Third choice of beverage-can decorator

April 7: A third brand of decorating machine for beverage cans was revealed at the Cannex trade show in Singapore this week. UK-based Intercan has designed a decorator to challenge the Rutherford and Concord machines made by Stolle in the US. The machines print up to eight-colour labels simultaneously on the can at speeds of up to 2,000 per...

Easy-open food ends for India

April 6: India is one of the world’s biggest producers of canned mushrooms and its leading manufacturer is planning to double capacity to make its own cans, and with the latest design of world-class convenience lids. Agro Dutch Industries is planning to build a second plant at Chennai at the southern end of the sub-continent, it revealed at the...

Israel’s Caniel may export to Egypt

April 6: Israel’s sole drinks can manufacturer Caniel Beverage Packaging may export cans to Egypt later this year, it was revealed at Cannex in Singapore. “We are optimistic. There is a shortage of cans in Egypt,” said company president Keren Aslan. Caniel is a Ball licensee with one swing line at Kfar Saba, making...

Middle East demand fuels plant expansions

April 6: Installation of new beverage can lines in the Middle East will reach a significant phase in the next few weeks with the delivery of washers and ovens by US-based ITS. Speaking at the Cannex show in Singapore, ITS sales manager Andy Pott said that a pin-oven, inside bake oven and washing system will soon be delivered for...

Target set for India’s first two-piece drinks can plant

April 5: Commissioning of India’s first two-piece beverage can plant is expected within the next two months. Sanjay Bhatia, managing director of Hindustan Tin Works Ltd (HTWL) which last year ordered the plant, confirmed while at the Cannex show in Singapore that progress with the installation of the line had advanced enough to set a date in June. ...

First two-piece beverage can line for Iran

April 5: A leading Middle East bottler is planning to build Iran’s first beverage can plant alongside a new filling operation at Teheran. It is one of three projects that are understood to be either under consideration or close to being started in the country. The two-piece DWI canmaking line is expected to be set up...

Brazilian closures offer longer shelf life

April 5: Closures for canned dried foods are offering longer shelf life with greater convenience. Making its world-wide debut at the Cannex show in Singapore is the Ploc Off VP, the latest plastics closure system from Brasilata. A development of an expanding line of closures from the innovative Brazilian canmaker, the Ploc Off VP offers a longer six-month shelf...

Fire wrecks German beverage can plant

April 4: Fire has almost completely destroyed a beverage can manufacturing plant in Germany. The fire, at Ball Packaging Europe’s plant at Hassloch, started at 5am on Saturday, 1 April. Attempts by the 22 night-shift workers failed to bring it under control. It took 270 fire fighters to put out the fire in half an hour. No-one was hurt in...

Cannex puts metal packaging in the spotlight

Metal packaging professionals from around the world meet up in Singapore from Wednesday to Friday 5-7 April for Cannex and Fillex 2006, this year’s most important trade show for the canmaking and filling industries. The shows provide a forum for canmakers and fillers to check out current and emerging technologies. Aluminium and tinplate containers provide the best packaging option...