Lighter tools for lighter cans

Beverage can lightweighting programmes are not the kind of thing that canmakers are keen to share the details of, understandably because of the competitive edge that their success gives.Metal represents a large proportion of the cost of a can, and increasingly so as productivity increases, so any saving made by a canmaker contributes to both better margins and keener...

Silgan goes silver

It's been 25 years since Greg Horrigan and Phil Silver created the canmaking group Silgan. John Nutting charts their history Silgan Container, North America's leading manufacturer of food cans, an increasingly global player in metal closures, and now a player in central and eastern Europe, this month could be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding in 1987. But...

Managing growth

The Alliance of Colep and One Asia often merges its roles as aerosol manufacturer, contract filler and innovator when launching new products. Printz Holman reports Founded as a canmaker in Portugal in 1965, Colep is a major contract manufacturer, a developer of aerosols and liquids, and a manufacturer of tinplate aerosol and general line cans.Until 2013, the company expanded its territory through...

A vibrant market

With the Aerosol & Dispensing Forum being held in Paris in January, Paul Hill looks into the latest developments within the sector The Aerosol & Dispensing Forum comes at a time when the aerosol sector is thriving with new technological concepts and ideas. Sprimag is at the heart of this innovative landscape and recently developed a range of fully automatic...

Hunting for new can growth

There was evidence aplenty at the September Drinktec show in Germany to indicate where future growth in beverage cans would come from. Paul Gander reports If political uncertainties hung over Munich’s Drinktec show in early September, it seems no one told the visitors who arrived in record-breaking numbers from 170 countries. International visitor figures were particularly buoyant, up 12 percent...

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...

Perseverance pays off

Despite the impact of bad weather in the US and higher material costs, the manufacturers of food cans such as Ardagh and Silgan persevered. Arthur Stupay reviews their third quarter performance In the third quarter, food can shipments in the US were down, dropping by 2.9 percent compared with the same period a year ago, and shipments were also down...

Imaging is everything

As part of its expansion plans, Royal Can Making Co in Kurdistan is raising the quality of its drinks cans with the latest printing systems. Adrian Tippets reports Pioneer of two-piece beverage can manufacturing in Iraq, Royal Can Making Company (RCMC) is expanding its operations out of the Kurdistan region in the north of the Middle East country to serve a wider...

Fujifilm bets on a digital future

Ink specialist Fujifilm’s demonstration centre resembles a luxury car showroom for large-scale printing machines.

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