Canmakers to promote the can in Germany

February 15: Beverage can manufacturers are planning to launch a multi-million euro campaign to promote the metal can. It will coincide with the introduction of a revised deposit system in Germany on 1 May that is expected to boost sales. “It is so far the biggest marketing initiative for the beverage can that has been made in...

Ball Corp expands into aerosol can manufacturing

February 15: Ball Corporation will be making aerosol containers again when it acquires the North American and Argentine operations of US Can Corp. Illinois-based US Can is the largest manufacturer of tinplate aerosol cans in the US with a 55 percent market share, and also makes paint cans, speciality cans and plastics containers. Customers include SC Johnson, Reckitt, ConAgra,...

Canned chicken hits the headlines

February 8: When a British husband and wife opened up a 50-year-old canned chicken they could never have realised that it would lead to a nationwide news story. Les and Beryl Lailey were given the can of Buxted Chicken as part of a wedding gift hamper when they were married in 1956. But Les, 73, didn’t eat it right...

Cans more cost-efficient than bottles

Retailing beer in glass bottles is at least 16 percent more expensive for supermarkets than selling it in cans, research suggests. The difference in cost derives almost entirely from the shapes of the containers, the study says. The shape of beverage cans is more compact than bottles, which allows a higher number of units, and a higher volume...

Foil exports on the rise

The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) says that third quarter shipments of aluminium foil totalled 208,600 tons, an increase of 2.2 percent on the same period of last year. Exports to countries outside the EAFA region accounted for much of the increase, rising by seven percent, while sales to countries within the region grew by just over one...

Largest transfer press ever installed in Japan

Japanese general-line canmaker Sugiura Seika has installed a transfer press supplied by Sanyu Machinery for making rectangular can ends at its plant in Niigata, about 150 miles north west of Tokyo. The press makes 235 x 315mm ends at a rate of 50 a minute. It has a maximum transfer stroke of 600mm, claimed to...

Colour system speeds up press start up

German decorating equipment manufacturer Bauer + Kunzi reports increasing demand for its system that automatically measures and adjusts colour settings on its Metalstar2 press. The DensitronicS system is claimed to reduce start-up times, as well as recording the obtained spectral colour values and measure colour distance (Delta E) between the actual print result and the target value of...

The can’s double seam: our flexible friend

The double seam, keystone of the can’s integrity, continues to present challenges to canmakers and their customers alike. John Nutting reports from last month’s World Seaming Conference Far from being a rigid and inert feature of the metal can, its double seam is almost a living and breathing entity. It should be neither too tight nor...

High-speed bottle lines under development

Aluminium bottles like those used for Coca-Cola’s latest Lovebeing product could be made with almost half the material and at line speeds six times higher — making them cost-effective for high-volume brands. Exal Corporation, the US-based firm that makes Coca-Cola’s bottles, has been developing what it calls the C2C process which matches the high-speed technologies of beverage can manufacturing...