A clearer view

The use of film lamination as a means of coating metal cans offers many benefits, as it does in other sectors of the packaging industry. Plastic films are said to provide better performance than liquid-applied coatings, less environmental impact in the canmaking process, minimal migration into products and even advantages in recycling. Yet in the world’s biggest canmaking market, North...

Balancing act

The year 2021 will be marked in Princes Group’s history as when the company completed its largest-ever development programme. From its humble beginnings as a Liverpool fish importing business in 1880, Princes has established itself as one of Europe’s largest food and drinks groups. Well known for its peas, pulses, beans, fruits and ready meals sold under the Princes, Branston and...

Ahead of the curve

The fragmentation of the beverage sector has seen some innovative marketing emerge as brands jostle to make their products stand out on retail shelves. With seltzers, ready-to-drink cocktails, coffees and juices among a new generation of drinks stealing market share from traditional lines such as beer and carbonated drinks, brands are turning to packaging to set them apart from the...

Keep on running

Washers and curing ovens exert considerable strain on conveying systems in canmaking plants. In washers, the combination of hydrofluoric acid and water needed to flush oils and residue from can interiors as well as the arid, hot interiors of dryers take their toll on belts, even those made of stainless steel. Add to that the friction caused by the belt...

Three-piece efficiency gains

China’s Sunrise Group is raising the operational efficiency of its three- piece canmaking lines by installing some of the latest automation and control technology at its ten plants across China, while reducing the environmental impact of the plants and improving the service the company offers to customers. The company has sheet coating, metal printing and canmaking activities at ten locations...

Predictive-analytics reaches the canmaking industry

A beverage can plant being constructed in Florida will be the world’s first in the industry to use a predictive-analytics system when commercial operation starts later this year. The $120 million project at Winter Haven managed by Roeslein & Associates is for Florida Can Manufacturing – which owns Caribbean Can in Puerto Rico – and will eventually be capable of...

Everything is on the rise

With demand for beverage cans outstripping supply around the world, canmakers are racing to install new capacity. To achieve this, their capital spending has cranked up, and in turn canmaking equipment manufacturers have been expanding their operations to meet this rise in new business. For example, Crown Holdings this year expects to spend $900 million, and probably a similar amount...

Leading the charge

As the demand for beverage cans reaches an unprecedented volume, Luxembourg-based packaging company Ardagh Group has separately listed an 18 per cent stake in its beverage can business, creating ‘pure-play’ canmaker Ardagh Metal Packaging (AMP) through a combination with US special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Gores Holdings V. AMP was listed on the New York Stock Exchange last month with an...

The future for machine vision is bright

After a 41-year career in machine vision, 35 of which were in the food and beverage container industries, it was time to take a break. So Applied Vision Corporation, the company that my partner and spouse Manijeh started in 1997, was sold to Antares Vision at the end of last year. Beginning with a childhood interest in electronics and gadgets,...