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...

Beverage cans are best for the circular economy

“Packaging, and in particular plastics packaging waste, has become a discussion point on many levels in our society today.We have all seen the pictures and reports of plastic debris littering our oceans, beaches and even in the food that we consume. Lots of opinions, though often not much in the way of solutions.So, where and how does aluminium packaging...

Evolution matters

Canmaking trade body Metal Packaging Europe wants to establish the industry as a recognised and valuable contributor to sustainability. Mónica Higuera reportsA strong advocacy of the metal packaging industry on European and national level through professional associations is crucial to successfully cope with future legislation.The Circular Economy Package that the European Commission adopted in 2015 has also created an...

Flexible tools

Whether canmakers are looking for a new D&I bottle-making line or an upgrade from existing impact-extrusion equipment to scale up as bottle demand rises, Mall//Herlan has the right tools. Mónica Higuera reports The approach by Mall//Herlan in providing bottle-making technology addresses both the need for brand recognition from beverage manufacturers and the flexibility required by canmakers who have to adapt...

The best for everybody

The Ocsam and Cepak slitting machine lines are now being made under one roof. John Nutting flew to Italy to find out how their differences are being marketedCutting edge technologies using servo drives and sophisticated controls systems are not always appropriate for some operations in canmaking plants, particularly if the process is used for long unchanging runs of cans....

Stamp of approval for craft brewers

The body that represents independent craft brewers in the UK is helping consumers to find out if the beer in the hand is the real thing. John Nutting reportsAn initiative in the UK that will help consumers identify genuine craft brewers has been launched by Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).The move will promote ‘Assured Independent British Craft Breweries’ in...

Meeting hygiene needs means new investment

Just over three years ago when I last contributed to this column, I introduced what we call at Gruppo ASA the ‘hub-and-spoke’ business model. The objective was to optimise production in our family-owned concern, which had grown through the acquisition of seven companies, which in most cases, included printing through to the final assembly of cans.To cut costs and...

Horizontal innovation versus ambidexterity

Horizontal innovation is a great way for an organisation to be innovative, says Antonio Teixeira  Specialised literature has registered a movement of companies in search of what is being called Horizontal Innovation (innovations from all the people of the organisation). It is the democratization of innovation. Some authors compare this movement to the quality movement in the 1980s. The quest...

Why measure colour?

In this month’s column, Joe Finan of INX International discusses how well people see colour and the importance of repeatability, reproducibility and accuracy During the course of this column we have examined colour from both physiological and scientific perspectives, familiarizing ourselves with the nuances of this rather complicated subject.  I trust the readers have thus far been able to grasp...