metal

08 Jan 2019 --- Ardagh has increased the production of its beverage can end and tabs by 10 percent at its Valparaiso plant in Indiana, US. The move addresses the growing demand for attractive and highly-differentiated can packaging in North America.
21 Dec 2018 --- This week in packaging news, the UK government unveiled plans for a nationwide deposit-return scheme, which is set to launch in 2023. Sustainability action was widespread and exemplified by Stora Enso’s new partnership with FSC, which will aim to increase levels of certified wood supply across Europe, and Ritrama SpA’s launch of a new 50 percent dried grass label for wine, spirits and beer. Meanwhile, Coveris will open its new Pack Positive Centre in Leeds, UK, in the New Year, with the aim of driving sustainable plastic and paper packaging advancements.
14 Dec 2018 --- Ball Corporation will sell its metal beverage packaging facilities in China to ORG Technology Co. Ltd., a Chinese metal packaging company. The deal is estimated at US$225 million total transaction consideration including cash, plus potential additional consideration related to the relocation of an existing facility over the next several years. The company currently expects this to be in the range of US$50 million to US$75 million. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close during the second half of 2019.
11 Dec 2018 --- In time for the busy Christmas period, Ball has partnered with Carlsberg Srbija Group to create an exclusive, premium can design for Tuborg’s Christmas beers.
21 Nov 2018 --- Tetra Pak has secured a significant sustainability boost by partnering with recycling specialists Veolia to ensure that all material components of its cartons have end-use recycling value. While the paperboard component can already be converted into cartons and paper towels, Veolia’s systems will also enable the polymer and aluminum (PolyAl) mix to be converted into industrial applications such as oil canisters and pots (HDPE) as well as crates and plastic pallets (PE Alu). In essence, this means the overall value of used Tetra Pak beverage cartons is expected to double, making the value chain for collection and recycling more efficient and viable.
21 Nov 2018 --- European aluminum foil is experiencing record level surges in demand, according to the European Aluminum Foil Association (EAFA). The third quarter of 2018 has improved on the same period in 2017, principally because of continued outstanding performance in overseas markets, with deliveries in Q3 reaching 237,700 tons, an increase of 6.4 percent on the same period of 2017. Domestic demand has remained solid throughout 2018 and continued to reflect (+0.5 percent) a steady recovery in consumption.
20 Nov 2018 --- Nespresso claims that it will be the first company to use responsibly-sourced aluminum, supplied by Rio Tinto, to produce its coffee capsules. The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together, allowing Nespresso’s capsule manufacturers to fulfill a commitment of sourcing 100 percent sustainable aluminum by 2020.
16 Nov 2018 --- Shelf-appeal and consumer engagement are increasingly significant drivers in metal can design. Although consumers are drinking less soda, other can markets are emerging and expanding, notably craft beer and canned water, with producers demanding the differentiation needed to be competitive on a busy shelf. Two leading metal can suppliers, Crown and Ball, showcased the latest in their decorative techniques and connective technologies during BrauBeviale 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany, this week.
12 Nov 2018 --- Global metal and glass packaging specialists Ardagh has announced a 9 percent drop in profits while recording a 3 percent increase in revenue in its third quarter financial results. Overall revenue was recorded at US$2.39 billion, however profit prior to tax shows a 9 percent decrease (US$400 million). Lower earnings in glass packaging in the US and metal packaging in Europe, in addition to cost inflation, are reasons for the profit decrease.
12 Nov 2018 --- SNSTech’s latest launch, an all-aluminum, reclosable beverage called SipNShut, is said to tackle production, usability and sustainability issues that have thwarted the adoption of other reclosable can options in becoming commercially viable. Aside from a few major brands, reclosable can systems are not seen often on store shelves, the company notes.
09 Nov 2018 --- Ardagh Group has collaborated with Norway seafood brand Stabburet to deliver a revamped, lively design for its classic aluminum seafood cans. The project targeted Stabburet’s mackerel fillet range – a national dish in Norway – and presented sixty different designs on the Hansa shaped seafood can – the typical aluminum can with rounded edges used for seafood.
