Cannex & Fillex 2018 Show Report part 1

Record breaker Last month’s Cannex & Fillex was the biggest canmaking industry show ever held in Asia. Printz Holman, Paul Hill and Peter Brown report from Guangzhou Even as Dr Li Jian Hui, deputy director of the Civil Affairs Bureau of Guangdong Province, along with dignitaries and representatives from the global canmaking industry, cut the tape to officially open Cannex &...

A Khmer love affair with canned beers

One of Cambodia’s strongest beer brands has been created in just seven years using canning lines from Krones. Paul Hill reports In Cambodia, the diversified Chip Mong group doesn’t waste time in getting new projects up to speed. The family-managed group that originated in the 1980s includes a trading firm, a construction company and, since 2011, the country’s most successful...

Towards smart factories

Industry 4.0 – the so-called fourth industrial revolution –in which progressive use of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies leads to ‘smart factories’ looks set to revolutionise the canning and canmaking sectors, reports Rick Pendrous Canmakers globally and their suppliers, it seems, have yet to fully embrace the benefits of Industry 4.0 – also labelled the fourth industrial revolution – to the...

Visionary leadership

Defects in decorative and internal coatings and inks are being identified with much more sensitivity, leading to reduced HFIs. Peter Brown reviews some of the latest systems that make it possible An effective diagnostic tool The performance capabilities of Orion G6, the latest colour inspection system for two-piece beverage cans from Applied Vision, have been detailed in a case study by...

Strong global growth for beverage cans

The leading canmakers have been profiting from rising demand for drinks cans in all of the markets worldwide. Arthur Stupay delves into the details for the first quarter of the year While there were many cross currents in the first quarter of the year, especially weak beer can volumes in the US and, for Crown, an investigation of anti-competitive sale...

A more flexible alternative

A metal services supplier in Italy has expanded into canmaking to provide customers with smaller batches of food cans. Paul Hill visited Metalcan Italy has always been a hotbed of activity for the metal packaging industry. But, despite the large number of smaller canmakers in the south, the north is dominated by the larger international canmakers.Athos Azzolini, chief executive of...

Consolidation is on the cards in Brazil

Brazil is the eighth biggest economy in the world and has the fifth largest population of 210 million. After three years of recession, in 2017 the economy grew by one percent. This year the expectation is for it to grow by three percent.The performance of the Brazilian canmaking industry varies depending on the sub-sector being considered. For example, aluminium...

Not such a sterile market

The retorts industry is evolving the sterilisation process in response to changing consumer demand for shelf-stable products. Paul Hill reports Smarter intelligence is a common theme across the canning sector and this is especially true for the sterilisation process.Gebo Cermex is one manufacturer that has seen a steady improvement of its ‘smart’ sterilisers: “Efficient software with remote monitoring and control options...

Beverage cans drive the circular economy

The inherent recyclability of aluminium beverage cans is a key part of Europe’s emerging circular economy. It was the focus of two recent factory visits in the UK, as Joanne Hunter reports With the imminent restart of Ardagh’s beverage can plant at Rugby following its conversion from using steel to aluminium, the last in the UK market to do so,...