About us

Empac brings together manufacturers and suppliers as well as their national associations, to promote the benefits of rigid metal packaging.

What we do

Expertise

Empac members work within dedicated groups on food contact, environmental matters, transport, technical issues in specific markets and legislation.

Meet the experts

Metal packaging

Metal packaging comes in many shapes and sizes and can be used to package virtually every product. Each year, some 85bn unites are produced. This means every EU citizen consumes on average 4 units weekly.

The best of metal

Sustainability

Made from permanent materials, metal packaging can be recycled again and again without loss of quality, making it a perfect example of the circular economy at work. Empac members walk the talk and deliver everyday on their sustainability agenda.

Our stories

Become a member

Through regular cooperation and coordination, we are able to take advantage of good work done in different countries while ensuring we speak with one voice towards opinion leaders and stakeholders. Together, we determine our own future.

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Become a member

Through regular cooperation and coordination, we are able to take advantage of good work done in different countries while ensuring we speak with one voice towards opinion leaders and stakeholders.

The industry needs a high profile in front of customers, retailers and regulatory bodies and this can only be achieved with canmakers and their suppliers working together and deciding their own future.

All can manufacturers and suppliers to the metal packaging industry can become members. Fill in the application form to join us. For more information please contact: info@empac.eu.

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How to reach us

The Empac office is located at Square de Meeûs 40, in Brussel's European quarter.

From Brussels National Airport

By taxi:
The taxi drive from the airport takes approximately 30 minutes and costs ca. 50 €. Metered taxis are permanently available in front of the arrival halls.

By train:
The airport train station is located below the terminal (basement level -1) with direct trains into the city centre about every 15 minutes. The nearest train station to the Empac offices is Brussels-Midi, Brussels- Central, or Brussels-Luxembourg. Tickets can be bought in the train station, at the vending machines, or via belgianrail.be.

By bus:
The Airport Line is a 30-minute express service between Brussels Airport and Brussels-Luxembourg station. The bus departs from platform C. Tickets can be bought from the GO ticket vending machines before boarding.

  • Bus number 12: from Monday to Friday until 8 pm (express service, major stops only)
  • Bus number 21: from Monday to Friday after 8 pm, weekend and holidays (regular service, all stops)

From Brussels-Midi (Thalys / Eurostar terminal)

By taxi:
The taxi drive from Brussels-Midi takes approximately 15 minutes and costs ca. 15 €. Metered taxis are permanently available at all main exits.

By metro:
Take the underground line 2 or 6 direction "Simonis Elisabeth" and descend at "Trône" (5th stop). Take the exit to Rue du Luxembourg, from which it is a 5-minute walk to the office.

From Brussels-Central train station:

By Bus:
Take bus number 38 (running every 10 minutes) and descend at the "Science" stop, located next to the office. The ride takes ca. 10 minutes. The bus stops are directly in front of the train station. Tickets can be bought from the GO ticket vending machines in the train station or directly from the bus driver in the bus.

From Brussels-Luxembourg train station:

It is a 5-minute walk from Brussels-Luxembourg to the office.

By car:

Two visitor parking places are available at the office. Reservation in advance is required.

Public parking is available at:

  • Interparking 2 Portes: Boulevard de Waterloo 2A – 1000 Brussels (10-minute walk to the office)
  • Interparking Industrie (only for P-Card holders): Rue de l'Industrie 26-38 – 1040 Brussels (5-minute walk to the office)

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Empac newsletter - June 2016

Empac continues to attract new members

Empac is pleased to announce that five new members have recently joined the association: ASA Group and HUBER Packaging came aboard as Corporate Members, Emballator Metal Group and Seal of Quality joined as Associate Members, and Arabian Can Industry LLC as an International Associate Member.M

Based in the Republic of San Marino, ASA Group is a family-owned pool of companies, offering a large range of products in the metal packaging sector, covering food, oil and chemical markets. The group prides itself on providing innovative solutions and outstanding quality. Since its establishment in 1961, ASA Group has expanded in Europe thanks to a series of takeovers and start-ups. The company currently has a total of seven sites across 4 countries, and employs over 400 people.

