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USTDA Is Tailor-Made For Trump Administration

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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.

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Second beverage can line at MSCANCO in Egypt to start up in June

Published and written by The Canmaker Magazine

Plans for the development of Africa’s largest beverage can plant have been delayed following further political turmoil in Egypt.

It was expected that the plant built by Mahmood Saeed Beverage Cans & Ends Industry Company Ltd (MSCANCO) north of Cairo would have the second of its high-speed production lines operating by last summer.

The third and fourth lines were scheduled for operation by the end of 2018, when capacity would be more than five billion cans a year, making it the biggest in all of Africa. Read more

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Machinery Handover Marks Landmark for Engineering Firm

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Written by Chris Holland

CAN-making machine manufacturer Carnaud Metalbox Engineering has celebrated a landmark in its nearly 100 years of operations.

The Shipley-based company marked the manufacture of the 1000th 5000 Bodymaker and the 100th 3400 Die Necker machines at its Dockfield Road base with a hand over to a key customer.

Andrew Truelove, CMB general manager, presented the machines to Tim Lorge president Crown North American Beverage Packaging.

Andrew said: “Today was a day of celebration of our past and present, but also a glimpse into the future.

“Achieving 100 Die Neckers and 1,000 5000 style bodymakers is some milestone, even more remarkable given the timescales involved. “A huge thank you to our suppliers and our customers, but most of all to our dedicated and hardworking workforce that has made this all possible. We feel we are well placed to take on the challenges of the future and appreciate everyone’s support.”

The formal handover followed by a dinner at Hollins Hall hotel .

The celebrations were attended by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford Councillor Geoff Reid and Mrs Chris Reid along with leading figures from the international can-making sector

Guests were shown CMB’s manufacturing capabilities, investments in machinery and technology and heard about the company’s future plans.

The visit also included demonstrations of a new 3D instruction manual and ordering system. There were also demonstrations in areas such as seamer tooling, assembly, grinding, CNC milling and research and development.

Guests also inspected CMB’s apprentice academy which opened in 2014 and met apprentices taking part in the international World Skills competition.

CMB exhibited its products at the recent Cannex can making technology show in Denver, Colorado and won the best booth for its combined display with Roeslein & Associates and Pride Conveyance products.

The display reflected the increasing collaboration between CMB and US-based project integrator Roeslein.

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Can Do: SCADA Update Eases Data Acquisition

Published by AutomationWorld
Written by Grant Gerke

When management outlines major upgrades for multiple plants, compliance from plant managers and operators is a much needed element for success. To address this issue, an aluminum can manufacturer with plants in Australia and New Zealand enlisted a flexible supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system to alleviate worries from plant managers and provide a uniform rollout to four plants. Read more