Party time for glowing bottles

June 20: Tall aluminium bottles that glow in the dark will soon reach the Caribbean with their launch in the Dominican Republic by Miguel Barcelo & Co for its La Benedicta cider. The 16-oz impact-extruded bottles with crown caps are made by Canada-based CCL Container, using its Aluminex process, which is said to offer top-to-bottom shaping. “The...

German beverage can plant to be rebuilt

June 20: The beverage can plant in Germany damaged by a fire in April will be rebuilt. But Ball Packaging Europe (BPE) says that when its plant at Hassloch is recommissioned in the first quarter of 2007 it will have a reduced capacity of 1.3 billion steel cans a year. The plant at Hassloch was almost completely destroyed on...

Aluminium bottles for Michelob beers

June 16: Latest in a widening range of beers from top US brewer Anheuser-Busch to be launched in aluminium bottles are Michelob Ultra and Michelob Ultra Amber, which reach retailers on Monday June 19. Featuring, says A-B, “high-gloss graphics and visually striking designs” the 16-oz bottles “are particularly popular among contemporary adult beer drinkers, many of whom say...

Rexam to get Sleek in Europe

June 15: Flavoured waters, juices and milk-based products such as coffee are being targeted by Rexam with its Sleek can, which will be offered to drinks fillers later this year. The 33cl aluminium can is taller and slimmer than conventional cans, providing brand managers with what is being promoted as a more stylish option. Rexam has already been...

Beverage can plant for Nigeria

June 15: Nigeria’s first beverage can plant could be commissioned before the end of 2007 as part of a beer and beverage filling complex being planned at a trading zone near Lagos. US-based Lemna International announced recently that it had carried out detailed studies and that construction of the $65 million project could start in the second half of...

Shaped cans cross the world

June 13: A wood preservative manufacturer in Australia has turned to a UK factory to supply stylish shaped cans for a new product launch. Orica markets paint and woodcare coatings under brands such as Dulux and Cabot’s and has adopted a waisted tinplate can made by Europe-based Impress Holdings for its clear polyurethane woodcare coating called Cabothane. The...

More plants to meet beverage can demand

June 13: Worldwide demand for beverage cans will grow by more than four percent over the next five years to reach 268 billion in 2010, according to a recent report. The strongest growth will be in Europe, where demand for cans for beer and soft drinks will rise by more than 25 percent to 52.5bn, and in South and...

European canstock suppliers upgrade plants

June 9: Leading aluminium producers Alcan and Alcoa are upgrading their European rolling mills to raise beverage canstock finishing capacity. Alcan is investing US$15m at its French rolling mill in Neuf-Brishach, near Strasbourg, to resolve a bottleneck and upgrade its service to customers in the canmaking industry. Alcoa is improving its service to Russian canmakers with a $6m...

Canmaker to double capacity in China

June 6: One of China’s largest canmakers is planning to double its capacity for food and drinks cans in time for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. ORG Canmaking has been growing at more than 25 percent a year and is building new plants that will raise its capacity to 1.5 billion cans in two years. Of...

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