25 Oct 2018 --- BrewDog's new lager in its canned range aims to differentiate the brand in the competitive craft beer market and steps away from BrewDog’s color-coded can style, in which the lager variant was traditionally yellow. Designed by B&B studio, the new design is white, with red type and a silver unicorn illustration to further differentiate the lager from the rest of the range.
24 Oct 2018 --- Crown has partnered with the design and research agency Kinneir Dufort to conduct a UK study into consumer perceptions of packaging. The study followed consumers from a variety of demographics over a two-day period where they were asked to explore the soup, vegetable, fish, ready meal and pet food categories and to provide contextual insight into how consumers store, open and use food packaging. Crown aimed to better understand purchasing decisions and found that while younger consumers prioritize sustainable packaging in product choices, older consumers were more concerned by ease-of-opening and exhibited unwavering brand loyalty.
22 Oct 2018 --- Nestlé has partnered with Sainsbury’s to launch a personalized tin for Quality Street chocolates this Christmas. The partnership has cited the success of last year’s launch of a personalized tin and said that this year’s offer is even bigger and better as the promotion will run in over ten times more locations than last year, making it easier than ever for consumers to pick up the bespoke Christmas tin.
09 Oct 2018 --- Beverage multi-packing smart systems provider WaveGrip has helped increase Royal Docks Brewing Company’s beer output with a new packing applicator and brand defining colored carrier system. Having previously partnered with a canning company, Royal Docks switched to its own canning line in 2017. Recently, however, it has required a faster and less labor-intensive solution to keep pace with its ongoing growth: The WaveGrip G1, with speeds of up to 100 cans-per-minute (cpm) and ability to pack a full range of can sizes with minimal downtime.
09 Oct 2018 --- Ardagh Group is set to showcase its award-winning, textured and embossed innovations in aluminum and steel can coating at the upcoming BrauBeviale 2018 show in Nuremberg, Germany. The supplier states that these latest innovations represent its continued focus on innovation and sustainability as the pillars at the forefront of its mission to meet consumers’ growing demand for brand-enhancing and sustainable metal and glass packaging.
05 Oct 2018 --- Ardagh has announced the launch of Kahlúa Espresso Martini in Nitro Cans. The Nitro Can is the ready-to-drink (RTD) packaging solution for nitro beverages which was launched in late 2016 to capitalize on the nitro coffee trend gaining momentum in key European markets. Kahlúa uses a 250ml slim Nitro Can to provide consumers a velvety smooth Espresso Martini infused with nitrogen.
28 Sep 2018 --- Ball Corporation, one of the world’s leading beverage can makers, has inaugurated a new production plant in Spain located in Cabanillas del Campo, Guadalajara, near Madrid. With this new factory, which represents for Ball a significant investment of more than 100 million euros (US$116 million), the company expands its presence in Spain, where it already has another production facility located in La Selva del Camp, Tarragona. The plant’s capacity is contracted to existing Ball customers.
24 Sep 2018 --- Carlsberg reimagined beer can packaging this month with the Snap Pack: a recyclable glue that bonds multipacks of beer together and replaces the traditional bulky plastic rings previously used. The technology is set to reduce plastic waste globally by more than 1200 tons a year – the equivalent to 60 million plastic bags, according to the Danish brewery. During the Packaging Innovations show in London last week, PackagingInsights caught up with Simon Boas Hoffmeyer, Head of Sustainability at Carlsberg to discuss the SnapPack and other initiatives which make-up the company’s Together Towards Zero Sustainability project.
18 Sep 2018 --- Mondelez has partnered with Crown Aerosols & Promotional Packaging to create a limited edition 80th anniversary tin for its iconic “Cadbury Roses” brand, a flagship product for the chocolatier. Introduced in 1938 as an entry point for Cadbury into the chocolate assortment market, the brand pays homage to the well-loved flower of the same name. The tins have been designed with a strong vintage look and are a collectible duo.