Impress chief backs sustainability

June 4: As leading Europe-based canmaker Impress celebrated the tenth anniversary of its formation with a conference and banquet in Italy last week, chief executive Francis Labbé (pictured above right) highlighted metal packaging’s strong sustainability credentials. Formed in 1997 from the assets of Pechiney and Schmalbach-Lubeca with funding from private equity firm Doughty Hanson, Impress plans to continue...

Recyclability is tops for packaging, says survey

May 30: Recyclability is the most important measure of the impact of a food or drink’s packaging on the environment, according to a recent survey amongst consumers in the UK. The survey, carried out on behalf of the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (MPMA), also showed that consumers thought that wastage of food stuffs – how much of a product...

Sparrows Point mill to be sold in six weeks

May 30: World-leading steel maker Mittal expects to complete the sale of its US mill at Sparrows Point by mid July, chief executive Lakshmi Mittal has revealed. “There is good progress and we are processing the proposals which we have received and we hope that in the next six to eight weeks time, or before that, we will...

Fighting for steel packaging in Brussels

May 29: Steel packaging’s strong environmental sustainability message will be better communicated within the European Union with the recent appointment of a public affairs manager based in Brussels. Joris Nachtergaele will be working for Apeal, the association of packaging steel manufacturers. He joins Apeal soon after Empac, the metal packaging lobbying organisation, held its first general assembly to...

Steel cans are cool enough for Carling

May 29: Drinkers of Carling lager in the UK will know that it’s cold enough for consumption with the launch of new cans featuring a smart label next month. Each can has an indicator with thermochromic ink that changes from white to blue when the lager is cold. Coors Brewers, which distributes Carling in the UK, has also...

Carbon dioxide shortage hits drinks cans

May 29: Drinks can volumes in South Africa might have expanded faster in the last six months had it not been for a local shortage of carbon dioxide, said the country’s leading packaging manufacturer Nampak. Specially-prepared carbon dioxide is used to give soft drinks fizz, and with limited supplies carbonated beverage sales were dented. Growth in beverage can use...

Metal closure production expands in Spain

May 29: Metal closure production capacity is being upgraded in Spain next week with the opening of a new plant by Crown. Growing domestic demand for metal closures, widely used on glass jars for variety of food products, has prompted investment in the Crown Embalajes Espana plant near Seville, which replaces a plant at nearby Dos Hermanas from June...

Report highlights growth in Asian drinks can production

the impact of recent installations in the south-east part of the region, analyses the dynamics of China’s beverage can business and highlights the increasing interest of Japanese canmakers in expansion into other countries. ‘Beverage can manufacturing in Asia’ has been extensively researched by The Canmaker editorial team. It includes regional lists of plants...

UK steel packaging recycling beats targets

May 25: Recycling targets for tinplate cans set by the UK government have been exceeded two years in advance. The Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) called for a recycling rate of 54 percent to be reached in 2008. In 2006, nearly 400,000 tonnes of steel used for packaging was recycled, according to figures released by...

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