Canmaking

Paper packaging maker Sonoco to buy canmaker Ball Metalpack

Ball Metalpack, the manufacturer of tinplate food, aerosol and general line cans divested from Ball three years ago is to be acquired by paper packaging specialist Sonoco Products. New York-listed Sonoco and Ball Metalpack have agreed to the US$1.35 billion purchase that will fit plans by Sonoco to build its rigid packaging business, which is currently focused on paper composite...

Hoffmann expands powdered milk capacity at Dutch plant

Tinplate canmaker Hoffmann Neopac has expanded capacity to make infant formula packaging at the Swiss canmaker’s Dutch facility. The new line is operating in an extension of the plant in Dronten, near Amsterdam, and will increase production from 99 million to 118 million items, the company said. Hoffmann said the €4 million (US$4.5m) line is already making cans for a...

Cannex 2022 postponed following latest Covid safety measures

The 2022 edition of Cannex & Fillex Asia Pacific, the canmaking industry exhibition and conference which was to take place in Guangzhou, China, on 7-10 June, has been postponed due to the latest travel restrictions and safety concerns relating to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The event, which is sponsored by The Canmaker magazine, may still take place later in 2022,...

Logan aluminium rolling mill expansion agreed

Aluminium canstock supplier Tri-Arrows Aluminum is to expand capacity at its mill in Kentucky to meet growing demand for coil from US-based canmakers. The Logan Mill enlargement has been agreed by Tri-Arrows and aluminium producer Novelis, which jointly operate the site. No details of the plan were given in an announcement by Japanese industrial giant UAJC, which owns Tri-Arrows.   “Aluminium can...

Canmakers win at international packaging competition

The World Packaging Organisation (WPO), which represents the packaging industry worldwide, has recognised the metal packaging industry in its most recent awards. German aerosol specialist Tubex and Netherlands-based Trivium Packaging are among the biggest winners of WorldStar 2022 awards. Entrants are selected from products that have won other regional or national competitions, including The Canmaker Cans of the Year Awards.   Tubex’s...

More recycling cash in US as analysts warn poor rates threaten sustainability claims

A fund created by canmakers Crown and Ardagh Metal Packaging has forwarded a fourth grant to upgrade a local recycling venture in the US. The money will be used to upgrade a facility in Kilgore, Texas. It came as leading industry analysts warned that only by increasing recycling rates in the US will the country’s canmakers be able to justify...

Baosteel’s Lanzhou site commences can production

Baosteel Packaging’s new plant in northwest China is “advancing at full speed”, the Chinese canmaker has revealed. Located at the High-tech Industrial Development Zone in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, construction of the factory began in July last year and it officially started making cans on 5 November. "Our production is progressing steadily and the target task of nearly 80...

Sherwin-Williams opens R&D centre for European operations

Sherwin-Williams Packaging Coatings has opened a new Research and Development (R&D) centre in Europe. The “multi million-euro” investment at the new 3,000 sqm site in Nantes, France will add to the company's R&D capabilities on the continent. The facility will also produce Sherwin-Williams’s ValPure range of non-BPA acrylic, epoxy and polyester coatings used on the interior of beverage, food and...

Oven and washer supplier triples capacity

HeatTek, a US-based supplier of ovens and washers to the canmaking industry, has expanded its footprint by adding two new facilities. The manufacturer has bought a building in Ixonia, Wisconsin, which it plans to use as a distribution centre for components and spare parts. This adds to capacity it announced earlier this year when it bought a 150,000 sq ft...