Aluminium cans march on in Paris

The Aerosol & Dispensing Forum (ADF), held in Paris last month, was the biggest ever and offered a great opportunity for the metal packaging industry to show off its wares. Dominique Huret reports Keen observers looking for new trends in the aerosol dispensing business are well rewarded at the yearly ADF fair in Paris. This year at the end of...

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...

Avoiding obstacles in the road

Poor infrastructure in some countries, combined with arcane restrictions and tariffs, mean that canmakers need to make use of specialist logistics experts. Peter Brown reports Importing canmaking equipment into developing countries around the world can present logistical challenges that require specialist knowledge to ensure new projects are completed on time and without incurring unnecessary extra costs.It’s not just a problem...

Overcoming resistance

A key development in child-resistant and senior-friendly lids could provide a breakthrough in the North American canned marijuana market.  Scott Martin, a former mortgage broker, set up N2 Packaging Systems with partner Mike Standlee three years ago to provide canning systems for marijuana growers (see The Canmaker, September 2016).He has now developed the special lids for attaching to shallow-drawn easy-open...

A surprisingly strong outlook

The financial results from canmakers Ball and Crown in the final quarter of 2017 were better than expected. Arthur Stupay* delves into the figuresThis is a first look at the earnings for the fourth quarter and the outlook for 2018, based on recent earnings releases from Ball and Crown. In a following report, we will provide an analysis of...

Light at the end of the tunnel

Crown is investing in new beverage can capacity in a number of markets, with China showing promise again, reports John Nutting Global beverage can manufacturing has been in a state of flux over the past half year or so as Ball continues to assimilate the plants it acquired from Rexam, and Ardagh adjusts to being the newcomer in the business.Meanwhile,...

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...

Cost alone is not the key to business success

There’s always been more to engaging with the customer or consumer than simply aiming to offer rock-bottom prices. Value is the key, says Richard Moore Low cost has become the order of the day. Entering a supermarket today you are greeted first by an array of prices, before you can actually see what is being sold. It is difficult to...

Aluminium canstock price volatility rises

Turbulence in the markets for aluminium canstock looks set to continue. Uday Patel assesses what the impact of this will be for canmakers and their buyers Over the past 18 months, the aluminium market has experienced a major shift in industry dynamics. Some of these have been aluminium industry driven or self-inflicted. However, the industry has also been caught up...