Canmaking equipment manufacturing starts up again in China

With the coronavirus being brought under control in China, canmaking equipment manufacturers are restarting their operations.The action follows a decline in industrial production, sales and investment in the first two months of the year when businesses were in lockdown.At equipment supplier Zonida Shematec Engineering & Equipment, which has factories at Jiaozhao City in Shandong Province, and in Korea, Edward Lui,...

Metal decorators conference cancelled for this year

This year’s conference of the International Metal Decorating and Packaging Association (IMDPA) has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The annual event, which was to have been held at the Hilton Hotel in Oak Brook, Illinois, in May, comprised a golf outing and two days of presentations covering developments in decorating processes on metal packaging of all types.The organising...

Ball helps launch sustainable canned water in Vietnam

Joint-venture TBC-Ball Beverage Can Vietnam has helped with the launch of a new canned water brand as it tries to reduce the volume of single-use plastic bottles.The Saigon-based canmaker worked with Winking Seal Beer Co, a leading Vietnam-based craft beverage company, to design and produce the 250ml aluminium cans under the beWater brand name.Winking Seal Beer Co says it...

SLAC back to full capacity as coronavirus wanes in China

Canmaking equipment manufacturer SLAC is fully operational again in China after the coronavirus forced partial closure of the country’s industry.An enforced extension to the Lunar New Year break in February had caused “some backlogs”, but the machinery supplier is now at full capacity.“We, in our facility in Suzhou have all returned to work now for some time, we are...

US food canners support workers in response to Covid-19

Many US canned food and beverage companies, including Campbell Soup, PepsiCo and Hormel Foods, are giving bonuses or other benefits to employees who manufacture and sell their products during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.The news comes as the US government recognises the essential status of the food supply sector, as well as other key areas such as health care, during...

Supplies to canmakers are critical in keeping canned food on supermarket shelves

Canmakers must have secure supplies of the raw materials they need to ensure that canned food remains on supermarket shelves as the UK manages the Covid-19 crisis.That is the warning from Robert Fell, chief executive of the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (MPMA).Canmakers require tinplate, tin-free steel, lubricants, coatings, inks and sealants to manufacture their products.It is also crucial that...

Tecnocap signs joint-venture deal in India

Italian closures and caps maker Tecnocap has entered into a joint venture that will give it access to India’s growing packaging market. The Salerno-based company bought the metal lug business of Oricon Enterprises, giving it a 75 per cent share in the jointly-formed Tecnocap Oriental. Mumbai-based Oricon makes plastic and glass packaging.Tecnocap chief executive and founder Michelangelo Morlicchio said the deal represented the metal closures maker’s first venture in Asia. This “represents a key stage in our...

Europe’s newest canmaking plant opens, but is preparing for lockdown

The threat of coronavirus has prompted the owners of Europe’s newest beverage can plant to take steps to shutter the facility before it even begins full operations.The Benepack Belgium plant at Genk in Belgium started production earlier this year. It has yet to start making commercial cans and is in the process of having customers certify its products.While the...

Decision on Comat rescue expected at end of the month

Chinese packaging steel mill Jiangyin Comat Metal Products may reopen at the end of this month, depending on the outcome of talks which are hoped will rescue it from a financial crisis.Comat’s mills remain closed months after debt troubles at its parent company halted the production of tinplate for canmakers throughout the world.The facilities didn’t reopen as forecast after...

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