Showa Denko’s subsidiary Showa Aluminum Can Corp is to commence manufacturing aluminium bottles. They intend to start selling product in April 2004.
While demand for aluminium cans for alcoholic beverages remains steady, the demand for aluminium cans for soft drinks has declined due to increased competition with PET bottles. Consequently, Showa Aluminium Can Corp will convert one of its existing can lines into a bottle line.
The new aluminium bottle line will have a capacity to produce 180 million 310mL bottles per year. There is also facility to expand capacity to 350 million bottles per year.
Aluminium bottles were first commercialised in Japan in 2000. They have increased in popularity as they can be sealed again, easily recycled, as well as providing good thermal conductivity and barrier properties.
The Aluminium Can Recycling Association of Japan claimed that there was demand for 1.1 billion aluminium bottles in 2002, with this likely to rise to 2.2 billion in 2003.