Canned lemonade with a stunt connection

Rexam's new canmaking plant in Finland will soon be making aluminium cans for a soft lemonade created in association with Finnish stunt celebrities The Dudesons, best known for their TV and live stunt shows. Europe's leading beverage can manufacturer worked with Finnish drinks firm Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas Oy to create the label design for Duudesons Jekkulimonadi...

Chinese canmakers sign up to make lighter-weight CDL ends

Four canmakers in China have signed licences to produce a beverage end design that offers weight savings of 10 per cent or more.It will be the first time that the ends, developed by US-based Container Development Ltd (CDL), will have been available in the People’s Republic.The four canmakers are CPMC Co, Shanghai Baosteel EOE Co, Xiamen Baofeng Industry Co...

Ardagh approved to buy beverage can plants in Brazil

Clearance has been given by the regulatory authorities in Brazil for Ball to proceed with its US$6.6 billion acquisition of Rexam.In a release, Ball says that the Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (CADE) has formally approved the buyer of the assets required to be divested in Brazil.The combined beverage can plant assets of Brazil’s market leader Rexam and Ball...

Chinese manufacturer to produce Crown’s lightweight ends under licence

Baofeng Industry Co in China expects to start production of lightweighted beverage ends this month as part of a plan to promote environmental friendliness and reduce carbon emissions.The specialist end manufacturer, which operates the world’s largest end-making plant on one site, last year signed a licence agreement with Crown Holdings to produce the Interchangeable SuperEnd (ISE).Boafeng, which installed two...

More tinplate capacity cuts in Europe

January 24: Brazilian steel maker Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional has stopped production of tinplate at its Portuguese subsidiary, Lusosider, joining a number of reductions in European mill capacity. Based at Paio Pires, near Lisbon, the Lusosider mill made about 70,000 tonnes of tinplate a year. CSN acquired the remaining 50 percent stake in the company from joint-venture partner Corus in...

Can-Pack expands beverage can capacity in Eastern Europe

To meet growing demand for beverage cans in the Balkan region of southern Europe, the Can-Pack Group has started up a second D&I production line at its plant in Romania.While doubling of capacity at the Bucharest plant, Can-Pack has also invested in production line upgrades at its plants in Poland.The increase in capacity at Bucharest brings the plant’s capacity...

Minnesota considers can deposit system

The US state of Minnesota is considering the introduction of a 10-cent deposit on drinks containers, including aluminium cans, to improve recycling.   A public meeting this week was to hear a study that showed the deposit system would boost recycling rates and create 1,000 jobs in Minnesota, but it would cost drinks producers US$29 million...

Canned sweetcorn more convenient with peel-off lid

August 12: French vegetable canner Bonduelle is first to launch a processed product in 150g cans using peelable foil easy-open lids made by canmaking firm Impress. The Easy Peel convenience ends are being used on sweetcorn cans under the ‘Crispy Gourmet Majs’ brand for the Scandanavian market. The move was made to meet a growing demand for convenient...

Profitable second quarter for Crown Holdings

July 20: The world’s largest canmaking company, Crown Holdings, posted higher earnings in the second quarter of the year helped by demand for beverage cans, cost control initiatives and improved operating efficiencies. Net profit was up 6.1 percent to US$105 million compared to the second quarter 2008, while for the first six months, earnings increased 15.1 percent year-on-year...

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