March 1: With margins increasingly tightening in the manufacture of standard 12oz drinks cans in the US, world-leading canmaker Rexam is increasing its capacity to make special sizes for the expanding and more lucrative ‘new age’ drinks market.

Rexam is to convert four of its lines in the US to make 16oz, 24oz and the latest introduction, the sleek can, a slimmer version of the 12oz size. Capacity to make standard 12oz sizes will not be reduced, says Rexam, thanks to efficiency improvements. The conversions will be completed by the end of this year.

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