New general manager at CMbE

Jim Cozier has been appointed as the new general manager of CarnaudMetalbox Engineering. UK-based CMbE is a market leader in the design, development and manufacture of can making machinery.

New tabs create tough image

Norwegian beverage company Mack has chosen Rexam Beverage Can Europe to create a unique polar bear cut-out tab for its newly designed Arctic Beer series. Rexam worked closely with Mack to create a new can design that has a strong appeal to young urban males aged between 18-35, in particular positioning the series as a beer for the tough and adventurous.

Crown reports strong results

Crown Holdings reported strong third quarter results with global beverage can unit volumes rising by three per cent. For the three months to the end of September net sales were up 9.9% at US$2,423 million, mainly driven by the pass through of raw material costs.

New soda available in taller can

Jones Soda, a leader in the premium soda category, has announced the launch of a new range of carbonated drinks in larger 16oz cans. The cans are emblazoned with bold black and white fan-submitted photos synonymous with the Jones’ brand.

Mall + Herlan nominated for award

Mall + Herlan’s steel monoblock can has been nominated for a German packaging award. The one-piece steel aerosol can design has been nominated by the German Packaging Institute for one of the awards to be presented at the Brau Beviale show in Nürnberg.

Canvironment Week gains more support

Four new can making companies have joined Canvironment Week 2011 – a campaign that promotes the sustainability credentials of metal packaging. Nampak and Collect-a-Can from South Africa, ASA from Italy and Emballator from Sweden have all joined the campaign.

VMI expands in China

Can making equipment supplier VMI has expanded its plant and offices in Yantai, China.

Crown opens new plant in China

Crown Holdings, a leading supplier of metal packaging products worldwide, has officially opened a new beverage can plant in Hangzhou, China.

Aerofoil achieves recycling targets

The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) has revealed that more than 5.8 million households are benefiting from better recycling services as a direct result of its Aerofoil programme.