Plastic’s not fantastic

The march of plastics seems to have been in full flow over the past couple of weeks. First the iconic canned meat Spam announced the sale of a plastic tub, then a British Company bought out a plastic “can”. The truth is plastic is not fantastic it’s a poorer version of metal and is worse […]

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Plastic “can” aims to topple metal packaging

British-based RPC Containers Corby has launched what it calls a “modern plastic alternative” to the can. Its 380ml Apollo claims to have the look of a can combined with this “easy handling and safety benefits” of plastics, it can also be re-closed. The company says the Apollo is suitable for a variety of food processes […]

Orbis opens new pallets centre

Orbis has opened a reusable packaging management centre in Mexico to support Rexam’s facilities in the country. Orbis works with can maker Rexam to provide management of its plastic pallets which are used to transport cans from Rexam’s manufacturing plants to customer filling plants. Through its service Orbis manages this process, including demand planning, shipping, […]

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Spam plastic tub “major issue” for can industry

The move by the iconic canned meat Spam to introduce plastic tubs is something the metal can industry really needs to be concerned about, according to an industry expert. Simon Jennings speaking at Euro CanTech, Today 28 June, told delegates metal was becoming tarnished with a reputation of being “old fashioned.” Jennings, who is the […]

Spam moves away from cans

After 75 years in a can iconic brand Spam will also be available in a plastic tub. The new 200g tub is aimed at complementing the current 200g and 340g can varieties and provides “a good opportunity” to grow the existing canned meat category, according to the company. The company also claims “no major brand” […]

Caps and closures maker restructures

Weener Plastic Packaging is to integrate its subsidiary Plasticum Group. Since 2012 the two companies have been owned by Lindsay Goldberg a private equity fund, based in New York, and represented in Europe by Lindsay Goldberg Vogel GmbH. The 300 employees of Plasticum produce standard caps and closures for personal care, food and home care […]


Obituary: Lars Emilson ‘a real can maker’

Former Rexam chief executive Lars Emilson passed away earlier this month. Emilson became chief executive of Rexam in October 2004, having joined the firm in 1999 when it acquired the European beverage packaging business PLM. He worked in the consumer packaging industry nearly his entire career, joining PLM in 1970, starting out in plastic packaging. […]

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Coca-Cola cans return to Burma

Coca-Cola cans and bottles will be made and filled in Burma for the first time in more than 60 years after a deal was struck with the country’s ruling military junta. The country, which is also referred to internationally as Myanmar, will be home to a US$200 million investment in a bottling plant which will […]


March 2013

The latest issue of CanTech International includes features on drying technology for cans, handling and conveying and caps and closures. There is also an in-depth look at the soft drinks market.

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