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Canmakers in Japan try to Stabilize Alu PricingAccording to Platts media report... Japanese beer makers are studying the possibility of procuring aluminum ingots
Huge Opportunity for Canmakers...but will they Catch the Tide ?

In the past decade polycarbonate and plastics have grabbed market share away from canmakers. But now the tide is turning and canmakers need to wake up and grab the headlines. Consumers are waking up to the fact that plastic bottles are swamping the marine environment. The UK media giant Sky TV News has spearheaded a campaign to highlight the way the planet is clogging up with plastics. They report that: Plastic waste has been described as a "planetary crisis" by the UN. In the UK alone, we use 35 million plastic bottles every day.
Canmakers need to crank up their PR experts to spread the word that cans are lightweight, recyclable and do not pose any greast threat to the marine environment. Well all said and done aluminium is one of the commonest elements on the planet. The canmaking industry and its trade bodies need to be loud and clear that cans are the more benign alternative to plastics.
It seems like madness the effort expended in selling bottled water. Western nations spend $millions providing quality drinking tap water to its people. Yet recent decades have seen lorries trundling hither and thither carting plastic bottled water to supermarket aisles. For all those Global Warming pundits this is even more a scene of mass craziness. Anyway one group has started to make an effort to slow the madness. The Tapwater.org movement certainly seems to us to be worth consideration. Another issue canmakers need to heed is the new UK sugar tax...see background information here.

Cans are now used for a quarter of craft beers sold in the UK

Cans are now used for a quarter of craft beers sold in the UK, with such sales rising 327% in 2017 according to Neilsen. Read full report with BeveridgeDaily....

PrintableLED given top award at Metpack

METPACK 2017 was a particular success story for the Italian firm PrintabLED, which celebrated winning first prize at the trade fair. The southern European company won the METPACK Gold Innovation Award for its high-performance UV-LED systems for paint and printing lines. The jury recognised the high energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly design of the UV-LED drying technology for curing printing inks, paints and adhesives on metal packaging. UV-LED devices do not use mercury and have a narrow emission spectrum, so that no o-zone or undesirable radiation is formed during thermal drying. Other Silver and Bronze awards went to KBA-MetalPrint and Valspar. Around 7.200 trade visitors came to Messe Essen between 2nd and 6th May 2017. The next METPACK will open at Messe Essen in May 2020. And projects to develop the Messe Essen site are progressing on time and to budget.The conclusion of the overall project with an investment volume of around Euro 90 million is scheduled for the autumn of 2019.
Further information: https://www.messe-essen.de/messeplatz-essen/modernisierung/

New approach for Canners Trade Body

Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME) and European Metal Packaging (Empac) are merging to form Metal Packaging Europe. Based in Brussels, Belgium, Metal Packaging Europe will combine the best of both associations, creating what is claimed to be a more efficient and powerful organisation, representing the interests of members from over 450 manufacturing sites. Find out more...

Schuler's new Innovation Hub

August 18, 2017 – Guests from business and politics, as well as representatives from the city of Goppingen saw Schuler officially inaugurated its new Group headquarters, the Schuler Innovation Tower (S. I. T.). The twelve-story engineering and technology center will provide 750 workspaces with cutting-edge technology, outstanding communication possibilities, and a company restaurant for Schuler employees. Among those present was Baden-Wurttemberg Minister President, Winfried Kretschmann.

