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...

Cans of the Year Awards 2016 – Part II

The Silver winning runners-up in the Cans of the Year 2016 awards offered a number of new technologies and innovations. John Nutting reviews them If the entries to the Cans of the Year awards guarantee anything to us at The Canmaker magazine, it’s that there’s no shortage of surprises.As it’s been since the first awards were selected more than 20...

Margins rise despite cost headwinds

Cost rises in materials and freight impacted the canmakers, but they still maintained their profitability in the food and aerosol can segments, reports Arthur Stupay in his review of the second quarter Profitability in the largest canmakers supplying food and aerosol cans held up well in the second quarter (Q2), despite the headwinds of higher material and freight costs –...

Across the board

Having an interest in different parts of the metal packaging industry is paying dividends for PackSys Global, reports Tom WoerndlIn the super-competitive packaging market, it pays to have a broad range of competences that allows you to respond quickly to changing market demands.Based in the picturesque Swiss town of Rüti, near Zurich, PackSys Global manufactures a variety of production...

President Trump called to exclude tinplate from US import tariffs

Canmakers and their customers in the US wrote to President Donald Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in June to exclude tinplate used for packaging from import tariffs. The tariffs have been under consideration by the US government as part of limits on imported steel used in defence or national security applications.In the letter, signed by 20 groups representing various...

Growth opportunities highlighted by Rexam

Rexam's management has revealed insights into the canmaking firm's global growth strategies, including an interest in the Middle East, and its position in China, one of the fastest growing regions for beverage cans. Lead by chief executive Graham Chipchase, the top brass were speaking at Rexam's yearly investor seminar held on November 22. Rexam makes about 56 billion beverage...

Dominant technology

A lightweight beverage end design is emerging as the most popular worldwide. John Nutting charts the progress of the CDL end  Few technologies are as demanding or intensive as beverage end manufacturing.Demanding because drinks manufacturers have long been pressing for smaller, lighter and hence cheaper aluminum ends that maintain stringent performance standards for burst pressure and opening forces.And intensive, because as a...

Let’s get holistic to meet the changing needs of customers

Looking back over my long career in the canmaking industry, I am always happily surprised by the many changes we’ve been through. But more recently, the pace of change has become more intense, and we are now faced by challenges from governments and legislators.The first to hit us this year was the Trump tariff increases on imports of...

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...

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