Single sourcing for sustainability

A specialist in environmental control systems enabled a canmaker to solve its waste water challenges more quickly and cheaply. Peter Brown reports

Digital printing offers flexibility

Digital printing system manufacturer Tonejet has opened a manufacturing and demonstration facility in the UK. Rick Pendrous explains the reasoning behind this investment

Safe formula at Jamestrong

In August, Jamestrong Packaging commissioned a new canmaking plant for infant formula packaging – the third such plant it has opened in Australia and New Zealand in recent years to meet this growing market.It was the culmination of continuing investment in Jamestrong by China’s Shanghai Yuanlong, which also has a majority shareholding in leading Chinese canmaker ORG Packaging.The plant,...

A catalyst for change

When Coca-Cola recently joined the brand owners launching ready-to-drink (RTD) still and sparkling water in cans it was time to take notice.By offering its Dasani water brand in easily-recyclable aluminium cans and bottles, the Atlanta-based global drinks giant underlined what had become a growing trend – that to appeal to increasing concerns among consumers about plastics waste a more...

Decorator Litalsa’s digital journey 

Metal decorator Litalsa is a pioneer in the field of digital printing. John Nutting spoke to its chief executive Juan Inchausti to discover the reasons why

Aluminium food can growth leads to fall in US tinplate capacity

In August, ArcelorMittal announced that it would temporarily lay off 100 workers at its tinplate production facility in Weirton, West Virginia. In a similar move, US Steel indicated that it planned to close its tin mill in East Chicago in Illinois in mid-November, consolidating operations at two other northwest Indiana facilities.A key factor in these metal supplier announcements is...

The path to innovation is by design

There are numerous paths to innovation. One way to get started on the journey is to hire a creative agency.The benefit of working with an external agency partner is the opportunity to expand the boundaries of your thinking without the same biases or ‘tunnel vision’ that can be found within your organisation. As an extension of your team, an...

Strong second quarter for beverage cans

Second quarter (Q2) beverage can volume this year was one of the most successful in recent years. US shipments rose by 2.4 per cent in the first quarter, and by 2.5 per cent in the first half (H1). Beer cans, fuelled by speciality products and craft beer in a variety of shapes and sizes, rose by 2.5 per cent in the...

Cracking the code

Automation upgrade is in the can Modern automation and control systems are being applied to time-served can seaming systems in the drinks industry as a result of collaboration between equipment manufacturer Ferrum and global control system specialist Rockwell Automation.Ferrum, based at Rupperswil in Switzerland, finds that trends such as the switch to aluminium cans and wider ranges of sizes, along...