Will the ‘sugar tax’ hit sales of cans?

The levy on added-sugar soft drinks may still be more than a year away, but the supply chain wants to know now how consumer demand and drinks-industry demand for cans will be affected. Paul Gander reports The UK’s promised Soft Drinks Industry Levy (informally dubbed the ‘sugar tax’) has been blasted by The Food & Drink Federation, which says it...

Smaller is beautiful

Craft beer canning systems are diversifying. Now, bar-top seaming machines are available, reports John Nutting One of the many challenges facing craft brewers who want to start using cans has been that even the smallest batches supplied by canmakers numbered in several pallet loads, each with up to 8,000 cans.That’s been solved by mobile canning services which take in limited...

Canmakers bounce into the New Year

The industry was thriving in 2016, as based on the year-end results from Ball and Crown, which bodes well for a successful year in 2017, says Arthur Stupay While the economic environment was challenging in many places including Central and South America, and notably Brazil, the global canmakers showed strong performance in both sales and earnings in the final quarter...

Another way to measure colour

In this month’s column, Joe Finan of INX International discusses another colour measurement method, namely camera-based systems We have in this column been focusing almost exclusively on the L*a*b*C*ho colour space (see the January and February issues) used in our industry and the devices – namely spectrophotometers – traditionally used to measure the frequency reflectivities used to create points in...

Flexible tools

Whether canmakers are looking for a new D&I bottle-making line or an upgrade from existing impact-extrusion equipment to scale up as bottle demand rises, Mall//Herlan has the right tools. Mónica Higuera reports The approach by Mall//Herlan in providing bottle-making technology addresses both the need for brand recognition from beverage manufacturers and the flexibility required by canmakers who have to adapt...

Strength in numbers

A new high-speed decorating line at Jamestrong Packaging in Australia is part of a huge investment plan to upgrade its operations. John Nutting reports Plans are being laid for the inauguration of a hi-tech metal decorating facility at Jamestrong Packaging’s plant at Milperra, near Sydney in Australia.It’s going to be a key event for the canmaker, which was acquired from...

Light at the end of the tunnel

Crown is investing in new beverage can capacity in a number of markets, with China showing promise again, reports John Nutting Global beverage can manufacturing has been in a state of flux over the past half year or so as Ball continues to assimilate the plants it acquired from Rexam, and Ardagh adjusts to being the newcomer in the business.Meanwhile,...

Billion can baby

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By all accounts, almost as many cans of Red Bull are produced in China as are made for western markets. The diverse Reignwood group is their manufacturer Energy drink Red Bull is a phenomenon in the soft drinks world. This year, the business established by Dietrich Mateschitz in Austria celebrates 30 years of sales. Until only recently, when production plant...

Moving onto the third dimension

In this month’s column, Joe Finan of INX International delves into the concept of lightness and the colour difference measures used in our industryLast month we formed two-thirds of the colour space we normally use in the can industry, namely L*a*b* (or L*C*ho), however we intentionally left out the L* (for clarity). In order to add the concept of...