Perseverance pays off

Despite the impact of bad weather in the US and higher material costs, the manufacturers of food cans such as Ardagh and Silgan persevered. Arthur Stupay reviews their third quarter performance In the third quarter, food can shipments in the US were down, dropping by 2.9 percent compared with the same period a year ago, and shipments were also down...

One size clearly does not fit all

Gone are the days when a few standard can sizes met beverage market needs. Today, sometimes subtle differences in can shape and size have become a critical part of the brand design toolbox. Paul Gander asks what is driving innovation in this area, and what the implications are Both of the two new US greenfield beverage can manufacturing plants to...

When size doesn’t matter

A new generation of can measuring systems is able to cope with the wider range of can sizes that need to be manufactured in a single plant. John Nutting reports The impact of the demand for beverage can manufacturers to offer wider ranges of sizes has repercussions all the way through the plant, including the measuring systems, which must be...

Bouncing back after the storms

Following a storm-impacted third quarter, the outlook is for a bounce in volumes while canmakers focus on improving efficiencies and margins, says Arthur Stupay The third quarter was challenging for the major beverage can manufacturers, marked in the US by hurricanes and violent storms, impacting the major population centres in Texas and Florida. Yet they showed higher sales and rising...

Investing in a global future

Poland-based canmaker Can-Pack’s global expansion has continued with a new beverage can plant in the Netherlands. Paul Hill was there for the official opening Since its establishment in 1992, a dynamic investment culture has turned Can-Pack into one of the fastest-growing canmakers in the world. The Polish company has continued to open up new plants on a regular basis, with...

Committed to cans in California

Half Moon Bay has joined the increasing numbers of craft brewers in setting up its own canning operation. Richard Estrada reports Yet another US craft brewer is committed to embracing cans as the preferred package, with Half Moon Bay Brewing Company revealing it will buy a Wild Goose WGC-600 for the brewery it’s building in the Northern California town of...

Hunting for new can growth

There was evidence aplenty at the September Drinktec show in Germany to indicate where future growth in beverage cans would come from. Paul Gander reports If political uncertainties hung over Munich’s Drinktec show in early September, it seems no one told the visitors who arrived in record-breaking numbers from 170 countries. International visitor figures were particularly buoyant, up 12 percent...

Consumers change their food tastes

Population shifts, demographic changes and the way in which retailers are using e-commerce are forcing canned food manufacturers to change their strategy. Arthur Stupay looks at the impact on canmakers in the US The major food companies are adjusting marketing and product strategy in response to major changes that are taking place in consumer markets. This is also impacting the...

Blow-moulding metal

Asymmetric shapes are now possible in blow-moulded aluminium bottles developed by Montebello Packaging in North America. Mónica Higuera reports Lightweight aluminium bottles with asymmetric shapes that won Silver in the Prototype category of the Cans of the Year Awards held last month in Scotland are soon to be launched in North America by tube and aerosol can manufacturer Montebello Packaging.Named...

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