Collateral damage

How will the recently introduced US import tariffs on metals impact the domestic economy, including the cost of packaged foods and beverages? Arthur Stupay discusses the issues The recently imposed import tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminium to the US from Canada, Mexico, the EU and Japan by the Trump Administration, ostensibly for...

Hall of Fame welcomes first inductee

As Bill Coors approaches his 100th birthday and becomes the first inductee into The Canmaker Hall of Fame, we consider the part that he played in turning an innovative idea into a container that changed the world. Printz Holman reports   Bill Coor’s citation from The Canmaker Hall of Fame reads, ‘in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the canmaking industry’,...

A matter of ends

End producers and end-making systems suppliers were exhibiting at this year’s Cannex in Denver. Richard Estrada reports • Not many technologies in the canmaking business can claim a 50 percent share of the global market, but that’s just about what the CDL end has achieved in the beer and beverage world. It’s a remarkable achievement for Container Development Ltd, the Ohio-based...

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...

Beach view canmaking

Denmark’s only specialist manufacturer of high-performance industrial pails is in an enviable location. John Nutting talked to Baltic’s managing director Johan Strandberg Canmaking factories rarely have a view of a beach where families relax on the sand and the only noise is that of water sports. But in Denmark, that’s the enviable position of general line manufacturer Baltic,...

Bronze effect

The winners of Bronze awards in the Cans of the Year awards 2016 offered some brilliant innovations. John Nutting reviews them The Cans of the Year awards for 2016, presented during The Canmaker Summit in Lisbon, celebrated the best examples of commercially-sold metal packaging entered last year. So many canmakers offered brilliant examples of their work that not all could be Gold...

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 marketed Cutting 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....

Digital printing on the near horizon

My earliest memories are of Saturday mornings going with my father to his workplace at tin box maker Barringer, Wallis & Manners before it was taken over by Metal Box. Seated in the boardroom, I played with the tin toys stored in a wall cabinet.  Years later, at my father’s insistence I joined the industry and served seven years as...

The future proofing of can coatings

How is the French ban on bisphenol-A in food and drinks packaging affecting the canmaking industry? Jan Weernink* looks at the latest developments When a law was introduced in France in 2015 which prohibited the use of the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in packaging of any kind, it sent shock waves throughout the global canmaking industry. The law, which followed...