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Expanding its Reach

Published in Energy & Mining International Magazine
Written by Janice Hoppe

Roeslein & Associates recently completed a $4 million expansion to its fabrication facility that will aid in its plans to continue growing and staying diversified after 25 years of providing engineering, fabrication and construction management services. “The 25th anniversary is an important milestone to all of us here at Roeslein because our very first customer is still a customer of ours today,” says John DeMoulin, director of business development and marketing. “We have never lost a customer over a 25-year period and that is something we should all be proud of.”

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Towards Smart Factories

Published in The Canmaker

Canmakers globally and their suppliers, it seems, have yet to fully embrace the benefits of Industry 4.0 – also labelled the fourth industrial revolution – to the same extent that other sectors, such as the aerospace and automotive, have. But, with careful implementation, the return on investment (ROI) they could achieve by embracing this ‘transformative technology’ could be significant.

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Roeslein’s Dr. Gangwei Wu Featured in The Canmaker

Dr. Gangwei Wu is director of the China Business Unit of project integrator Roeslein & Associates in Shanghai, where he manages projects, client and supplier relationships and agreements with a focus on the China and Asia business in canmaking and the unitized modular fabrication of production lines. Before joining Roeslein & Associates, which is based in St Louis, Missouri, he worked at the Merrimack brewery of Anheuser-Busch in the packaging operations and then as a lead project engineer for brewer Anheuser-Busch, managing a number of greenfield packaging lines in China. The Canmaker magazine recently featured Dr. Gangwei Wu in their Day in the Life series.

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Second line starts up at Can-Pack’s plant in the Netherlands

Published and written by The Canmaker

Production of beverage cans has started on a second line at Can-Pack SA’s newly-built plant in The Netherlands. That’s just five months after the first line started up at Helmond near Eindhoven and doubles capacity to two billion cans a year. The plant has been engineered by US-based Roeslein & Associates with the building being completed in October 2016.

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USTDA Is Tailor-Made For Trump Administration

Published on Forbes.com
Written by Daniel Runde

If one were to design an agency specifically for the Trump Administration, you would have created the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). USTDA generates $85 in U.S. exports for every $1 spent on their programs. Last year alone, USTDA generated $12 billion in export value and supported nearly 66,000 jobs largely in manufacturing in the United States. All the U.S. taxpayer monies spent through USTDA stay in the U.S.  USTDA helps to level the playing field for U.S. firms looking to expand internationally, all while encouraging companies to “buy American, hire American.” The Trump Administration should look at USTDA as an opportunity, not as misspent tax dollars.

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Second beverage can plant in India for Can-Pack

Published and written by The Canmaker

Poland-based canmaker Can-Pack SA is building its second beverage can plant in India.

The two-piece D&I canmaking plant is located in the northern state of Haryana, near New Delhi and close to a number of key brewers.

News of this latest project, which will become India’s fourth beverage can plant, comes soon after Ball recently started production at its facility near Chennai in the east.

Can-Pack’s operations director Stanislaw Wasko told The Canmaker: “Can-Pack is in the process of building of its second beverage can plant in Haryana state. This project is our answer for growing demand from our customers located in northern India states.”

The location of the project, estimated to cost around US$100 million and which will be engineered by US-Based Roeslein & Associates, has not been revealed. Neither has the expected capacity, but if previous projects are a guide it will be about 1.2 billion cans a year.

“The plant should start deliveries of commercial cans by the end of the second quarter in 2018,” said Wasko.

Can-Pack’s first plant in India was opened at Waluj in Aurangabad in 2009, with capacity of more than a billion cans a year.

Ball also operates a beverage can plant near Mumbai, a former Rexam facility.

Demand for beverage cans in the sub-continent appears to have been increasing more quickly after a slow start about a decade ago. Plants have also been started up recently in Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Can-Pack SA operates beverage can plants in Europe, the Middle East, India and the Philippines. Its first plant in India was opened at Waluj in Aurangabad in 2009, with capacity of more than a billion cans a year.

The canmaker, part of the Giorgi Group and which also makes food cans, crown caps and bottles, has been investing heavily in acquisitions and new capacity. A new plant was opened this year in The Netherlands at Helmond, the Metalic Nordeste plant at Forteleza in Brazil acquired from steelmaker CSN, and plans announced for a new plant in Brazil at Itumbiara in the state of Goiás.

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Supporting US Manufacturing Jobs

Published and written by U.S. Trade and Development Agency

In 2002, Rudi Roeslein, Chief Executive Officer of Roeslein & Associates, approached USTDA to fund a feasibility study on the construction of a two-piece can manufacturing facility in Nigeria. At the time Roeslein & Associates was looking to expand into emerging economies, but the company was too small to fund a study on market potential in a country like Nigeria. As a result, USTDA provided $251,080 for Roeslein to conduct a feasibility study to determine if the financial, economic and design of the facility would support the building of the only can making facility in Sub-Saharan Africa. In manufacturing the canning facility, Roeslein builds the modular pieces in Red Bud, Illinois, about 25 miles southeast of St. Louis. Once assembled the individual can manufacturing modules are then shipped in standard shipping containers, and connected on-site to form a full two-piece can manufacturing facility. This type of factory design allows for technical work to be exported, and is easier to assemble than more traditional factory designs where the entire facility is constructed on-site.

Ultimately, Roeslein & Associates partnered with GZ Industries, an Israeli company, along with Ex-Im Bank, to finance and construct the $61 million facility, which is now the process of being erected in Nigeria. Of the total construction costs, $30 million was awarded to Roeslein & Associates to construct the two-piece can manufacturing equipment.

Based on this success, Roeslein and Associates refunded USTDA the full amount of the grant and said that “this project was a priority for our company and presented a real opportunity for our employees to apply their expertise and experience in establishing a world-class can manufacturing facility in Nigeria,” and that “USTDA’s support served as a catalyst in moving the project forward and in providing the bankable documents necessary for the project to succeed.” This contract was able to keep 200 workers employed in Red Bud, IL while also resulting in an estimated 125 jobs created in Nigeria. The new can manufacturing facility opened in September 2009.