Higher-than-expected global can demand helps Ball results

Global growth in demand for beverage cans and aluminium aerosol cans, along with increased sales in North America and Europe, made up for weaker revenue from non-reportable items in Ball Corporation’s canmaking business for the first quarter of the year.Ball's global beverage can volumes were up 8 per cent, while volumes for aluminium aerosol cans were up 4 per...

Cannex & Fillex de las Américas 2019 opens in Denver, Colorado

Canmaking professionals from around the world are meeting in Denver, Colorado at Cannex & Fillex de las Américas 2019 to see the latest in metal packaging and filling technology.Being held from Wednesday to Friday, 1-3 May, this is the sixth time that Cannex & Fillex has been held in Denver since it was first held there in 1995.This year...

Support for out-of-home can recycling in US

A new resource from the US National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) offers tips and suggestions for improving current out-of-home recycling practices.Called ‘The Value of Can and Bottle Recycling’ it describes how to effectively communicate the goals of a recycling programme with staff and customers, as well as a checklist to help retailers...

Hygienic sleeve for beverage cans developed

A hygienic sleeve that covers the tops of unopened beverage cans has been developed by an inventor in the Balkans, targeted at brand owners and canning equipment suppliers wanting to offer greater protection for consumers when drinking directly from cans.Tome Balalovski, an inventor from Skopje in North Macedonia, has developed a protective foil for beverage cans. He hopes the...

Brazilian beverage can group Abralatas appoints new boss

The Brazilian Association of Manufacturers of Aluminium Cans (Abralatas) has appointed Cátilo Cândido as its new chief executive. He succeeds Renault Castro, who had been in the post for 13 years.Cândido, a lawyer and postgraduate in law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, was previously in charge of the Institutional Affairs Board of the Brazilian Association of Shopping Centres...

Arconic in Russia works on downgauging its canstock

One of Russia’s largest manufacturers of semi-finished aluminium products, Arconic SMZ, owned by US-based Arconic Inc, has expanded the scope of its coil-coating line for ends and is working on further downgauging of its coil used for beverage can bodies.Regional packaging sales director at Arconic SMZ Olga Salistra explained to The Canmaker’s correspondent Eugene Gerden that sales had been...

Ardagh helps Rockstar promote sales with novel coded tabs

Innovative beverage can ends designed by canmaker Ardagh are being used on a range of promotional cans for energy drink Rockstar Energy.As a sponsor of rock music festival Rock am Ring, held in Germany in June, Rockstar is running a festival-branded promotion called ‘Every beverage can wins’ across its range of flavoured drinks.The 500ml aluminium cans come with three...

Renewable energy deal to halve greenhouse gas emissions at Ball

Canmaker Ball Corporation has signed agreements with energy suppliers that will enable the sourcing of renewables for all of its electricity used in its corporate, packaging and aerospace operations by the end of 2021.The deals involve two virtual power-purchase agreements (VPPAs) – one wind and one solar – for 388 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy.Ball says it will...

Food can shipments in US take a hit

US shipments of food cans were 5.2 per cent down in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same period a year ago, which had been the last time there had been an increase.The total of 5.65 billion cans for the most recent quarter, released by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), came as shipments of cans for pet...