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...

Awards for Ball in US and Europe

Canmaking firm Ball and its European division Ball Packaging Europe have both been honoured with awards.In North America, Ball received a Certified Supplier Award from paint manufacturer Sherwin-Williams, for achieving "the highest level of excellence in meeting Sherwin-Williams' Purchasing Center of Excellence Supplier Performance Criteria" and demonstrating commitment to continuous improvement.Gary Woeste, vice president of sales and marketing for...

UK store chain limits alcohol content in cans

The canmaking industry has welcomed recent moves by supermarkets in the UK to limit the amount of alcohol in canned beers and beverages.But it is being cautious about the possible impact of Morrisons becoming the first retailer in the country to sign up to the Responsible Can Packaging Pledge, limiting its production or sale of any carbonated beverage...

US data charts canmakers’ rising productivity

 A comprehensive economic breakdown of America’s canmaking industry shows how its shipment values have steadily increased, despite plant consolidations and a shrinking workforce. The 2012 Economic Census just released by the US Department of Commerce provides the most detailed look at the industry available.The government collects this data every five years, and manufacturers are required to reveal all....