A competitive and growing business

Ardagh’s canmaking division ranks with Crown in its European food can output, and has growing prospects in North America. Arthur Stupay reviews its business in advance of its IPORecent consolidations in the canmaking industry have increased interest in the remaining independents, including both Ardagh and Silgan. In October 2015, Ardagh Metal Packaging filed an offering prospectus as an independent...

Encouraging innovation

The need to increase safety and sustainability were key subjects of discussion at the recent international aerosol exhibition held in ChinaThe International Aerosol and Metal Containers Technology Exhibition organised by the Aerosol Committee of the China Packaging Federation attracted around 110 exhibiting companies to Ningbo in the Yangtze delta region.The event included the Aerosol Innovation Forum where representatives of...

Independent brewers embrace cans in UK

The UK craft beer market is going from strength to strength and helping boost Europe’s largest beverage can market. Mónica Higuera reportsTo promote the use of beverage cans and draw attention to the growing presence of craft beer cans in the UK, industry body The Can Makers and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) teamed up in 2014 to...

New order

How will Europe’s beverage can business look if the EC’s divestment requirements are completed? John Nutting looks into the figuresEurope’s beverage can manufacturing business could be dramatically transformed by the end of this year when the plants that have to be divested to meet the terms of Ball’s US$6 billion acquisition of Rexam are sold to another player.Following a...

Business shakedown

The proposed merger of canmaking giants Ball and Rexam has drawn attention to the structure of the beverage can industry in North America and Europe. What will regulators be studying as they deliberate, asks John NuttingThe proposed merging of two of the industry’s largest beverage can manufacturers – US-based Ball Corporation and UK-based Rexam – has focused the minds...

Turning the tide of US carbonated drinks decline

As Diet Pepsi is launched free of the sweetener aspartame, one solution in the move to natural low-calorie versions could be GM stevia, but how would consumers react to that? Sweetener expert John Fry explains (as published in the August issue of The Canmaker)It is an unusually turbulent period in the world of soft drinks. Sugar is being demonised...

The biggest deal in canmaking, ever?

Ball’s offer to buy Rexam could result in the formation of the world’s biggest canmaker. But it won’t be a simple transaction, as Arthur Stupay explains In many ways, Ball Corporation’s revelation early in February that it was in acquisition talks with Rexam plc was a surprise to the market. Dedicated beverage canmaker Rexam was not in financial distress and...

From canning to end making

China's Xiamen Baofeng is planning to become the world's leading manufacturer of aluminium ends for beverage cans.After selling a 60 percent stake in China's Yinlu Foods Group to Nestlé in 2011 for an undisclosed sum, which analysts estimated at between US$600 million and $1 billion, Chen Qingyuan, company president and one of its founders, could have slowed down...

Canmaking's road to China

With Cannex, the world trade show for metal packaging, being held in China on 1-4 June 2015, Mónica Higuera talks to local industry players.* Guangzhou-based Jorson Packaging Machinery trades in and manufactures machinery for the metal packaging industry.Jorson's own weld-seam powder repair system holds ten patents with more than 170 sold worldwide since it was launched at Cannex in...

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