Canmaking equipment leader Soudronic acquired

July 14: World leader in equipment for making welded tinplate food and drinks cans, Soudronic has been bought by a group in which a minor shareholder owns Gebruder Leonhart Blema Kircheis. Swiss-based Keystone Holding and Leonhardt Holding, along with management, has acquired Soudronic’s metal packaging production equipment business based in Bergdietikon from financial investors Gilde and Capvis, which bought...

Silgan to close Spam can plant

July 13: Leading US food can manufacturer Silgan is planning to the close the factory where it has been making Spam cans. In what it says are on-going efforts to streamline operations and reduce operating costs, the Connecticut-based canmaker will be closing the plant at St Paul, Minnesota, next year. The plant at North Prior Avenue has been making...

Crown responds when lightning strikes

July 13: When canmaker Crown responded to coffee manufacturer Kroger’s call for additional volumes of cans used in a special promotion following the impact of Hurricane Katrina last year, it had to face an additional challenge from the elements. During the manufacture of cans for Pontiac Foods in Columbia, South Carolina, where Kroger’s private label products are packed, Crown’s...

Premier Foods to buy Campbell Soup in UK

July 12: Premier Foods, the UK-based manufacturer of canned food brands such as Crosse & Blackwell, Branston, Ambrosia and Waistline, is proposing to buy the UK arm of Campbell Soup, which produces brands such as Oxo, Batchelors, Homepride and Fray Bentos. The UK and Irish businesses of Campbell Soup are expected to be bought for £460 million (US$844m) in...

Australian tin mill to close

June 29: Australia’s only tinplate mill is to be closed as part of a restructuring programme by its owner BlueScope Steel. Shutting the Port Kembla mill in New South Wales is one of a number of cut backs at BlueScope that includes closure of its manufacturing operations in Taiwan and the elimination of up to 600 management and staff...

Boost for aluminium can recycling in Germany

June 28: Retailers in Germany are being targeted by an aluminium can recycling programme that could boost the success of a revised deposit system for one-way drinks packaging. Leading aluminium rolled products manufacturer Novelis is setting up the scheme in which retailers will be able to find out how much their collected cans will be worth on an...

Metal deco press maker Bauer+Kunzi to change name

June 26: Metal-decorating press manufacturer Bauer+Kunzi has gained regulatory approval for the acquisition of its fellow German competitor LTG-Mailänder. Bauer+Kunzi, which produces high-speed Metalstar2 presses, will complete the £11.6m (US$21.2m) deal at the end of July when it is expected that the company will be renamed KBA MetalPrint GmbH & KG. It will continue to support...

Arcelor-Mittal deal creates steel giant

June 26: Arcelor has finally given in to Mittal’s advances and accepted a takeover offer that will create the world’s largest steel maker with production capacity of 116 million tonnes of crude steel and ten percent of the world market. Arcelor-Mittal, as the company will be known, will be three times bigger than the next largest, Nippon Steel...

More bottle can capacity in Japan

June 21: Showa Denko, one of four Japanese canmakers manufacturing the increasingly popular aluminium bottle cans, is to make a further increase in its production capacity. It is planning to add two necking machines to its line at Hikone which will increase capacity from 180 million to 210m bottle cans a year. Drinks manufacturers are increasingly using the lightweight...