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Aluminum bottle wins Can of the Year Award

A revolutionary lightweight aluminum bottle that has just started being used commercially by a leading US soft...


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.

 

Category winners

CAN OF THE YEAR 2009

Exal C2C aluminium bottle for Eaux Vives Water

 

AEROSOL CANS

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

 

BEVERAGE THREE-PIECE

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

 

BEVERAGE TWO-PIECE

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

 

BOTTLES

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

 

FANCY CANS

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.

 

FOOD THREE-PIECE

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

 

FOOD TWO-PIECE

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

 

GENERAL LINE

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

 

PROTOTYPE

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.


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