Simply the best

Like many other events, the International Metal Decorating and Packaging Association’s (IMDPA) annual convention, which was due to take place in Illinois, US, in May was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s convention, set as ever to include a golf outing and two days of presentations covering developments in decorating processes on metal packaging of all types, would...

Weathering the storm

Kishan Singh is chief executive of the organisation that represents the canmaking supply chain in South Africa, Metpac-SA. He knows a thing or two about the business, having spent 13 years working for Africa’s biggest canmaker, Nampak.Currently, the main issue on Singh’s plate is dealing with the impact on the metal packaging sector of South Africa’s National Environment Management...

Developing countries must wake up to opportunities

We are living in more challenging times than we could ever have imagined.And the events of the past six months have exposed fault lines in all kinds of life but especially have highlighted just how reliant world markets have been on China’s manufacturing capacity.Almost everything consumers needed could be sourced from China, whether it was electronic items such as...

Cans help craft brewers cling to life

Craft brewer Fourpure lost half its sales overnight when the UK government closed pubs and restaurants earlier this year as part of lockdown measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.With the pub taps and pumps that had put its IPAs and lagers into pint glasses around the country now quiet, the south London brewer had to think quickly. Betting...

Capacity booms with a strong outlook

Canmakers in North America are on target to produce more than 100 billion cans in 2020, an increase of three per cent or more on the 2019 total. As a result, there has been a scramble by canmakers to install new capacity to meet current and upcoming demand.It is likely that the industry will be able to produce five...

3D printing speeds up single-filer designing

Single-file conveyors for both empty and filled cans require careful design and installation, especially when high-speeds combine with complex directional changes and inversions.As a rule, the design is refined in situ using standard components until the cans travel smoothly through the process. But if wear occurs, getting back to the original arrangement takes time.Engineers at German packaging equipment giant...

Mix and matching solvent abatement

Much as canmakers prefer to locate their plants away from highly-populated areas for environmental reasons, logistics dictates that facilities are close to their customers.Even with the recent trend towards the use of water-based coatings, air pollution abatement systems continue to be necessary, especially for the exhaust from decoration curing ovens.And as air pollution control systems age, the question arises for...

Stick to the message

Canmakers over the years have rightly maintained the belief that the labels on their products should be lithographed, with the quality of print, especially on beverage and fancy cans, reaching phenomenal levels of clarity with productivity.For decades though, paper- and film-based labels have been a key component of the canned food and aerosol can industries, enabling last-minute application according...

A passion for processes

Jose Meca, chairman of leading Spanish canmaker Auxiliar Conservera, has a passion for canmaking that in almost 30 years has driven both growth and innovation, supplying food cans to customers domestically and abroad.The firm was founded in Murcia in 1961 by his grandfather and uncle. Their workers each produced just 40 cans a day for the local fruit and...

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