Canmaking

Impress to close Grantham can plant

Following the acquisition of UK-based can plant Alcan Packaging Sutton in September, Impress Holdings will close its nearby Grantham plant. Closure, expected in May 2006, will be decided after the finalization of sales forecasts and equipment transfer arrangements. Operations director for the Impress Food Division David Leah said, “We would like to thank the representatives, as well as the...

Fishing company to produce aluminium lids

Brazilian fish canner Femepe Industria de Comercio de Pescados is to be the first domestic manufacturer to produce aluminium full-panel easy-open ends (FPEOs). They will for its own use and for sale into the South American market. Femepe already produces its own cans and lids, and even builds fishing boats. The FPEO lids will be produced at the...

‘Can ban’ Trittin dumped from German environment ministry

Hopes that there might be changes in the German deposit system that will benefit the canmaking industry were raised when environment minister Jürgen Trittin was replaced by Sigmar Gabriel with the formation of new chancellor Angela Merkel’s government in November. Green party stalwart Trittin was the architect of the ill-conceived mandatory deposit system on drinks packaging introduced...

Empac waits for beverage canmakers

The European canmaking group established to lobby for the interests of the metal packaging industry, Empac, is due to be officially formed this month. Statutes were in place in December with only a response from companies in the beverage canmaking sector still needed, said Empac’s executive director Guy Standaert. “They need to reach a consensus on what role...

Experts set up metal decorating consultancy

Metal Decorating Ltd has been established in the UK to provide consultancy services for the metal decorating industry by two former LTG employees. Founders John McHugh and Colin Johnson have a combined industry experience of more than 70 years. McHugh was previously project director for metal decorating machinery supplier LTG Mailänder and managing director of Smartcolour, LTG’s pres-press...

Canned food in the spotlight

The benefits of canned food were promoted in the UK more heavily in 2005 than ever before, with campaigns reaching more than 133 million consumers. Conducted by Canned Food UK, the campaigns focused on nutrition and developing a healthy lifestyle. The promotion took many forms, including press coverage in national newspapers, free recipe guides, presence at healthy eating shows,...

Cans reach dry pet food in Brazil

The Bat-plus can — a steel can with a plastics opening, designed to contain dry foods — has been chosen to package a new range of products for cats in Brazil. It is produced by Brazilian canmaker Brasilata in its plants in Sao Paulo, Estrela, and Rio Verde. It features a clear plastics lid, which allows the...

Caution: unexploded sausages

Five kilograms of sausages, it appears, is the latest way to ensure your party goes off with a bang. German metal packaging manufacturer Julius Kleemann has produced a ‘party bomb’ shaped steel can for Meica, a sausage producer also from Germany. The can is almost spherical in shape, yet still features a standard 153mm diameter lid. Following...

Steel can recycling promoted in Australia

Australia’s NCI Packaging is printing a ‘recyclable steel’ logo on the bottom of its cans. It follows an upgrade to its printing equipment so logos as well as numbers and lettering could be produced, and a request from the Steel Can Recycling Council to promote the use of the recycling symbol.