Positioning for growth

With investment in a modified KHS canning line in Germany, Coca-Cola European Partners is preparing itself to meet increasing demand for soft drinks. Paul Hill reports Located half-an-hour’s drive from the French border in south-east Germany, Coca-Cola European Partners’ (CCEP) plant in Karlsruhe is positioned perfectly to serve the European market. To meet growth in this market it recently commissioned...

Responding to demand

The business of manufacturing seaming machines and tooling is as much serving traditional customers as developing modern technologies. John Nutting reportsImpetus from the meat canners While Spanish-based seaming machine specialist Talleres Ezquerra is working on new designs for the future, and therefore keen to push the food canning market with more sophisticated systems, it is finding that long-established packers, particularly...

Aluminium cans march on in Paris

The Aerosol & Dispensing Forum (ADF), held in Paris last month, was the biggest ever and offered a great opportunity for the metal packaging industry to show off its wares. Dominique Huret reports Keen observers looking for new trends in the aerosol dispensing business are well rewarded at the yearly ADF fair in Paris. This year at the end of...

A surprisingly strong outlook

The financial results from canmakers Ball and Crown in the final quarter of 2017 were better than expected. Arthur Stupay* delves into the figuresThis is a first look at the earnings for the fourth quarter and the outlook for 2018, based on recent earnings releases from Ball and Crown. In a following report, we will provide an analysis of...

Blade runner

An advanced technique that extends the life of the scraper blades in sheet coating machines has enjoyed ten years of success. John Nutting reports A technology that enables operators of coating lines in canmaking and metal decorating plants to dramatically reduce wear in key components this year celebrates its 10th anniversary.UK-based Martin Cairncross Engineering, which provides equipment for sheet coating...

Imaging is everything

As part of its expansion plans, Royal Can Making Co in Kurdistan is raising the quality of its drinks cans with the latest printing systems. Adrian Tippets reports Pioneer of two-piece beverage can manufacturing in Iraq, Royal Can Making Company (RCMC) is expanding its operations out of the Kurdistan region in the north of the Middle East country to serve a wider...

‘Recyclable’ is no longer enough

The backlash against plastics stirred by the BBC’s Blue Planet series on television will not have come as a shock to anyone with an interest in packaging.   Disturbing images of ‘plastic islands’ have been in circulation for some time, but while for many they could be easily dismissed as fake news, Blue Planet exposure has given the situation greater...

Re-servicing the industry

The used and refurbished equipment market offers canmakers interesting solutions and lower costs for their needs. Nick Roseblade reports Embracing digital markets Cazander Bros has settled into a new warehousing facility in its hometown of Middleharnis in the Netherlands. “The movement of the stock to our 30,000 square feet warehouse worked out very well," says Arnold Cazander who runs the family...

A developing market

The growing use of compressed gases and regulatory changes are driving the development of the aerosol filling machine market. Paul Hill reports The growing global market for aerosol packaging is driving demand for new technologies in this area of filling. A recent report has also highlighted that rising demand from defence industries for specialist aerosols – such as bear deterrents,...

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