The can as a modern marvel

The programme will also discuss the canmaking process and offer a look inside a number of Crown’s manufacturing plants. Without the can’s key role in packaging and preserving food, people would never have ventured beyond their local food supply, says the programme, adding that it changed the way in which the world eats and revolutionized the food industry....

Popeye promotes better canmaking lines

January 24: Canmaking’s first on-line video game has been launched to promote an aftermarket support programme introduced by Stolle Machinery, one of the industry’s leading process equipment manufacturers. As a prelude to CanTastic!, readers of The Canmaker magazine were primed to the imminent appearance of the game with front-page advertisement showing Popeye opening one of his trademark cans...

Hoffman celebrates with a smoke

January 24: Swiss canmaker Hoffman Neopac will soon become Europe’s leading manufacturer of cigarillo tins following its acquisition of five production lines from Staehle in Germany. The move will dramatically increase the capacity of Hoffman’s plant at Thun where ... more than 100 million of the decorated rectangular hinge-lid tins are made yearly for the tobacco...

Premier to close canning plant in UK

January 20: The Campbell’s Soup canning plant in the UK could be closed within a year as part of a restructuring of operations announced yesterday by its owner Premier Foods. And as part of a growth plan Premier Foods wants to “invest significantly” at its plants elsewhere in the UK. Acquired last year, the Campbell’s plant at Kings...

Boost for self-heating canned meal production

January 20: Increased demand for self-heating canned meals from the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan is being met by UK-based Operational Support Ltd (OSL) with a faster manufacturing process and plans for a bigger production plant in Florida. OSL has been producing its self-heating Hotcan range for around 30 years in the UK and four years ago...

Can shipments in US are best in four years

January 18: US canmakers have enjoyed their best year since 2002 according to the latest shipment figures from the Can Manufacturers Institute. Overall can shipments in 2006 were slightly less than 136 billion, up 1.7 percent year on year and almost matching 2002’s figure. A boost in beverage can shipments provided the bulk of the increase with...

Quick-change campaign for Pepsi

January 17: The fast, ever-changing interests of the ‘Millennial’ generation is being reflected in a dramatic global marketing campaign being launched in February by Pepsi-Cola. The campaign – in packaging, print, television, radio and on line – involves the use of package graphics for Pepsi-Cola that change frequently to reflect themes that it thinks are close to the...

More drinks can lines for Vietnam

January 14: Another beverage can plant will soon start production in Vietnam, following our recent report (December 28) that capacity in the south east Asian country could more than double by the end of 2007. It is one of two that a private investor has funded to meet growing demand for aluminium cans in the beer and soft...

Huge expansion in bottle can production planned

January 12: Growth in the use of resealable aluminium bottles for drinks is expected to expand massively with the installation of three huge factories over the next three years. Exal Corporation, the US-based leading manufacturer of aluminium aerosol cans and bottles, has developed a high-speed production system that will enable each of the plants to have a capacity...

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