Ball’s Serbia plant soon to supply customers

Ball Packaging Europe’s beverage can plant in Serbia is expected to start delivering cans to beer and soft drinks customers in June. The plant, Serbia’s first beverage can plant, will have an annual production capacity of 650 million cans.

Budweiser joins the aluminium bottle trend

Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser has become the latest beer to be sold across the US in aluminium bottles made by Exal Corporation. Said Bob Lachky, vice president of brand management at A-B: “Consumers have responded positively to this packaging so it is possible that other brands could eventually be available in aluminium bottles.”

Crown withdraws from industry body

February 8: Crown Holdings, the world's biggest canmaker, has withdrawn from a key industry body. It has not renewed its membership of the US-based Can Manufacturers Institute for 2006, but no reason has been given. Fees, which are based on yearly sales of the member companies, have been increased. The CMI’s Bob Budway said he would...

Worlds leading canmaker moves into Middle East

Rexam, which makes around 50 billion drinks cans a year worldwide, has moved into the Middle East market with the acquisition of Ecanco, the Egyptian independent producer of tinplate two-piece cans, located west of Cairo. The region is regarded as one of the fastest-growing markets but until now most of the capacity increases have been with Crown...

Heinz to develop lighter steel cans

Heinz baked beans could be sold in lighter-weight steel cans soon, if a project supported by the UK government is successful. And that means a saving of several thousand tonnes of steel in the waste stream. HJ Heinz is among a group of retail suppliers to receive grants to develop packaging with a lower environmental impact. The...

Slim cans for Vietnam

Crown Holdings is adding a line to one of its drinks can plants in Vietnam for making Red Bull-style slim cans. The line for 25cl aluminium cans will be added to Crown Asia’s Ho Chi Minh City plant. It is expected to have a capacity of 460 million cans a year before the end of 2006. Crown...

Film lamination helps environment

Significant savings in costs and environmental impact are being claimed for a technology that laminates polyester films to the metal sheets used for canmaking and could replace lithography on metal in many sectors of the business. German canmaker Blechwarenfabrik Limburg will be first to use the technology developed by Billhofer in Nurnberg using expertise gained from laminating...

Can prices to jump this year

Aluminium beverage can prices could jump this year if dramatic rises in the cost of aluminium metal are passed on by canmakers from the rolled sheet manufacturers. Aluminium on the London Metal Exchange has risen past $2,500 a tonne, some 35 percent higher than last year and the highest for 17 years. Along with changes in the...