From canning to end making

China's Xiamen Baofeng is planning to become the world's leading manufacturer of aluminium ends for beverage cans.After selling a 60 percent stake in China's Yinlu Foods Group to Nestlé in 2011 for an undisclosed sum, which analysts estimated at between US$600 million and $1 billion, Chen Qingyuan, company president and one of its founders, could have slowed down...

Aujan: a billion dollar business

Aujan Industries, the biggest independent drinks producer in the Middle East, has agreed to sell about half of its drinks business to Coca-Cola. Four months before the deal was announced July, John Nutting met its chairman Adel Aujan in Dubai (published in The Canmaker, August 2011) Sheikh Adel Aujan, chairman of Aujan Industries, is unequivocal about the value of...

A matter of ends

End producers and end-making systems suppliers were exhibiting at this year’s Cannex in Denver. Richard Estrada reports • Not many technologies in the canmaking business can claim a 50 percent share of the global market, but that’s just about what the CDL end has achieved in the beer and beverage world.It’s a remarkable achievement for Container Development Ltd, the Ohio-based...

Bronze effect

The winners of Bronze awards in the Cans of the Year awards 2016 offered some brilliant innovations. John Nutting reviews them The Cans of the Year awards for 2016, presented during The Canmaker Summit in Lisbon, celebrated the best examples of commercially-sold metal packaging entered last year.So many canmakers offered brilliant examples of their work that not all could be Gold...

Eye-catching versatility

Co-packers of drinks must move with the times, offering a wide range of can formats. Richard Estrada visited Varni Brothers in California The era of the aluminium can – that 12oz stalwart that has long been the cornerstone of the US soft drink and beer industry – is giving way to an era of innovation. Shaped cans, smaller cans, larger...

Cannex & Fillex 2018 Show Report part 1

Record breaker Last month’s Cannex & Fillex was the biggest canmaking industry show ever held in Asia. Printz Holman, Paul Hill and Peter Brown report from Guangzhou Even as Dr Li Jian Hui, deputy director of the Civil Affairs Bureau of Guangdong Province, along with dignitaries and representatives from the global canmaking industry, cut the tape to officially open Cannex &...

Smooth operators

Increased automation and versatility is simplifying and speeding up the inspection process. Richard Estrada reports from Cannex Where there is a need, there is usually money to be made, which helps explains why inspection and testing systems were popular at Cannex & Fillex de las Américas held recently in Denver, Colorado. With canmakers continuing to work on narrow margins, the...

Ardagh: the rising star

A significant basket of canmaking plants and support facilities will be sold to Ardagh by Ball if its acquisition of Rexam is completed. Here we list them and detail some of the implications. John Nutting reports The world of canmaking will look quite different after June, if the proposed US$6.6 billion acquisition of Rexam by Ball Corporation is completed as...

Slim and sleek cans go on a diet

In this latest survey of beverage can weights and dimensions, Philip Rogers looks into the way in which canmakers have been trimming weight from the bodies of slim and sleek designs The evolution of slim and sleek beverage cans was last studied by The Canmaker in 2015. Since then demand, particularly for the larger sleek cans, has continued to grow,...