Perseverance pays off

Despite the impact of bad weather in the US and higher material costs, the manufacturers of food cans such as Ardagh and Silgan persevered. Arthur Stupay reviews their third quarter performance In the third quarter, food can shipments in the US were down, dropping by 2.9 percent compared with the same period a year ago, and shipments were also down...

The future looks bright for capex

Capital spending in canmaking is related both to overall economic conditions and the increase of metal cans demand worldwide. The early signs point to continued growth of the world economy and can output, but at a slightly more modest pace than last year.

Kicking the can

Politicians in Europe are trying to ban hexavalent chrome in tinplate manufacture. Philip Rogers* makes the case for its continued use until safer alternatives are available For many years the tinplate industry has been under pressure to replace sodium dichromate (a hexavalent chromium salt) for passivating the surface of tinplate because it is recognised that the chemical poses a risk...

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...

Moving onto the third dimension

In this month’s column, Joe Finan of INX International delves into the concept of lightness and the colour difference measures used in our industryLast month we formed two-thirds of the colour space we normally use in the can industry, namely L*a*b* (or L*C*ho), however we intentionally left out the L* (for clarity). In order to add the concept of...

Hunting for new can growth

There was evidence aplenty at the September Drinktec show in Germany to indicate where future growth in beverage cans would come from. Paul Gander reports If political uncertainties hung over Munich’s Drinktec show in early September, it seems no one told the visitors who arrived in record-breaking numbers from 170 countries. International visitor figures were particularly buoyant, up 12 percent...

Trump and the US economy

The demand for fast moving consumer goods is easily interrupted with dramatic changes in politics. Arthur Stupay* discusses the implications of the new presidency With the US Presidential election decided, analysts are now focusing on the implications for business in general and manufacturers in particular. These are of course early days in the forecasting game. But some of President-elect Trump’s policies, especially...

All change in food cans

A key development in the food can sector in August was the proposed sale by Ardagh Group of its food and aerosol can businesses, of which more will be detailed later. But Ardagh will still have a meaningful role both in equity ownership and management of the new company, with its chairman Paul Coulson taking on the same role in...

High end packaging

Legalisation of cannabis products in 30 states across the USA and recently in Canada is offering a new market for cans, as Peter Brown discovers The increasing legalisation of cannabis use in North America, including for recreational purposes in Canada, has unsurprisingly generated much attention from the media. While the moral issues will continue to be debated, the practical considerations...