US – Tekni-Plex is expanding its packaging portfolio with the acquisition of  Keyes Packaging Group, a leading supplier of environmentally friendly and protective packaging solutions for the food and beverage industry. 

Keyes consists of two diverse companies: Keyes Fibre – manufactures molded fibre trays for packaging and shipping apples, avocados, eggs and wine bottles – and Wrap Pack, a  producer fruit and vegetable speciality-tissue protective wrap for storing and shipping pears, apples and citrus fruit. 

The acquisition adds Tekni-Plex’s tray and flats portfolio, strengthening its offerings to customers in the food and beverage industry. 

“Keyes brings market intelligence and a deep material science application knowledge to us, as we continue on our journey to becoming more and more proactive for our customers, ” said Eldon Schaffer, CEO of Tekni-Plex Consumer Products division 

“Together with the recently acquired Grupo Phoenix capabilities, our existing Tekni-Plex organisation and now with Keyes, we are building a tremendous future for the market, our customers and our employees.” 

Crown Holdings’ new beverage can facility 

Meanwhile, US metal can producer Crown Holdings has announced plans to build a new beverage can manufacturing facility in Mesquite, Nevada. 

The 355,000-square-foot plant is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of 2023, creating 126 jobs. 

The two-line plant will produce both standard and specialty beverage cans for customers across a wide variety of categories, including carbonated soft drinks, sparkling water, energy drinks, hard seltzers, beer, and ready-to-drink cocktails. 

Crown Holding said that the new facility will not only improve Crown Holdings’ ability to serve its existing customers in the western US but also its ability to support growth of new beverage introductions in aluminium cans. 

“This investment, underpinned by long-term customer contracts, continues to demonstrate Crown’s commitment to meet the increased demand for aluminium beverage cans,” said Timothy Donahue, Crown Holdings’ president and CEO.  

“Consumers continue to seek beverage options predominantly in cans and are increasingly aware of the sustainability benefits of the aluminium can.” 

Earlier this month, Ball Corporation announced plans to build a new aluminium beverage packaging plant in Nevada, US.    

Ball’’s new manufacturing site will be located in North Las Vegas and is expected to create almost 180 manufacturing jobs once operational.    

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