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...

Intent on improvement

What progress is being made with can coatings which avoid BPA? What are the options – and the challenges? Paul Gander reports Just six years ago, you might have been forgiven for thinking that any crisis for bisphenol A (BPA) and its dominance in epoxy coatings for metal packaging was over, and that this dominance could now continue indefinitely.Not anymore. The...

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...

The Canmaker Summit 2016

Customer insights If the canmaking industry worked harder in promoting metal packaging to customers and consumers there would be more growth and opportunities for the sector. Mónica Higuera reports from Lisbon At The Canmaker Summit held last month in Portugal there was a call from speakers for the industry to work harder in promoting metal packaging and to be more aggressive...

Acquisitions trigger enhanced performance

Despite weak spots in Asia, eastern Europe and the Middle East, both Ball and Crown had outstanding performance and margins in the second quarter, says Arthur Stupay* Can production volumes in the mature markets, including the US, were surprisingly strong in the second quarter.Overall shipments were up modestly, but shipments for beer and aerosol cans rose by more than 3...

Vin en conserve pour tout le monde

There’s been rapid recent growth in the market for canned wines. But this is just the beginning of the story, as Jane Douglas-Jones discovers Think of wine and most people think of bottles – glass bottles. But could that assumption soon be a thing of the past, consigned to the history books, along with corks as a method of closure,...

Falling food prices limit can shipments

Demand for food cans in North America and Europe was impacted less than by a weak fruit and vegetable pack but by lower demand from importers of fresh foods, notably China, says Arthur Stupay* US shipments of food cans in the second quarter were impacted by lower fresh food prices, making home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients more competitive with prepared...

Dissolved oxygen: the enemy of quality

Vermont Hard Cider is exploiting the use of membrane technology to ensure high quality and long shelf life for its canned products. John Nutting reports Controlling dissolved oxygen (DO) levels in beverages during their production is vital to ensure consistent product quality and shelf life. This is particularly true in canning, where high DO levels are capable of breaking down...

The can as the most sustainable package

This is an exciting time, both to be a canmaker and to be at Ball Corporation. Following the successful close of the Rexam acquisition, we are focused on welcoming our new colleagues to Ball and on achieving our shared vision: to make the can the most sustainable package – economically, environmentally and socially – in the beverage supply chain. The...

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