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A chain reaction?

In one of my previous blog entries I talked about Brazil being a buzzword in the metal packaging world. At the time Rexam had announced plans to increase its capacity in Brazil by a further 1.7 billion cans. Since that announcement, and over the last few days, both Ball and Crown have released details of […]

This is metal

This year will be an important one for the metal packaging industry. Metpack 2011 will see suppliers and can makers come together under one roof at the industry’s biggest event. Companies will spend thousands to ensure that they have the biggest and best stands at Messe Essen in Germany. This event only comes around once […]

Acquisitions everywhere

Ardagh Glass Group recently completed the acquisition of global metal packaging group Impress Coöperatieve U.A. for €1.7 billion ($2.2bn). The enlarged organisation will be known as Ardagh Group after both the European and US regulatory authorities approved the deal. The group will employ approximately 14,000 people and have annual revenues of over €3 billion ($4bn). […]

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The thrill of Brazil

The news that leading beverage can manufacturer Rexam is set to further increase its capacity in Brazil came as no surprise to me. Brazil appears to be a buzzword in the can making world at the moment and the manufacturers seemingly cannot get enough of it. As reported on www.cantechonline.com, Rexam will increase its capacity […]

Competition helps

The news that can making company Impress is to be acquired by Irish packaging group Ardagh Glass could be good news for the industry. London-based private equity company Doughty Hanson has agreed to sell the shares of Impress Coöperatieve U.A. for €1.7 billion ($2.2bn) to the glass bottle manufacturer. The enlarged business will trade as […]

Beans meanz cans

After shifting 442 million cans of Heinz Beanz in one year alone some people might be left wondering whether there really is a need for the company to add a new packaging format to its iconic range. Heinz claims its new Fridge Pack format will allow bean lovers to enjoy the product as they like […]

All ideas welcomed

You will be hearing more from me from now on as I have recently taken over editorial responsibility for CanTech International. Having previously worked as assistant editor on the magazine, I have already met a number of people in the industry and have been impressed by the passion with which they speak about metal packaging. […]

World Cup fever

With the football World Cup in South Africa now just over two weeks away, most of the staff at Bell are starting to get excited about the possibility of England lifting the famous trophy for only the second time in our history. Obviously we’re just praying none of our games goes to penalties. As the […]

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Chasing the jackpot

After arriving back from Las Vegas a few pounds lighter (unfortunately not in weight), I have been attempting to get to grips with our new website. At times this has been a bit like working out how to play the slot machines, but now we’ve ironed out most of the teething problems I am sure […]

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