Eviosys, the canmaker formed from Crown’s European tinplate packaging business, is boosting capacity at one of its seven sites in France to meet the growing demand for food cans.

New manufacturing and printing equipment will be installed at Eviosys Concarneau, in Brittany. Eviosys did not detail the value of the investment.

The Concarneau facility makes round and rectangular cans and easy-open ends. The upgrade is the latest in a two-year programme of improvements Eviosys has made to the site, which reportedly cost €12 million (US$12.8m). Renovations include new printing machinery and new easy-open ends manufacturing lines.

The company is hoping to take advantage of France’s resurgent interest in canned food following coronavirus-related lockdowns that began in 2020.

“Whilst Eviosys is a global player, we are also at the heart of local ecosystems,” said Eviosys chief operating officer Francois Querrioux. “From Concarneau, Eviosys supplies the main agri-food companies and canneries in the Grand Ouest, and this pride in our local footprint is reflected at our sites around the world. 

The Switzerland-based canmaker said the packaging made at Concarneau for major consumer brands is varnished, and in some instances printed, by local suppliers. Eviosys said it intentionally locates its plants close to customers’ canned food facilities to reduce the carbon footprint of its own and its customers’ operations.

“Eviosys is strongly committed to preserving and advancing our environmental credentials and we continuously invest in our plants and eco-innovation, working towards our goal to be the first choice in innovative and sustainable packaging,” Querrioux added.

Eviosys was formed in April 2021 when Crown Holdings sold its European tinplate business for €2.25 billion to private equity firm KPS Capital Partners. Crown retains a 20 per cent stake in the company, which makes tinplate and aluminium packaging, including food cans and ends, aerosol cans, metal closures and promotional packaging. It operates 44 facilities across 17 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.