Lighter tools for lighter cans

Beverage can lightweighting programmes are not the kind of thing that canmakers are keen to share the details of, understandably because of the competitive edge that their success gives.Metal represents a large proportion of the cost of a can, and increasingly so as productivity increases, so any saving made by a canmaker contributes to both better margins and keener...

Metal packaging thrives despite the weak economy

The global Covid-19 health crisis has upended the previous trends in the world’s economies, hitting both the wealthiest and those struggling to raise their living standards.In the latest Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) figures published in September 2020, world economic output is projected to decline by 4.5 per cent in 2020 against the previous year, with the...

A cut above

Unimaq has built its reputation on making decorators that are used by canmakers the world over. But in the past eight years the UK-based manufacturer has stepped out of its comfort zone to develop a trimming machine that’s armed with an industrial laser.The move is a bold one; while Unimaq has experience in building bolt-on applications for its core...

The show must go on

These are unusual times for canmakers, their suppliers and customers. Each day has brought a new challenge and another trade-off that hadn’t been on the horizon barely nine months ago. Mindful of this, at The Canmaker we thought that it was even more important this year to ensure that the magazine’s annual celebration of the innovation, creativity and skills...

Restless pursuit of optimisation

Martin Boaler is sporting a few nasty cuts, bruises and scratches, the result of a fall while running the day before. His video-conference camera seems to accentuate the lividness of the wounds, but Boaler brushes them off, saying that he’s suffered worse when falling off his bicycle.It’s an aptly pacy introduction to an executive whose CV is so packed...

A different time with the same message

Looking back to ten years ago, I had stated: “My perspective as a trade association executive director toward gaining industry knowledge, staying abreast of key technological developments and forging meaningful relationships with industry personnel, clearly presents a need to stay engaged with all that is meaningful to your success. “While we have magazines to read and social networking blogs, websites,...

The feel-good factor

What a difference a shape makes. Twenty years ago, Heineken’s fortunes were flagging in the US. Once the biggest-selling imported beer, it had lost its crown to the aptly- named upstart Corona, which was perceived as a younger person’s choice of libation.“'We were quickly becoming your father’s Oldsmobile,” Steve Davis, Heineken’s US marketing vice president, bemoaned in the New...

Taking the green message of cans to the hills

It’s easy to dismiss sustainability as little more than a buzzword in the brewing industry. But craft beer maker and canner BrewDog is determined to prove the detractors wrong.BrewDog has just bought 2,050 acres of land in the Scottish highlands near its Aberdeen base where the brewer plans to plant a forest to help make it carbon neutral. All...

Cold-brewed hot property

The energising effects of coffee are well-known, but when looking at current consumer markets for coffee in cans – particularly the ‘nitro’ variants frothed with nitrogen gases – brand owners could be forgiven for wondering whether today’s fizz will still be there in a year or two’s time. Euromonitor data from three years ago valued the global market for ready-to-drink...

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