Scotland postpones DRS due to coronavirus

The introduction of Scotland’s deposit return scheme (DRS) has been pushed back to July 2022 amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, but the decision was inevitable according to Alupro.Rick Hindley, the aluminium packaging recycling organisation's executive director, said the scheme which was originally due to take effect from April 2021 was always likely to be delayed – regardless of...

More expansion for Ball’s Rome plant in Georgia

A fourth canmaking line is being added at Ball’s plant at Rome in Georgia, USA.The line will be dedicated to making slim 7.5oz (220ml) aluminium cans of the type used by Coca-Cola for portion control.Announced during a meeting earlier this week of the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority and reported by local media, the line will be installed within the...

US Aluminum Association reacts to Covid-19

The Aluminum Association, the trade body for the aluminium production, fabrication and recycling industries and their suppliers, is to curtail activities as the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic spreads in the US.“We are entering an unprecedented period in world history. As the Covid-19 virus spreads across the globe, we simply don’t know what the short, medium or long-term effects will be,”...

Postponed Metpack canmaking show dates announced

The dates for Metpack, the canmaking technology show held at Essen in Germany, will be 23-27 February 2021, bringing it in line with the Interpack show’s date change.The organiser of the show, Messe Essen, announced the dates today after saying yesterday that it would be postponed from 5-9 May 2020.Along with elsewhere in Europe, the organisers are responding to...

US canmakers call for priority status during coronavirus pandemic

Canmakers in the US have called for “critical business” recognition as the country adapts to the rapidly changing environment caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and associated panic buying of canned food and beverages by consumers.“As the federal, state and local authorities around the country consider which critical businesses need to remain open during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Can...

Making more cans count in the UK

Aluminium can collections for recycling increased by a fifth in the UK last year, exceeding targets set by the Environment Agency (EA).Almost 117,000 tonnes of cans and other aluminium packaging were gathered, up 17 per cent on 2018 and more than 8,400t higher than EA targets, according to the government body.Cans collected through kerbside and on-the-go facilities climbed 21...

Ball to buy Tubex’s aluminium aerosol can plant in Brazil

Ball Corporation has agreed to buy Tubex’s sole plant in Brazil for making aluminium monobloc cans.The plant is Tubex’s only facility outside Europe, where it has six producing aluminium monobloc aerosol cans, tubes, cartridges and rigid cans.Ball, which is one of the largest global canmakers, will be paying US$80 million for Tubex Industria E Comercio de Embalagens Ltda near...

Packaging steel manufacturers welcome EU’s Circular Economy Action plan 2.0

A call for measures that speed up the elimination of recyclable packaging such as metal cans going to landfill has been made by the body that represents manufacturers of packaging steels in Europe, Apeal.Welcoming today’s publication of the Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) 2.0, Alexis Van Maercke, secretary general of Apeal, said: “Whilst we are pleased that CEAP 2.0...

Global aluminium aerosol can production slipped in 2019

Despite growth in the aluminium aerosol can business’s largest sector, deodorants, global production slipped last year.This follows years of stable growth, says Aerobal, the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers, and is a result of a weaker global economy.Global production fell from the previous year’s record of more than six billion cans to almost 5.8bn, representing a decline...

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