Joint venture to build Spam can plant in South Korea

April 21: High-tech drawn aluminium cans for Spam luncheon meat are soon to be manufactured in South Korea. It will be the first time that the easy-open cans have been made outside the US since they were developed for Hormel Foods six years ago. They will be made in a new plant being built...

Ball plant fire not arson, say police

Ball's Hassloch plant after it was last rebuilt in 1998 April 13: The fire that wrecked a beverage can plant in Germany on the morning of April 1 was not a result of arson attempts. Despite efforts by staff and 270 fire fighters, the Ball Packaging Europe plant at Hassloch was almost completely destroyed in half an hour. ...

Beverage can plant for Guatemala

April 12: Guatemala’s first beverage can plant is being planned by a leading Mexican canmaker. Details of the factory in the Central American state are under wraps, but it is understood that it will be operational early in 2007. The plant is being built by leading Mexican packaging manufacturer Envases Universales with the project managed by...

Cannex Asia attracts more than 1,400

April 7: More than 1,400* metal packaging experts from 38 countries were attracted to the Cannex and Fillex show in Singapore from 5-7 April.Providing a forum for the latest canmaking and filling technologies from around the world, the show at the Singapore Expo had 940 attendees meeting 489 exhibiting staff from more than 100 companies.“Cannex doesn’t have people just...

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. ...