New-look AEROBAL website

The International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers, AEROBAL, has launched a new-look website which centres on the aesthetics and premium nature of aluminium. “This is because it is the numerous beneficial properties of aluminium that provide that decisive competitive edge over comparative packaging materials,” explains Gregor Spengler, secretary general of AEROBAL. “And it is […]

Artiseal PVC-free water based compound for lug caps

Plasticisers are one of the main causes of migration problems in food containers, particularly in glass containers where caps with PVC sealing compounds are used. Since the coming into force of the plastics directive 10/2011, and as a consequence of the previous modifications, since 30 April 2009 an overall migration limit (OML) of 60 ppm […]


Metpack: Matriruiz wins Gold at Metpack

At the Metpack Innovation Awards, the Spanish company Matriruiz has scooped the gold for its Spider Head Liner. Gernot Geldner, chairman of the jury, said that it had taken the panel, including our own publisher Neil McRitchie, over three hours to decide on the winners. Geldner said at the announcement: “The industry is really innovative, […]

Sun Chemical publishes fifth Corporate Sustainability Report

Sun Chemical has published its fifth Corporate Sustainability Report. The latest report focuses on its data-driven sustainability efforts by reporting the performance measurement for seven key sustainability metrics: energy consumption/conservation at production and non-production sites, the energy carbon footprint at the production sites, process waste reduction, water consumption, materials safety, and employee safety. In the […]


Aerobal reports record result for 2013

Aerobal, the International Organisation of Aluminium Aerosol Container Manufacturers, has reported a record result for 2013. With output rising by 2% to more than seven billion cans, the industry continued its upward trend. Aluminium cans account for nearly 50% of the total worldwide output of aerosol cans. Aerobal secretary general Gregor Spengler says the further […]


A trip to Milton Keynes

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting my first can plant – Rexam in Milton Keynes. What an eye opener it was I have to say. Having just joined the industry, everything has now clicked into place following my visit to their operation. The first thing that struck me was just how organised things […]

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Bisphenol A: EFSA to hold follow-up meeting on public consultations

Stakeholders and interested parties can register to attend a follow-up meeting to discuss comments received during the public consultations on the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) draft opinion on bisphenol A (BPA). The meeting will give EFSA’s scientific experts and staff the opportunity to engage with all contributing stakeholders and other relevant parties on their […]

FDA research may support BPA safety

The North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA) has reported that there is significant new evidence to support the safety of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA). The new peer reviewed study, conducted by regulatory scientists at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was accepted for March publication in the journal Toxicological Sciences. The study also […]

INX and CTI announce collaboration

INX, a provider of inks for beer and beverage cans, and Chromatic Technologies (CTI), a manufacturer of speciality inks such as thermochromic, photochromic, ‘Reveal’ and security inks, are set to join forces. The two companies will continue to be owned and operated independently and negotiate separate long-term supply agreements. The announcement follows CTI’s launch of […]

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Swedish researchers confirm no BPA found in human blood

North American Metal Packaging Alliance (NAMPA) points to findings as further evidence supports international regulatory conclusions that risk from BPA exposure is low. A new study published in Environment International by researchers in Sweden confirms previous reports that bisphenol A (BPA) in human blood is below the levels that can be detected. In addition to confirming […]


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 […]

Precise tooling measurement for can makers

Integrated Packaging Solutions (IPS) has announced the release of ToolScan, a precise tooling measurement system. The system uses a non-contact LED micrometer to measure bodymaker punch OD and contour scan/ironing and redraw die ID and OD. ToolScan also features an innovative punch scan feature, which scans the punch contour along the longitudinal profile, measuring all […]

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