December 4: Coca-Cola has started using lightweight aluminium bottles of the type that won The Canmaker magazine’s Can of the Year Award for 2009, and looks set to expand its use of them when a high-capacity manufacturing plant is expected to be completed in the US in about 18 months.

The plant will be built with an eventual capacity for 3.5 billion bottles by Exal Corporation, whose chief executive Delfin Gibert says has a number of customers keen to use the bottles. It is expected to be the first of a number of plants to be set up in various geographic regions throughout the world, a project that was first announced in 2007.

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