Blade runner

An advanced technique that extends the life of the scraper blades in sheet coating machines has enjoyed ten years of success. John Nutting reports A technology that enables operators of coating lines in canmaking and metal decorating plants to dramatically reduce wear in key components this year celebrates its 10th anniversary.UK-based Martin Cairncross Engineering, which provides equipment for sheet coating...

A healthy outlook

What’s driving change in the North American drinks markets? Paul Hill found out at the recent Beverage Digest conference in New York that it’s healthier products and eCommerce Although the famous logos of Pepsi and Coca-Cola were emblazoned around Times Square, Monica Kvamme was around the corner informing industry officials of the need for a change in market focus for...

California dreaming

It’s decision time for a craft brewer near San Francisco: a canning or bottling line? Richard Estrada reports Craig Carroll has grown up with Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. He began as an 18-year-old bus boy clearing tables and washing beer glasses, and he has risen through the ranks to become director of operations at the brewer located on the Pacific...

Sidermec cuts a figure in Europe

In just over 40 years, what started as a small Italian operation has rolled out its customised supply of cut tinplate to canmakers across Europe. Paul Gander reports Earlier this year, tinplate service and sales group and Italian family business Sidermec added to its network of hubs in Italy and Belgium by establishing a new processing site in Grisignano, north-east...

Taking control

Leading global brewer AB InBev has made a number of key recent acquisitions in the craft beer market, reports Tom Woerndl Big news hit the UK craft brewing industry shortly before Christmas with Anheuser-Busch InBev – the world’s biggest brewer by volume – announcing its purchase of UK craft brewer Camden Town Brewery.According to Camden Town – which was one...

Dominant technology

A lightweight beverage end design is emerging as the most popular worldwide. John Nutting charts the progress of the CDL end  Few technologies are as demanding or intensive as beverage end manufacturing.Demanding because drinks manufacturers have long been pressing for smaller, lighter and hence cheaper aluminum ends that maintain stringent performance standards for burst pressure and opening forces.And intensive, because as a...

Clean-up machines

Water treatment in the remote locations often being used by new D&I beverage can plants is a challenge. The solution is a closed loop system of the type being offered by an Italian specialist. John Nutting reports The installation of new production lines for aluminium beverage cans in countries where the supply and discharge of water is a problem makes...

Bringing the latest in metal decorating developments

Every year it’s a challenge for the International Metal Decorators Association (IMDA) to compile an intriguing and educational agenda for its May conference, which is being held in Oakbrook, Illinois, from 23-24 May. While there are no major breakthroughs, there are adjustments being made to current technology, especially when looking at graphic arts from a wider view. Paper printing...

The biggest deal in canmaking, ever?

Ball’s offer to buy Rexam could result in the formation of the world’s biggest canmaker. But it won’t be a simple transaction, as Arthur Stupay explains In many ways, Ball Corporation’s revelation early in February that it was in acquisition talks with Rexam plc was a surprise to the market. Dedicated beverage canmaker Rexam was not in financial distress and...

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