CMB apprentices win gold at WorldSkills

Three apprentices from CMB Engineering have won first place for the second time at the National WorldSkills UK competition which took place in Birmingham on the 13-15 November. Dominic Trees, Patrick Devanney and Chris Renwick, were the three apprentices compete at this year’s Manufacturing Team Challenge. The contestants had to design, manufacture, assemble and test […]

Ball announces third quarter net earnings

Ball Corporation has announced its third quarter net earnings. Highlights of the results include: Third quarter 2014 comparable earnings per diluted share of $1.10 vs. $1.00 in 2013. Strong operating performance in global beverage and aerospace, and a lower tax rate offset weaker can demand in Brazil and North American food. Full-year free cash flow […]


Novelis announces closure of Ouro Preto aluminum smelter

Novelis has announced that it will focus its operations in Brazil on its core business of aluminium rolling and recycling. As a result of this, the company will cease operations at its Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, primary aluminum smelter at the end of 2014. “The decision to end operations at Ouro Preto is consistent with […]

Metpack: WingTab introduces wide format ring pulls

Austin-based company WingTab is launching a replacement wide format design for ring pulls on cans. According to Chris Schorre, CEO of WingTab, “We want to offer marketers and beverage producers a new promotion and branding tool. We think WingTab is highly desirable because everyone who opens a can looks at the pull tab. It’s impossible […]

Crown launches new sleek 425ml in Brazil

Crown’s Brazilian arm is to introduce a 425ml sleek can to the country. Crown Embalagens Metálicas da Amazônia SA, a subsidiary of Crown Holdings claims the new can gives the company the largest portfolio of beverage packaging available in Brazil. “Beverage brands continue to build their share of the flourishing Brazil market by frequently introducing […]

Novelis sales down on aluminium prices

Leading aluminium rolling and recycling business Novelis reported weak first quarter results this week. The announcement, made yesterday 12 August, showed Novelis’ net profit fell 84.61% to US$14 million or the first quarter of fiscal 2014. Net sales for the first quarter of fiscal were $2.4 billion compared to $2.6 billion reported for the previous […]

Novelis opens South American plant

A leading rolled aluminium company has opened a new plant and the continent’s largest recycling centre. Novelis has recently announced the opening of its expanded aluminium rolling operations in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The expansion increases production capacity at the plant by more than 50% to greater than 600,000 metric tons of aluminium sheet per year. […]


Lindal’s twist-lock actuator now available globally

The Sunny Lindal Group’s new twist-lock overcap-free actuator is now available globally. The Sunny actuator’s design was developed for easy actuation and high top-load resistance, for use in a wide range of personal care product applications. The actuator (pictured) is already winning the attention brand owners, and a major retail launch is “imminent” according to […]

New global service manager for CMB Engineering

Leading provider of can making machinery CMB Engineering has appointed a new global service manager. Gareth Ashton (pictured) takes on the role as the company continues to enhance its support and sales roles to provide customers worldwide with engineering contacts. Ashton draws on more than 35 years of engineering experience gained with can makers as […]

New Age debuts thermochromic ink can

Soft drinks maker New Age has worked with can maker Rexam to launch its drink Classic in a can with thermochromic ink. The innovative ink turns green, red or blue to create a unique artwork once the contents reaches a chilled drinking temperature. Three flavours (pictured) Classic Citrus, Classic Tonic and Classic Diet Tonic are […]

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“Challenging” first half for Rexam

Can maker Rexam revealed global sales grew by 1% for the five months to the end of May compared with the same period in 2012. However, overall operating performance in the first half of the year will be slightly below that of last year. In 2012 sales from continuing operations for the company were in […]


One billion plus cans sold

Brasilata is celebrating after selling one billion of its patented plus can. Launched in 1995 the mechanical closure system developed by the company is patented in Brazil as well as the United States, the European Union, Japan and China. To promote historic record a series of commemorative gold coin banks in the shape of a […]