A revolutionary lightweight aluminum bottle that has just started being used commercially by a leading US soft drinks producer won the Can of the Year Award for Exal Corporation at The Canmaker Summit held in Dubai (October 28-29).
The 30cl C2C bottle has been under development by US-based Exal for almost ten years and compared the impact-extruded aluminum bottles already on the market and produced in limited numbers weighs more than 40 per cent less, providing significant material savings.
Delfin Gibert, chief executive of Exal Corporation, based in Youngstown, Ohio, USA, said: “Truly I didn’t expect this but I am glad because I feel this is the future. It is the fulfillment of a dream I’ve had for ten years.”
Exal is also a leading manufacturer of aluminum aerosol cans, and is planning major investments in bottle production capacity to meet the increasing demands of its customer, which has yet to officially announce the launch of the C2C bottle for its products.
C2C, which stands for Coil-to-Can, uses similar techniques as for making drinks cans, starting with thin aluminum coil, and potentially offers production speeds in the region of 1,000 bottles per minute. Development costs in excess of $30 million have been spent on a pilot manufacturing line in Ohio with capacity to make 120 million bottles a year. The C2C bottle that won the Can of the Year Award was made for Eaux Vives mineral water in Canada.
The C2C bottle also won the Gold award in the Bottles category. Other Gold winners were Toyo Seikan (Japan), Aerosol Cans; Safet (France), Beverage Three-piece; Pacific Can (China), Beverage Two-piece; Crown Speciality Packaging Europe (France), Decoration & Print Quality, Fancy Cans; Impress Metal Packaging (The Netherlands), Ends, Caps & Closures, Food Three-piece, Prototype; GDC Embalagens (Brazil), Food Two-piece; Brasilata (Brazil); General Line Cans.
CAN OF THE YEAR 2009
Exal C2C aluminium bottle for Eaux Vives Water
Gold: Toyo Seikan Kaisha (Japan). Liese Hair Refresher can for Kao Corporation
Silver: Impress Metal Packaging (Germany). ‘3 Wetter Taft’ Power Haarlack can for Schwarzkopf & Henkel
Bronze : Aerocan (France). Bosque Verde shoe polish aluminium can for Francisco Aragon
Gold: Safet, part of the Massilly Group (France). Fruiss Syrup can for Routin
Silver: Impress Metal Packaging (The Netherlands). Karvan Cévitam Specials Syrup can for H J Heinz
Bronze: Daiwa Can Company (Japan). Starbucks Double Shot premium coffee can for Suntory, the filler for Starbucks
Gold: Pacific Can (China). Wong Lo Kat Herbal Tea aluminium can for JDB Group
Silver: Rexam Beverage Can North America (USA). Nitrous Monster Energy Drink aluminium can for Hansen Beverage Company
Bronze: Ball Packaging Europe (Germany). Grotwerg Schwarzbier aluminium can for Germany International Beverages Ltd
Gold: Exal Corporation (USA). Aluminium bottle for Eska – still and sparkling water for Eaux Vives Water
Silver: Boxal (France).
Floressance Range of Food Supplements shaped aluminium bottle for JLB Développement
Bronze: Exal Corporation (USA), Amber Sun Ale aluminium bottle for 16 Mile Brewing Company
DECORATION & PRINT QUALITY
Gold: Crown Speciality Packaging Europe (France). Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskey tin for Bruichladdich Distillery
Silver: CPMC Company (China). Long Jing Tea decorated tin for COFCO
Bronze: Crown Speciality Packaging Europe (France). Bushmills 1608, 400th Anniversary tin for The Old Bushmills Distillery Company
ENDS, CAPS & CLOSURES
Gold: Impress Metal Packaging (France). Easip peelable end for Bonduelle
Silver: Franpac – Massilly Group (France). Easy Open Ends on pâté cans for Henaff
Bronze: Universal Can Corporation (Japan). UniSOREX ROPP closure on French Café aluminium bottle for Namyang Dairy Products
Commendation: Bericap VUN SK 24/12 AF plastics closure
Gold: Crown Speciality Packaging Europe (France). Solid Perfume Jewel embossed tin for Jean-Paul Gaultier
Silver: Huber Decorative Packaging (Germany). Churchill’s Porcelain Jar and Biscuit Tin for Churchill’s Confectionary
Bronze: Crown Speciality Packaging Europe (France). Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey container for Brown Forman
Commendation: Huber tin for Martell Cognac.
Gold: Impress Metal Packaging (France). Food can with Easip peelable end for Bonduelle
Silver: Pirlo Metal Packaging (Austria). Lever Lid Can with aluminium membrane for Beck’s Cocoa
No Bronze award
Gold: GDC Embalagens (Brazil). Gomes da Costa Pâté drawn can for GDC Alimentos
Silver: Glud & Marstrand (Denmark). Fiskeduserne fish pâté drawn Cup Can for Amanda Seafood
Bronze: Galeb Group (Serbia). Neo Chicken Pâté drawn can for Neoplanta
Gold: Brasilata (Brazil). 18-litre UN-spec dangerous goods can for Sherwin Williams
Silver: Blechwarenfabrik Limburg (Germany). Ecosta 10 pail for various customers
Bronze: Companhia Metalúrgica Prada (Brazil). Wanda Safety Can for Akzo Nobel Coatings SA
Gold: Impress Metal Packaging (France). PowerClick Cans with Easy Peel ends
Silver: Xolution (Germany). XO-422 recloseable beverage can lid
Bronze: Pirlo Metal Packaging (Austria). DryCan for tea and coffee
Since their introduction in 1996 The Canmaker magazine Cans of the Year Awards winners have showcased a huge number of innovative and ground-breaking cans from around the world.
This year’s winners once again celebrated the spectacular range of products produced by metal packaging manufacturers and demonstrated just why the can i
s the packaging of choice for so many products.