Canmakers aim for Cannex in Denver this week

The global canmaking industry this week focuses on the Cannex show in Denver, Colorado, where a number of metal decorating technologies that are aimed at bringing higher quality products to market more quickly are on show.

German press manufacturer KBA-MetalPrint will be highlighting the latest developments with its Metalstar 3 sheet decorator while UK manufacturer Crabtree of Gateshead will show its FastReady 4 model, which enables thinner tinplate to be handled more precisely within an overall more stable structure, improving print quality.

Also from Germany, Mall//Herlan will be offering hybrid printing systems in which both digital and offset litho processes are used to get the best in quality and speed to market with promotional labelling, and the possibility of canning plants printing their cans.

US-based ink manufacturer INX International says it is meeting demand for requests from the canmaking industry for two types of off-press digital proofing systems.

“The industry has consistently inquired about our digital print systems that we have demonstrated in the past. We are responding to their questions and requests about proofing,” remarked Rick Clendenning, chief executive of INX International Ink Co. “INX has come a long way with these systems and is ready to present them to the market as a possible solution to compliment the traditional proofing systems currently used today. At Cannex, you will be able to see what we have done, the possibilities ahead, and how we can help you support your customers in the future with inkjet technologies.”

INX will also exhibit its ink systems for two-piece and three-piece cans, and the INXSpec Brand Color Perfection System for monobloc decorators. Additionally, INX will host Guinness Book world record-holder Jamie ‘Can Head’ Keeton with an in-booth appearance. Keeton is famous for his ability to stick cans to his skin due to a rare condition.

Cannex is being held from 27-29 April, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.