Comat to install film-lamination line as demand grows in China

Chinese tinplate producer Comat is installing a film-laminating line, betting that domestic demand for the material will triple in three years.The canstock manufacturer said the line at its Wuxi complex will have capacity to produce 150,000 tonnes of the polyester-coated steel a year.“There are many small and medium companies in China that provide laminated tinplate, but it is low-tech...

Revival in US beverage-can shipments

With a late surge in shipments of beverage cans in the US, figures from the Can Manufacturers Institute show that the 2018 year-end total was up 0.6 per cent on the previous year.In the fourth quarter, shipments of beverage cans for soft drinks jumped by 4.6 per cent to 14.3 billion, compared with the same three months a year...

New president for Europe’s packaging steel trade group

Europe’s trade body for packaging steel producers, APEAL, has appointed Tony Waite as its new president.Waite, who is sales director for packaging at Tata Steel Europe, succeeds Stéphane Tondo of ArcelorMittal at the Brussels-based Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging. The presidency rotates every two years.Commenting on his appointment, Waite said: “Stéphane Tondo has done a remarkable...

Cannabis-infused beer launched in aluminium bottles

A cannabis-infused alcohol-free beer that contains the psychoactive ingredient THC has been launched in aluminium bottles by a US craft brewer.Ceria Brewing Company’s Grainwave Belgian-style white ale made its debut last month in Colorado where it is legal to sell products containing cannabis. Ceria hopes to expand its distribution to California and Nevada in the near future.Grainwave, which contains...

Production line for polyester-coated steels starts up

Tata Steel Europe’s new polyester-coated steel lamination facility in the Netherlands has been commissioned and is in operation. The line is believed to have the capacity to make more than 200,000 tonnes of Protact coated canstock a year.The new facility forms the second part of an investment in pre-coated steels by Tata at IJmuiden. A polyester-film production line has already...

Call for retailers to highlight paint can recycling options

The UK’s canmaking industry body has called on retailers in the ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY) market to be more transparent about the recyclability of various paint containers.New research commissioned by the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (MPMA) claims that almost 70 per cent of UK consumers believe that retailers are not doing enough to present the recycling attributes of the products they...

Limited-edition champagne tins launched for Australian Open

To coincide with the Australian Open tournament, limited-edition tins containing Piper-Heidsieck Champagne have been designed by canmaker Crown Aerosols & Promotional Packaging Europe to mimic a tube of new tennis balls.Piper-Heidsieck is the official champagne of the tournament, being held from 14-27 January in Melbourne, which is the first of the four annual Grand Slam events.The cylindrical tins feature...

Gold standard for Ardagh’s innovative coffee cans

Shaped cans with printed gold detailing have been designed by Ardagh Group for the launch of the premium iced-coffee brand Gaya Gold Coffee.Said to be a blend of full-bodied coffee, with the distinctive taste of intense caramel and creamy milk, Gaya Gold Coffee recently made its debut in the United Arab Emirates in advance of wider distribution in the...

Canmaker to increase can shipments to Chinese herbal tea giant

CPMC Holdings, one of China’s largest canmakers, has signed a deal with Jiaduobao to supply a larger volume of aluminium cans to the herbal tea giant.Management of the canmaker, which is owned by COFCO Packaging, met in Beijing earlier this week with Jiaduobao (China) Beverage Co to sign the ‘COFCO Packaging – Jiaduobao 2019 Annual Canning Cooperation Agreement’, marking...

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