Under attack!

The editor of a sister publication of ours, Food & Drink Technology, recently attended a conference, at which a presentation was given on the likelihood of the cardboard carton eventually taking over the role of the metal can. As you can imagine, this caused quite some stir in the office and I myself was motivated […]

Increased production of resealable can ends

Xolution, a Germany-based manufacturer of the resealable beverage can end, has announced a major increase in its production capacity to 400 million units annually by January 2016 to meet global demand. XO equipped beverage cans have an integrated plastic opening mechanism that enables users to reseal their beverage cans once they have been opened. The […]


New generation of coatings

PPG Industries’ packaging coatings business has announced that it will feature new generation of coatings for the protection of monobloc aerosol cans and aluminum and plastic tubes during the Aerosol and Dispensing Forum in Paris, 4-5 February. PPG’s packaging coatings meet new requirements and provide higher application solids and one-component simplification, according to Robyn McMillan, […]


Alu cans still top sustainable choice

Aluminium cans are the most recycled and recyclable beverage container on the market and they are becoming even more sustainable according to a report by environmental research firm PE International. The report updates a prior life cycle assessment study released in 2010, and shows that an aluminium can made in the US and Canada today: […]


Sonoco acquires Weidenhammer Packaging

Sonoco has completed the acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group (WPG) for €286 million (approximately $360 million). WPG produces composite cans, drums, luxury tubes and rigid plastic containers. Mr Jack Sanders, Sonoco president and chief executive officer, said: “We are extremely excited to welcome Weidenhammer’s leadership team and its 1,100 associates into the Sonoco family. The […]

Green Sheep Water launches in aluminium bottles

Green Sheep Water is launching in recyclable 16 oz aluminum bottles made by Ball Corporation. “Studies show that Americans use about 1,500 plastic water bottles every second, and only about 30 percent of those bottles are recycled – the rest end up in landfills and oceans,” explained Jess Page, co-founder of Green Sheep Water. “While […]

Fish canning

Richard Piper spoke with Jon Walsh, marketing director at John West, about the fish canning industry and the role packaging plays.

Creativity is paramount

Keeping packaging fresh and exciting is key to keeping your customers’ brands at the front of consumers minds. I’ve noted this time and again I’m sure, but today I’m at the Packaging Innovations show in Islington, London, and a good look around will tell you that you must be coming up with new ideas all […]

Every Can Counts helps retail sector

Every Can Counts has released research demonstrating how the retail sector can prepare for the new Waste (England and Wales) Regulations, which will be introduced on 1 January 2015. The research shows that implementing Every Can Counts has helped to ensure that over 80% of waste is recycled by participating shopping centres, with retailers setting […]

DSG launches resealable can

German-based ACTEGA DS and the US company Dayton Systems Group (DSG) have joined forces to create the DSG Beverage Cap Can with a twist-off, recloseable lid. Resealable Can Closures for Beverages provide added convenience for consumers. The patented two-piece can and dome design is engineered to attach to standard can sizes utilising existing seaming technology, […]

Easylid closure rolled out across Europe

European paint manufacturers seeking the latest in convenience packaging now have access to the Easylid closure from Crown Aerosols and Speciality Packaging Europe, a business unit of Crown Holdings. Designed to make the opening and reclosing of paint cans significantly easier, the technology made its market debut in Finland and is now available for adoption […]

Nampak acquires beverage can operation in Nigeria

Nampak has announced that it is to acquire Alucan Packaging, a beverage can manufacturer based in Nigeria. Nampak has also been granted an option to acquire a leading rigid plastics company in Nigeria. The total investment is $301m ($186m), which will be funded through available cash resources and existing debt facilities. The Alucan factory is […]


Horizontal x-ray beam for metal cans

Thermo Fisher Scientific has introduced Therme Scientific Xpert S400, a new x-ray system that has been specifically engineered to detect metal, glass, dense plastics and other foreign objects in tall profiles and vertically-oriented containers such as metal cans, plastic bottles, cartons and standup pouches. “The applications targeted by this new system represent 20-30% of the […]

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