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Showa Aluminium Can changes its name to Altemira Can Company

Showa Aluminium Can (SAC), one of Japan’s largest manufacturers of aluminium cans and bottles, has changed its name to Altemira Can Company. Based in Tokyo, Altemira has six production sites in Japan and a workforce of around 900. In November, SAC bought the aluminium rolled and extruded products business of Universal Can Corporation (UCC), which was formed in 2005 when the...

Tata Steel launches ‘low-carbon’ steel

Steel canstock made with a reduced carbon footprint has been launched by Tata Steel Nederland to meet growing demand. The steelmaker expects to be able to yearly supply a minimum of 200,000 tonnes of the steel, called Zeremis Carbon Lite. The canstock offers a 30 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide production compared with the European average for steel products, for example hot-rolled...

CarnaudMetalbox Engineering appoints new sales manager

CarnaudMetalbox Engineering (CMbE), a global provider of canmaking machinery, has appointed Zach Cheatham as sales manager for the Americas. Cheatham will be based in the US and lead all customer accounts for North, Central and South America. He joins CMbE following many years working within the canmaking industry.  “It is the most exciting time to be in the can machinery industry. I’m...

Sales up at Ball despite flat US shipments and losses in Russia

Beverage can volume growth in Europe helped Ball recover from last quarter’s slump in shipments, but two mothballed plants in Russia and slower demand in the US ate into the canmaker’s second-quarter margins. Following the fall in US demand in the second quarter, Ball will delay the construction of its beverage can plant in North Las Vegas, Nevada. The canmaker said...

Colep moves into the aluminium aerosol can sector

Portugal’s Colep Packaging has moved into the aluminium aerosol can sector with the purchase of a 40 per cent stake in Spain’s ALM. Porto-based Colep, which makes tinplate and plastic containers, said the move was targeted at expanding its range of containers and enabling more customisation of its products, and was part of a strategy to accelerate growth through acquisitions. The...

Gaosen plans fifth beverage can plant in China

China’s Gaosen Packaging is planning to build a new canmaking plant at Hefei city in Anhui Province, to make up to one billion aluminium D&I cans a year. The company is investing 500 million yuan (US$74m) at the 30,000sqm site, which is located in the east of the country, around 300km west of Shanghai. When it starts up later this...

Finalists announced for metal packaging award

Six canmakers have made it to the final of the 2022 UK Packaging Awards. Nominated in the Metal Pack of the Year category, which is sponsored by the UK’s Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (MPMA), the finalists are: Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP): Heartsease Farm Range of sparkling soft drinks Ball Packaging Europe: Irn Bru 1901 Eviosys: Roses 432g P. Wilkinson Containers...

Strong sales and volume growth in the Americas boosts AMP’s results

Higher shipments and the recovery of rising costs led Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP)’s strong performance in the quarter to the end of June.  Global beverage can shipments grew by 8 per cent, driven by an 11 per cent volume increase in the Americas and 5 per cent in Europe. AMP’s new canmaking plant at Huron in Ohio began commercial production in...

Tata invests £6m to make Trostre’s packaging steel line more productive

A £6 million (US$7.3m) investment by Tata Steel in a production line at its Trostre mill in South Wales has helped achieve record-breaking performance. The Indian-based steelmaker has upgraded the mill's continuous annealing line (CAPL), which makes the steel sheet easier to form. The packaging steels it produces are used to make cans for food, pet food, aerosols and paint. “This...