Based in Oehringen, Baden-Württemberg (Germany), HUBER Packaging Group - a 5th generation family-run company – ranks as number two in the European General Line packaging market. It produces metal packaging for paints and varnishes, chemical products, technical goods, and food. In the beverage sector, it specialises in the manufacture of 5-litre party kegs and has been the world market leader in this segment since 1972. HUBER Packaging Group employs some 1,000 staff members across eight production sites in seven countries.

Emballator Metal Group is northern Europe's leading supplier of tinplate packaging primarily for the paint and chemical industries. The company has modern manufacturing sites in Sweden and in the United Kingdom, and also has sales offices in Denmark and Finland. Established in 1907, the company employs a team of some 350 people. Emballator Metal Group is owned by Herenco, a fourth generation family-owned company also based in Sweden, with diversified businesses.

Based in Lugano (Switzerland), Seal of Quality is a trading and consultancy company that aims to become a globally recognised marketing and sourcing advisor in the fields of packaging and food. The company employs a young team of some 30 people across Switzerland, Italy and Spain, supplying steel for a wide range of products. Seal of Quality is also a major player in the international trade of food raw materials, with a specialisation in dry pulses connecting raw material producers and canneries across Asia, Europe and America.

Based in Dubai, Arabian Can Industry LLC, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Al Ghurair Group of Companies, a successful diversified family-owned conglomerate. The company is one of the foremost producers of tinplate cans and components with production facilities in the Middle East. Established in 2000, Arabian Can Industry LLC is focused on 3-piece metal can manufacturing for a variety of market segments, but with a focus in food products. It produces annually around 160 million cans and employs 140 people.

 

Empac newsletter - June 2016

Annual General Meetings 2016 & 2017 news

Due to the events in Istanbul, the 2016 AGM was relocated to Amsterdam. Because of this last minute change of plans, the event was shortened and reorganised to a day event only.

The AGM saw some changes in board membership, with the official nominations of Emilio Amati (ASA Group), Thomas Hagen (HUBER Packaging) and Monica Mantovani (Anfima). The meeting was enriched by valuable presentations from the Empac technical commissions by Anne-Marie Hamelton (Food Contact), Steffen Seehausen (Environment) and Jörg Höppner (Transport).

Lena Nover & Ellen Wauters provided the Metal Packaging Europe update on the Circular Economy package, including the actions taken by our industry's umbrella association in this important legislative period. The full Empac team concluded with updates on the Communications and Sustainability working programmes. All the presentations that were made, can be downloaded from the Empac member zone.

Empac is particularly pleased to announce that its 11th AGM will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on June 1st and 2nd 2017. We look forward to welcoming you in one of the oldest cities in the world, set against the ever-present backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. A truly enchanting location for canmakers and colleagues to gather, so… save the date!

The 2017 event returns to its usual 2-day format. It will start on Thursday June 1st with our Open Space, where external speakers will provide their thoughts and vision on the metal packaging industry. The evening cocktail and dinner that follows will offer unique networking opportunities for all delegates. The formal AGM will take place on the morning of Friday 2nd June with the Empac team and Commission Chairs presenting their activities. This allows for the technical commissions to organise their subgroup meetings after lunch. A dinner will close the event on Friday evening. We trust our 11th AGM will be another successful and memorable event.

Empac newsletter - June 2016

New people in the industry

Empac is pleased to announce the appointment of two new people within our industry: Dimitrios Soutzoukis and William Boyd.

Dimitrios Soutzoukis has joined the Empac team since March 1st, as Technical and Sustainability Officer. Following his university studies in Greece, Dimitrios earned a Master's Degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Bristol. At Empac, he will be responsible to further develop the industry's sustainability programme taking account of the current legislative developments. He will focus on the future enhancement of the Empac scorecard and will bring fresh momentum to the sustainability discussions. Dimitrios will also become a member of the Environment and Aerosol Commissions, as well as the MPE Recycling Committee.

