A new chapter in growth

In the wider world, investors have long regarded the business of making food cans as lacklustre, a worthy but hardly high-profile component of an industry that feeds us with packaged products. The record of Silgan Holdings has defied that image, as its latest figures show. At the end of July Tony Allott signed off as chief executive after 15 years...

We go together

Klüber Lubrication and application system manufacturer Sprimag have been working together for many years, developing speciality lubricants for specific applications. The most recent project has produced the chain oil Typ S-300, developed specifically for the conveyor chain of Sprimag’s internal coatings dryer, which is used to process metal packaging including beverage cans, aerosol cans, and tubes. “The conveyor chain of the...

Riding the storm

Bharat Tin Works (BTW), one of India’s longest-serving canmakers, has invested heavily in new technology over the past two years, despite the problems created by the coronavirus pandemic which badly affected all aspects of life in the country. The family-owned business was established in 1965 by the grandfather and great grandfather of BTW’s present managing partner Jay Shah, whose father...

Manufacturing for the future

Italian provider of technical services for canmaking machinery and production lines WeCan has taken its biggest step since its inception in 2018. In June, the company launched its first canmaking machine developed fully in-house. “Almost from the first day we had the intention of diversifying into equipment manufacturing. We really felt that the industry needed a different player that could...

Serving customers great and small

Switzerland has long been a hotbed of technology for making three-piece welded cans, with several manufacturers producing the type of high-quality, high-precision engineering that the country is famous for. In the middle of 2020, three of the leading companies combined forces: firstly Can Man acquired Frei, after many years of talks between the two businesses – a “perfect combination”, notes...

Pint-sized weight savings

It’s six years since The Canmaker last analysed the half-litre, or thereabouts, size of D&I two-piece beverage cans, during which it appears that the lightweighting process that has been applied for the smaller sizes had graduated upwards. Previous analysis of the 330ml and 12oz (355ml) sizes showed that about four or five years ago the leading canmakers had started reducing...

Split shift

At the beginning of July, Portugal-based Colep split its business into three units: Colep Packaging, Colep Consumer Products, and Colep Healthcare. Colep Packaging incorporates the company’s canmaking and plastics operations, which includes the manufacture of tinplate aerosol and general-line cans. There’s no shift in ownership of the company: the business arms are all still owned by the Porto-based RAR...

Unprecedented boom for food & speciality cans

Last year was incredible for cans. But while we heard about growth in the beverage sector of more than 6 per cent, food & speciality cans saw 10 per cent growth in North America and Europe and as far as I can tell from my network, there were similar increases around the world. Incredible but true: demand has increased...

In the eye of the storm

If there’s an eye in the current storm of beverage can developments, David Lieb is there in the middle of it. Lieb has been for many years the engineer that the big names in canmaking go to when they need the can and tooling designed for D&I production lines. Only now his work has been intensified by the recent rise...