More time needed to appoint CEO for Novelis

January 2: Novelis, the world-leading manufacturer of aluminium sheet for making cans, has still been unable to appoint a full-time replacement for its president and chief executive Brian Sturgell, who was sacked at the end of last August. Today the Atlanta-based company said that Ed Blechschmidt, one of three board members at the Office of the Chairman, would become...

Vietnamese drinks can capacity to double this year

December 28: Dramatic growth in Vietnam’s drinks market is being matched with new beverage can manufacturing capacity. Commercial production starts soon on two new lines near Ho Chi Minh City, one an expansion of the plant run by Crown Asia Pacific, the other at a plant newly constructed by Asia Packaging Industries, a joint venture between Japan's Toyo Seikan...

Australian brewery launches beer in polymer-coated cans

December 20: Coopers Brewery in Australia is the first drinks firm outside of Japan to launch a commercial product using cans with co-extruded polymer coatings. And it is considering switching from aluminium cans for all its beers. Used for a special promotional run of Coopers’ Dr Tim’s Traditional Ale to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Flinders University in...

Cool aluminium bottles celebrate Christmas

December 20: Aluminium bottles are being used by the top drinks companies to promote their products with special designs over the Christmas holidays because they cool quicker than glass and offer better decorative features. Coca-Cola is marketing its cola as a mixer with three special designs in Europe using the same 25cl size of aluminium bottle...

Impress expands into Russia

December 19: Two canmakers in Russia have been absorbed into the Impress group, a global leader in food can manufacturing. It follows Impress’s entry into the Ukraine market in October when it bought the production assets of Kiev-based general-line canmaker Himpak. The latest move involves the acquisition of Sofrinskaya Banka LLC and the interests of Global...

Crown reaches out to designers and brand managers

December 19: Innovative metal packaging that helps brand managers and designers boost sales is the focus of the relaunched website for Crown Holdings, the world’s largest canmaker. Examples of the packaging developed by Crown’s partnering with the design teams of its customers won a number of awards recently. Overall winner of the Best in Metal awards was secondary...

Russian hangover drink reaches US

December 18: The launch of a canned drink has been timed precisely to meet the needs of over-indulging party animals during the Christmas and New Year break. It’s Mr.Re, which uses a 120-year-old Russian recipe claimed to provide restorative qualities after alcohol consumption. Others might call it a hangover cure. It comes in the latest design of drinks...

Santa Claus is 75 years old this year

December 15: Coca-Cola’s image of Santa Claus is 75 years old this year. An enduring symbol of Christmas, he was created by Swedish-American artist Haddon Sundblom for a series of holiday advertisements for Coca-Cola in 1931, appearing in a number of US magazines. “The Santa Claus illustrated by Haddon Sundblom is remarkable for several reasons, most...

China’s Cofco to open its sixth canmaking plant

December 15: One of China’s leading canmakers starts construction of its sixth plant in January. China National Cereals, Oil & Foodstuffs Import & Export Corp (Cofco), the country’s largest food trader which also makes its own cans, plans to begin operations at the new facility – thought to be a dedicated metal decorating operation – in March or...

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