Rostar starts up second line at St Petersburg

Russian beverage canmaker Rostar has commissioned a second line at its plant at Vsevolzhsk, near St Petersburg, bringing the plant’s capacity to 1.7 billion 50cl cans. Rostar’s managing director Andrey Donets said: “Demand for canned products has steadily increased over the last eight years. The launch of Rostar-Vsevolzhsk’s second production line allows us to meet growing...

Talleres Ezquerra takes over Sommetrade

Spanish seaming specialist Talleres Ezquerra has acquired fellow company Sommetrade. San Adrián-based Talleres Ezquerra manufactures and overhauls can seamers, while Bilbao-based supplies seaming and filling equipment The deal was announced last month at the World Seaming Conference in Spain, where Sommetrade’s sales manager Alejandro Martínez, Talleres Ezquerra’s import/export manager Oscar Sobejano, and Sommetrade’s engineering manager Luis Olaortua (pictured above)...

Bottle cans reach Mexico

CCL Container is producing 8.4oz impact-extruded aluminium bottles for the Hot drink by Mexico’s Innovación Comercial en Alimentos. The 53mm diameter bottles are made at Hermitage, in the US, and shipped to Mexico. They feature CCL’s CT-38 threaded plastics sleeve, which accommodates a resealable plastics cap. Following the launch in Mexico, the drink, designed to combat the...

Vogel & Noot expands in Europe

Austria’s Vogel & Noot (V&N) has expanded its operations in south east Europe with the acquisition of a controlling share in Saturnus Embalaza DD, the Slovenian canmaker that earlier this year also opened a plant in Serbia. Peter Gasser, one of three board members at V&N Holding, confirmed that the privately-owned food and general line manufacturer had...

Prize winning made crystal clear

A device that allows promotional beverage cans to produce a crystal containing a holographic laser-engraved image and illuminated by an LED, is being developed by Riverside Technologies. The new product is based on the company’s successful Cash Can mechanism. The image within the crystal can be chosen by the customer, thus allowing any prize to be represented....

Ball adds surcharges to cover higher costs

Canmaker Ball is adding surcharges to its can prices to cover for energy and freight cost increases. Head of North American packaging John Friedery said that the beverage and food can manufacturer had been hit but higher costs despite sales rising over the last year. He was speaking during a conference call following the announcement of its...

Cans declared the most eco-friendly

Steel cans are the most environmentally friendly food packaging, according to new research. The study was carried out by Dutch environment and food institute TNO, and analysed how seven different food packaging systems performed in terms of environmental impact, consumer cost, and nutritional value. Steel cans were declared to be the most environmentally sound, taking into account global warming...

Boost for Silgan’s third quarter results

US-based food packaging manufacturer Silgan Holdings made a profit of US$45.2 million in the third quarter of 2005. This represents 15 percent growth over the same period of 2004, in which Silgan made a profit of $38.4m. Net sales income for the quarter stood at $797.5m, of which $651.1m, or 81.6 percent, came from the sale of metal food...

Filipino cannery jobs saved

The jobs of about 31,000 people in the fishing and canning industries at Zamboanga in the Philippines have been temporarily saved following the intervention of special economic team. Under the agreement, the government will allocate at least P3 billion (US$55 million) to help offset the impact of higher fuel prices and to upgrade their facilities. A further...