Transatlantic Partners in Bodymakers
Belvac and Schuler enter exclusive partnership to deliver a Bodymaker with Trimmer combination machine: the Belvac Can Former/Trimmer 400 (CFT 400); and a Cupping Press: the Belvac Cupping Press LYNCHBURG, VA (April 3, 2017) - Belvac Production Machinery, Inc. a world leader in the design and production of continuous motion rotary machinery used by beverage and food can manufacturers around the globe, is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership with the Schuler Group of Goppingen, Germany. This partnership with Schuler, a world leader in metal forming technology for the automobile industry and multiple other industries including can making, emphasizes Belvac's commitment to excellence for its can making customers around the world.
Beveridge Industry Must slash Salt and Sugar
Our industry needs to roll back on sugar..Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Wolfson Institute of Preventative Medicine, Graham MacGregor has spent much of his career campaigning tirelessly to persuade the food industry to do just that - to reduce these demons in our diet. Listen to his fascinating interview for the BBC Life Scientific programme in April 2017.
Change from Epoxy Coatings?

Billed as an effective, drop-in alternative to incumbent epoxy-based metal can coatings. CANVERA Dispersions offer progressive food and beverage brand owners, can makers and coatings formulators a long-term metal can packaging solution that addresses growing consumer interest in can coatings that exclude Bisphenol-A (BPA) and other materials of concern to consumers.Read more...
Ball wins EU approval for $6.1 billion Mega Deal
Ball Corp. has finalised its $6.1 billion acquisition of British competitor Rexam, making the Broomfield-based company the largest can maker in the world. Ball also assumed $2.4 billion of debt in the deal
Read latest from Denver Post
.The Big Deal is given a green lights by EU.
2.5-metre-wide UV system video released

GEW has released a new wide UV system video to illustrate how industrial coaters can benefit from bespoke UV systems designed by GEW's Specialist UV Division. The design comprises three 2.5m-wide GEW NUVA2 UV systems powered by the GEW RHINO electronic power supply. The NUVA2 is a versatile fully aircooled UV system for web or sheet-fed applications in the printing, coating and converting industries. The active aircooling and optically tuned reflectors maximise the lamps curing effect while at the same time reducing heat radiation onto the substrate.- Watch the wide UV system video

Craft Beer seaming
CMC-KUHNKE exhibit their new Tailored Craft Beer Seam Inspection Package at CBC 2016 CMC-KUHNKE has worked with the craft market since the beginning of the can revolution. Based on feedback from our 100+ craft beverage customers we continue to tailor our seam package to meet the needs of the industry. We invite canning breweries to bring sample cans from their brewery to our booth #1212 at BrewExpo America for a free PDF seam report - they will get to see on screen their cross sectioned cans and the accompanying measurements. More info
Latest Eco friendly breakthrough for Brewers
The alu can is already boasts a great recycling record...now the four pack's can even have biodgradable ties...More info.
How much of the sugar tax can retailers pass on?
The UK loves soft drinks. Altogether people got through 14.8 billion litres last year, or 232.9 litres each. In response to growing concern over obesity, Chancellor George Osborne is imposing a levy on soft drinks with more than 5g of sugar per 100ml. There's a higher rate for those with more than 8g per 100ml. Fruit juice and milk-based drinks are exempt. The Office for Budgetary Responsibility suggests the levy will add 18p or 24p per litre, or about 6p or 8p to a standard 330ml can.
See details of the drinks with highest sugar content..
Schuler & ServoDirect

2016: Schuler has now equipped its CupFormer for the economic production of cups for DWI cans with ServoDirect Technology. Watch Schuler YouTube video

Packaging still the Primary means for communicating brand values

The beverage packaging industry in North America is expected to reach $26.3 billion in 2015, with plastic bottles leading the way in popularity, according to "Beverage Packaging — An Industry Assessment," scheduled for release next month by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.
The study notes plastic continues to be the most widely used bottling material, accounting for over 40 percent of the market, and bottles, with approximately 55 percent of the market, are the most popular packaging format for beverages. Although they suffered from a drop in soft drink sales, aluminum cans are picking up steam as other beverage categories — such as energy drinks and microbrews — are more than making up for the lost volume. Flexible pouches have experienced the slowest growth, but many respondents still anticipate increased adoption of flexible beverage packaging down the road. Key to that, the report says, would be products geared to consumers accustomed to beverages, such as juice, in pouches.
Regardless of format, nearly all the interviews conducted for the study identified packaging as the primary means for communicating brand values to consumers. The executive summary can be accessed now at pmmi.org.
Beverage manufacturers, who need to bring these trends to life as they address their day-to-day challenges, will find what they're looking for at PACK EXPO International, co-located with Pharma EXPO, (Nov. 2–5; McCormick Place, Chicago).

