Cool (clean and smooth) running

Coolant filtration systems for D&I bodymakers producing aluminium cans have come a long way in 50 years, as Andy Ricketts* of Primetals Technologies explains to Paul Gander A canmaking engineer or metallurgist may generally have little incentive to think long or hard about the need for – and the challenges around – coolant systems in aluminium drawn and wall-ironed (D&I)...

Blow your top

As demand for caps and closures increases globally, metal solutions have an important role to play. Tom Woerndl looks at recent developmentsWith the world market for caps and closures expected to exceed US$55 billion in value by 2019, metal packaging manufacturers have plenty of opportunities for growth.
According to a report by researcher Freedonia, unit demand will reach two trillion...

US tax cuts: a benefit that could aid capex

Recent changes in corporate taxation should boost merger and acquisition activity as canmakers respond to customer developments, and thereby improve capital expenditure, says Arthur Stupay* The US tax cut and EU pro-growth interest-rate policy appears to be having an impact on the packaging industry and, specifically, the canmaking business. This can be measured by the size and change in companies’...

Consolidations adding to growth

Consolidations and regional growth boosted first quarter performance for Ball and Crown, reports Arthur Stupay*  Consolidations and regional growth spurred canmaking in the first quarter and they should help performance in the remainder of 2016 and 2017.It is clear that China pricing has spooked the industry and seriously hurt both volumes and prices as the major canmakers avoided business that did not...

Let’s get holistic to meet the changing needs of customers

Looking back over my long career in the canmaking industry, I am always happily surprised by the many changes we’ve been through. But more recently, the pace of change has become more intense, and we are now faced by challenges from governments and legislators.The first to hit us this year was the Trump tariff increases on imports of...

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,...

Going for growth

A specialist in conveying and handling systems has found growth in supplying the emerging craft beer, wine and coffee industry. John Nutting reports Like anyone who has been successfully supplying equipment to the canmaking industry, Jared Jones has long been on high alert about the amount of business offered by the emerging craft brewing sector in the US.Jones is operations chief...

Challenges met by canmakers

Despite the impact of higher metal and transport costs, Ball and Crown did well in the second quarter, reports Arthur Stupay The leading canmaking businesses overcame a number of challenges in the second quarter (Q2) and first half (H1) of the year. These included a slowing or declining consumption of traditional cola drinks in the US, weaker mass beer sales,...

Special effects are the new weapons of choice

An annual gathering in Germany of suppliers to the global brewing industry has become the battleground as canmakers fight for market share with high-tech can decoration. Mark McCord reports

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