World’s largest aluminium recycling site to open

Leading supplier of aluminium coil for canmaking plants, Novelis will inaugurate the world’s largest aluminium recycling centre at Nachterstedt in Germany on 1 October.The €200 million (US$263m) recycling centre has been built adjacent to Novelis’ existing aluminium rolling mill, and will enable the yearly production of 400,000 tonnes of aluminium ingot from recycled material, more than doubling the company’s...

Trend to canned craft beer expands in UK

Another British craft brewer has joined the growing trend to use cans with London-based Fourpure Brewing being supplied by canmaking firm Rexam.It follows the moves by hundreds of US craft brewers to switch from glass bottles to aluminium two-piece cans as a means of improving the quality of their beers and reduce packaging costs.Fourpure is the third London craft...

Production line upgrade for China’s Rongxin

Chinese beverage can manufacturer Rongxin Packaging has upgraded its canmaking line at Guangzhou using a service that saw the installation of a coil handling system and cupping press both supplied by US company Nidec Minster.Rongxin Packaging is part of the state-owned Guangzhou Zhujiang Brewery Group, and makes most of its aluminium cans for the Zhujiang beer brand.The equipment...

Aluminium packaging recycling association turns 25

The UK’s Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The not-for-profit organisation represents the leading aluminium packaging producers, canmaking companies, reprocessors, foil converters, fillers and brand owners in the UK. Alupro works to meet recycling rates currently set for 70 percent by 2020 with programmes such as MetalMatters, Every Can Counts and the ‘Leave your cap on’...

Safety first for auto pail closing system

Manufacturers that use steel pails are the target for an automatic sealing system for the clamping rings that is designed to improve operator safety.Developed by German canmaker Huber Packaging Group, the FlexoClose system is suitable for pails and drums from five to 33 litres and with four different diameters. The system enables operators to be freed from exposure to...

Iconic coffee can recreated by Crown

Coffee brand French Market has worked with canmaking firm Crown Food Packaging North America to relaunch its signature red can.The New Orleans-based brand, now owned by Reily Foods, was established as French Market Coffee in 1890 and is renowned for supplying the premiere restaurants in the city.Its range of coffees includes six varieties, of which two – Dark Roast...

New operations VP for Rexam in Europe

Jason Ramskill has been appointed vice president of operations at Rexam’s European beverage canmaking business.Ramskill has worked at the beverage canmaker since 2001 and was most recently general director of Rexam’s business in Russia. He succeeds Gary Clark, who retires from the role after 15 years at Rexam.Joining Rexam in 2001 as assistant plant manager at the canmaker’s...

Recycling centre and coating line expanded

Novelis, a supplier of rolled aluminium products to the canmaking industry, has commissioned its new coating line and the expansion of its recycling centre in Brazil.The projects, which were completed at Novelis’s facility at Pindamonhangaba in the São Paulo region of the country, represent around $106m of investment.The new coating line will add 100,000 tonnes of coating capacity for...

Expansion at Kurdistan’s first beverage can plant

Doubling of capacity at Kurdistan’s first beverage canmaking plant to meet local demand continues despite the advances of Islamic State forces in nearby northern Iraq.Royal Can Making Co was built last year on an industrial park at Bazian, 25km north of Sulaymaniyah and with equipment supplied by Stolle Machinery started making 25cl aluminium drinks cans in January this year. The...