The September 2011 issue of CanTech International, available online to subscribers.
Didier Sourisseau has been appointed senior vice president of Crown Food Europe – cans and closures. Sourisseau, who previously served as vice president of Crown’s worldwide speciality packaging business unit, is aiming to drive the growth of the company’s food and closures businesses in Europe.
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.
Can maker Crown is launching a “revolutionary” new twist-off closure at Interpack in Germany. The closure’s unique design is said to significantly reduce the torque required to remove the closure, enhancing convenience for consumers of all ages.
Strong beverage can sales helped Rexam achieve an underlying profit of 45% in 2010. Profit before tax increased to £412m from £285m in 2009 on sales up 2% to £4.96bn. Total sales in 2009 stood at £4.86bn. Profit from continuing operations including one-offs rose to £338m from £134m.
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.
US can making giant Ball Corporation has announced plans to reorganise its operations as the company aims to decrease its overall installed beverage can capacity in North America. As a result of the restructure, Ball is closing one of its larger plants, transferring a production line and expanding speciality can production.
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.
More than 300 jobs will be lost after Novelis confirmed its Bridgnorth foil rolling facility would close by the end of April. The aluminium firm first revealed it was considering closing the operation in September when it launched a 90-day consultation with the 319 employees at the UK site.