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Keep it clean

At the recent Asia CanTech conference in Thailand, one of our speakers raised a very interesting topic – namely that of consumers’ attitudes to hygiene. A recent survey showed that close to 60 per cent of people asked were not satisfied with stay-on-tab (SOT) closures as they thought them to be unhygienic. Interestingly, over 30 […]


Success in Asia

Hello and welcome back from Asia. Our conference Asia CanTech 2014 was hailed a success by attendees and ourselves and we are very pleased with the feedback we have received from both exhibitors and delegates alike. The event featured a wide range of speakers from around the world of can making, and we will shortly […]

Ball broadens Netherlands operation

Ball has announced the expansion of its beverage can manufacturing plant in Oss, Netherlands. The company is to build an additional production line for 50cl aluminium cans at the existing plant location. “In the Benelux countries, more and more breweries are choosing cans for their beer packaging,” said Colin Gillis, president, Ball Packaging Europe. “The […]


New appointments at the LME

The London Metal Exchange (LME) has appointed Mr Walid Al Attar as a member of its Aluminium Committee. Mr Al Attar, responsible for marketing and sales at Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA), is the first representative from the Middle East to sit on the committee. “We welcome Mr Al Attar to the committee,” said Garry Jones, […]

The Outlook for Metal Cans report

Omega Research Associates has published the third edition of The Outlook for Metal Cans. The report looks at the competitive position of metal cans around the world, including end-use markets, growth prospects, environmental considerations, and the impact of competitive materials and systems. The report found that the US market for metal cans is in its […]


Rexam Supplier Awards winners announced

The 11th annual Rexam Supplier Awards saw over 45 suppliers from across Europe, Asia and the Middle East come together to celebrate the achievements of those in their industry. The event was held at the Grove Hotel in Hertfordshire, UK. Suppliers were recognized in three categories, Supply, Quality and Cost. The ‘Supplier of the Year’ prize […]

Rexam acquires majority stake in UAC

Rexam PLC has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire a 51% stake in beverage can maker United Arab Can Manufacturing Limited (UAC) for US$122m. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to complete in Q3 2014. UAC makes beverage cans and can ends out of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The […]


CIM expands international presence

Cincinnati Industrial Machinery (CIM) has expanded its international presence into the European market with the addition of two new partners based in the United Kingdom. With this expansion, CIM now has operations across three continents; the United States of America, China and the United Kingdom. Craig Fisher joins the firm as a European Field Service […]


Colep and Scitra to manufacture aerosols in the Middle East

Colep, with headquarters in Europe, and Scitra, a United Arab Emirates based company and part of the Albatha Group, have announced a joint venture agreement to create an aerosol contract manufacturing operation in the UAE. The venture will operate under the name of Colep Scitra Aerosols. The parties will invest in expansion and improvement of […]

Crown marketing director gives aerosol market insight

Lee Bradley, European marketing director, Crown aerosols Europe, a business unit of Crown Holdings offers an insight into the global lubricants market and how aerosol packaging technology is contributing to its future growth. The outlook for the lubricant industry is extremely bright. According to the latest market research from Freedonia Group, 37 million metric tons […]


Soup maker buys tinned biscuit business

A British canned soup and food maker has snapped up a Scandinavian tinned biscuit business. Campbell Soup Company has announced it has entered into an agreement to buy Kelsen Group from Maj Invest a private equity firm and several other investors. Based in Denmark Kelsen is a producer of quality-baked snacks that are sold in […]


Aluminium aerosol can production up 5% in 2012

World production of aluminium aerosol cans almost reached the 7 billion mark a new record for the industry in 2012, according to new report. The total volume of 6.93 billion cans is a rise of 5% on 2011 and was driven by rises in Asia, North and South America as well as the Middle East […]

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