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Study reveals carbon savings from Rasselstein’s canmaking steels

Details of how canmakers and their customers in the food industry could reduce their carbon footprint by using special steels have been revealed by Thyssenkrupp Rasselstein. Germany’s sole tinplate mill commissioned a study into the carbon footprint savings that were possible by using its SolidFlex steel for easy-open food ends. More savings were achievable when Thyssenkrupp Rasselstein’s Bluemint steel, which...

Independent Can unveils new nine-unit K&B sheet decorator

Speciality and general line canmaker Independent Can Company (ICC) has unveiled a new Koenig & Bauer MetalStar 3 decorator at its Maryland plant in the US. The nine-unit lithographic continuous-grip press, the largest of its type installed in the Western hemisphere by the German manufacturer, is expected to double productivity at ICC’s headquarters in Belmont. “We have made historic investments to...

First ‘compact’ aTULC canmaking line installed in the US

US-based American Canning has installed the first aluminium Toyo ULtimate Can (aTULC) production line in North America. The compact beverage can line – developed by Japan’s Toyo Seikan – will enable the canning services provider to more-economically produce up to 300 million 12oz cans per year when manufacturing begins early next year. The company said the aTULC line will enable it...

Largest brewery in South East Asia upgraded by Heineken

Heineken’s upgraded Vietnam Vung Tau Brewery has become south east Asia’s largest beer production plant. Its four high-speed canning lines are among the fastest at any of the Dutch-based company’s sites worldwide. Located in the south east of Vietnam in Ba Ria, Vung Tau, Heineken’s brewery was officially opened this month at a ceremony attended by senior company executives and...

New treasurer appointed by Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation has appointed Deron Goodwin as vice president and treasurer with immediate effect. Goodwin first joined the US-based canmaker in 2016 as assistant treasurer. He “played a key role in planning and directing the corporation's global treasury activities and long-term strategic initiatives, as well as identifying and developing solutions to financial risks across our global organisation”, Colorado-based Ball said in...

IMDPA conference to tackle key issues for metal decorators

Registration is open for the International Metal Decorating and Packaging Association (IMDPA) Annual Conference due to be held in the US next month. Scheduled for 4-6 October at Itasca, Illinois, near Chicago, sessions will discuss sustainability, logistics and compliance. The first keynote speaker Rob Clark, head of innovation for Anheuser-Busch InBev, will talk about how the latest developments at the company...

More output slows AMP’s progress to net-zero emissions

The expansion in Ardagh Metal Packaging’s (AMP) capacity and production to meet rising demand for aluminium beverage cans has dampened part of its plan to eliminate its carbon footprint by 2050. AMP said the increase led to more energy and water use as well as waste. The admission came in the canmaker's 2022 Sustainability Update Report, which tracks progress over...

Shipments of aluminium aerosol cans rise, but there are fears of recession

Global shipments of aluminium aerosol cans grew by 5.5% in the first half of 2022, to about three billion units, according figures from members of the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers (AEROBAL). Biggest sector growth was the 34% shown by the hairspray industry, while the pharmaceutical and household sectors grew at 9% and 15% respectively. Demand from the volume-dominant...

Ball completes the sale of its beverage can business in Russia

World leading canmaker Ball Corporation has quit Russia with the sale of its beverage can business following its decision to pull out in March because of the attacks on Ukraine. Arnest AO, which has bought the business for US$530 million, is said to be Russia’s largest manufacturer of aerosol can systems for the perfume, cosmetics and household products industries. Founded...