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Ball opens new production line in Serbia

Ball Packaging Europe has officially opened a new production line at its plant in the Belgrade district of Zemun, Serbia. The can maker says it will contribute significantly to the growth of Serbian foreign trade and economic development, with a doubling of can production fully designated for export.

Steel maker to halt production for a week

Production at Tata Steel’s tinplate works in Trostre, Wales, will stop for one week next month. More than 700 staff will be deployed to other areas like maintenance and training.

New ‘handy can’ size from Ball

A new compact can has been launched by Ball Packaging Europe. Pepsi Max, Diet Pepsi and Pepsi are the first drinks to be sold in the new 25cl format in the UK. The shorter and more compact 25cl can format is designed to stand out from the normal and attract attention at the point of sale.

Bomb lager launched in cans

US Brewer Bomb Beer Company has launched Bomb Lager in 12oz cans from Rexam. Bomb Lager is a traditional Bavarian Helles made from imported barley malt, noble hops and lager yeast. Each batch undergoes a long, cold fermentation process to produce a delicate and smooth flavour profile with a beautiful head that provides delicate yet firm lacing on the glass.

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Novelis expands in Asia

Novelis, the world’s leading producer of aluminium rolled products, has announced the opening of a new office in the Shanghai World Financial Center to expand the company’s presence in Asia. The company has appointed James Liu (pictured) as managing director, Novelis China, and director, sales and marketing, Automotive Asia.

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Empac gains new members

European Metal Packaging (Empac), the association which brings together European producers of rigid metal packaging and their supply chain partners, has announced the addition of two new associate members. KBA-MetalPrint and Sidermec/Indumet will both support Empac in its mission to defend and promote the rigid metal packaging industry in Europe by conveying its many unique advantages.

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Silgan to supply cans to Nestlé

Can maker Silgan has acquired Nestlé Purina PetCare Company’s steel can making assets for its pet food products. As part of the deal, the US company has also entered into a long-term supply agreement with Nestlé Purina PetCare Company.

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Cans offer augmented reality

Ball Packaging Europe has developed a unique promotional campaign for the Edeka Hessenring grocery chain. The company’s augmented-reality technology allows teenage smart phone users to grab the images of cans and activate an animated character for use in images of friends.

Second filler to use wine in can technology

French filler Cacolac has signed a contract with Australian company Barokes licensing them to fill wine in a can using Vinsafe technology. The Vinsafe process is the only wine-in-a-can packaging system, combining long shelf life with high product quality and managed by global patents.

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Applied Vision expands HQ

Applied Vision is set to significantly expand the size of its headquarters in Akron, Ohio, US. The company designs and manufactures application-specific inspection systems for the food and beverage industry.

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