ORG profits from low-alcohol trend in China

China’s largest manufacturer of aluminium two-piece beverage cans ORG Technology is producing and filling the cans for Coca-Cola’s newest low-alcohol launch in China. The sparkling alcoholic drink called Lemon-Dou was released at the end of September in the Chinese mainland as part of Coca-Cola’s strategy to appeal to younger drinkers. The beverage is available in three flavours containing different levels of...

AMP reveals new cans of many colours for energy drink brand

Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP) has introduced a range of new colour-transforming inks for metal packaging. Working with the Colorado-based ink maker CTI, Ardagh has developed a clear-to-colour Thermo Impact finish that includes colour-to-colour changes. Czech energy drink maker Big Shock! is the first brand to use the thermochromic ink technology, deploying the innovation on limited edition 500ml cans that are designed...

Ball Metalpack expands two-piece food can capacity at Milwaukee

A high-speed D&I canmaking line for two-piece steel cans has started commercial production at Ball Metalpack’s plant at Milwaukee in Wisconsin. The canmaker, which produces tinplate food and aerosol cans, said the line will support the production of millions of food cans per year with a quicker ramp-up time and a lower total cost structure. The cans will supply customers...

Higher-speed digital printing developed by Crown and Velox

A direct-to-shape digital decoration process for beverage cans that is five times faster than current systems is being jointly developed by canmaker Crown and Israel-based Velox. Suitable for both straight wall and necked two-piece aluminium cans, the Velox technology has running speed of up to 500 cans per minute (cpm). According to Crown, the rate is significantly higher than previous...

New technology group formed from Klinghammer, Bertil Ohlsson, and Larsen

Three manufacturers of canmaking equipment – Klinghammer Can Technology, Bertil Ohlsson Can Technology, and Larsen Can Technology – have merged to form Klinghammer Group GmbH. Based in Braunschweig, Germany, the independent, privately-owned company represents 275 years of experience in developing technology for making three-piece cans. The company will continue to focus on producing systems for flanging, seaming and beading; shaping...

Silgan buys end maker in Italy

Easytech Closures, the family-owned manufacturer of easy-open and sanitary food ends in Italy, has been bought by US-based canmaker Silgan for US$36.5 million. The end maker was founded in 2007 when the Bove family took over a former Gruppo ASA plant at Bari, and since 2009 had been wholly owned. In 2013 Easytech moved to a new 30,000sqm plant at Fisciano...

Toyo Seikan’s ‘compact’ canmaking line to be installed in Texas

The first installation in North America of Toyo Seikan’s new ‘compact’ aTULC beverage can production line will be at American Canning in Austin, Texas, a packaging supply distributor which also manufactures canning machines and provides mobile canning services to the craft drinks industry. The Toyo Seikan line, which will make polyester-laminated aluminium cans using processes with a low environmental impact,...

Beverage can shipments rise by a third in Canpack’s second quarter

Production of beverage cans has started at Canpack’s first venture in North America, a new four-line plant at Olyphant in Pennsylvania, with capacity for 4.55 billion cans, as shipments by the Poland-based canmaker rise dramatically. Commenting on Canpack’s second quarter results, chief executive Roberto Villaquirán reported that global beverage can volumes were up by more than a third for the...

Mothballed beverage can plant in Brazil to be restarted

Production is being restarted by Ball at a mothballed beverage can plant in northern Brazil. The plant at Benevides in Pará state was a former Rexam facility that was closed after its acquisition five years ago. Ball is planning invest BRL350 million (US$64.3m) at the plant to increase capacity to 1.2 billion cans a year when production starts in the first...