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Trump's Steel & Alu Tariffs continue to hit Domestic Canners

August 2018 The Trump trade war hits canners ...latest.....and even Voice of America sounds off against POTUS policy..Some US canmakers have seen their steel spot prices up 9%....trade barriers always have consequences..Read on.


Ball Metalpack in $675 million Deal

BROOMFIELD, Colo., June 21, 2018 Ball Corporation and Platinum Equity announced that they have entered into joint venture and definitive purchase agreements to form Ball Metalpack, a new packaging company that manufactures steel containers for aerosol products, food, household consumables, pet food, nutritional and other products in the United States.
Platinum Equity will own 51 percent of Ball Metalpack and Ball Corporation will own 49 percent. Ball Corporation will contribute its U.S. steel food and aerosol packaging manufacturing assets to the joint venture. These include the following tinplate steel assets: Canton (Brookline and Warner Rd.) and Columbus, Ohio; Milwaukee and Deforest, Wisconsin; Chestnut Hill, Tennessee; Horsham, Pennsylvania; Springdale, Arkansas, and Oakdale, California. Read more...


Hot Coffee Cans!

Austin, Texas-based RTD packaging manufacturer HeatGenie, which is targeting food and beverage industries with its patented self-heating technology for single-use products, has collected $6 million in a venture capital fundraising round. Full report in Daily Coffee News.


World Cup Bonus

The World Cup, looks set to boost beverage consumption especially in Latin America with several countries teams predicted to make their mark. And this is especially so for Brazil...The packaging industry has taken the first signs that the Brazilian economy is recovering from recent political turmoil, and closed 2017 with an overall growth of 1.96% in physical production, according to the Brazilian Packaging Association ( Open ). The answer was even more exciting in the beverage industry for aluminum cans, an increase of 4.9% over sales of the previous year, increasing its share in the beverage market, which increased by 1% in the same period, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). And the World Cup beer fest handily coincides with the normal southern winter dips in beverage consumption. Meanwhile in the European market...(Image below): Ball Corp..We are World Cup ready! Have you seen our latest collaboration with Ožujsko utilizing the Dynamark™ technology to create soccer themed designs?


The Internet of Things reaches the Schuler Pressroom

At this year's EuroBLECH, the trade fair for sheet metal working (Hanover October 23-26 2018), the specific benefits of forming technology solutions in the age of Industry 4.0 (the Industrial Internet of Things, IIOT) will be on display with the theme "Discover the Digital Today" at the Schuler exhibit (located at Stand F82 in Hall 27). Schuler's main exhibit display will be made of genuine iron and steel-its new MSP 400 servo press-and will give visitors an opportunity to experience intelligent software applications like the Smart Assist and the Optimizer. Read more...


And the Winners are... IMDA awards

The top awards have been announced from this years 2018 IMDA gathering..Find out all the winners here.


Coca Cola offers alcoholic bev in Japan

Aiming at the female market the American group is marketing its first alcoholic beverage, the "Lemon-Do", a kind of sparkling cocktail. Read on...


Italian Canmaker's Ultimate Stamp of Approval!

San Marino, 16th May, 2018 – On 5th June, San Marino’s Philatelic and Numismatic Office will issue postage stamps dedicated to Gruppo ASA, one of the biggest companies in San Marino. Gruppo ASA is the first independent group in Italy and the fourth one in Europe in the field of metal packaging for food and chemical industry.



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.


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...


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.
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.
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).


Steel to Alu for Rexam Spanish Plants
rexam steel to alu machine
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

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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19 July 2018 – UNITED CAPS, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, today announced it will be constructing a new manufacturing plant in Dinnington, Rotherham, as part of the company’s ‘Close to You’ strategy. The initial facility will be 5,000 square meters, with an option to expand to 20,000 square meters as business growth demands.More..
July 2018:MUHLBAUER TECH WEEK at the Muhlbauer Headquarters in Roding, Germany. The five-day event, which includes all access to conferences, Smart Factory tours and international networking programs, takes place from October 08th to 12th, 2018.Go here to register interest.

SAINT LOUIS, Mo., (July 2, 2018) Roeslein & Associate’s Lifecycle Support division launched an all-encompassing Global Parts and Support platform. Roeslein has seen an increased demand for spare parts, equipment repairs, system upgrades and optimization. More..
Philadelphia, PA – June 27, 2018. Coca-Cola Turkey has launched its summer promotional range, making unprecedented use of thermochromic inks to add color, function and fun to ten new aluminium beverage can designs. Historically, one or two thermochromic inks have been combined to communicate temperature changes.
Brussels, 12 June 2018: The overall recycling rate for aluminium beverage cans in the European Union, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland increased by 0.7% to a new record level of 73.6% in 2015. This is well above the recently approved new EU 2025 recycling t arget of 65% for all packaging. Read more....
TOKYO, June 11, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - Showa Denko (SDK; TSE:4004) subsidiary Showa Aluminum Can Corporation (SAC), headquartered in Shinagawa, Tokyo, has completed construction of a new factory in Da Nang City, Quang Nam Province, mid-Vietnam, for its subsidiary Hanacans.
The new Hanacans factory is its second production base in Vietnam, with an annual production capacity of 700 million aluminum can bodies.
Philadelphia, PA – June 5, 2018. Crown Holdings, Inc.’s (NYSE: CCK) (Crown) (www.crowncork.com) Spartanburg, South Carolina, aerosol plant is set to offset one-third of its annual electrical usage by implementing a new solar panel array, covering approximately five acres. The project marks Crown’s first use of solar power energy worldwide...More
SAINT LOUIS, Mo., (May 31, 2018) Last week, Roeslein & Associates welcomed its largest class of interns into its 2018 internship program. These nineteen interns are spread throughout many departments and fields including: electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, construction, systems engineering, technology engineering, and purchasing.
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.


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