Global beverage can unit volumes were up by at 3 percent in the third quarter for Crown Holdings, said chief executive John Conway (pictured right at the recent plant opening at Hangzhou in China) when announcing the canmaking firm’s results for the three months to the end of September.

Net sales were up 9.9 percent at US$2,423 million, mostly driven by the pass through of raw material costs. After tax profit was up 5 percent at $396m, of which $14m came from currency translation.

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