 

William Boyd, former MPMA (Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association) chairman, has returned to the MPMA fold as CEO and director in 2016. Former managing director of Swansea-based Afon Tinplate Company, Boyd returns to the UK from the US where he has spent the past six years as general manager of Tata Steel Plating USA and CEO of Thomas Steel Strip Corp and Apollo Metals.  He succeeds Nick Mullen who has stepped down as MPMA CEO after eight years at the helm, but will remain on the MPMA executive board in an advisory capacity.

 

Empac newsletter - June 2016

Cans for Life: Empac launches social media programme

Empac has launched an innovative social media programme: Cans for Life. The initiative, which entails a Facebook page and blog, offers a unique content hub to showcase metal packaging's success stories. While only online for a few months, it has already reached a high number of followers.

Cans for Life covers environmental topics and provides creative, hands-on advice on how to upcycle your empty packaging after its initial use, such as how to decorate your house, from living room to bathroom with cans.

Empac started this programme, together with the German PR and social media agency Wake up Communications, in order to raise awareness about metal packaging and its many advantages amongst the industry's stakeholders and consumers. Through creative, zany, and inspiring stories, the numerous everyday uses of metal packaging are highlighted.

Besides a regular content mix, several campaigns with online influencers, chefs, artists and other can-fans are planned throughout the year. Shortly, a new campaign will be launched which will involve users across Europe who will be asked to share their favourite recipes or art projects.

Empac newsletter - June 2016

Let's talk about us – Sarten Ambalaj

Established in 1972, Sarten Ambalaj A.S. is today the leading canmaker in Turkey and the Middle East, and one of the largest family-owned manufacturers of cans in Europe.

Social sustainability has always been at the forefront of the company's priorities. To ensure that the company continues to be a first class employer, Sarten launched in 2008 the Sarten Academy. This is a school where young graduates from 18 to 25 years old receive high-quality free education, equipping them with the skills they will need to embark on a successful career.

Established in the company's Silivri plant, the Sarten Academy involves a two-month programme - delivered by Sarten's own staff members as well as external academics - to a maximum of 20 students at a time. The itinerary includes information on Sarten's corporate culture, packaging, production process, product knowledge and product development, amongst other subjects.

Since 2008, 113 students graduated from the Sarten Academy after having each received 310 hours of training.

Empac newsletter - June 2016

Empac's corporate identity makeover

Empac has recently completed a corporate identity makeover. We redesigned our website and have now changed our newsletter to match the refreshed style. These updates are yet another step in our aim to inform the world at large about Empac, its mission and activities.

Key features of Empac's new website include enhanced content as well as a clean and attractive design, which allows for a more engaging user experience with easier navigation.

The corporate site provides information on Empac's work programmes, including the technical commissions, and the association's members and partners. It is complementary to the Whymetalpackaging site - launched in 2014 and now actively used in 4 languages – which informs decision makers involved in the world of packaging about the unique attributes and benefits aspects of metal.

The website also features a new section, Our sustainability stories, about how the metal packaging industry delivers everyday on its sustainability agenda, and the industry's approach to circular economy thinking. With these stories, which will also be reported in our newsletter, Empac members are showing how they have already incorporated, in a pragmatic way, the ambitious goals recently set out in the European Commission's Circular Economy Package.

Empac news

Blechwarenfabrik Limburg joins Empac as new Corporate Member

Brussels, 10/10/2016

Empac, European Metal Packaging, the association bringing together European producers of rigid metal packaging and their supply chain partners, today announced that Blechwarenfabrik Limburg has joined the association as a Corporate Member.

Based in Limburg (Germany), Blechwarenfabrik Limburg is one of the leading European producers of metal packaging for chemical and technical goods. Founded in 1872 by journeyman plumber Joseph Heppel, the company offers a wide range of products (canisters, bottles, pails, lever-lid cans and lever-lid pails) from 125 mL to 36 L across various container diameters, heights and shapes. It has been hazardous material approved in accordance with the European Agreements concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (UN/RID) by Road (UN/ADR) and Air (UN).

