Ball Corp said demand for speciality cans has increased

Ball Corp said demand for speciality cans has increased

Packaging company Ball Corp is to close two of it US plants as drinks firms look beyond 12-oz cans.

The closures, in Columbus, Ohio, and Gainsville, Florida, will cost Ball Corp US$30m, the company said on Wednesday (15 August). It will mean the loss of 225 jobs.

Ball Corp COO for global packaging, Raymond Seabrook, said the move was in response to falling demand for standard 12-oz beverage cans as demand for speciality cans rises. “(Speciality beverage cans are) an increasingly important part of our business,” Seabrook said.

The two plants will cease production at the end of the year, Ball Corp said. Most of the closure costs will be recorded in this year's Q3.

Ball and its subsidiaries, including Ball Packaging Europe, employ more than 14,500 people and had sales last year of about $8.6bn, the company said.

Last month, Ball unveiled an 8-oz can it said met US government guidelines on drinks in schools.