Not such a sterile market

The retorts industry is evolving the sterilisation process in response to changing consumer demand for shelf-stable products. Paul Hill reports Smarter intelligence is a common theme across the canning sector and this is especially true for the sterilisation process.Gebo Cermex is one manufacturer that has seen a steady improvement of its ‘smart’ sterilisers: “Efficient software with remote monitoring and control options...

Beverage cans drive the circular economy

The inherent recyclability of aluminium beverage cans is a key part of Europe’s emerging circular economy. It was the focus of two recent factory visits in the UK, as Joanne Hunter reports With the imminent restart of Ardagh’s beverage can plant at Rugby following its conversion from using steel to aluminium, the last in the UK market to do so,...

Canmaking that saves food waste

A mobile canning system designed by Tata Steel is expected to help farmers process and preserve food on site and cut food losses. John Nutting reports More has been revealed about the mobile food canning system that has been proposed by Tata Steel, the leading producer of packaging steels. First announced in January, the concept would enable farmers anywhere in...

US tax cuts: a benefit that could aid capex

Recent changes in corporate taxation should boost merger and acquisition activity as canmakers respond to customer developments, and thereby improve capital expenditure, says Arthur Stupay* The US tax cut and EU pro-growth interest-rate policy appears to be having an impact on the packaging industry and, specifically, the canmaking business. This can be measured by the size and change in companies’...

Digital goes smooth

Water-based inks for the digital decoration of finished cans are said to offer huge benefits for brand owners, reports John Nutting A digital printing process that is said to make it possible to decorate a wide range of two-piece, three-piece and monobloc metal containers, enabling brand owners to serve smaller niche sectors and differentiate their products, has been launched by...

Speed with flexibility

Drawn and wall-ironed (D&I) two-piece cans are the most numerous in metal packaging, with 375 billion produced for drinks and food globally. Peter Brown and John Nutting review the latest manufacturing changesHigh-precision bodymaker drive reduces costs A drive mechanism for bodymakers has been launched to provide improved ram precision, reduced vibration, offering the potential for increased speeds, reduced downtime, maintenance,...

Slim and sleek cans go on a diet

In this latest survey of beverage can weights and dimensions, Philip Rogers looks into the way in which canmakers have been trimming weight from the bodies of slim and sleek designs The evolution of slim and sleek beverage cans was last studied by The Canmaker in 2015. Since then demand, particularly for the larger sleek cans, has continued to grow,...

Sealing the deal

There have been few successful attempts to commercialise a truly resealable beverage end. Paul Hill reports on an Austrian project that believes it has the engineering expertise The idea of designing a resealable beverage can end that could be commercially successful has fascinated inventors for decades. Brands want a design that will retain carbonation pressure after resealing, will not interrupt...

Always something new

Disputes among herbal tea brands, continuing growth in canned beers and new decorating technology show that the canned-drinks market in China is as exciting as ever, reports Richard Moore 'Ex Sinis semper aliquid novi’, or to paraphrase Pliny, ‘Out of China, always something new’.Since I last wrote about China in The Canmaker less than a year ago, some trends have...

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