Blechwarenfabrik Limburg also provides advanced metal printing solutions for steel and aluminium sheets using state-of-the-art six-color technology. In the field of coating, the company has shown in recent years its innovative strength and developed a PET-film lamination technique, called LIFOKA™, for the interior coating of metal packaging. Blechwarenfabrik Limburg is ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001 certified.

The Group produces at sites in Germany (Limburg and Neustadt), Poland (Skarbimierz Osiedle), and Russia (Tver), and is a shareholder of the Innovative Canmakers Europe (ICE SE) network.

"Blechwarenfabrik Limburg is a member of the industry’s German association Verband Metallverpakungen e.V. (VMV). However, due to the global nature of our business supply chain and the technical challenges facing the company, we have chosen to also be part of Empac and we are pleased to join this progressive organisation. We are eager to participate in current and future initiatives to ensure our business continues to remain innovative and sustainable," said Hugo Sebastian Trappmann, CEO of Blechwarenfabrik Limburg.

"Empac welcomes Blechwarenfabrik Limburg with open arms; privately-owned medium sized companies are vital to our industry and it’s important that this category has a voice in shaping our programme of activities going forward," said Gordon Shade, CEO of Empac. "We are confident Empac will benefit from the expertise of Blechwarenfabrik Limburg and look forward to working together towards promoting the many assets of metal packaging."

 

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Life Cycle Assessment study shows yet another decrease in the carbon footprint of metal packaging in Europe

Brussels, 26/09/2016

Empac, European Metal Packaging, the association bringing together European producers of rigid metal packaging and their supply chain partners, today published the results of its latest Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study. It identifies the average environmental impact(s) of the life cycle of metal packaging products manufactured in Europe. As such, the report showcases the industry’s contribution to sustainable development, which is perfectly aligned with circular economy thinking.

The LCA – which is ISO 14040/44 compliant - uses 2013 data, provided by the leading can makers and their suppliers, and covers the aerosol, food, general line, and speciality sectors. It was conducted by RDC Environment, an independent international consultancy firm based in Brussels, and peer-reviewed by Solinnen, a Paris-based consultancy company specialised in LCA practices.

The study shows a further improvement in the metal packaging industry's environmental positioning. Compared to the 2006 data set, there is a solid reduction in the carbon footprint for rigid steel packaging amounting to 20% covering all main categories, namely food, aerosol, general line, speciality and closures. Over the same period the aluminium food also improved by a double digit percentage. The reduction in CO2-equivalent is mainly attributable to three factors:

  • The increased amounts of green energy used in the energy mix for the packaging manufacturing process,
  • The higher average European metal recycling rates being achieved, and
  • A reduction in the raw materials required per unit leading to a lower average packaging weight.

Amongst other indicators, the study also measures the net water consumption, which is a key component when assessing a product’s environmental footprint. The results confirm that metal packaging reduced the impact on water depletion by an impressive 60% per average unit of steel packaging between 2006 and 2013. Can light weighting, in combination with improvements in the manufacturing process, are the main contributors to the significant reduction in water depletion.

"The Empac environmental scorecard demonstrates that metal packaging continues to focus on using resources and materials in the most efficient and sustainable manner possible. We are pleased with the latest results, but will continue to set ambitious targets for the future," said Ellen Wauters, Senior Communications & Industry Manager of Empac.
"We would also emphasise that, while Life Cycle Assessments are the most recognised methodology for measuring environmental performance, they do not measure packaging functionality nor do they take into account the permanent nature of metals. Indeed, steel and aluminium are infinitely recycled without any loss of quality. Through recycling, their value is retained forever, making it available today and for future generations."

The following Empac members participated in the updated scorecard by submitting their 2013 data: Ardagh Group, Blechwaren Limburg, Colep, Crown, Glud & Marstrand, HUBER Packaging, Massilly, Mivisa, New Box, Pack2Pack, Sarten, Silgan Metal Packaging, along with APEAL and European Aluminium, which represent European manufacturers of steel and aluminium respectively. Overall, 74 can manufacturing sites from 16 countries were involved.

