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.”

Aluminium aerosols will hit 2bn in Europe this year

Europe’s aluminium aerosol can production is expected to hit 2 billion this year, according to European aerosol association Aerobal. The trend towards shaped aerosols and the favouring of aluminium over steel packaging due to rising tinplate costs are expected to ensure that 2005 production beats last year’s figures, adds Aerobal.

Don’t miss The Canmaker technology update at the IMDA’s convention

The Canmaker has joined the US-based International Metal Decorators Association with a session about the latest canmaking technologies. The IMDA’s convention is being held from Thursday to Friday 19-20 May in Willowbrook, Illinois, USA. Presentations sponsored by The Canmaker on the Friday include Bill Smith of DS Container; Jaap Dunnebier of Corus Packaging Plus; Olivier Magon of Arcelor Packaging...

Crown moves into digital printing

Crown Holdings will be offering commercial digital printed aerosol cans and shaped food cans with peelable ends later this year, according to its technology chief Dan Abramowicz.

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February 8: Crown Holdings, the world's biggest canmaker, has withdrawn from a key industry body.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...