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.
Chinese can maker Baosteel Packaging has gained an order of 20 million cans of Qingdao beer shortly after entering the high-end beer market. The company’s plant at Wuhan started production in February and is the first to make aluminium cans.
Rexam Beverage Can Europe has worked with one of its filling partners, DIS, to install new equipment that will allow the company to fill wine in cans. This installation will allow a smoother and more precise filling technique, and will ensure that cans filled with wine under the Wild Pelican brand, are 100% perfect when landing on the retailers’ shelves for consumers’ enjoyment.
Gihan Atapattu, president of Ball Asia Pacific, is the first keynote speaker confirmed for Asia CanTech Vietnam 2011. Atapattu has been at Ball for just over a year after joining the company from SML Group (Hong Kong) where he was chief executive officer for three years.
UK aerosol fillings increased by 3.3% over the previous year, according to the latest annual figures from the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA). The data, released by the trade body yesterday (1 June), highlights the success of the metal pack format.
US based Ball Corporation has seen a dramatic increase in packaging sales in the first quarter of 2011. Sales, including Ball’s aerospace business, increased to US$2.01 billion comapred with the same quarter of 2010, at $1.82bn.
Leading can maker Crown has reported first quarter sales of US$1.88 billion, an increase of 5.9% compared with the same period in 2010. Beverage can sales were up in the Americas region, reaching $540m, while in Europe sales were up to $340m compared to £314m during the same period in 2010.
Indian can maker Hindustan Tin Works (HTW) has added China to its list of export destinations. While China exports millions of cans to the entire world, Hindustan Tin has started exporting metal can components to China.
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.
Crown Holdings has announced that Josef Mueller has been elected to the company’s board of directors. The board now has 12 members. Mueller has spent his entire 35-year career with Nestlé for which he most recently served as chairman and CEO of the company’s Greater China Region until his retirement in 2007.
Ball Corporation has reported an increase in sales in its results for 2010 – thanks in part to double-digit volume growth in China and Brazil. The company’s net earnings from continuing operations were $542.9 million, on sales of $7.6 billion, compared to $390.1 million, on sales of $6.7 billion in 2009.
German beverage closures manufacturer, Bericap, has opened a production facility in Singapore. The plant will provide a direct service to customers in the ASEAN-zone, which was up until now served by a sales office and deliveries from Bericap China and other Bericap facilities.
US-based Roeslein & Associates, systems integrator in the two-piece container industry, has officially opened a new engineering and manufacturing facility in China. Roeslein China operations comprises of a brand new, 3,000 square metre facility located 30 minutes from the Shanghai Pudong International Airport.