 

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HUBER Packaging joins Empac as new Corporate Member

Brussels, 20/06/2016

Empac, European Metal Packaging, the association bringing together European producers of rigid metal packaging and their supply chain partners, today announced that HUBER Packaging has joined the association as a Corporate Member.

Based in Oehringen, Baden-Württemberg (Germany), HUBER Packaging Group - a 5th generation family-run company – ranks as number two in the European General Line packaging market. Founded in 1871 by tinsmith Karl Huber, the company produces metal packaging for paints and varnishes, chemical products, technical goods, and food. In the beverage sector, it specialises in the manufacture of 5-litre party kegs and has been the world market leader in this segment since 1972.

HUBER Packaging specialises also in high quality offset tinplate printing and offers colour-accurate digital proofs on tinplate. It is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 50001:2011 certified.

The Group employs some 1,000 staff members across eight production sites in seven countries: Germany, Austria, Finland, France, Hungary, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The company's annual turnover was around 200 million Euros in 2015.

"We are delighted to join Empac. The Association is doing great work for our industry and we are looking forward to support this. In particular, we appreciate that Empac shares our strong commitment to environmental sustainability," said Thomas Hagen, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of HUBER Packaging.

"We are particularly pleased that HUBER Packaging, an international player in our industry which retained its strong family connections, has joined us," said Gordon Shade, CEO of Empac. "With its proud 145-year history and impressive recent growth strategy, the HUBER Packaging Group will bring vision and expertise to our various working groups. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration."

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Empac welcomes Emballator Metal Group as a New Associate Member

Brussels, 06/06/2016

Empac, European Metal Packaging, the association bringing together European producers of rigid metal packaging and their supply chain partners, today announced the addition of its eighth Associate Member: Emballator Metal Group.

Emballator Metal Group is northern Europe’s leading supplier of tinplate packaging primarily for the paint and chemical industries. The company has modern manufacturing sites in Ulricehamn and Nybro, Sweden, and in Bradford, United Kingdom and also has sales offices in Denmark and Finland.

Established in 1907, the company employs a team of some 350 people and has an annual turnover of approximately 100 million Euros. Emballator Metal Group is owned by Herenco, a fourth generation family-owned company also based in Sweden, with business operations in media, paper, packaging and printing.

"Emballator Metal Group has been a member of Empac via the Nordic Canmakers Association (NCA), which closed during 2015 following changes in member companies ownership. Aware of the important role of Empac within our industry as a real source of information and support to its members, we have decided to join the association directly as an Associate Member," said Mats Nilsson, CEO of Emballator Metal Group. "We are particularly pleased to have Emballator as a member and we are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration," said Gordon Shade, CEO of Empac.

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Cans for Life: Empac launches social media programme

Brussels, 28/04/2016

Empac, European Metal Packaging, the association bringing together European producers of rigid metal packaging and their supply chain partners, has recently launched an innovative social media programme: Cans for Life. Through creative, zany, and inspiring stories, the numerous everyday uses of metal packaging are highlighted. While only online for a few weeks, Cans for Life has already reached a high number of followers.

How can you cook a delicious and healthy meal with canned food? How can you use cans to decorate your house, from living room to bathroom? Which artists have chosen cans as the basis for their art work? Cans for Life covers all this and more. Empac started this programme, together with the German PR and social media agency Wake up Communications, in order to raise awareness about metal packaging and its many advantages amongst the industry's stakeholders and consumers.

The initiative entails a Facebook page facebook.com/cansforlife and blog cansforlife.eu, and offers a unique content hub to showcase metal packaging's success stories. Cans for Life covers environmental topics and provides creative, hands-on advice on how to upcycle your empty packaging after its initial use. Besides a regular content mix, several campaigns with online influencers, chefs, artists and other can-fans are planned throughout the year. Shortly, a new campaign will be launched which will involve users across Europe who will be asked to share their favourite recipes or art projects.

