Digital goes smooth

Water-based inks for the digital decoration of finished cans are said to offer huge benefits for brand owners, reports John Nutting A digital printing process that is said to make it possible to decorate a wide range of two-piece, three-piece and monobloc metal containers, enabling brand owners to serve smaller niche sectors and differentiate their products, has been launched by...

Meeting challenges

How packaging steels meet sustainability, regulatory and technology challenges was discussed at ITRI’s International Tinplate Conference last month in London. Mónica Higuera reports Steel packaging’s unique contribution to circular economy thinking, which aims to keep resources in the loop and reduce environmental impact, was highlighted at ITRI’s 11th International Tinplate Conference held in London in October.Stéphane Tondo, president of the...

Global dynamism

New growth markets and innovation have been spurring the take up of cans. Arthur Stupay reports While the North American canmaking market was flat-to-down in most segments, the global canmakers showed improved results in the second quarter, with a favourable outlook for the year. There are a number of factors at play, all of which are helping.First is the dynamism...

Bouncing back after the storms

Following a storm-impacted third quarter, the outlook is for a bounce in volumes while canmakers focus on improving efficiencies and margins, says Arthur Stupay The third quarter was challenging for the major beverage can manufacturers, marked in the US by hurricanes and violent storms, impacting the major population centres in Texas and Florida. Yet they showed higher sales and rising...

New order

How will Europe’s beverage can business look if the EC’s divestment requirements are completed? John Nutting looks into the figuresEurope’s beverage can manufacturing business could be dramatically transformed by the end of this year when the plants that have to be divested to meet the terms of Ball’s US$6 billion acquisition of Rexam are sold to another player.Following a...

Innovative thinking

Improved technology and flexibility are simplifying and speeding up the inspection process. Peter Brown reviews some of the latest systems

High-growth market

The beverage canning equipment market is booming, with companies looking to expand in the sector to reinforce their market position. Paul Hill reports The beverage canning equipment market continues to grow, and Italy’s GEA is one manufacturer that has made efforts to enter it with the acquisition of Vipoll in January. Slovenian machine manufacturer Vipoll supplies filling machines and components...

Encouraging results

Highly-automated decorating presses and digital printing systems are being adopted by the canmaking industry, but rebuilt lines also have a role to play. John Nutting reports While the highlights in the metal decorating sector this year have been the launch of highly-automated systems with the potential to further improve productivity and flexibility, enabling canmakers to more quickly respond to customer needs,...

Smart CBM comes of age

With the emergence of advanced sensor technology, canmakers are set to move away from planned maintenance to a more predictive approach, as Rick Pendrous discovers  Expect tomorrow’s canmakers and canners to be investing in smart condition-based monitoring (CBM) systems as a key part of their asset care and maintenance regimes. CBM helps to provide advance warning of problems, thus avoiding...