Carbon dioxide shortage hits drinks cans

May 29: Drinks can volumes in South Africa might have expanded faster in the last six months had it not been for a local shortage of carbon dioxide, said the country’s leading packaging manufacturer Nampak. Specially-prepared carbon dioxide is used to give soft drinks fizz, and with limited supplies carbonated beverage sales were dented. Growth in beverage can use...

Metal closure production expands in Spain

May 29: Metal closure production capacity is being upgraded in Spain next week with the opening of a new plant by Crown. Growing domestic demand for metal closures, widely used on glass jars for variety of food products, has prompted investment in the Crown Embalajes Espana plant near Seville, which replaces a plant at nearby Dos Hermanas from June...

Report highlights growth in Asian drinks can production

the impact of recent installations in the south-east part of the region, analyses the dynamics of China’s beverage can business and highlights the increasing interest of Japanese canmakers in expansion into other countries. ‘Beverage can manufacturing in Asia’ has been extensively researched by The Canmaker editorial team. It includes regional lists of plants...

UK steel packaging recycling beats targets

May 25: Recycling targets for tinplate cans set by the UK government have been exceeded two years in advance. The Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) called for a recycling rate of 54 percent to be reached in 2008. In 2006, nearly 400,000 tonnes of steel used for packaging was recycled, according to figures released by...

Metal decorators meet in Chicago

May 24: Metal decorators, the people who bring you attractively printed cola cans and biscuit tins, meet in Chicago today and tomorrow for their annual international convention. Members of the International Metal Decorators Association (IMDA) will be at the Indian Lakes Resort to hear presentations about branding and the technological challenges of improving the lithographical process. Highlight of...

Arty labels for Mountain Dew’s metal bottles

The first bottle in the series was launched in Los Angeles, California, last week at an event which also launched the ‘Green Label Art’ programme. The bottles will only be available at similar promotional events taking place over the summer, although there are plans to sell them in US retail stores later in the year. Until then, members...

Crown honoured for its Spam cans

May 23: As Spam celebrates its 70th year of production, Crown Holdings, one of the canmakers that supplies the special cans in which the eponymous luncheon meat is packed, has been recognised for the sixth year in a row with the Spirit of Excellence award from Hormel Foods. To qualify for an award, suppliers must meet or exceed...

Burn bottle wins inaugural metal prize at Starpack

May 18: An aluminium energy drink bottle scooped the top honours at this year’s Starpack Awards, which for the first time included a metal packaging category. The 25cl bottle for Coca-Cola’s energy drink Burn is made by French canmaker Boxal, and was awarded the Gold prize in the Best Creative Pack Using Metal category. The impact-extruded...

Quantum can returns from Germany

May 18: A ribbed food can launched briefly in the early 1990s has been revived by German soup manufacturer Stockmeyer for use in a test marketing project in the UK. The Quantum can, which uses vertical flutes on the sides of the three-piece welded body, was introduced by CarnaudMetalbox in 1994 and used by Homepride but never found...

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