Consolidation across Europe
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Huber acquisition of Crown plants aims for consolidation of the European tinplate packaging market and see Huber significantly expanding its position in the chemical-technical tinplate packaging business within Europe. Read more

Steel to Alu for Rexam Spanish Plants
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Rexam’s La Selva plant near Tarragona in Spain converted one of its four lines to aluminium in 2011. The remaining three are now following suit and are expected to come on stream in the first quarter of 2015. Rexam’s Valdemorillo plant near Madrid will start converting its three lines during 2015 for start-up in 2016

Soda Tax..now approved in Mexico..where next, USA?

Mexico has passed into law a new Soda tax in what it claims is a fight against obesity.The tax will add 8 US dollars to the street cost of each sugary beverage. Drinks companies are also watching if this trend will spread The Huffington Post says it would work in the US...

Can Sealants hit that Sweet Spot on dry weights
Read our roundup of how seaming formulae are so important.

Automatic Measurement for Monobloc Aerosol Cans from CMC-KUHNKE
Cans are rotated and measured automatically! Find out more...

CMC-KUHNKE also praised this year's Metpack stating: "Exhibiting this year proved to be a great success, as the company closed a record amount of business at the show.".

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Philadelphia, PA – March 28, 2018. To better serve its customers in Eastern Europe and across the continent, Crown Food Europe has opened a new easy-open end manufacturing facility in its Nagykörös plant, Hungary, approximately 100 kilometers south of Budapest. The facility is comprised of two lines that manufacture 65mm and 73mm diameter ends that run in compliance with Crown’s high quality standards and meet customers’ needs for service at every level.
SAINT LOUIS, Mo., (January 26, 2018) Roeslein & Associates’ manufacturing facility in Red Bud, Illinois received the third annual SIOSH Governor’s Award for Contributions in Safety and Health at the Southern Illinois Occupational Safety and Health (SIOSH) and SAFETYCON gathering on January 22, 2018.
This award parallels the success of Roeslein’s Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) department the last four years.
January 10, 2018. Increasing consumer preference for healthy, convenient, zero-calorie beverages are expected to drive revenue growth of the Brazil flavored water market by 7.3% CAGR through 2024. In response, Eklo Water, based in Rio de Janeiro, has partnered with Crown Embalagens Metálicas da Amazônia S.A. (Crown Brazil), a subsidiary of Crown Holdings, Inc. (www.crowncork.com), to introduce the first flavored water to be packed in aluminum beverage cans to the Brazilian market. San Marino, 13 November 2017 Last month, a new line for the production of aerosol cans was installed in the factory in Liverpool (UK). The investment for about 1 million euros, made it possible to double the production capacity of the plant in the field of aerosols with increased flexibility and faster response to present and future customers. Owing to the installation of LANICO CF385 machinery, the new line will be able to produce up to 300 cans per minute. The line was equipped with an automatic palletizer and an automatic pallet wrapping, top framing and fastening system.

