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,...

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...

Canmaking – a family affair in Greece

Athanasios Savvakis, chief executive of independent canmaker Savvy Can in Greece, has ambitious plans after setting up his latest company last year, reports Rick Pendrous Canmaking is in the blood of businessman Athanasios Savvakis, whose new venture Savvy Can Hellenic Metal Packaging SA, set up in 2017 to manufacture three-piece tinplate food cans, is the latest manifestation of his entrepreneurial...

Return of the aluminium roll-on pilfer-proof closure

Years ago, aluminium roll-on pilfer-proof (ROPP) closures, a valuable but unheralded part of the metal packaging world, started to disappear from two-litre soft drink bottles because of consumer injuries caused by closure blow-offs.These blow-offs didn’t happen with full bottles when the carbonation, and thus the bottle’s pressure, was at its maximum. Rather, problems happened with resealed bottles that were...

Seaside adventures

Business is booming at a UK contract beer packer since it installed a high-speed canning line last year. Nick Roseblade reports A contract beer packer in the UK has expanded its customer base by a third and sales by 30 per cent in a year after having a high-speed canning line installed.Riding on a wave of popularity for canned craft...

Collateral damage

How will the recently introduced US import tariffs on metals impact the domestic economy, including the cost of packaged foods and beverages? Arthur Stupay discusses the issues The recently imposed import tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminium to the US from Canada, Mexico, the EU and Japan by the Trump Administration, ostensibly for...

Aluminium canstock price volatility rises

Turbulence in the markets for aluminium canstock looks set to continue. Uday Patel assesses what the impact of this will be for canmakers and their buyers Over the past 18 months, the aluminium market has experienced a major shift in industry dynamics. Some of these have been aluminium industry driven or self-inflicted. However, the industry has also been caught up...

Canmakers seek better control

For canmakers to make the most of Industry 4.0, they will need the courage and foresight to start sharing best practice with competitors. Rick Pendrous reports Engineers love new technology, while finance directors and senior management are more interested in improving their companies’ bottom line profit margins. When the two come together in complementary harmony it’s a recipe for success....

Investment delivers results at Tinmasters

UK metal decorator Tinmasters has expanded its operational capabilities and capacity with the support of its owner, the Chamonix private equity group, and additional funding from bank Santander Investment in new and upgraded printing lines at metal decorator Tinmasters, based in South Wales, was needed to respond to growing customer demand for decorated tinplate in applications ranging from whisky and...

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