KHS moves into can labelling systems

German packaging system supplier KHS has launched its first can labelling system.The Innoket Neo machine is aimed at manufacturers of small batches of cans or canned products.“We’ve expanded our existing portfolio to include can labelling to give the customer more design options and enable these designs to be implemented faster with smaller warehouse capacities,” saidCornelius Adolf, labelling product manager...

Merger between Tata and Thyssenkrupp to be abandoned

The proposed merger between steelmakers Tata Steel and Thyssenkrupp is almost certainly to be abandoned, now that it appears that the European Commission (EC) will not approve the deal.At the end of June 2018, Tata Steel and Thyssenkrupp signed definitive agreements that would combine their steel businesses in Europe to create a 50:50 pan-European joint venture company that would...

Handle deposit return system proposal with care says Alupro

Concerns have been expressed by UK-based packaging recycling organisation Alupro about the deposit return system (DRS) planned for Scotland.In the DRS, the first national scheme in the UK, a 20p (26 US cents) deposit will be charged for metal cans and other drinks containers, but Alupro says this is double the level used in other schemes in Europe, and...

Canned flavoured water makes its debut in Russia

Flavoured water is making its debut in Russia in 250ml cans supplied by Ball Corporation.Mineral water brand Senezhskaya is targeting consumers aged between 20 to 45 years, a sector for whom cans are increasingly popular.The aluminium 250ml sleek cans are manufactured by Ball at its Naro-Fominsk plant near Moscow, one of three that it runs in Russia.Sales director for...

Sustainable aluminium drinking cups are being developed by Ball

Canmaker Ball Corporation is developing a brandable aluminium cup as a sustainable option for use in stadiums, venues, colleges and other channels where plastics cups are used.The project, which was revealed by chief executive John Hayes during Ball’s conference call after the publication of its first-quarter financial results, is expected to launch the cups later this year.The aluminium cup...

French wine canner Star Beverages looks to make its own cans

Sales of canned wine are booming but France’s vineyards have been notably slow to capitalise on the trend.Star Beverages is seeking to plug that gap. After six years of growth at its wine canning plant in the heart of the Bordeaux region, it’s considering stepping up production by establishing its own canmaking line.Chief executive Cedric Segal was attending his...

Crown invests in metal decorating in the UK

Crown Promotional Packaging has invested in a new metal decorating facility in the north of England at Newcastle-upon-Tyne.The plant, at New York Industrial Park, will replace the current facility at Fawdon, a few miles west. The move started in April and will be completed by October.Crown Holdings, which owns Crown Promotional Packaging, has yet to issue a statement about...

Shanghai roller maker Mai Chao eyes second factory as orders mount

Chinese print roller manufacturer Shanghai Mai Chao has announced plans to open a second factory amid surging demand for its rubber products and as labour costs rise in its home city.The company is investigating options to open a plant in Shandong, in the far north of the country near the North Korean border, Mai Chao’s Shenglin Chen told The...

PackSys Global (Thailand) to be sold to Benpac Holding

Manufacturer of production lines for monobloc aluminium aerosol cans and printing machines for metal closures, PackSys Global (Thailand) Limited is to be sold to Swiss-based Benpac Holding AG.Benpac Holding is a group of companies that specialise in engineering, machine construction, IT solutions and packaging technology, and is owned by Swiss national Marco Corvi.The sale of PackSys Global (Thailand) by...