The route to 100% recycling rates

President of Ball Packaging Europe Colin Gillis outlined in February’s issue why beverage cans have such a great recycling record. Here he details how that record could be improved even more Aluminium cans are the world’s most recycled drinks packaging, with a global rate of 69 per cent. They are easily collected and sorted and, because aluminium is a permanent...

Vin en conserve pour tout le monde

There’s been rapid recent growth in the market for canned wines. But this is just the beginning of the story, as Jane Douglas-Jones discovers Think of wine and most people think of bottles – glass bottles. But could that assumption soon be a thing of the past, consigned to the history books, along with corks as a method of closure,...

Volumes rise but so do costs

While volume sales for canmakers Ball and Crown rose in North America in the fourth quarter of 2018, both companies faced rising costs, as Arthur Stupay reports Surprising to some observers, North American metal can volume rose in the fourth quarter (Q4), helped by a strong finish to the year for soft drink cans – especially for flavoured waters and...

The IMDPA: evolution of a proven association

“Over the years, the metal package has seen innumerable changes in the utilisation of various substrates, tooling configurations, and decorating methods. Engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and decorating, have all had to adapt to the new technologies and consumer demands that have been the driving force in the marketplace.With subsequent cost reduction initiatives, environmental compliance regulations, product recyclability, sustainability and graphic...

Best-in-class D&I bottle cans

A drawing and ironing (D&I) technology for making aluminium bottles is being offered by machinery supplier Belvac that provides an attractive alternative to glass or impact-extruded (IE) metal bottles. Rick Pendrous reports Today’s consumers are looking for alternatives to PET bottles for many reasons – not least from environmental concerns. At the same time, global brand managers want more distinctive...

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...

Beverage cans are best for the circular economy

“Packaging, and in particular plastics packaging waste, has become a discussion point on many levels in our society today.We have all seen the pictures and reports of plastic debris littering our oceans, beaches and even in the food that we consume. Lots of opinions, though often not much in the way of solutions.So, where and how does aluminium packaging...

Supporting ambitious goals

When Heineken decided to increase its brewing capacity in Vietnam, it called upon a long-term partner to install a new canning line. Paul Hill reports As a leading player in Vietnam’s domestic beer market and with a growing share, Heineken planned to significantly increase output of its Tiger beer brand at its Tien Giang site, one of six run by...

Crafty tricks

Cask Canning Solutions is using process innovation to help drive growing demand for high quality craft beer in cans, as Mark McCord describes A technical breakthrough that originated in a borrowed workshop 16 years ago at Calgary in Canada has developed to the stage that it is now helping to transform the North American craft beer industry.It all started when...