Toyo Seikan’s ‘compact’ canmaking line to be installed in Texas

The first installation in North America of Toyo Seikan’s new ‘compact’ aTULC beverage can production line will be at American Canning in Austin, Texas, a packaging supply distributor which also manufactures canning machines and provides mobile canning services to the craft drinks industry. The Toyo Seikan line, which will make polyester-laminated aluminium cans using processes with a low environmental impact,...

Tinned cans

German brewery And Union sets itself apart in the craft beer world by packaging its beers in strikingly simple cans. The stylish and elegant lacquer-finished containers are embossed to create a tactile, tiled effect on metal that’s decorated in single spot colours. Each of its beers employs a different bold colour from a limited palette for the can body and...

Blasts from the past

Since 1945, more than 2,000 nuclear test explosions have been conducted all around the World. More than half have been carried out by USA and another 35 per cent by the Soviet Union, mostly in Kazakhstan. There were two main purposes to these tests: to obtain information on how the nuclear weapons themselves work; and to study their effects on...

Clearing the air

Reducing the environmental impact of canmaking operations is a key element of meeting sustainability targets. With already high recycling rates for steel and aluminium cans, canmakers have been keen to adopt a range of technologies that clean up their operations. In the production of three-piece cans, this includes the replacement of solvent-based inks and coatings with UV-light cured systems, or...

A can a day

Every day in 2020 a French branding expert designed a new can label, to demonstrate his talents and how the right look can help drinks manufacturers build memorable brands. Mark McCord reports Cans mean different things to different people, but for French packaging designer Ludovic Mornand, they offered a chance to bring creativity, hope and humour to a world largely...

Personal touch

Established in the Republic of Ireland to provide a range of can-related services to the independent brewery sector, Bevcraft Group has grown considerably in the past five years. Its mobile canning business and can decoration services have expanded into four facilities – with two in the UK and one in the Netherlands – which cater to a varied client portfolio...

On the up

It would have been optimistic to expect last year’s dramatic rise in demand for food cans in North America during the Covid-19 pandemic to be sustained. In the second quarter of 2020 they jumped by 16.7 per cent to meet rising demand for in-home and off-premise packaged food. Although this year’s second quarter food can shipments slipped by 4.5 per cent,...

Bouncing back

With the market for food and beverage cans in China recovering quickly from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and expected to grow in value by 7.3 per cent in the next five years, reaching more than US$3.5 billion, according to researcher Mundolatas, that’s good news for canmakers, and the tinplate manufacturers that supply them. Among the leading suppliers of...

Expansion from our home turf

During the last 12–18 months Greenbank Technology Limited has been on an incredible journey. The company has been supported by our group company CPM Holdings during some tough times for the business. I joined in March 2019 with a brief to drive Greenbank forward. We have achieved this and then some. We have a very strong team led by a...