Ball Corporation has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire Tubex Industria. The company operates a plant near Sao Paolo in Brazil for the production of aluminium aerosol packaging. Closing is subject to customary closing conditions. The Tubex plant includes eight extruded aluminium aerosol can lines, which produce personal care packaging for global and local customers. It employs some 300 people.
Crown Holdings, Inc. will build a new beverage can manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The plant will supply aluminium beverage cans to the company’s customers serving a variety of categories including sparkling water, energy drinks, carbonated soft drinks, teas, nutritional beverages, hard seltzers, craft beers and cocktails.
Ball Corporation is launching a new impact extruded aluminium bottle line that provides a circular solution to plastic pollution. “In the hands of our sustainability, innovation and product design experts, aluminium is taking shape as a new bottle – the ‘Infinity’ Aluminium Bottle – that is designed to be made again,” says Ball in a press release.
It has been a quiet period of trade for European aluminium foil rollers in the three months to the end of September due to continuing uncertainty in global markets generally, as well as the ongoing trade dispute between the USA and China. Overall demand in Q3 was down 2.2% to 228,685 tonnes (2018: 233,727 t) with year to date (YTD) figures showing total production almost unchanged at 714,251 tonnes, according to figures released by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).
Screw caps as closures for wines are on the rise. During the recent Mundus Vini* 2019 summer tasting, where 170 wine experts from 45 countries blind taste wines from all over the world, award-winning wines using aluminium closures accounted for 23% of the total (397 of 1737 medal winners) compared to 20% in 2018 (344 of 1730) – that is an increase of 15%.
Aluminium foil is finding large application in packaging in the food industry. It is widely used as a compact storage for electric charges. Nowadays, aluminium foil is being merged with flexible films to create lightweight packages. This allows packages to expand during packaging and contract as soon as the product is consumed. Manufacturers are focusing on producing a top quality of aluminium foil packages. However, a small change in the process can impact the product quality. Hence, machines and techniques used in aluminium foil packages are well tested, researched and developed.
Aluminium cans in the US continue to outperform competitive packaging types on a number of key sustainability metrics. That is the key message of a newly released report by the Aluminum Association and the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI).