Expansion with smart logistics

Turkish canmaker Sarten has been setting up fabrication plants in Europe to better serve its customers cost effectively. Dominique Huret reports from The Netherlands Family-owned Sarten is Turkey’s largest canmaker and a significant player in its sector in Europe and in the Middle East. Established at Çorlu in the country’s north west in 1972 it has since grown prodigiously, now...

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...

Consumers change their food tastes

Population shifts, demographic changes and the way in which retailers are using e-commerce are forcing canned food manufacturers to change their strategy. Arthur Stupay looks at the impact on canmakers in the US The major food companies are adjusting marketing and product strategy in response to major changes that are taking place in consumer markets. This is also impacting the...

Aujan: a billion dollar business

Aujan Industries, the biggest independent drinks producer in the Middle East, has agreed to sell about half of its drinks business to Coca-Cola. Four months before the deal was announced July, John Nutting met its chairman Adel Aujan in Dubai (published in The Canmaker, August 2011) Sheikh Adel Aujan, chairman of Aujan Industries, is unequivocal about the value of...

Strong global growth for beverage cans

The leading canmakers have been profiting from rising demand for drinks cans in all of the markets worldwide. Arthur Stupay delves into the details for the first quarter of the year While there were many cross currents in the first quarter of the year, especially weak beer can volumes in the US and, for Crown, an investigation of anti-competitive sale...

Soft drinks to pop again?

The declining consumption of carbonated soft drinks in the US has hit volume sales of beverage cans, with no signs of the trend bottoming out. What are canmakers to do about it, asks Arthur Stupay Soft drinks are by far the major end-use for beverage cans in the US, and are used to pack around one-half of total volume.But in...

Whistle blown on the Thai seafood business

Human rights abuse amounting to slavery, forced labour and trafficking of migrant workers have been employed in the seafood industry in south east Asia, according to investigations by a consultancy. Stuart Hoggard reports In an unprecedented case of corporate whistle-blowing, global food giant Nestlé has disclosed that it has found a number of instances of slavery and under-age labour in Thailand’s...

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...

Smooth operators

Increased automation and versatility is simplifying and speeding up the inspection process. Richard Estrada reports from Cannex Where there is a need, there is usually money to be made, which helps explains why inspection and testing systems were popular at Cannex & Fillex de las Américas held recently in Denver, Colorado. With canmakers continuing to work on narrow margins, the...

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