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...

Coatings for a better future

The latest technologies in beverage can coatings and inks perform better while reducing the environmental impact of canmaking plants. John Nutting reports Beverage can manufacturers should be capable of significantly reducing the global warming potential of their inside-spray operations with the adoption of a thermoplastic coating that is being rolled out in the industry.First launched three years ago, Dow Chemical’s...

Re-thinking packaging design

Packaging design is constantly evolving and brands and converters have to continually reassess their key drivers, says Jay Gouliard Creative tension and paradox have always impacted packaging design across all formats and brands. This paradoxical nature of packaging has significantly impacted the packaging design space, whether it is with metal, glass, plastics or paper-based products.Packaging must be and do everything,...

Beacon for best practice

As it’s 30 years since what became the Canpack Group was created in Poland it would be appropriate for celebrations.

Craft beer success in Canada

The success of craft beer today is down to the pioneering efforts of a handful of adventurous brewers. While some of the big breweries are now battling with falling sales, the upsurge of smaller brewers continues.The popularity of craft beers, heralded for their individuality and local appeal, has long had customers convinced both locally and further afield. One example...

Farewell to Rexam

Global beverage can giant Rexam was effectively created as we know it at the turn of the millennium. Soon it will become part of an enlarged Ball Corporation to create the largest ever canmaker. Arthur Stupay reviews its performance, and Ball’s potential This will be The Canmaker’s last report on Rexam plc, one of the world’s three largest canmakers, before...

The Italian Job

Crown in Italy has invested in a metal decorating inspection system for enhanced process control, reduced waste and increased overall quality.  Mónica Higuera reports The leading supplier of food cans and easy-open ends in Italy is Crown Imballaggi Italia, part of US-based Crown Holdings.The canmaker produces aluminium and tinplate easy-open ends and peel-off lids, and three-piece tinplate cans and two-piece aluminium...

Strategic adjustments

The leading canmakers have been making significant changes to their strategies in the past year or so, with sector and regional decisions that will have profound impacts on their businesses. Arthur Stupay reports The canmaking industry enjoyed record-breaking financial results in 2018. This enabled the leaders to make accretive acquisitions outside of canmaking, and to adjust their market position by...

Canmaking innovation needs the right culture

Innovation is a Latin word which means the act of introducing novelty to any object. Specialist literature defines organisational innovation as new ideas plus implementation which result in profits generically outlined in the following equation: innovation = idea + implementation + results.According to this definition, innovation is more than just something new; it is necessary to have results or gains. A new project which does...

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