History of packaging museum relaunched

The history of metal cans, and their impact on day-to-day life, is charted in the re-opened Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, now based in west London. Director Robert Opie, who originally founded the museum in Gloucester, said that the new location is attracting many more visitors – and particularly from the packaging industry. The museum displays around...

Energy drink conspicuous by its absinthe

Three US college graduates have launched an energy drink with marketing help from Rexam Beverage Cans North America. Four, an alcoholic malt drink named because of its four energy ingredients, is being sold in 16oz cans made by Rexam at its plant in Winston Salem, North Carolina, and is expected to be sold nationally by the end of...

Registration problems for tin industry

Tin producers have until 2010 to register the metal as compliant with the new EU regulation REACH. To be introduced in 2007, REACH dictates that every chemical substance, including metals, produced in or supplied to the EU market in quantities of one tonne or more per year must be registered by its producers. Failure to do so will result...

Central Asia attracts beverage can plants

Soaring growth in beer and soft drinks consumption in Kazakhstan is behind the decision by Crown Holdings to build the country’s first beverage can plant. Canned drinks are currently shipped to the huge central Asian republic mostly from Russia, but with a number of international fillers expanding their operations there, Crown wants to take the lead. The plant,...

Rostar’s plant in Novosibirsk moving ahead

Russian beverage can manufacturer Rostar appears to be going ahead with the construction of its third plant, which will be near Novosibirsk in Siberia. Studies into the feasibility of setting up the plant in the suburb of Koltsovo started in August last year. If built, the plant would have a capacity of around 650 million cans a year...

Crown expands bevcans in Jordan

Crown Bevcan is increasing the capacity of its jointly-owned beverage can plant at Amman in Jordan. In conjunction with its regional partner Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Bros, a third production line is being added to the plant which will raise capacity to 1.5 billion aluminium cans a year in the second quarter of 2006. The dedicated 33cl...

Coke’s carbonated coffee first for metal bottles

First launch of a commercial Coca-Cola branded drink in an aluminium bottle will be Coca-Cola Blak, described as a cola and coffee fusion, in France this month. It will be rolled out in a number of other countries during 2006 including the US. First revealed in The Canmaker in February last year, it is being promoted as a...

Impress to close Grantham can plant

Following the acquisition of UK-based can plant Alcan Packaging Sutton in September, Impress Holdings will close its nearby Grantham plant. Closure, expected in May 2006, will be decided after the finalization of sales forecasts and equipment transfer arrangements. Operations director for the Impress Food Division David Leah said, “We would like to thank the representatives, as well as the...

Fishing company to produce aluminium lids

Brazilian fish canner Femepe Industria de Comercio de Pescados is to be the first domestic manufacturer to produce aluminium full-panel easy-open ends (FPEOs). They will for its own use and for sale into the South American market. Femepe already produces its own cans and lids, and even builds fishing boats. The FPEO lids will be produced at the...

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