The Cans for Life logo was created through a design competition with a jury selecting the winner. It symbolises a stylised metal can and contains a reference to the industry's Metal Recycles Forever

Lena Nover, Communications & European Business Officer at Empac said: "It is important to demonstrate the many uses of metal packaging; we want consumers to better understand cans and appreciate their many benefits. Our social media approach with Cans for Life is the perfect way to communicate the diversity of uses for cans and to capture these through interesting stories."

Cans for Life
Blog: cansforlife.eu
Facebook: facebook.com/cansforlife

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Empac launches redesigned corporate website

Brussels, 11/02/2016

Empac, European Metal Packaging, the association bringing together European producers of rigid metal packaging and their supply chain partners, today announced the launch of its redesigned corporate website, www.empac.eu.

Key features of the site include enhanced content as well as a clean and attractive design, which allows for a more engaging user experience with easier navigation.

The corporate site provides information on Empac's work programmes, including the technical commissions, and the association's members and partners. It is complementary to www.whymetalpackaging.com - launched in 2014 and now actively used in 4 languages – which informs decision makers involved in packaging about the unique aspects of metal and its benefits for the packaging industry.

The refreshed corporate website also features a new section, Our sustainability stories, about how the metal packaging industry delivers everyday on its sustainability agenda. Empac members walk the talk and showcase their sustainability actions, with examples of resource efficiency, the installation of solar panels, recovery systems to share heat with the local community, intermodal logistics, and much more on the industry's approach to circular economy thinking.

With these examples, Empac members are showing how they have already incorporated, in a pragmatic way, the ambitious goals set out in the European Commission's Circular Economy Package. Made from permanent materials, metal packaging can be recycled again and again without loss of quality, making it a leader in recycling and a perfect example of the circular economy at work.

"The launch of our redesigned corporate website is yet another step in our aim to inform the world at large about Empac, its mission and activities. It holds all key information, but remains simple, intuitive and user-friendly," said Ellen Wauters, Senior Communications & Industry Manager of Empac.

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Seal of Quality joins Empac as New Associate Member

Brussels, 27/01/2016

Empac, European Metal Packaging, the association bringing together European producers of rigid metal packaging and their supply chain partners, today announced the addition of its seventh Associate Member: Seal of Quality.

Based in Lugano (Switzerland), Seal of Quality is a trading and consultancy company that aims to become a globally recognised marketing and sourcing advisor in the fields of packaging and food. The company employs a young team of some 30 people across Switzerland, Italy and Spain. It also is proud of a 50 year experience in the tinplate and food business.

Within the metal packaging business, Seal of Quality has strong relationships with tinplate and flat carbon steel producers in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. They provide steel for a wide range of products; from food and aerosols to general line and speciality cans, as well as for easy open ends, twist off closures, crown caps.

In addition to its tinplate activity, Seal of Quality is a leading player in the international trade of food raw materials, with a particular specialisation in dry pulses. The company holds an import/export network that connects raw material producers and canneries across Asia, Europe and America.

The company is also involved in the design and implementation of export strategies for over 30 different canneries in Italy and Spain. Through its key relationships with the world's leading retailers, Seal of Quality offers an effective sales network for all sort of metal packaging related finished goods, such as canned tomatoes, beans, vegetables and fruits.

"We are very pleased to join Empac, a forward-looking organisation which is actively contributing in promoting the many advantages of metal packaging. We are eager to work together with the other members and participate in Empac's upcoming initiatives showing that steel is a sustainable and resource efficient packaging solution," said Davide Padovani, Seal of Quality's Managing Director. "We are delighted to welcome Seal of Quality within our organisation," added Gordon Shade, CEO of Empac.

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Arabian Can Industry LLC joins Empac as its second international associate member

Brussels, 17/12/2015

Empac, European Metal Packaging, the association bringing together European producers of rigid metal packaging and their supply chain partners, today announced that Arabian Can Industry LLC has become its second international associate member, after Jamestrong Packaging Australia & New Zealand which joined the organisation in March 2015.

Based in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Arabian Can Industry LLC, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Al Ghurair Group of Companies, a successful diversified family-owned conglomerate. The company is one of the foremost producers of tinplate cans and components with production facilities in the Middle East.

