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...

Coca-Cola launches metal bottles at The Canmaker Summit

Coca-Cola is using metal bottles to boost its image — and it chose The Canmaker Summit in September to exclusively reveal its strategy. Packaging technology executives Scott Biondich and Eugenio Mendez told delegates at the conference in Spain how the world's leading drinks manufacturer was using decorated aluminium bottles with the classic Coca-Cola shape as part of a programme...

Cans of the Year 2005

Brand managers are increasingly realising how metal packaging provides them with the right tool to convey a message of quality and convenience, as the canmaking industry awards, The Cans of the Year, show. Mónica Higuera and John Nutting report Metal packaging designed to successfully relaunch a consumer power tool made by Germany’s Robert Bosch Group was recognised...

German deposit system in the spotlight

The technology and logistics of operating the new version of Germany’s mandatory deposit system for drinks packaging was outlined in a conference in January. Organised by Beverage Can Makers Europe, the body that represents the interests of the leading drinks can manufacturers, the conference covered three key areas: The set up of the return system for one-way packaging...

Make a date for Cannex Asia 2006

The canmaking world will be meeting this year in Singapore on 5-7 April to view the latest in metal packaging and manufacturing technologies. Cannex Asia will also feature Fillex 2006, which is dedicated to showcase packaging filling technologies. This will be the best opportunity this year to meet the machinery manufacturers that supply your business − all under one...

Peelable lids for paint cans

Paint cans featuring convenient peel-off foil openings could be available in shops before the end of the year. The Peel & Paint system, recently launched by Impress, comprises an Easy-Peel flexible aluminium opening, covered by a plastics lid used for resealing, and has been developed for 0.5, 0.75, and 1 litre cans. Impress UK account manager Matt...

Canned foods the most desirable

The two most ‘desired’ grocery products in the UK are both canned Heinz products, according to a survey carried out by marketing agency Geronimo. The research polled 872 participants, and asked for their favourite brands, their level of disappointment if the products were not available, and their willingness to purchase alternatives. The ‘most desired’ brand was Heinz...