Monitoring the means for Beanz

Huge investment at the integrated canmaking and filling plant operated by Kraft Heinz in north west England is intended to modernise its operations, as Rick Pendrous discovers There has been a major cultural change at the Kitt Green factory run by Heinz at Wigan near Manchester in the north west of England – an integrated canmaking and filling operation and...

Printers appreciate tapered ink cans

One of France’s oldest-established canmakers is at the forefront of technology for producing two-piece cans from ECCS for offset litho inks. French canmaker Desjardin has for many years been producing special metal packaging for manufacturers of offset-litho inks. Unusually, the tapered cans are deep drawn from electro-chromium-coated steel (ECCS) canstock supplied by Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Rasselstein.The steel cans are ideally suited...

Sealed with a cap

Resealability for conventional beverage cans using an all-metal design is the possible outcome of a newly-revealed project. John Nutting reports A new design for a resealable beverage can has been revealed to The Canmaker by a group that includes a former canmaker and a leading tooling developer.Named CanReseal, the design features a familiar stay-on-tab score panel with a screw-on cap...

Margins rise despite cost headwinds

Cost rises in materials and freight impacted the canmakers, but they still maintained their profitability in the food and aerosol can segments, reports Arthur Stupay in his review of the second quarter Profitability in the largest canmakers supplying food and aerosol cans held up well in the second quarter (Q2), despite the headwinds of higher material and freight costs –...

A specialist slant on general line

With acquisitions, and investment in a major new plant for its core general-line production, Germany’s Blechwarenfabrik Limburg shows an adventurous streak. Paul Gander reports We are so used to seeing confident buy-outs and sizeable investment being made by public, multinational companies, typically supplying the food and drink sector, that we forget just how vibrant the privately-owned, specialist segment of the...

Idle three-piece lines will boost used US sales

As we head into the fourth quarter of 2018, it is timely to look back on the past year and what has happened in the used canmaking machinery market. In the domestic US market, we are still seeing a lot of fallout from the huge volume shift of food cans that Ardagh now supplies to Conagra Brands. Combine this with...

New opportunities

A brewery in Myanmar has responded to rising demand for beer and relaxation of trade barriers with new investments. Paul Hill reports With demand for canned beer in Myanmar growing significantly following the opening up of its markets, Dagon Beverages Company, the south-east Asian country’s second-largest brewery, has been installing extra canning capacity.From 2015 to 2016 alone, Dagon’s share of...

Challenges met by canmakers

Despite the impact of higher metal and transport costs, Ball and Crown did well in the second quarter, reports Arthur Stupay The leading canmaking businesses overcame a number of challenges in the second quarter (Q2) and first half (H1) of the year. These included a slowing or declining consumption of traditional cola drinks in the US, weaker mass beer sales,...

High end packaging

Legalisation of cannabis products in 30 states across the USA and recently in Canada is offering a new market for cans, as Peter Brown discovers The increasing legalisation of cannabis use in North America, including for recreational purposes in Canada, has unsurprisingly generated much attention from the media. While the moral issues will continue to be debated, the practical considerations...

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