Rexam announces closure of US plant

Rexam, the global consumer packaging company based in the UK, has announced the closure of its beverage can manufacturing plant in Brunswick, New Jersey, US, in a further move to bring can-making capa…

Rexam, the global consumer packaging company based in the UK, has announced the closure of its beverage can manufacturing plant in Brunswick, New Jersey, US, in a further move to bring can-making capacity in line with market demand. This follows the closure of the Houston plant, Texas, US, announced in July earlier this year. The plant closure date is 31 December 2001. The Brunswick plant employs some 85 people and manufactures 8-oz., 12-oz. and 16-oz. cans. It has the capacity to produce more than 850 million cans per year. Rexam entered the US beverage can market following the acquisition of American National Can in July 2000. “We are continuing our resolve to balance capacity and demand in the US beverage can market. Our unrelenting focus on quality and continuous improvement has enabled us to increase efficiencies throughout our manufacturing and distribution operations,” said Rolf Borjesson, Rexam“s chief executive. “The closure will not affect our ability to meet the needs of our customers.”