Rexam, the packaging company, is to convert some of its can making assets at its Gelsenkirchen plant in Germany to enable the manufacture of 25cl slim-line aluminium cans, the type favoured by the energy drinks market. The plant is currently geared to 33cl steel beverage cans for the German market.

The beverage can requirements of beer and soft drinks customers in Germany will continue to be met by Rexam's plants in Berlin and Dunkirk.

"Rexam has a strong position in the energy drinks market," says Tomas Sjölin, the head of Rexam's European and Asian beverage can operations.

"Global demand for slim-line cans is growing fast. The conversion will enable us to keep pace with developments and maintain our leading position. At the same time we will be adding slim-line end making capacity to our end plant in Mont, France."

The two projects are expected to be completed by early 2005.