Canned illy espresso launched in Japan

August 18: Italian illy issimo ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee is being sold in Japan for the first time in 190g metal bottles with screw closures. Licensee Coca-Cola (Japan) started a marketing campaign last week for the premium coffee drink which is blended from nine types of high-quality Arabica beans. Two versions are offered: Latte Macchiato with milk and Caffe with...

BPA-NI food can coatings from PPG

A range of non-epoxy internal spray coatings for D&I food cans has been launched by PPG Industries.Nutrishield Solista chemistry is said to be the first bisphenol A non-intent (BPA-NI) high-performance coating range for the canned food industry. It is said to be food-contact compliant with flavour-neutral properties to help easily-affected products pass extensive tests.“They are suitable for all two-piece...

Rhineland president opens beverage can plant

September 26: Ball Packaging Europe today officially reopens its beverage can plant at Haßloch in Germany. The plant was completely rebuilt at a cost of 90m euros (US$113m) after a fire in April 2006 destroyed the two manufacturing lines. Attending the ceremony is Kurt Beck, minister president of the Rhineland-Palatinate and Hans-Ulrich Ihlenfeld, mayor of Haßloch, who are...

Ball adds surcharges to cover higher costs

Canmaker Ball is adding surcharges to its can prices to cover for energy and freight cost increases. Head of North American packaging John Friedery said that the beverage and food can manufacturer had been hit but higher costs despite sales rising over the last year. He was speaking during a conference call following the announcement of its...

Can-Pack’s latest drinks can line goes to Poland

June 19: With growing demand for beer in central Europe, the latest beverage can line in the region will be installed in Poland. The country’s leading canmaker Can-Pack is building its ninth beverage can line for commissioning early in 2008. Although it was known that Can-Pack was planning the project with process equipment being delivered to Poland, the location...

Hydro invests in new UBC recycling line

An integrated recycling line for used aluminium beverage cans is to be constructed at Hydro Aluminium's Neuss plant in Germany. With the €45 million (US$62m) investment, Hydro says it aims to meet the growing demand in the world market for recycled aluminium, especially for applications in the packaging sector, and will considerably expand its international...

Ball to expand monobloc canmaking capacity

To meet continuing strong demand for aluminium aerosol cans, Ball Corporation has planned further canmaking capacity additions for 2012, with plans to also expand its aluminium slug making business. Ball’s aluminium aerosol can volumes in the first half of 2011 grew more than 20 percent year-on-year, said chief operating officer Ray Seabrook,...

Double honour for Rexam in Brazil

Rexam’s beverage canmaking plant at Cuiabá, Mato Grosso in Brazil, has received quality awards from two national organisations. The plant won the Quality/MT award from SENAI, the National Service for Industrial Training, as well as being presented with a Quality award by the Brazilian Education and Integration Society. Both awards recognise organisations which stand out...

Aerosol can tester manufacturer acquired

Swiss company Wilco, a manufacturer of test and inspection equipment for the canmaking and can filling industries, has been acquired by Bausch & Ströbel.   Ilshofen, Germany-based Bausch & Ströbel specialises in packaging and processing machinery for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and chemicals sectors. Wilco produces a range of testing equipment including the recently-launched AE/GD1 system, which uses a...

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