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April Comment – These are strange times and it’s getting even stranger…

We hope that April’s comment finds you well and sane. As we’re constantly being told, these are unprecedented times, it’s heartening to see how the industry has come together for each other and their communities, providing support and resources for those most in need. Please do keep sending us your news, we could all need…

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Ball launches new aluminium can for Jimmy’s Iced Coffee in the UK

Ball Corporation has created a new aluminium recyclable 250ml can for the Dorset based UK beverage company, Jimmy’s. Replacing the cartons for recyclable cans helps to move Jimmy’s closer to achieving their environmental aim of removing all plastic from their packaging in 2020. The partnership between Ball and Jimmy’s  began  in 2019 with the launch……...


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UK manufacturing sector suffers worst slump in 8 years

UK manufacturing sector suffers worst slump in 8 years

The UK’s manufacturing output fell at its fastest rate since 2012 in March, data from HIS Markit/Cips purchasing managers’ index (PMI) has revealed. The COVID-19 outbreak has been blamed from the slump, causing broken supply chains and a significant decline in demand. The index fell to a three-month low of 47.8 in March, down from……...


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hYDRO

Hydro donates former employee quarters in Brazil for use as field hospital

The Albras aluminium plant, part of Hydro’s value chain in Brazil, has announced that they are to donate former employee quarters for use as a field hospital in the community of Barcarena. The nearly 4,000-square-meter building consists of 36 apartments with individual bathrooms, and common areas for laundry, cafeteria and bathrooms. The municipal administration will……...


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ASAHI

ACCC approves AB InBev’s proposed sale of CUB to Asahi

Anheuser-Busch InBev have been given the go ahead by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to sell its Australian subsidiary Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) to Asahi Group Holdings Ltd. Asahi Group have agreed to purchase CUB for 16 billion AUD, equivalent to approximately 11 billion USD. The nod from the ACCC is a……...


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HENKLEBENKLEFENKLE

Henkel provides extensive global support during COVID-19 pandemic

Henkel has announced the launch of a comprehensive global solidarity programme to support employees, customers and communities facing the global COVID-19 pandemic. The programme includes a sizeable monetary donation and additional initiatives aimed to assist in the fight against COVID-19. Henkel have made a donation of two million Euros to WHO/UN Foundation fund and other……...


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FLINTGROUP

Flint Group Packaging Inks Europe announces a solvent surcharge

Flint Group Packaging Inks Europe today have announced the implementation of a solvent surcharge for its solvent-based inks and coatings in Europe, effective 1st April 2020. The surcharge will be implemented as soon as possible and will vary depending upon the specific product portfolio and commercial terms each customer has in place. The surcharge will……...


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AKZONOBEL

AkzoNobel suspends 2020 financial ambitions

AkzoNobel have paused key parts of the company’s transformation and suspended its 2020 financial ambitions in response to significant market disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Once markets normalise, AkzoNobel will resume its programme of transformation to ‘drive performance in line with industry frontrunners’. Similar to other firms in the industry, the company is taking……...


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CocaCola 2020

Coca-Cola Foundation awards £13.5m in grants to support non-profits across the US and Canada

The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company have announced it is to award an additional $13.5 million in grants to five non-profit organisations that are working on the front lines of the U.S. and Canadian humanitarian response to the coronavirus pandemic. The grants will support organisations focused on providing relief to first……...


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Coronavirus detected on stainless steel up for up to 72 hours, says study

A study from Princeton University and the USA National Institutes of Health (NIH) has claimed that COVID-19, more commonly known as Coronavirus, could be detected for up to 72 hours on stainless steel after it first came in contact with the metal. However, the authors have said that caution should be exercised when examining the……...


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