Canmaking

Prize winning made crystal clear

A device that allows promotional beverage cans to produce a crystal containing a holographic laser-engraved image and illuminated by an LED, is being developed by Riverside Technologies. The new product is based on the company’s successful Cash Can mechanism. The image within the crystal can be chosen by the customer, thus allowing any prize to be represented....

Ball adds surcharges to cover higher costs

Canmaker Ball is adding surcharges to its can prices to cover for energy and freight cost increases. Head of North American packaging John Friedery said that the beverage and food can manufacturer had been hit but higher costs despite sales rising over the last year. He was speaking during a conference call following the announcement of its...

Cans declared the most eco-friendly

Steel cans are the most environmentally friendly food packaging, according to new research. The study was carried out by Dutch environment and food institute TNO, and analysed how seven different food packaging systems performed in terms of environmental impact, consumer cost, and nutritional value. Steel cans were declared to be the most environmentally sound, taking into account global warming...

Boost for Silgan’s third quarter results

US-based food packaging manufacturer Silgan Holdings made a profit of US$45.2 million in the third quarter of 2005. This represents 15 percent growth over the same period of 2004, in which Silgan made a profit of $38.4m. Net sales income for the quarter stood at $797.5m, of which $651.1m, or 81.6 percent, came from the sale of metal food...

Filipino cannery jobs saved

The jobs of about 31,000 people in the fishing and canning industries at Zamboanga in the Philippines have been temporarily saved following the intervention of special economic team. Under the agreement, the government will allocate at least P3 billion (US$55 million) to help offset the impact of higher fuel prices and to upgrade their facilities. A further...

Samoan tuna canneries still under review

Doubts still exist over the future of the tuna canning plants on the Pacific island of American Samoa, and their supporting canmaking plant. If US tax credits are not renewed in 2006, then the economy would collapse and the plants would have to close. US Congressman Eni Faleomavaega has told the chief executives of StarKist and Chicken of...

Impress likely to shut UK food can plant

Impress Holdings is likely to close its Grantham, UK, food can plant following the acquisition of the nearby Alcan Packaging Sutton (APS) in September, which has been approved by the UK Office of Fair Trading. Both plants produce cans for human and pet food customers, but APS has a more productive DWI line compared to the DRD...

Middle East bevcan expansion for Can-Pack

Poland’s Can-Pack, which officially opened its fourth beverage can plant in Eastern Europe in September, is planning to set up another in the Middle East. With demand for beverage cans growing in the region and other canmakers upgrading their operations, Can-Pack is thought to be considering a plant in Dubai, in the Gulf coast state of United Arab...

Brewery expansion in Mongolia

Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd (Singapore) is to build a brewery in Mongolia in a joint-venture with MCS Holding LLC. The brewery, which will have a capacity of 300,000 hectolitres and is due for completion early in 2007, will cost around US$15 million. Asia Pacific will hold a 55 percent stake in the new company while Mongolia-based MCS will hold...