Indian canmakers call for tinplate price review

India's canmaking industry has called for a review of tinplate prices by the country's leading mill following increases of about 10 percent since April that it says could lead to factory closures.   Sanjay Bhatia, president of India's Metal Container Manufacturers' Association (MCMA), which represents the interests of domestic canmakers, says the increases in tinplate prices...

The Can Makers appoints new chairman

Newly-appointed chairman of The Can Makers, which represents the beverage canmaking industry in the UK, is Geoff Courtney. Courtney is the head of the UK & Eire sales team at Ball Packaging Europe (BPE). He started his canmaking career at Pechiney’s general-line factory at Norwich in the UK which became part of Impress (now Ardagh) before moving in...

Premium soft drink range turns to cans

Q Drinks, a high-end range of carbonated soft drinks previously only sold in glass bottles, is now available in sleek cans supplied by canmaking firm Rexam. Brooklyn-based Q Drinks made the move to introduce its products to more consumers, the company said. Rexam Beverage Can North Americas provided the 12oz aluminium cans for the range...

German bisphenol A finding called an "absurdity"

March 5: Findings that have led to a call for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to ban the use of bisphenol A in can coatings have been called an "absurdity" by the canmaking industry’s leading group. BUND, the German arm of the Friends of the Earth, called for the ban after it commissioned research that revealed tiny amounts...

Anders Linde to speak at The Canmaker Summit

September 14: One of the packaging world’s top environmental experts will be speaking at The Canmaker Summit next month to outline a project that will promote the sustainability credentials of metal packaging and canmaking technology. Anders Linde, chairman of UK-based Incpen (The Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment) and director of external environmental affairs at Rexam plc,...

Premium chocolate travels well in beverage cans

The preservation qualities of two-piece beverage cans are being exploited by Belgian chocolate brand, Ovidias, to sell its premium products in a novel way.The chocolatier is offering its full range of branded chocolates through its own e-commerce channel, where the product and environmental benefits of packaging in aluminum cans are promoted to the consumer.Chocolates have been offered in beverage...

W R Grace to settle asbestos claims

April 8: In what is described as “a very important step in emerging from Chapter 11”, sealants and coatings manufacturer W R Grace has announced that it would settle all present and future asbestos-related personal injury claims. It is setting up a $250 million trust fund and arrangements that provide further sums up to $1.55bn. The agreement, reached with...

Canned drink provides Brazilian beauty

What is described as the world’s first nutricosmetic drink has been launched in aluminium cans in Brazil. Sunlover has been designed to improve the quality and life of the consumer’s skin and tan, helping to give consumers a healthy looking complexion. The so-called beauty drink uses a zero-calorie formula developed in Portugal that contains beta-carotene,...

More aluminium bottles for Coke and Pepsi

January 4: Growth in the use of metal bottles is expected to expand in the US with soft drinks giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo launching more drinks in aluminium bottles this year. Coca-Cola began test-marketing Coke and Coke Zero in 8oz aluminium bottles in Atlanta and Philadelphia in December. Further launches are planned across other US cities throughout 2008. ...