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...

Beverage cans show their ink

Ink manufacturers are always looking at new developments that make cans special and stand out on the shelf. Mónica Higuera reports Brand protection and special effects for cans With the widespread use of smartphones, Sun Chemical has developed an authentication called AuthentiGuard with Document Security Systems (DSS), which works by incorporating a copy-resistant mark or code into the decoration of the can...

Beating the bottleneck

A two-piece beverage can decorator that features automated printing plate and web blanket changes could revolutionise the way in which the drinks industry uses its metal packaging. John Nutting visited to KBA-MetalPrint’s headquarters in Germany to see it in action Beverage can manufacturers are facing huge competitive pressures that are evident in their tightening margins. Customers are demanding shorter production runs,...

The Italian Job

Crown in Italy has invested in a metal decorating inspection system for enhanced process control, reduced waste and increased overall quality.  Mónica Higuera reports The leading supplier of food cans and easy-open ends in Italy is Crown Imballaggi Italia, part of US-based Crown Holdings.The canmaker produces aluminium and tinplate easy-open ends and peel-off lids, and three-piece tinplate cans and two-piece aluminium...

All change in Europe

What with acquisitions, newcomers and substrate conversions, the beverage can industry in Europe has been undergoing a dramatic period of transformation. John Nutting charts the changes This latest review of the beverage can manufacturing business in Europe highlights the impact of three key industry developments in the past two years:• the acquisition of Rexam by Ball• the rise of independent canmakers•...

Good prospects for food cans

Higher volumes and profits are expected for manufacturers of food and aerosol cans this year as the results for Silgan and Ardagh indicate, says Arthur Stupay Last year was one of the most dynamic periods in the canmaking industry, with Ball’s acquisition of Rexam, and its subsequent sale of 19 beverage can plants to Ardagh, which made it the third largest...