Betting on a future in flowers

An innovative new design is the next challenge for metal-closure manufacturer Pelliconi, with its sights set on further global growth. Paul Hill reports from Italy Pelliconi has growth embedded in its DNA. Over the past few years the metal closures manufacturer has followed two main strategic drivers: the first being to get its production facilities as close to its customers...

Beverage cans are best for the circular economy

“Packaging, and in particular plastics packaging waste, has become a discussion point on many levels in our society today.We have all seen the pictures and reports of plastic debris littering our oceans, beaches and even in the food that we consume. Lots of opinions, though often not much in the way of solutions.So, where and how does aluminium packaging...

Supporting ambitious goals

When Heineken decided to increase its brewing capacity in Vietnam, it called upon a long-term partner to install a new canning line. Paul Hill reports As a leading player in Vietnam’s domestic beer market and with a growing share, Heineken planned to significantly increase output of its Tiger beer brand at its Tien Giang site, one of six run by...

Crafty tricks

Cask Canning Solutions is using process innovation to help drive growing demand for high quality craft beer in cans, as Mark McCord describes A technical breakthrough that originated in a borrowed workshop 16 years ago at Calgary in Canada has developed to the stage that it is now helping to transform the North American craft beer industry.It all started when...

Renovating the market

Used or refurbished canmaking machinery is not just a less-costly option than buying new, it can provide canmakers with an interesting solution for their needs. Peter Brown reportsOptimising service Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint, the Germany-based supplier of metal decorating equipment, promotes the longevity of its machinery. “It is not without reason that all MetalStar multicolour presses since 1994 remain in use...

Strategic adjustments

The leading canmakers have been making significant changes to their strategies in the past year or so, with sector and regional decisions that will have profound impacts on their businesses. Arthur Stupay reports The canmaking industry enjoyed record-breaking financial results in 2018. This enabled the leaders to make accretive acquisitions outside of canmaking, and to adjust their market position by...

Tall story

Draw-redraw (DRD) techniques have been developed to enable cans in higher formats to be made with polyester-coated steels. John Nutting reports The use of draw-redraw (DRD) tooling on canmaking lines has traditionally been limited to shallow food cans of the type used for seafood products.Physics prevented the application of two steps in drawing steel cans to heights much more than...

Expansion with smart logistics

Turkish canmaker Sarten has been setting up fabrication plants in Europe to better serve its customers cost effectively. Dominique Huret reports from The Netherlands Family-owned Sarten is Turkey’s largest canmaker and a significant player in its sector in Europe and in the Middle East. Established at Çorlu in the country’s north west in 1972 it has since grown prodigiously, now...

Brewing up a growing market

New styles of aluminium cans and canning systems were the highlights of the BrauBeviale show in Nuremberg last November, as Paul Hill discovered Cans are providing new opportunities for innovative design, according to beverage filling equipment specialist KHS, which used the annual BrauBeviale show in Germany to reveal that it had now made them a core part of its consulting...