Pet food and aerosols offer respite

Despite lower sales of food cans caused by adverse weather conditions combined with higher costs, pet foods and aerosols provided some optimism in the third quarter of 2018, reports Arthur Stupay A number of factors combined to dampen sales and profits for the main food can manufacturers in the third quarter of 2018. Adverse weather in Europe hurt the crop...

Smart CBM comes of age

With the emergence of advanced sensor technology, canmakers are set to move away from planned maintenance to a more predictive approach, as Rick Pendrous discovers  Expect tomorrow’s canmakers and canners to be investing in smart condition-based monitoring (CBM) systems as a key part of their asset care and maintenance regimes. CBM helps to provide advance warning of problems, thus avoiding...

Innovative and unusual surprises

The Bronze prize winners in the Can of the Year awards for 2018 provided a rich source of ground-breaking ideas, says Printz Holman It is always worth searching for packaging that is unusual, innovative or ground-breaking among The Canmaker magazine’s Cans of the Year Awards, and the latest entries provided a rich haul. The Bronze winners had a particularly high number...

Meeting hygiene needs means new investment

Just over three years ago when I last contributed to this column, I introduced what we call at Gruppo ASA the ‘hub-and-spoke’ business model. The objective was to optimise production in our family-owned concern, which had grown through the acquisition of seven companies, which in most cases, included printing through to the final assembly of cans.To cut costs and...

A touch of class

How did the award-winning Le Beck’s flute-style can for beer come about? Printz Holman talked to the people who conceived and developed it Last year was important for Beck’s beer. The German brand’s aluminium Le Beck’s flute can picked up a Silver award in the Design category at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and a further three awards at The Canmaker magazine...

Facing off business consolidation

One of Brazil’s largest manufacturers of tinplate cans, Brasilata, has been restructuring and cutting costs in the face of international competition. Sandra Barone talks to chief executive Tiago Forte In his four years at the helm of Brasilata, chief executive Tiago Forte has steered the pail and aerosol canmaking specialist through the worst recession in Brazil’s history and presided over...

Sustainability’s domination

The canmaking industry should heed a warning from one of the world’s leading soft drinks firms that criticising competing packaging materials is not the route to growth. Mark McCord reports Sustainability dominated this year’s Canmaker Summit, with speakers from leading producers and suppliers urging delegates to seize on worsening publicity surrounding plastic waste to promote metal packaging.The Summit, held in...

Seeking out the anomalies

Systems for identifying cans that could show below-par performance on filling lines is the focus of new developments being offered to canmakers. Peter Brown highlights a fewPrevent the rise of ring-pulls under pressure Trackwork jams on can filling lines are sometimes the result of the ring-pull rising above the top of a can when its internal pressure increases during processing or pasteurisation.To identify...

Challenges persist

A number of complex headwinds have been facing the leading canmakers, with rising costs across the board, and these will continue. But acquisitions have helped, as Arthur Stupay details in his report of the third quarter The third financial quarter of 2018 illustrates some issues that may plague canmakers in the fourth quarter and next year. The key factors impacting...

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