Lightweight bottle cans to take off in US?

Lightweight bottle cans could soon be adopted for drink brands in the US market following the launch of new manufacturing technologies. And that means a potentially rich market for aluminium manufacturers who have seen the US beverage can market plateau over the last five years. The new aluminium bottle designs – made possible by the convergence of drinks can...

Polymer-coated cans for Europe

Drinks cans made from polymer-coated steel – a technique that reduces the environmental impact of their manufacturing plants – came a step closer to commercial reality recently. Arcelor Packaging International, a division of Europe’s leading steelmaker, signed a deal with Japan’s Toyo Kohan, one of the largest manufacturers of coated canstock, to use its technology. Arcelor has also tied...

Impress buys more canmaking capacity in the US

Impress Group has expanded its canmaking capacity in the US with the acquisition of a can and endmaking plant in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, from Connors Bros Income Fund, the parent company of America’s largest branded seafood companies Clover Leaf and Bumble Bee. The facility is Impress’ sixth in the US, and manufactures aluminium cans and ends for sardines...

Ball to shut food can plant

Ball Corporation is planning to close one of the two food can plants it operates in Canada by the end of the year. The plant at Baie d’Urfe, Quebec, makes welded cans and is one of Ball’s smallest in North America. The closure is expected to generate $3 million from the sale of the plant and recovered tax. Ball...

Soudronic wins innovation award

Soudronic’s Uniseal, an automatic thermo sealing machine for peel-off ends, was awarded the Metpack ... show’s innovation award. Special recognition was given for the first time to Arplas Welding for its SynchronAC seam welding static inverter, and OSIF’s Bulge 3D inspection systems.

Belvac teams up with Rexam in bottle can arena

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Raw material rise helps Ball’s Q1 results

First quarter sales for Ball Corporation increased to US$1.32 billion from $1.23bn in 2004. Profit also rose from $46.8 million to $58.6m. The rise was partly attributed to some of Ball’s customers buying more cans than normal before the increases caused by the rising cot of steel used to manufacture them.

Profitable first quarter for Silgan Holdings

Silgan’s first quarter net profit grew to $12.9 million from $11.1m a year earlier. Net sales increased by 2.3 percent in the period to $530m, credited to higher average selling prices caused by the passing through of raw material cost increases. It is said to have offset volume declines in both its metal and plastics businesses.

Aluminium aerosols will hit 2bn in Europe this year

Europe’s aluminium aerosol can production is expected to hit 2 billion this year, according to European aerosol association Aerobal. The trend towards shaped aerosols and the favouring of aluminium over steel packaging due to rising tinplate costs are expected to ensure that 2005 production beats last year’s figures, adds Aerobal.