Adding brand value and shelf appeal

Metal packaging in all of its forms is enhancing brand values throughout the world. In the second part of a review of the Cans of the Year 2018, Printz Holman describes the Silver award winners At a time when all packaging materials are being scrutinised more closely for their environmental credentials – and some are being rejected by consumers –...

Clean sheet of paper

Ball’s first-ever greenfield-site plant in Spain
Ball’s first-ever greenfield-site plant in Spain was officially opened in September. Jane Douglas-Jones investigates the story behind the start up Ball Corporation’s new beverage can plant in Spain was constructed at a truly impressive speed – a mere 11 months from work starting at the site to the beginning of can production. Soil was first shifted in July 2017. Just 14...

A chance to shape the future of food contact regulations

The metal packaging industry is still waiting for harmonised legislation in Europe covering coatings, printing inks and metals. The metal packaging industry is still waiting for harmonised legislation in Europe covering coatings, printing inks and metals.For years the EU Commission (EC) has been under pressure to improve legislation on food contact materials. A 2016 European Parliament resolution stressed the need...

New rules on the playing field

The canmaking industry, especially in North America, is having to cope with a range challenges: from rising costs to changing consumer demands. Arthur Stupay outlines what’s happening The canmaking industry has been facing a number of key headwinds from various sources that have impacted profits in 2018, and they are expected to extend into next year. In effect, canmakers are...

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...

Canned water catches the eye

The Can of the Year for 2018 is a bid to wean consumers away from using plastics bottles for mineral water. Printz Holman explains why CanO Water discovered Gold Ball Corporation has won the Can of the Year 2018 award for a drinks can that is challenging the plastics water bottle market. The award was announced at a gala dinner...

Avoiding obstacles in the road

Poor infrastructure in some countries, combined with arcane restrictions and tariffs, mean that canmakers need to make use of specialist logistics experts. Peter Brown reports Importing canmaking equipment into developing countries around the world can present logistical challenges that require specialist knowledge to ensure new projects are completed on time and without incurring unnecessary extra costs.It’s not just a problem...

‘Vertical control’ in Poland

A brewer in Poland has been making its own cans for almost a decade: now it’s expanding with more capacity along with design services. Paul Hill reports Bagpak Polska occupies a novel position in the beverage can market. When it was established in 2008, it was one of only two independent canmakers in Europe. A decade later it is much...

Monitoring the means for Beanz

Huge investment at the integrated canmaking and filling plant operated by Kraft Heinz in north west England is intended to modernise its operations, as Rick Pendrous discovers There has been a major cultural change at the Kitt Green factory run by Heinz at Wigan near Manchester in the north west of England – an integrated canmaking and filling operation and...

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