Food containers to grow by 3 percent

A study has predicted that the US demand for food containers is projected to expand by 3 percent per year to 249 billion units by 2009. The metal can market is predicted to grow only marginally – by around 2.3 percent – and may lose some of its market to food containers such as aseptic and retort cartons. The...

Top designer Stark backs olive cans

Premium products call for the best packaging, and that means metal, according to top French designer Phillippe Stark. And he’s put his money where his mouth is by investing in an extra virgin olive oil venture that uses cans. Spain’s La Amarilla de Ronda brand uses UK-made cans with Stark’s own designs. La Amarilla de Ronda’s general director...

Indian seminar reviews innovation

The second International Seminar on Tinplate Packaging took place in Mumbai, India at the beginning of November. The event was well attended by more than 400 delegates, 15 exhibitors, and 20 speakers, and concluded with the presentation of the Tinplate Promotion Council (TPC) Awards. The seminar, titled ‘Cannovation’, examined art in tinplate packaging around the world. Innovation, consumer convenience,...

Rostar starts up second line at St Petersburg

Russian beverage canmaker Rostar has commissioned a second line at its plant at Vsevolzhsk, near St Petersburg, bringing the plant’s capacity to 1.7 billion 50cl cans. Rostar’s managing director Andrey Donets said: “Demand for canned products has steadily increased over the last eight years. The launch of Rostar-Vsevolzhsk’s second production line allows us to meet growing...

Talleres Ezquerra takes over Sommetrade

Spanish seaming specialist Talleres Ezquerra has acquired fellow company Sommetrade. San Adrián-based Talleres Ezquerra manufactures and overhauls can seamers, while Bilbao-based supplies seaming and filling equipment The deal was announced last month at the World Seaming Conference in Spain, where Sommetrade’s sales manager Alejandro Martínez, Talleres Ezquerra’s import/export manager Oscar Sobejano, and Sommetrade’s engineering manager Luis Olaortua (pictured above)...

Bottle cans reach Mexico

CCL Container is producing 8.4oz impact-extruded aluminium bottles for the Hot drink by Mexico’s Innovación Comercial en Alimentos. The 53mm diameter bottles are made at Hermitage, in the US, and shipped to Mexico. They feature CCL’s CT-38 threaded plastics sleeve, which accommodates a resealable plastics cap. Following the launch in Mexico, the drink, designed to combat the...

Vogel & Noot expands in Europe

Austria’s Vogel & Noot (V&N) has expanded its operations in south east Europe with the acquisition of a controlling share in Saturnus Embalaza DD, the Slovenian canmaker that earlier this year also opened a plant in Serbia. Peter Gasser, one of three board members at V&N Holding, confirmed that the privately-owned food and general line manufacturer had...

Prize winning made crystal clear

A device that allows promotional beverage cans to produce a crystal containing a holographic laser-engraved image and illuminated by an LED, is being developed by Riverside Technologies. The new product is based on the company’s successful Cash Can mechanism. The image within the crystal can be chosen by the customer, thus allowing any prize to be represented....

Ball adds surcharges to cover higher costs

Canmaker Ball is adding surcharges to its can prices to cover for energy and freight cost increases. Head of North American packaging John Friedery said that the beverage and food can manufacturer had been hit but higher costs despite sales rising over the last year. He was speaking during a conference call following the announcement of its...

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