Established in 2000, Arabian Can Industry LLC is specialised in 3-piece metal can manufacturing for a variety of industries with a focus in food products. The company has an integrated and versatile can plant with full in-house facilities for tinplate high-tech printing, coating and manufacturing of built cans and components. It has been successfully accredited to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 2200:2005, as well as HACCP standard. Arabian Can Industry LLC produces around 160 million cans and employs 140 people.

"Arabian Can Industry is delighted to have joined Empac. The company started exporting in 2003 to

the wider Middle East, Africa, Sri Lanka and India. But today, our goal is larger. Joining Empac will help us better understand the trends in the European metal packaging market and its current laws and regulations. I am confident that this important step for the company will bring us mutual benefit in the sharing of information, and will add to the development of the metal packaging industry in the Middle East and North Africa," said Neil Houghton, General Manager of Arabian Can Industry LLC.

"Empac is very pleased to welcome Arabian Can Industry to our organisation," said Gordon Shade, CEO of Empac. "The entry of this major Middle-Eastern company underlines Empac's ambition to continue its international development with companies with like-minded aims."

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ASA Group joins Empac as new Corporate Member

Brussels, 01/12/2015

Empac, European Metal Packaging, the association bringing together European producers of rigid metal packaging and their supply chain partners, today announced the addition of a new Corporate Member: ASA Group. This brings Empac's total number of Corporate Members to eight.

Based in the Republic of San Marino, ASA Group is a family-owned pool of companies, offering a large range of products in the metal packaging sector. The group prides itself on providing innovative solutions and outstanding quality.

Since its establishment in 1961, ASA Group has expanded in Europe thanks to a series of takeovers and start-ups. The company currently has a total of seven sites: the mother company in the Republic of San Marino, four factories in Italy, one in Switzerland, and one in the UK.

The plants are often located close to their customers.

Over the years, the Group has extended its range of products to cover food, oil and chemical markets. Today, the ASA group employs over 400 people.

"The ASA Group is very pleased to have joined Empac. We are excited to be part of this influential organisation and we see our company benefiting by working together on common challenges for the metal packaging industry. We look forward to be actively involved in Empac's communications and sustainability projects," said Emilio Amati, President of the ASA Group.

"We are delighted to welcome the ASA Group to our organisation," said Gordon Shade, CEO of Empac. "We are confident that Empac will benefit from ASA's contribution to our work programme. As a family-owned group with significant experience in our industry, the group will add an extra dimension."

Market news

The Canmaker Technical Conference goes to Denver

23/12/2015 - Supplied by The Canmaker

The best chance to meet existing and potential suppliers and customers in the canmaking industry in 2016 will be Cannex & Fillex - The World Canmaking Congress which next year takes place on 27-29 April in Denver, Colorado.

An added attraction this year is The Canmaker Technical Conference which will be held on the last two mornings of the convention. The conference will cover a wide range of technical subjects, with an emphasis on new technology.

Among the speakers will be the chief executive of ALeco Container, Scott Coors, son of Coors Brewing dynasty chief Bill Coors who pioneered the aluminium beer can in 1959.

The ALeco Container plant in Colorado is offering high-quality digitally-printed lightweight bottles to customers looking for smaller batches than are available from large can manufacturers. The company also developed the process equipment that is now making 12- and 16-oz aluminium bottles for microbrews and other premium beverages.

Further developments in canmaking technology will be under discussion in Denver, including the advancing performance of BPA-NI coating technologies, the use of vision systems to meet stringent colour standards, downgauging, and suppliers' contribution to reducing the carbon footprint for the manufacturing of metal cans.

These are the sort of developments eligible for the Canmaking Supplier of the Year Award, designed to recognise the outstanding contributions that are made each year by the equipment and service suppliers to the canmaking industry.

If you are a supplier and think your company deserves such recognition, be it for an innovative technology, increased savings, advances in productivity, outstanding support, or any other area, please let us know.

Entries will be considered for the Canmaking Supplier of the Year Award to be presented at Cannex, and will be featured on The Canmaker magazine.

