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...

Quality labels aimed at the craft brewer

Branding for canned craft beers is highly sensitive to the quality of the labels. A new adhesive label from Finland addresses this and recycling issues. John Nutting reports As craft brewers increasingly turn to using cans for their beers, there’s also the need to consider how the packaging is labelled.If the order is large enough, then the canmaker will carry...

Wrapping up

Joe Finan of INX International has attempted in this column to give the reader enough of a colour foundation to be fairly conversant in the subjectThis month’s column wraps up our brief discussion of colour.  Our journey lasted a year but this subject literally goes on forever. We recap here – verbatim – the main points made each month. ...

Technology gets smart

Canmaking processes are embracing digital and more highly-automated change systems as equipment and service suppliers showcase their latest developments at Metpack, being held from 2-6 May in Essen, Germany. Mónica Higuera and John Nutting report Beverage can decorator to be launched by KBA-MetalPrintAn integrated decoration and curing system for two-piece beverage cans is being launched at Metpack by KBA-MetalPrint, the...

Lasers for harsh can coding conditions

Fibre-laser technology is an alternative coding option to continuous ink jet, with key benefits for beverage canners with large volumes of product to code without using consumable fluids. Mónica Higuera reports The ability to identify the origin of a canned beverage is a key requirement, which is why every canned item must be assigned a unique identifier in the form...

Evolution matters

Canmaking trade body Metal Packaging Europe wants to establish the industry as a recognised and valuable contributor to sustainability. Mónica Higuera reportsA strong advocacy of the metal packaging industry on European and national level through professional associations is crucial to successfully cope with future legislation.The Circular Economy Package that the European Commission adopted in 2015 has also created an...

Let’s consider more responsible recycling

Costly container deposit systems have been a failure, so why not instead consider voluntary versions with sustainability and the Circular Economy at their centre, says Jan Driessens  Has the canmaking industry got the right approach in its promotion of the recycling benefits of its products? The reason I ask this is that although we all know that metal offers the...

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...