A quarter-century of resealable closures in Brazil

In Brazil, innovative canmaker Metalgrafica Rojek is this month celebrating 25 years of producing a novel resealable easy-open end for food cans.The hermetic end, which uses a removable plastic button that seals a tiny hole to retain the internal vacuum, enables the can to be reclosed for storage.Launched in 1996, the end and can was taken up by...

Packaging steel production hit by strikes at Tata Steel’s IJmuiden plant

Workers at Tata Steel’s IJmuiden integrated steelmaking site in the Netherlands continue to strike in response to fears about large numbers of redundancies as the company restructures in response to falling demand for steel across Europe.A strike took place during last Sunday’s night shift (14 June) starting at 11pm after negotiations with the company’s management fell through, the trade...

Spain’s Alucan Entec supplies bottles for gin-based cocktails

A range of cocktails has been launched by Scottish craft gin distiller Eden Mill using aluminium bottles made by Alucan Entec in Spain.The Maverick Martini (5.8% ABV) combines vanilla and passionfruit flavours with Eden Mill’s Oak Gin. It is the latest addition to distiller’s ready-to-drink (RTD) Mixology Project range. The 250ml aluminium bottles are made using impact-extrusion techniques and are...

US lockdown slows recovery of beverage cans for recycling

Aluminium canstock manufacturers could find the metal in short supply as coronavirus lockdowns in the US slow the flow of recovered cans into their supply chains.Anecdotal evidence suggests recovery rates have plummeted after local authorities imposed bans on the collection of metal packaging to help prevent the transmission of coronavirus on the surface of discarded cans.That has produced a...

Collection rate for aluminium packaging jumps in the UK

Aluminium packaging recycling targets in the UK are likely to be reached despite the coronavirus pandemic, says industry body Alupro.Despite economic activity being down a record 20 per cent in April, in the following month the collection of aluminium packaging including beverage cans was up by 48 per cent compared to the same period a year earlier, according to...

Expansion for US canned food and drink inspection specialist

A US-based firm that provides food and drink producers with a service for checking product that has been held for inspection has expanded its reach across North America with a new facility in Aurora, Illinois.FlexXray, which has facilities in Texas, Illinois and Connecticut, offers x-ray inspection, metal detection, shrink bundling and tap-tone lines. The new 48,000 square-foot site operate...

Ball chief details beverage can capacity increases in US

Significant beverage can capacity increases in the US have been detailed by Ball Corporation’s chief executive John Hayes in an online summit organised by Deutsche Bank.Growth in demand for beverage cans as brands look for alternatives to plastic containers has exceeded supply in North America, with shipments this year expected to top 100 billion.Talking to analyst Debbie Jones on...

Click Cap cans target carton and bottle markets

A novel design of resealable beverage end could expand the market for drinks cans next year if consumer research proves to be a success.The composite snap-to-shut design, Click Cap, has been under development for about four years by Top Cap Holding in Austria, which plans to begin scaled-up filling trials over the next few months following the research.If the...

La Costeña to build modern logistics centre in Mexico

A modern logistics centre for canned foods is to be constructed adjacent to La Costeña’s integrated canmaking and canning plant at Ecatepec de Morelos in Mexico.With about 80 per cent of La Costeña’s production currently being carried out at the plant, it needed more storage capacity, and higher picking and dispatch efficiency.The food canner – which has been making...

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