EAA calls for change to packaging waste law

The European Aluminium Association (EAA) has called for a change in legislation to improve the EU waste rules and increase the availability of scrap for the European recycling industry. “We see recycling as a win-win solution: it helps the environment and helps the European industry to continue producing and providing valuable and innovative end-use products,” […]

AkzoNobel considers job cuts

AkzoNobel has announced plans to phase out the production of organic peroxides at its Netherlands site by the end of 2016. Under the plans, the production activities currently carried out at the plant will be moved to other existing production facilities in Europe, North America, and China over the next three years. Approximately 215 employees […]


Carlsberg becomes first brewer to join Alupro

Carlsberg UK is the first brewer to join the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) and will also fund its Every Can Counts recycling programme. The decision marks the beer giant’s commitment to increase the recovery and recycling of its aluminium cans used across its portfolio of beer and cider brands, which alongside Carlsberg and Carlsberg […]

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Price of aluminium cans inflated by bank

International investment bank Goldman Sachs has been accused of inflating the price of aluminium cans through its ownership of storage warehouses. According to the New York Times Goldman Sachs is using what it calls “loose market regulations” to increase the price of aluminium cans by around US$5 billion a year. Today (23 July) is also […]

Out of Africa

Managing director of Nampak Bevcan, Erik Smuts, tells CanTech International the company started up its new high speed aluminium can line at the beginning of May and plans to increase the operational speed to full production capacity in the third quarter of this year.


Europe’s first aluminium caps and closures recycling drive

A new drive to increase the awareness of recycling of caps and closures amongst UK residents has been launched. Called “You Can leave your cap on” the drive is a partnership between Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro), British Glass and the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA). The initiative is part of a trial campaign with […]

Princes pours £319m into tuna market

Princes is investing in the £319 million in the canned tuna market through the launch of a tuna in tomato sauce product and a range of tuna deli-inspired sandwich fillers. Tuna is the largest market in ambient fish in the UK and Princes is aiming to bring innovation to the category by launching a new […]


Depot displays can boost sales

Canned food giant Heinz is encouraging depots to get creative with the way they present key products in a bid to increase sales to wholesalers. According to the firm “eye-catching” displays of instantly recognisable products help to significantly increase sales. The latest Heinz in-store competition to support this initiative encouraged wholesalers to be imaginative when […]


Soft drinks merger cleared

The Competition Commission has provisionally cleared the acquisition of Britvic by AG Barr. Both companies produce canned soft drinks, including AG Barr’s Irn Bru (pictured) and Britvic’s orange juice pure, both in 330ml cans. In a summary of its provisional findings on the merger published this week the commission concluded the proposed acquisition is not […]

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Expansion and new appointment for CMC-Kuhnke

CMC-Kuhnke has opened a new office in California as part of its drive to be seen as the leading provider of gauges and testers to the metal packaging industry. The opening of the CMC-Kuhnke west coast office in Los Angles forms, according to a spokeswoman, part of the firm’s “commitment to localised technical support” as […]

Knight bows out

Following two years of shining a light on all aspects of the can industry Jack Knight this month writes his final column for CanTech International.

Steel recycling rate continues to rise

Steel recycling rates remain on the increase and have in fact risen threefold over the past two decades. This is according to the Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL) who have released their latest European steel recycling figures. In 2011, 2.6 million tonnes of steel packaging was recycled to make new steel […]


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