Coatings for a better future

The latest technologies in beverage can coatings and inks perform better while reducing the environmental impact of canmaking plants. John Nutting reports Beverage can manufacturers should be capable of significantly reducing the global warming potential of their inside-spray operations with the adoption of a thermoplastic coating that is being rolled out in the industry.First launched three years ago, Dow Chemical’s...

AI reaches canmaking

Technological advances in vision systems, combined with the latest artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, offer the prospect of real-time feedback control during canmaking, as Rick Pendrous discovers Closed-loop control of canmaking operations – such as in decorating – is not yet widely used, but a combination of competition between canmakers following demand for increasingly higher quality products, together with advances in...

A clean slate

With a couple of high-profile deals in Iran now in full production, IMF Engineering is hoping to find opportunities in the canmaking market across the rest of the world. Paul Hill reports When IMF was originally founded in 1977 as a manufacturer of equipment for a wide range of industrial applications, it didn’t have any interest, or knowledge, of the metal...

Investing in a cleaner future

Chinese government demands for metal packaging that has lower environmental impact has dictated significant changes in the canmaking industry and its suppliers. Mark McCord visits one of its leading tinplate mills A morning fog rolls in from the surrounding canals and shrouds Comat’s tinplate mill in a delicate veil of mist.It’s an unexpectedly serene sight for a plant that rolls...

The route to 100% recycling rates

President of Ball Packaging Europe Colin Gillis outlined in February’s issue why beverage cans have such a great recycling record. Here he details how that record could be improved even more Aluminium cans are the world’s most recycled drinks packaging, with a global rate of 69 per cent. They are easily collected and sorted and, because aluminium is a permanent...

Vin en conserve pour tout le monde

There’s been rapid recent growth in the market for canned wines. But this is just the beginning of the story, as Jane Douglas-Jones discovers Think of wine and most people think of bottles – glass bottles. But could that assumption soon be a thing of the past, consigned to the history books, along with corks as a method of closure,...

Volumes rise but so do costs

While volume sales for canmakers Ball and Crown rose in North America in the fourth quarter of 2018, both companies faced rising costs, as Arthur Stupay reports Surprising to some observers, North American metal can volume rose in the fourth quarter (Q4), helped by a strong finish to the year for soft drink cans – especially for flavoured waters and...

The IMDPA: evolution of a proven association

“Over the years, the metal package has seen innumerable changes in the utilisation of various substrates, tooling configurations, and decorating methods. Engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and decorating, have all had to adapt to the new technologies and consumer demands that have been the driving force in the marketplace.With subsequent cost reduction initiatives, environmental compliance regulations, product recyclability, sustainability and graphic...

Best-in-class D&I bottle cans

A drawing and ironing (D&I) technology for making aluminium bottles is being offered by machinery supplier Belvac that provides an attractive alternative to glass or impact-extruded (IE) metal bottles. Rick Pendrous reports Today’s consumers are looking for alternatives to PET bottles for many reasons – not least from environmental concerns. At the same time, global brand managers want more distinctive...