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Festive recycling

The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) has called on consumers in the UK to recycle all the extra foil trays that they use over Christmas. When you consider the number of things that are recycled at Christmas time (like decorations, trees and even presents) recycling a bit of foil should be a piece of cake. […]

A new look

It won’t have escaped your attention that we now have a new look website. The website is lighter and brighter and features an exclusive back issue archive for subscribers to the magazine. I hope you all like it.

Linking in

I have been impressed with the level of discussion on the CanTech International LinkedIn group. After creating the group around a year ago membership levels have slowly increased and are now approaching the 400 mark. A number of industry professionals have asked technical questions in the discussion section and have quickly been met with responses […]

Asia CanTech 2011

This year’s lineup of keynote speakers is almost complete and we are all looking forward to Asia CanTech Vietnam 2011. Conference manager Chrissy Payne has informed me that there is now a waiting list only for supplier packages. Ho Chi Minh City was chosen as the venue after we received many requests to hold it […]

A traveller’s tales

I’ve got a new found respect for those of you who are constantly travelling. Having spent a lot of time out of the office recently – attending Metpack, Interpack and the IMDA – it has certainly given me a flavour of what it must be like to be almost constantly on the road. I don’t […]

Getting out and about

I recently caught up with the deputy secretary general of the International Aluminium Institute (IAI), Chris Bayliss. The institute is the global forum of the world’s aluminium producers and it was interesting to hear about its plans to tell the story of aluminium from primary production all the way through to the can makers and […]

Metpack mania

I have spent a large part of this week sorting things out ahead of Metpack 2011. As the event’s official media partner, CanTech International will provide unrivalled coverage. Our preview issue will focus on new developments in terms of products, services and technology that will be showcased by exhibitors at the event. The show issue […]

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, 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 […]

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