More tinplate capacity in Thailand

March 24: Tinplate capacity at Thailand’s leading producer will be boosted by the end of March by the commissioning of a new line near Bangkok. Thai Tinplate Manufacturing will bring its fourth electrolytic tinning line on stream, increasing its steel canstock capacity to more than half-a-million tonnes. The plant at Samutprakarn produces both tinplate and tin-free steel...

Speciality beverage can capacity on the rise

March 22: Canmakers in the US are responding to increasing demand for speciality cans of the type used by energy and sports drinks producers by converting their lines from the standard 12oz size. Rexam said it was changing four of its lines recently to make 16oz, 24oz and the latest 204-diameter sleek cans. Now, with speciality cans growing...

Crown to make ends in Brazil

March 22: A new beverage end manufacturing plant is to be built in Brazil by Crown Holdings, the world’s largest metal packaging manufacturer. The plant at Manaus is Crown’s first end-making venture in South America and follows a recent decision by Latapack Ball Embalagens to increase end-making capacity at its plant at Simoes Filho, Bahia. Beverage can capacity in Brazil...

Fourth beverage can plant for Vietnam

March 20: A fourth beverage can plant is being planned for Vietnam, one of the fastest-growing markets for drinks in South East Asia. Asia Packaging Industries Co, a newly-formed joint-venture owned by Japan’s leading packaging manufacturer Toyo Seikan Kaisha and Hong Kong’s Davlyn Steel Corp, has been licenced to build the plant near Ho Chi Minh city. ...

Sleek cans used for dairy products

March 16: New-style sleek aluminium cans are being used in the US for milk-based drinks following a collaboration between co-packer Dairy Farmers of America Inc (DFA) and canmaker Rexam. Dairy and other low-acid products such as milk shakes require heat processing using cans that are designed for the job. And the sleek cans, which are slimmer than conventional drinks...

Celebrate St Patrick with Bud in a cool aluminium bottle

March 9: Beer drinkers in the US celebrated St Patrick’s Day with Bud Light in the latest version of an aluminium bottle being used by brewer Anheuser-Busch. The shamrock-green 16-ounce bottles will be available at select bars, restaurants and convenience stores for a limited period. Experts say the aluminium bottles cool faster and keep the...

Metal packaging in the spotlight in Singapore

The latest canmaking and filling technologies will be the focus of this year’s most important conference on the subject being held in Singapore from 5-7 April. Issues under discussion at the Canmaker Conference and The Filling Business Conference will include: * Canstock prices * Film lamination * Aerosol and bottle can manufacturing * Easy-open...

Lindgens: a new name in coatings and inks

March 2: The name of a new – and the only specifically dedicated, it says – player in the can coatings and inks market has been revealed: Lindgens Metal Decorating Coatings & Inks based in Sweden. The company was created following a management buyout of Flint Ink’s metal decorating business following the merger of US-based Flint Ink with Germany’s...

More novel drinks can capacity in the US

March 1: With margins increasingly tightening in the manufacture of standard 12oz drinks cans in the US, world-leading canmaker Rexam is increasing its capacity to make special sizes for the expanding and more lucrative ‘new age’ drinks market. Rexam is to convert four of its lines in the US to make 16oz, 24oz and the latest introduction, the sleek...