Market news

LED lighting and video messaging for cans

22/12/2015

LED lighting and video messages are two of the technologies to be displayed by canmaking company Crown Aerosols and Specialty Packaging Europe at ProSweets 2016, the trade show for the sweets and snacks industry taking place in.

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Empac newsletter - November 2015

Recycling Mark continues to gain traction

Empac is pleased to announce that the Recycling Mark, a logo for on- and off-pack use recently developed by the members of Metal Packaging Europe, continues to gain traction. After the first examples of a number of mainline brands in the food and general line segments, the logo is now spreading across markets and geographies, with on-pack applications in beverage and aerosol.

Launched in November 2014, the logo is now available in 18 languages, with recent extensions into Finnish and Swedish. Given the global nature and the one voice policy of the metal packaging industry, the Recycling Mark has also been developed into Arabic and Mandarin. The logo can now inspire consumers across the globe, enabling them to fully understand the enduring value of metal packaging and its environmental credentials on their favourite brands.

With the Recycling Mark, the metal packaging industry wants to support its customers and their brands by sending the clear message to consumers that they have chosen a packaging material that is fully able to participate in the circular economy.

Empac newsletter - November 2015

Let's talk about us - Glud & Marstrand

As a can making company with Scandinavian roots, Denmark based Glud & Marstrand (G&M) is by cultural heritage actively engaged in projects relating to sustainability. One of its important recent activities, Heat Recovery, is to provide surplus heat from one of its production plants to the local community for conversion into hot water for residents' heating systems.

The energy comes from the plant's coatings workshop, where it is captured and then used to heat water to a temperature of ca. 75 °C. The hot water is distributed via a 1.800km long network of pipes that links the factory with local households. Today, this provides heating equalling the consumption of 1000 households.

Through this scheme, the company converts the surplus energy of their can production to a resource and uses it efficiently for the benefit of the Danish population instead of it being wasted. The company thereby helps to lower fuel consumption and carbon emissions. G&M has been contributing to this system since fall 2013.

This is a perfect example of how Empac members do not only talk about resource efficiency, but also put it into daily practice. Taking responsibility for sustainable development is not just a phrase for can-makers, but part of their every day business.

Empac newsletter - November 2015

Monica Mantovani appointed president of Anfima

We are very pleased to report that Monica Mantovani has been elected Chairman of Anfima, our Italian national association. Monica has been with Rexam Beverage Can Italia since 2008 and currently holds the position of national Sales Manager. With this nomination - the first woman to stand as President of Anfima – the metal packaging industry body will benefit from Monica's extensive experience from the positive beverage can industry track record.

Monica has announced she intends to continue the excellent work done by Anfima and her predecessor Rosolino Redaelli, in promoting metal packaging and its unique characteristics. She will encourage the development of new services which industry bodies can provide to the membership. Monica will represent Anfima and the SME community at the Empac board.

We take the opportunity to thank Rosolino Redaelli for the time and energy he has dedicated to our industry both in Empac and Anfima.

Empac newsletter - November 2015

An encouraging start to our communication platform in Spain

AME, our Spanish national association, in partnership with Empac, launched its communications initiative, focusing on permanent materials, real recycling and metal packaging's important contribution to the European circular economy. Metal's forever story is gaining wide coverage in the Spanish trade and general press.

The work is underpinned by a new website and the communications team has been busy and imaginative in relaying the industry's multiple strengths.

With a real recycling rate of 87% - metal packaging is Spain's recycling leader – and a long tradition of top quality products, there is much to say. From anchovies to squid and delicious white asparagus, it's all packaged in metal… No wonder that Spanish conservas are considered among the best canned goods in the world!

Interestingly, the new Recycling Mark has become a corner stone in this campaign. The industry logo, aimed to help consumers better understand the key role they have to play in keeping metal in the "forever loop" by recycling empty packaging, is gaining traction in the Spanish market as customers see the benefit of adopting the symbol, sending a message to consumers to chose for a packaging material that is fully able to participate in the circular economy.