Ermatingen, 22 September 2017 In the fascinating setting of Ermatingen on Lake Constance, Switzerland, an Open Day took place yesterday. Guests, among whom were some of our main clients, prospect companies and suppliers, visited the production units at the plant, which is a crown jewel of Gruppo ASA, devoted to Infant Formula.In 2009, the Swiss firm overlooking the lakeshore became part of San Marino's Group, which is among the top ones in Italy and Europe in the field of metal packaging for the food and chemical industries. http://www.gruppoasa.com/en
August 2017:Steyning, West Sussex, UK. 20 July 2017 - Crown Bevcan France SAS has taken delivery of an INOX 10BEVM table top beverage can seamer from Eurocan Sales & Service Ltd for their can making plant in Custines.http://www.canseamer.eu/
June 27, 2017. Two business units of Crown Holdings Inc. (www.crowncork.com), CROWN Beverage Packaging North America and CROWN Bevcan Europe and Middle East, have earned three prestigious awards at the 2017 International Metal Decorators Association (IMDA) Annual Conference. The theme of ‘Innovation & Technology: Keeping us Competitive,’ represented a strong platform to feature Crown’s latest collaborative projects with craft brewers.May 2017:Crown Holdings Inc. (www.crowncork.com),celebrated the opening of its new beverage can manufacturing plant in Nichols, New York with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 9. The state-of-the-art plant, which marks the industry’s first greenfield facility in the United States in more than 20 years, will support the country’s growing demand for specialty beverage cans.
Düsseldorf/Rangendingen. World Star Award and Silver Award in the category sustainability for aluminum aerosol can PURITY by Tubex.More
Göppingen, 04.05.2017: Schuler, has partnered up with Japanese specialists in DWI Bottle Cans, TMC. TMC is a market leader in machinery for the production of aluminium bottles and has developed a machine to form bottle necks ("Bottle Necker") with ambitious tool technology. They are defining the individual design of metal packaging with this.
LYNCHBURG, Va., April 3, 2017 Belvac Production Machinery, Inc. a world leader in the design and production of continuous motion rotary machinery used by beverage and food can manufacturers around the globe, is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership with the Schuler Group of Goppingen, Germany.
The Belvac and Schuler exclusive partnership will also deliver a bodymaker with trimmer combination machine: the Belvac Can Former/Trimmer 400 (CFT 400); and a Cupping Press: the Belvac Cupping Press
March 2017:In Vietnam beverage can manufacturer, Crown company, plans to expand its capacity to 1.6 billion cans in the fourth quarter of 2017. Read on...
Feb. 6, 2017 /- Crown Holdings, Inc.announced that Gerard H. Gifford, 61, has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer effective April 1, 2017. In this new role, Mr. Gifford will continue to report to Timothy J. Donahue, President and Chief Executive Officer, and will be responsible for the Americas and European Divisions. Mr. Gifford will also assume responsibility for CMB Engineering, which is the Company's can manufacturing equipment business, and corporate project management and engineering. Currently, Mr. Gifford serves as President CROWN Europe. On April 1, 2017, Didier Sourisseau, 51, who is currently Senior Vice President Food Europe, will be promoted to President CROWN Europe.
January 16, 2017 – Production of corned beef cans has increased from over 10 million units in 2013 to almost 25 million units in 2016. With this trajectory expected to continue, CROWN Food Europe, a business unit of Crown Holdings, Inc. (Crown) (www.crowncork.com), has added a manufacturing line in its Périgueux, France plant to help meet demand from consumers in Europe and around the world. The line, which became operational in December 2016, has the capacity to produce 50 million 7oz and 12oz cans per year.
San Marino, 13 December 2016 Gruppo ASA, the San Marino company owned by the Amati family, has just published its first consolidated financial statements. The company has since 1961 been producing metal packaging for the food and chemical industry and has four plants in Italy, one in Switzerland and one in the UK.

