Can & end making


Book now for Asia CanTech

Asia’s best conference for can makers and suppliers is selling out fast. Asia CanTech, which will be in its seventh year in 2013, will take place at the outstanding JW Marriott Hotel Surabaya, Indonesia from 11-13 November 2013. The event prides itself on attracting can makers and fillers from across Asia as well as global […]

Jaws crushed can re-released

A can of beer famously crushed in the classic film Jaws has been temporarily re-released. Made by the US-based Narragansett brewery the cans were immortalised in the 1975 Oscar winning movie. Before hunting the shark captain Sam Quint, the shark hunter played by the late Robert Shaw, crushes a can of Gansett lager with one […]


CANvitational beer festival to launch

Indianapolis-based craft brewer Sun King Brewery is planning to hold a festival of canned beer. On 28 September the beer hosts the inaugural CANvitational, tan event it describes as Midwest’s first-ever canned craft beer festival. More than 30 craft breweries will be at the event representing 16 states. “We’re incredibly excited to share the beers […]


Ends maker aims to be world’s biggest

New player in the ends market Baofeng is aiming to be the world’s biggest and best manufacturer. Located on the outskirts of Xiamen, China’s fourth largest port, the company is currently constructing 240,000m2 site packed with state-of-the-art machinery. The company is wholly owned by the Chen family who have invested US$ 240 million into making […]

Tata Steel profits hit four-year high

Tata Steel has turned around a recent slump in profits to announce a four-year best performance. The steel giant was backed up by a solid performance by its European and Indian operations. Group net income climbed to 11.39 billion rupees (US$186 million) in quarter one three months ending June 30 from 5.98 billion rupees a […]

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David McEachern steps down from TD Wright

Following 35 years as a supplier to global can makers David McEachern has announced he will step down as president of TD Wright. David, who will be succeeded by his son Joe, had an unusual career path as he graduated from Hamline University in St Paul, Minnesota, in 1978 as a history major. As a […]

Judgement day

I’m a judge in this year’s Aerobal world aluminium aerosol can award. It’s obviously an honour for me to be involved in the competition, which began originally in Europe as the aluminium aerosol can of the year. As Aerobal grew to represent the industry on a global scale so did the competition, which was turned […]


Huber Packaging Group to move out of Russia

German based Huber Packaging is pulling out of a its Russian tin-plate manufacturing facility. The company had built a facility in the greater Moscow region to produce tin-plate packaging for the industrial chemicals sector. Huber opened the site after saying there was “strong demand” for western-standard tin-plate packaging, particularly in the market segment for paints […]

Rexam gets Big Wood deal

Controversial drinks maker Big Wood Brewery has launched four premium craft beers in Rexam cans. The brewer has launched four of its award-winning craft beers in cans. Jack Savage, Morning Wood, Bark Bite and Bad Axe are available now in Rexam 16oz cans. Jack Savage American Pale Ale is made from all American hops, while […]

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Heinz launches new soup after vote

Canned food giant Heinz has introduced a new flavour soup after a public vote. The company will introduce fiery chicken and chorizo to its BIG soup family, served in three-piece cans. Heinz’s search for a new flavour started in February this year with a UK tour asking members of the public to trial three flavours […]


UK prime minister visits tinned paint factory

British prime minister David Cameron visited the UK base of Crown Paints yesterday (8 August). The PM was at the factory to see its brands, manufacturing base, sustainability credentials and the commitment it shows to training and developing its people. Cameron, along with Jake Berry MP for Darwen and Rossendale, was welcomed by Crown’s managing […]


ABA criticises move to ‘discourage’ sugary drinks

A recent study has claimed doctors should ‘discourage’ parents from giving children aged two to five sugary drinks. The study, which was published in the journal Pediatrics, reported that when social and environmental factors were taken into account drinking sugary soft drinks made kids fatter. Its report, entitled Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Weight Gain in 2- […]


Ardagh Group to build $93.5 million US plant

Can makers Ardagh Group has announced plans to build a multi-million dollar food can plant in the US. The global manufacturer of containers for the food and beverage industry will invest US$93.5 million to establish a metal packaging manufacturing operation in a 525,000-square-foot facility in Virginia. Earlier this year Ardagh signed a long-term supply agreement […]


Milan via China and Hong Kong

I’ve been travelling and out meeting can makers and a can making equipment supplier over the past week. It’s been pretty non-stop as I flew to Xiamen to see Baofeng Industry’s new end making plant. The company is aiming to be the biggest end maker in the world and is currently creating what could be […]

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