Indie canned beers recognised by the canmaking industry

Winner of the Best in Show award at the UK’s second Indie Beer Can Festival, part sponsored by the canmaking industry, is Uprising Treason brewed by the Windsor & Eton Brewery.Canned craft beer is as fast a growing sector in the UK and Eire as anywhere with less than a handful of brands four years ago to more than...

Easy steps towards lowering recall risks

There are four easy-to-implement steps in reducing the risks of a recall for the canners of low-acid foods, says Greg Jacob* The average cost of a food recall is US$10 million in direct costs, plus the financial harm caused by lost sales and damaged reputation, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).Swiss RE Group, an international insurance company, says that...

The Italian Job

Crown in Italy has invested in a metal decorating inspection system for enhanced process control, reduced waste and increased overall quality.  Mónica Higuera reports The leading supplier of food cans and easy-open ends in Italy is Crown Imballaggi Italia, part of US-based Crown Holdings.The canmaker produces aluminium and tinplate easy-open ends and peel-off lids, and three-piece tinplate cans and two-piece aluminium...

Beating the bottleneck

A two-piece beverage can decorator that features automated printing plate and web blanket changes could revolutionise the way in which the drinks industry uses its metal packaging. John Nutting visited to KBA-MetalPrint’s headquarters in Germany to see it in action Beverage can manufacturers are facing huge competitive pressures that are evident in their tightening margins. Customers are demanding shorter production runs,...

Finding the right home

With an integrated supply chain, passion and a stable and diverse business, Sandvik Hyperion is set to attract a good new owner, the company tells Mónica Higuera Sweden-based engineering group Sandvik last year identified Sandvik Hyperion, which includes its can tooling division, as a non-strategic business that it plans to divest.The can tooling business is part of what was previously called...

From Egypt to Europe

MSCANCO is planning in Egypt to become one of the world’s leading canmaking operations. With its first beverage can line being commissioned last month and a second one starting up in June, Egypt’s latest canmaking plant is set to become Africa’s largest when two further lines are added by the end of 2018 and the facility’s manufacturing capacity tops five...

Knowledge retention – is this your next problem?

How can canmaking knowledge and experience be harvested and passed on to less experienced staff before it is too late, asks Editorial Board member Bev Page In recent years many canmaking personnel, who have now retired, learned their trade during the development stages of the processes such as resistance-welded wire-mash side seams for three-piece cans and drawing and wall ironing...

Colour-change inks are coming up roses

Ink technologies from thermochromic and photochromic to tactile finishes are winning converts among brand-owners and consumers. Paul Gander asks what the barriers are to wider take-up You could argue that the can industry’s enduring love affair with ink technology – and particularly colour-change inks – as a point of difference arises from the relatively much higher cost of using shaping...

It’s still fun to make fancy cans despite the rising costs

Increasing demand for innovative shapes and finishes is at odds with a reluctance to pay for the higher costs, and that’s making it tough for makers of fancy cans This year has been tough for many in the fancy can business. Customers are not willing to spend more with the way the markets are. This has left the canmakers to...

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