Seaside adventures

Business is booming at a UK contract beer packer since it installed a high-speed canning line last year. Nick Roseblade reports A contract beer packer in the UK has expanded its customer base by a third and sales by 30 per cent in a year after having a high-speed canning line installed.Riding on a wave of popularity for canned craft...

Collateral damage

How will the recently introduced US import tariffs on metals impact the domestic economy, including the cost of packaged foods and beverages? Arthur Stupay discusses the issues The recently imposed import tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminium to the US from Canada, Mexico, the EU and Japan by the Trump Administration, ostensibly for...

Aluminium canstock price volatility rises

Turbulence in the markets for aluminium canstock looks set to continue. Uday Patel assesses what the impact of this will be for canmakers and their buyers Over the past 18 months, the aluminium market has experienced a major shift in industry dynamics. Some of these have been aluminium industry driven or self-inflicted. However, the industry has also been caught up...

Canmakers seek better control

For canmakers to make the most of Industry 4.0, they will need the courage and foresight to start sharing best practice with competitors. Rick Pendrous reports Engineers love new technology, while finance directors and senior management are more interested in improving their companies’ bottom line profit margins. When the two come together in complementary harmony it’s a recipe for success....

Investment delivers results at Tinmasters

UK metal decorator Tinmasters has expanded its operational capabilities and capacity with the support of its owner, the Chamonix private equity group, and additional funding from bank Santander Investment in new and upgraded printing lines at metal decorator Tinmasters, based in South Wales, was needed to respond to growing customer demand for decorated tinplate in applications ranging from whisky and...

Meeting the needs of the ‘greener’ generation

This is my 35th year in the can industry, during which I’ve had the opportunity to witness the macro ebbs and flows of a very interesting business. When I joined Rutherford Machinery in 1984 (to later become Sequa, and subsequently Stolle), my 20 year sojourn there was to be replete with considerable industry economic variation.In 1989, 130 billion two-piece...

What’s behind Ball’s new JV?

Ball has created a joint-venture steel food and aerosol can business with an equity partner. Arthur Stupay delves into the figures In late June, Ball Corporation announced that it would sell 49 per cent of its business in steel containers for food, household products, pet food as well as steel containers for aerosol products to a newly-formed joint venture called...

Sealing a growth strategy in Italy

Pneumatic Scale Angelus is expanding its Parma factory in Italy, which was opened only in 2014. Paul Hill visited the company Nestling in Italy’s ‘food valley’ around Parma, and surrounded by dozens of canning equipment manufacturers, it made sense for seaming equipment specialist Pneumatic Scale Angelus (PSA) to move to the region when it made the decision to build a European...

Putting the ‘spray’ in ‘inspiration’

As the number of aerosols filled in the UK hits record levels, the sector’s national association showcased the most recent technical challenges and innovations in the sector. Paul Gander reports May 2018 saw only the second of the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association’s (BAMA’s) Innovation Days. On the evidence of this latest information-packed session, the association would be perfectly justified in...