December 12, 2016. Helping food service customers better access its 6lb (2.72kg) cans of boiled peanuts, a Southern delicacy that has been dubbed “the South’s favorite snack,” has been a long-standing priority for McCall Farms. Seeking an alternative to unreliable industrial can openers, McCall Farms turned to CROWN Food Packaging North America, (www.crowncork.com), to explore various packaging options. Crown worked closely with McCall Farms to develop a unique variation of its 603 diameter (153mm) easy-open end, eliminating the need for the can opener entirely. The large-diameter end, available from Crown, was added to the company’s global product portfolio with the acquisition of Mivisa Envases, SAU.
October 17, 2016 – CROWN Food Europe,(www.crowncork.com), is launching Peelfit™, an innovative, proprietary metal can designed specifically for the dry food market to address demands for greater convenience, lightweighting and product protection. Manufactured in the United Kingdom, Peelfit™ is currently available in a 99mm diameter format. Fully printable, the can utilizes revolutionary Direct Heat Sealing Technology (DHS) to seal a peelable foil directly to a collapsed bead within the can body. Customers then simply need to fill product through the base of the can and seam on a non-easy-open end without having to make changes to the filling line.
San Marino, 3 October 2016 The Chairman of Gruppo ASA, Mr. Emilio Amati, received the official visit of an Indian delegation led by the Minister of Industry for Food Processing, Mrs. Harsimrat Kaur Badal. The Minister was accompanied by the Ambassador of India in Italy, Mr. Anil Wadhwa, by the San Marino Secretary of State for Industry, Mr. Marco Arzilli, and by the General Manager of the San Marino Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Massimo Ghiotti. Gruppo ASA
September 2016:Tianjin, 13.09.2016 - Schuler has launched the first technology center for forming technology systems in China with an innovation day.
August 30 2016:Brazil's CSN sells can maker Metalic for $98 million to Polands Can-Pack
Aug 16 Cia Siderúrgica Nacional SA will announce the sale of a tinplate can producing unit, a person briefed on the situation said on Tuesday, as part of a broader effort to build up funds and cut debt at Brazil's No. 2 listed flat steelmaker.Reuters report
4/7/2016:24th China International Exhibition on Packaging Machinery & Materials (Sino-Pack 2017) will once again return to Area B, China Import and Export Fair Complex, Guangzhou, PR China from 1-3 March 2017. The fair is expected to feature over 660 top-notch exhibitors from 22 countries across an exhibiting area of 44,000 sqm.
BROOMFIELD, Colo., June 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) confirms that the European Commission (EC) has formally approved its proposed acquisition of Rexam PLC and thereby granted final regulatory clearance in Europe for Ball's offer for Rexam PLC. The EC has also formally approved Ardagh Group's proposed acquisition of certain Ball and Rexam PLC businesses. Ball received final unconditional regulatory clearance in Brazil on June 8 and is working to obtain the remaining U.S. regulatory clearance soon, enabling the proposed acquisition of Rexam PLC to close. Following closing of the transaction, Ball will remain a New York Stock Exchange listed company domiciled in the U.S.
June 2016:ADF&PCD, the 12 years running acclaimed specialty trade show from Paris arrives in NEW YORK September 13-14 in a venue that every New Yorker loves: The Altman Building & Metropolitan Pavillon!
May 2016 Plymouth, Michigan. Flint Group announces the acquisition of American Inks and Coatings (AIC) based in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. This investment is an important part of Flint Group’s long-range strategy to grow in key segments around the world. More..
4 May 2016 – Mettler-Toledo Safeline Ltd has been awarded a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise, this time in the Innovation category. The 2016 award follows The Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade presented to the company in 2012. The leading supplier of metal detection systems for food, beverage and pharmaceutical production lines has received the highest award for businesses in the UK for developing its family of Profile metal detection products.
April 2016:CMC-KUHNKE to exhibit new Tailored Craft Beer Seam Inspection Package at CBC 2016...more to follow.
Latest from NAMPA on BPA...What those California grocery store BPA warning signs mean — and how they got there
March 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Crown Aerosols North America, a business unit of Crown Holdings, Inc.(www.crowncork.com), is pleased to announce their achievement certifying to the Safe Quality Food Level 2 code at all of their aerosol plants. The plants currently manufacture aerosol containers for personal care and food brands and are located in: Faribault, Minnesota, Alsip, Illinois, Aurora, Illinois, Warrensburg, Illinois and Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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