Pilot Fusion bottle line officially opened

May 8: Another step in Rexam’s plan to produce lightweight aluminium bottles for the European drinks industry in commercial volumes was taken yesterday when a pilot production line was officially started in the UK. Rexam’s beverage can chief for Europe Tomas Sjolin switched on the bottle finishing line at the company’s Tongwell R&D centre, part of which has...

Fourth beverage can plant for Cambodia

Pacific Can, one of China’s largest beverage can manufacturers, is building its first plant in Cambodia.Closely associated with the Shengxing Group, Pacific Can started planning work on the plant at the Phnom Penh Economic Development Zone late in 2018.Covering an area of 40,000sqm, the plant will initially house a single swing line for the production of 330ml standard and...

Beverage can market in Asia promises growth for Crown

Higher global beverage can volumes, with good results in Asia, contributed to slightly improved sales for canmaker Crown Holdings in the second quarter. Sales of US$2.16 billion, up almost 1 percent from the same period in 2016, would have been better but for $48m of unfavourable currency translation.Higher costs hit operational income, which slipped to $271m from $295m, and...

Weaker than expected vegetable pack hits Silgan’s results

A Midwest vegetable pack that started more slowly than last year’s had an impact on Silgan’s second-quarter performance, with sales down 4.3 percent at US$874.6 million, and net profit of $33.3m, compared with $42.2m in the same period of 2015.North America’s leading specialist manufacturer of food cans was also affected by a slower than expected pack in its European...

Kian Joo plans to expand into Indonesia

Malaysia's leading canmaking firm Kian Joo is planning to expand its operations into Indonesia for the first time, says general manager Dato Anthony See (pictured), as it reorganises its two-piece beverage can plants in the domestic market and some of its family shareholders fend off attempts by a smaller rival canmaker to control the company.   ...

Beverage can plant for Guatemala

April 12: Guatemala’s first beverage can plant is being planned by a leading Mexican canmaker. Details of the factory in the Central American state are under wraps, but it is understood that it will be operational early in 2007. The plant is being built by leading Mexican packaging manufacturer Envases Universales with the project managed by...

Ball to sell its US steel canmaking assets

Ball Corporation has reached an agreement, in a joint venture with global private equity firm Platinum Equity, to sell its US steel food and steel aerosol canmaking assets.A new company is being created called Ball Metalpack, in which Platinum Equity will hold a controlling interest of 51 percent and Ball Corporation the remainder. Under the agreement, Ball will receive more...

Brazilian beverage can group Abralatas appoints new boss

The Brazilian Association of Manufacturers of Aluminium Cans (Abralatas) has appointed Cátilo Cândido as its new chief executive. He succeeds Renault Castro, who had been in the post for 13 years.Cândido, a lawyer and postgraduate in law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, was previously in charge of the Institutional Affairs Board of the Brazilian Association of Shopping Centres...

Arizona craft brewer makes move into cans

US craft brewer Barrio Brewing is to start selling beer throughout its home state of Arizona in 355ml aluminium cans manufactured by Ardagh.The Tuscon brewer will be marketing its canned brands, which include Barrio Blonde, Blanco, Citrazona and Mocha Java Stout, in bars, restaurants and stores.Owners Dennis and Tauna Arnold, who founded the brewery in 1991, said that the...