More aluminium bottle making operations are planned for Europe following the establishment of a new independent manufacturer.

Helvetia Metal Bottle Company is led by former president of Ball Packaging Europe, Jan Driessens, who in this month’s issue tells us the company’s plans for two manufacturing facilities to be set up in Italy and in the Netherlands, with the first production lines to be operational in the second quarter of 2019.

Using the D&I process the bottles will be between 35 and 50 percent lighter than equivalent impact-extruded bottles, and therefore more cost effective.

The lightweight, tall-neck bottles will be made with equipment by Schuler, which together with Japan’s TMC has developed a new necking machine.

Both Driessens and Schuler’s head of packaging, Markus Roever, will be speaking at The Canmaker Summit which this year returns to Gleneagles in Scotland on 24 October.

Another bottle and aerosol canmaker who will be at this year’s Summit is Michael Mapes, chief executive of Exal Corporation in the US.

They will be joined in the programme by KBA-MetalPrint which now offers a two-piece beverage can decorator that features automated printing plate and web blanket changes; leading coatings authority Institut Nehring; and The Sherwin-Williams Company, which has completed its $11.3 billion acquisition of The Valspar Corporation.

Film technology will be discussed by Dupont Teijin Films, and can tooling by Sandvik Hyperion, while Suzhou SLAC will provide a view of the Chinese market.

Also, The Cans of the Year Awards will be announced at The Canmaker Summit. The awards promote and reward the developments and innovations that take place within the metal packaging industry each year.

We are currently receiving entries to the awards. Companies are invited to send the best cans they have manufactured, filled, or helped develop, to our offices in the UK.

Mónica Higuera