US canmakers call on Trump to drop aluminium and steel quotas

US president Donald Trump is being lobbied by the canmaking industry in North America to remove quotas for imported aluminium and steel canstock because of the damage they cause to the sector.Robert Budway, president of the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), which represents canmakers in the US, has written to Trump to explain that the industry depends on imports because...

Metal-decorating machine made to measure for Kenya

UK-based metal decorating equipment manufacturer Crabtree has designed and installed a custom-designed machine for Metal Crowns in Kenya, enabling labour costs to be reduced and output increased.Metal Crowns was looking for a system that would improve time efficiencies, while maintaining decorating quality. Crabtree said it developed a user-friendly, hybrid machine, consisting of a...

Baosteel starts up double cold reduction mill in Shanghai

Canstock supplier Baosteel Iron & Steel Co (Baosteel) has begun producing steel strip from its new mill at Shanghai in China as a part of its Tinplate Product Structure Optimisation project.The double cold reduction (DCR) mill, which has the capacity to process 205,000 tonnes of strip a year and has the option of running in both reduction/temper or temper...

Chicago families benefit from Ardagh’s can recycling

Ardagh Group’s recycling campaign in Chicago last year led to more than 1,900kg of cans being recycled with the proceeds donated to a local charity to support families in need.The campaign has been run for more than 15 years, with 300 employees at three locations – Ardagh’s North American headquarters, a canmaking plant and technical centre – collecting cans...

UK industry bodies join forces

UK beverage can industry body, the Can Makers, will merge with the UK canmaking industry body, Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (MPMA), to form the Can Makers Committee. The merger will see beverage cans join forces with the rest of the metal packaging industry, with the UK trade body for beverage cans continuing to represent metal beverage packaging manufacturers within the...

EU extension of chrome passivation for tinplate welcomed

Packaging steel manufacturers in Europe have welcomed a European Union decision that will allow the continued use of chrome passivation in the making of tinplate and electro-coated steel.There have been concerns about the potential health issues related to the use of chromium trioxide for the passivation of steel and tin mills worldwide have been working towards adopting a chrome-free...

MPMA defends cans against ‘dinosaur’ claims

A leading industry figure has defended metal packaging after the industry was criticised as old and out of touch.More than two centuries after British entrepreneur Bryan Donkin set up the first canmaking and canning plant in London, cans are still “bang on trend”, especially when it comes to meeting demands for design innovation and sustainability, said William Boyd, chief...

US logistics firm backs kids’ canned water charity

Logistics firm MilwaukeeWarehouse is lending its services to a charity that sells canned water to raise money for children living without sanitary drinking supplies.The Wisconsin-based company is providing warehouse space for the CannedWater4kids appeal. Its water is sold in North America in 16 oz aluminium cans and 12 oz aluminium bottles. Outlets include Ritz Carlton hotels and US national...

Ardagh’s improved can sales unable to stanch losses as US beer weakens glass unit

Rising can sales helped drive a 6 per cent rise in revenue at Ardagh Group last year, but that couldn’t prevent weakness in the Irish packaging giant’s glass business from sending it into the red.Revenue from metal packaging was $5.8 billion, almost 64 per cent of the company’s $9.1bn total, according to the New York-listed company’s full year results....

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