Imperial pint can reaches North America

A beverage can that holds an imperial pint and is commonly found in the UK is being launched in North America for the first time by canmaking firm Ball Corporation. Conventional North American beverage cans come in US volumes such as 8, 10, 12, 16 and 24 ounces whereas in Europe they are more closely aligned with metric volumes...

Empac supports Canvironment Week

October 27: Canvironment Week, the worldwide initiative that aims to educate and to raise awareness of the sustainability of metal packaging, is being backed by European Metal Packaging (Empac).   In India, the week will be celebrated from 10-17 November during which tribute will be paid to Nicolas Appert, the Frenchman who first developed the food preservation techniques called...

Third beverage can plant for India

November 12: Poland-based canmaker Can-Pack is planning India’s third beverage can plant for commissioning in the first quarter of 2009. Vice president of operations at Can-Pack Stanislaw Wasko confirmed today that the company’s tenth manufacturing line would be constructed in the sub-continent. But the location of the plant is still under wraps. It follows last week’s news that Ball...

Ardagh opens its first end-making plant in Brazil

Ardagh Group has officially opened its new beverage end-making facility at Manaus in the north-west region of Brazil.With capacity to produce 12 million ends a day, it is the third end-making plant located in the Amazonas region of Brazil, joining similar facilities operated there by Ball and Crown.“This significant investment in Manaus strengthens Ardagh Group’s position in the Brazilian...

Ball completes Metal Container plant acquisitions

October 5: Ball Corporation has completed the acquisition of four canmaking plants from Anheuser-Busch InBev. The three can body plants at Rome, Georgia; Columbus, Ohio; and Ft Atkinson, Wisconsin, and the end-making plant at Gainesville, Florida were part of the Metal Container Corporation (MCC) operations acquired when InBev bought Anheuser-Busch in 2008. The four plants produce annually about 10...

Vision systems offer wider possibilities

April 23: Beverage can inspection is getting more sophisticated with a range of developments from Pressco. The US company has introduced technologies to work in conjunction with its Intellispec Series IV-D digital platform. Its Spray Dot Correlation feature uses a colour camera to inspect colour dots applied by the internal coating spray stations, allowing operators to identify...

BWAY to buy plastics pail plant from Ball

October 13: Leading canmaking firm Ball Corporation has agreed to sell its plastics pail factory and business in Newnan, Georgia to BWAY Corporation. BWAY is paying about US$32 million for the plant, which was acquired by Ball in 2006 as part of US Can Corporation. It produces injection-moulded plastic pails and drums for products such as building materials and...

Crown’s classic tins set the scene with festive cheer

The cosy warmth of a Scandinavian Christmas is said to be conjured up in a seasonal tea supplied in classic tins by UK-based Løv Organic.Based on a theme first used earlier this year, Løvely Gløgg is packed in 100g tinplate containers manufactured in the UK by Crown Aerosols & Speciality Packaging.The sweet scent and deep colour of Gløgg --...

Former Ball chief to set up metal bottle plants

A newly-formed independent manufacturer is planning to offer lightweight aluminium bottles to brewers in Europe who are looking for more stylish containers that match the look of glass.Helvetia Metal Bottles Co is being led by former Ball president in Europe Jan Driessens, who is also a member of The Canmaker magazine’s editorial board.Driessens has been working with canmaking equipment...

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