Research into lower-cost aluminium advanced

Research into a new aluminium smelting technology that would reduce production costs and enable the more convenient location of smelters is being advanced by a deal between Alcoa and Sweden’s Orklas SAS. Alcoa has acquired the technology associated with the carbothermic aluminium production process, previously jointly owned by the companies. Now in the research and...

Korea spearheads bottle-making lines

The latest to provide D&I aluminium bottle technology is Belvac with two lines coming on stream in South Korea.   Drinks producers in South Korea will soon be the first in the world to use a new design of aluminium bottle, domestic production of which started late last year.   Two canmaking firms have installed lines using...

Who will watch the watchdogs?

OPINION: Where are the independent voices that can bring reason to the debate about Bisphenol A? Richard Moore details the canmaking industry’s position In the current heated public debate on Bisphenol A (BPA), it is striking that nearly every press and television item has aligned with the conventional wisdom that the BPA in can coatings is a harmful...

Capital spending spree

Canmaking equipment suppliers are anticipating the first sustained period of growth in recent years, says Arthur Stupay.   There have been many announcements about expansion projects in the canmaking industry in the six months since mid 2010. While the economies in the US and Europe are still in recovery, the metal packaging industry is bounding ahead...

Selling with social responsibility

Chinese demand for three-piece can welders still outstrips supply, says Li Yang, chairman of China’s leading manufacturer. Kate Xu reports from Shantou In 2009, China’s largest can welding machine manufacturer sold a record of more than 30 of its machines to domestic canmakers such as COFCO and ORG, with similar levels forecast for 2010. Since Shantou...

The future is vapour

An easy-open food can for vegetables that uses very little water in its processing goes commercial in Brazil, Reinaldo Rojek tells Mónica Higuera Food companies’ response to the new easy-open food cans made by Brazil’s Metalgráfica Rojek have been “the best possible”, says chief executive Reinaldo Rojek. “They all consider the combination of the can and the product...

Downgauging Inca crowns

Packaging Products del Perú is manufacturing the world’s thinnest gauge crown cork metal closures. Mónica Higuera reports Among the developments discussed at The Canmaker Summit in November 2010 were the downgauged crown corks being used on bottles in Peru by brewer SABMiller’s subsidiary Unión de Cervecerías Peruanas Backus & Johnston. The metal crown closures are made from...

Investing in the future

Polish-based canmaker Can-Pack’s expansion continued with the recent official opening of its first Russian beverage can plant, with more to come. Daniel Searle reports About an hour’s drive from the opulence and grand architecture of Moscow, deep in the Russian countryside the impressive structure of Can-Pack’s newest beverage can plant stands in stark contrast to the rural landscape....

Beach view canmaking

Denmark’s only specialist manufacturer of high-performance industrial pails is in an enviable location. John Nutting talked to Baltic’s managing director Johan Strandberg Canmaking factories rarely have a view of a beach where families relax on the sand and the only noise is that of water sports. But in Denmark, that’s the enviable position of general line manufacturer Baltic,...