The heart of the matter

Key to the growth of canned beers is support for start ups, and Iron Heart Canning is a rising player. John Nutting reports  While the craft brewer’s passion is the creation of sumptuous beers that appeal to local tastes there’s always the dream of growing to satisfy a bigger market.Cans, with easy packing and light-resisting aluminium, provide a passport to that market....

Opportunities for profit growth

Acquisitions in the past two years by the leading canmakers are starting to bear fruit with improved performance. Arthur Stupay analyses their first quarter results for 2017 The generally-improving economic situation in the advanced economies helped maintain the canmaking industry’s volume and profitability in the first quarter of 2017. Both Ball and Crown, reviewed in this article, each reported good...

Propelling new ideas

The latest developments in aerosol can technology were outlined in a recent event organised in the UK by British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association.  Printz Holman was there The recent Innovations Day hosted by the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) was well received by an audience that appreciated a balance that allowed them to review the latest commercial technologies and to explore...

Consolidating and expanding

With half of the North American market for aluminium aerosol cans, CCL Container is redistributing its capacity from Canada to the US and expanding in Mexico. Mónica Higuera reports This year marks the end of a transitional period for CCL Container, the manufacturer of impact-extruded aluminium aerosol and bottle cans, with plants in the US and Mexico.Part of Canada-based CCL...

Choosing new technology for your canmaking plant

How can you maximise your chances of making the right decision when choosing high-tech capital equipment? Amir Novini answersPurchasing departments are adept at choosing standard equipment from well-known suppliers. But embracing new technology involves the entire organisation – Quality, Engineering and Production – and requires extensive research and testing. New technology carries a degree of risk and may impact...

Horizontal innovation versus ambidexterity

Horizontal innovation is a great way for an organisation to be innovative, says Antonio Teixeira  Specialised literature has registered a movement of companies in search of what is being called Horizontal Innovation (innovations from all the people of the organisation). It is the democratization of innovation. Some authors compare this movement to the quality movement in the 1980s. The quest...

Hot tip tempts craft brewers into cans

Quality standards for canned craft beers are key to selling through leading retailers. John Nutting talks to a UK-based contract packer  A contract beer packer in the south of England has installed a high-speed canning line as part of its strategy to expand its services to the craft brewing industry in the UK.South East Bottlers (SEB) was founded by a...

New life for Shaka retorts

Shorter processing times and better product quality are still the benefits of a retort that agitates canned products. Now the patents have expired will it be more appealing, asks John Nutting Patents on a heat-processing system designed to improve the flavour of canned foods and reduce sterilising times have expired, meaning that it could be made more widely available to...

Light fantastic

Canmaker Crown has been working with brewer MolsonCoors to bring special-effect cans to the short selling season of Canada’s summer. John Nutting reports A collaborative project between brewer MolsonCoors and one of Crown’s beverage can plants is aiming to boost sales of Coors Light beer during the ‘100 days of Summer’.In the promotion, starting this month in Canada, six designs...