January 12: Growth in the use of resealable aluminium bottles for drinks is expected to expand massively with the installation of three huge factories over the next three years.
Exal Corporation, the US-based leading manufacturer of aluminium aerosol cans and bottles, has developed a high-speed production system that will enable each of the plants to have a capacity of four billion containers a year.
These will be made using a development of drawn and wall-ironed techniques (D&I) and producing bottles at up to 3,000 per minute, enabling them to be competitive on cost with plastics but with better graphics.
In a total investment estimated at around $200 million, the plants will use an upgraded version of Exal’s Coil-to-Can (C2C) production process.

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