December 9: Ball Corporation has agreed to acquire aluminium aerosol and bottle canmaking company Aerocan from Barclays Private Equity in a 221 million euro (US$292m) deal including debt and other liabilities.

John Hayes, Ball’s president and chief operating officer said: “This is an important strategic step for our company, as it allows us to enter a growing segment of the metal packaging world where we can broaden our market development efforts into a new customer base.”

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