Ball to sell aerosol can plants in Argentina

Argentine canmaker Envases del Plata has agreed to buy Ball Corporation’s two plants that make tinplate aerosol cans in the South American country.Ball will now concentrate on its worldwide aluminium aerosol can and slug business from its eight plants located in Canada, Czech Republic, France, India, Mexico, the UK and the US, headed up by general manager Stan Platek.Ball’s...

New chief executive for Oberg Industries

Oberg Industries has promoted Mark Paolillo to the role of chief executive officer to oversee the strategic direction of the business.Formerly director of sales for tooling and metal packaging since 2010, Paolillo began his career with Oberg 27 years ago as an apprentice toolmaker before advancing into project and account management positions.The precision tooling and contract manufacturer, which claims...

Novelis teams up with Georgia Tech to launch innovation hub

Global aluminium canstock supplier Novelis has joined forces with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) to establish a centre of innovation at the university, which is also based in the city.Atlanta-based Novelis has committed US$2.5 million to initiate innovation through sponsored research and philanthropic support at the facility, which will be called the Novelis Innovation Hub.Novelis, a global...

Innovative aluminium aerosol can is 20 per cent lighter

A lightweight aluminium aerosol can has been developed by German manufacturer Tubex in conjunction with slug supplier Neuman Aluminium, which is claimed to be 20 per cent lighter than standard aluminium aerosol cans.The aerosols are manufactured using a new patented alloy slug, Neucan 3.1, which makes use of up to 25 per cent of recycled post-consumer scrap as well...

Crown opens new US graphics studio

To help North American beverage brands maximise the impact of their packaging graphics and speed product launches, Crown Beverage Packaging North America, part of Crown Holdings, has opened a new graphics studioLocated in Ambler, Pennsylvania, the 1,300sqm facility features advanced technologies that shorten product development times and allow for design mock-ups in real-time. It will enable customers to have...

Increasing demand for canned beer in Russia

The share of packaged beer in Russia that is sold in cans reached almost a quarter of the market last year, reports the Baltika Group.The brewer, which is part of Carslberg, claims the demand for cans among leading Russian breweries is growing steadily, despite relatively low beer sales due to this year’s cold summer.Kristina Vinogradova, strategy sales planning director...

Jamestrong opens third new plant for making infant formula cans

A third new canmaking facility has been inaugurated in Australia and New Zealand by Jamestrong Packaging in as many years as demand growth for canned infant formula continues.The new production lines were officially opened yesterday at Auckland in New Zealand following an A$15 million (US$10.2m) investment by the canmaker, which is owned by China’s Shanghai Yuanlong. It is part...

CMB Engineering appoints new sales manager

CMB Engineering (CMbE), a global provider of canmaking machinery, has announced the appointment of Andrew Wilkinson as sales manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).Wilkinson will be based at CMbE’s headquarters in Shipley, West Yorkshire, in the UK. He takes on the role immediately, following his predecessor Leon Metcalf’s move to the position of customer service manager.As...

Coca-Cola joins the rush to canned water with the Dasani brand

Global beverage giant Coca-Cola plans to start packing its Dasani water brand in cans and aluminium bottles in the US as part of a move to reduce the impact of its waste packaging.