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Trading update from Ball

Ball has released a trading update for Q1 2015. Highlights from the update include: • First quarter comparable earnings per diluted share of 69 cents vs. 81 cents in 2014, including 7 cents per diluted share for unfavorable currency effects in the quarter • Multiple growth capital projects underway to benefit 2016 and beyond • […]


Rexam issues trading update

Rexam has issued a trading update for the period from 1 January 2015. Results for the Group are in line with the company’s plans. • Overall global beverage can volumes were up 5% (3.5% excluding the acquisition of UAC) in the first quarter • Volumes in Europe were strong driven by good growth in energy […]

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Sonoco acquires Weidenhammer Packaging

Sonoco has completed the acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group (WPG) for €286 million (approximately $360 million). WPG produces composite cans, drums, luxury tubes and rigid plastic containers. Mr Jack Sanders, Sonoco president and chief executive officer, said: “We are extremely excited to welcome Weidenhammer’s leadership team and its 1,100 associates into the Sonoco family. The […]

AkzoNobel Q3 trading results

AkzoNobel has announced its Q3 2014 trading results. Highlights include: • Operating income totaled €335 million • Revenue down two per cent, volume up one per cent, more than offset by negative currency effects and divestments • Return on sales at 9.1 per cent (compared to 8.0 per cent in 2013); excluding restructuring costs of […]


Thai Union to buy King Oscar

Thai Union Frozen Products Public Company Limited (TUF) is to buy seafood company ‘King Oscar’. King Oscar Holding AS is owned by the private equity fund Procuritas Capital Investors IV in the Nordic Region. The company is number one in the premium sardine category in Norway, USA and Australia, posting sales of USD 80 million […]

Ball recognised by DJSI

For the second consecutive year, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and Dow Jones Sustainability Index North America (DJSI NA) have listed Ball Corporation as an industry leader in sustainability. Ball took the top spot in the Containers and Packaging category and remains the only company in its sector to be featured in both […]

AkzoNobel top for sustainability

AkzoNobel has been ranked number one on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the third consecutive year. The firm were first ahead of some 350 companies on the list. “We are obviously very proud to have retained first place and huge credit must go to all our employees,” said AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner. “But […]

Silver for Alupro

The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (ALUPRO) is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. The not-for-profit organisation was formed by the merger of two separate organisations – AFCMA and ACRA – to focus on developing and promoting the collection infrastructure for foil containers and beverage cans respectively. In the first 10 years, aluminium packaging recycling received […]

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Weidenhammer sell to Sonoco

Weidenhammer Packaging Group (WPG) has announced that they will sell all their shares to the Sonoco Products Company. Sonoco, one of the largest packaging companies worldwide will strengthen its packaging business in Europe and further expand its expertise in stable, highly decorated convenience packaging. The merger offers WPG additional growth prospects with new customers and […]

Rexam releases half year results

Rexam has announced that its half year results are in line with its strategy and expectations. Beverage can volumes have risen by 4% but underlying profit was slightly down from the same period last year due to foreign exchange translation and metal premium costs. Graham Chipchase, Rexam’s chief executive, said: “Results for the half year […]

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Ball Q2 results strong

Ball Corporation has today reported second quarter net earnings attributable to the corporation of $153.1 million. “Our improved second quarter results were due to improving demand for beverage cans, excellent performance in our global beverage operations and solid program execution in our aerospace business,” said John A. Hayes, chairman, president and chief executive officer. Stronger […]

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CMC-KUHNKE launches the MCI-1000 Monobloc Can Inspection Station

CMC-KUHNKE has launched the MCI-1000 Monobloc Can Inspection Station, which uses optical technology to measure critical parameters of Monobloc Aerosol Cans. The new equipment is based on the Bottle Can Inspector (BCI-1000) and uses precision optics and high-resolution cameras to take all measurements automatically. The MCI-1000 can measure diameter, curl outer diameter, curl inner diameter, […]

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Approval of Mivisa acquisition for Crown

Crown Holdings has announced that the European Commission has formally approved its acquisition of Mivisa Envases, SAU, a leading Spanish manufacturer of two- and three-piece food cans and ends. The Commission previously granted approval of the acquisition subject to certain conditions and commitments, which have now been satisfied. The transaction is expected to close on […]

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CMC-Kuhnke launches new automatic shell measurement gauge

CMC-Kuhnke has launched the MARS-EMS-1050 fully automatic shell measurement gauge, which measures countersink depth, curl diameter, curl height, curl opening and panel depth for quality beverage endmaking. The shell measurement gauge is capable of pulling up to 60 beverage shells from a feeder and automatically measures all characteristics. Pneumatically and electronically controlled sensors automatically measure […]

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