The European Commission has cleared the purchase of Spain’s leading can making company Mivisa by private equity group Blackstone. Mivisa is a Spanish company that manufactures and supplies metal food cans. Blackstone is a US based global asset manager and provider of financial advisory services.
Crown Aerosol Packaging North America has teamed up with WD-40 to launch a limited edition series of collectible cans to honour American military forces. The series consists of four different designs. Three depict air, sea and land themes while one combined graphic showcases all five military branches, including the Coast Guard.
The can end sealants business of US based Watson Standard has been bought by German specialty chemicals group Altana. By way of an asset deal, Watson Standard Adhesives Company (WSAC) will have its customers, products, know how and inventories integrated into the Actega coatings and sealants division.
Baosteel Group is planning to build its first overseas beverage can plant in Vietnam, according to reports. The Chinese company, which is the world’s second-largest steel maker by output, hopes the steel beverage can plant will help meet the increasing demand from the Southeast Asian market.
Students at a US University who are studying packaging science will benefit from contributions worth $400,000 that will be donated over five years by Crown Holdings. The can maker has become the first corporate ‘partner in packaging,’ a new initiative of the packaging science program at Clemson University.
Germany’s Heilbronn Group has acquired Heilbronn Pressen, a manufacturer of mechanical presses and complete stamping lines for the sheet metal forming industry worldwide. The new company will be integrated into the already existing holding structure and continue to act as a supplier for the general stamping market.
Metalmatters has announced the results of a groundbreaking pilot project designed to increase kerbside metal recycling rates. The project, conducted in conjunction with two local authorities in the UK, delivered significant results including a 12.9% increase in metals recycled in the biggest trial area of 54,283 households.
CarnaudMetalbox Engineering sales manager Adrian Long is attempting to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care by taking part in the Taj Mahal Cycle Challenge in November. Adrian will himself be covering the cost of flights, accommodation (tent hire), meals etc, so all donations will go to the charity which looks after terminally ill cancer patients.
The rising cost of raw materials has forced INX International Ink Co to announce a price increase effective from April 1, 2011. The company, which is a provider of inks for metal decorating, has cited the unprecedented upward price pressure on raw materials, transportation and the continued instability in the raw material supply chain as the major contributing factors for this new price increase.
Brewer Anheuser-Busch has launched Busch Light in cans that show when the beer is cool enough for drinking. Chromatic Technologies Inc (CTI), a specialised inks company, has provided the technology in the form of a temperature indicator that turns blue when the beverage has chilled to the perfect drinking temperature.
A range of striking cricket-themed promotional cans which feature photo-like images are being manufactured by Rexam in the UK for brand owner A G Barr. Rexam has created eight promotional designs for the 330ml cans used for Rubicon’s Exoctic Fruit Juice drinks, promoting their Love Cricket campaign.