Ball and Manna Capital Partners to broaden access to US aluminium can sheet production & recycling

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Manna Capital Partners, a minority-owned business enterprise and investment firm, and Ball Corporation have announced an alliance in which Manna will construct and operate a state-of-the-art aluminium can sheet rolling mill and recycling centre in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Ball will enter into a long-term supply agreement and also intends to take a minority equity position in the mill. The announcement demonstrates both companies’ commitment to creating a more robust and sustainable domestic supply chain for the growing beverage packaging market.

Global aluminium can demand is expected to increase significantly by 2030, with North America estimated to account for a sizeable part of the growth. Since 2016, industry demand for beverage cans in North America has grown 24% from 107 billion units to approximately 133 billion units in 2021. While the industry in North America has relied on imported aluminium can sheet coils to meet demand, alliances like this one will allow Ball and its key customers to access more domestically produced aluminum can sheet and remove impediments to growth.

“At Manna, we are always looking for new ways to invest in companies that are doing good for the planet and people, while improving opportunities that support minority owned-business enterprises,” said Ulysses L. “Junior” Bridgeman, managing partner of Manna Capital Partners. “We look forward to partnering with Ball, a leader in the beverage packaging industry, to improve supply chain efficiencies through domestic production of more sustainable aluminum.”

“Further increasing recycled content in our products is key to boosting our sustainability and securing domestic supply of our key raw material,” said Dan Fisher, president and CEO of Ball Corporation. “This alliance complements the significant manufacturing investments Ball has made across the Southwest US since 2020 to meet growing demand for sustainable beverage packaging, and we look forward to teaming up with Manna and its management team to help create a truly circular economy for aluminium can sheet, bring skilled jobs to the region, and help our customers meet their sustainability commitments.”

Ball and key customers of the new mill will be provided high recycled content aluminium can sheet under long-term supply agreements. Further investment in used beverage can (UBC) recycling infrastructure is anticipated in order to supply the rolling mill with enough scrap material. The mill is expected to be operational in 2026 and ramp additional production over a multi-year period.

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