s biggest canmaking plants has commissioned a new production line for making easy-open ends for fish and meat cans, as part of a plan to double capacity between 2019 and 2021.Kaliningrad Package Factory has invested €15 million (US$16.9m) in the first stage of the project. The production line will have capacity to make 350m ends a year.Vladimir...

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