The focus now is on improving productivity

“The canmaking industry is on the verge of a major new spurt in volumes, even after several good years. The factors that are driving volume were discussed in Crown’s first quarter report to shareholders, which deserve highlighting and repeating. Overall, Crown’s worldwide can volumes rose by 3 per cent, with growth in the major western countries. In other regions, Latin...

The front line of a beer revolution

Pocket-sized craft brewers are one of the fastest growing sectors using cans. Mark McCord finds out why In the cramped barrel room of a tiny South London brewery, a machine the size of a family car is helping to redraw the world’s beer map, six cans at a time.The London Beer Factory’s (LBF) diminutive canning system was installed to help it...

Dawn of a new age

By using digital decoration as the core, a leading supplier of process systems for D&I beverage can manufacturing explains how much shorter runs could be cost-effective. John Nutting reports Beverage can manufacturing lines are large and relatively inflexible operations with the most productive running at up to 3,000 cans a minute giving yearly capacity of more than one billion cans...

China takes up LED-UV curing

Traditional thermal techniques for curing coatings and inks on tinplate packaging will be superseded by LED-UV in China as suppliers collaborate to overcome technical problems, reports Lin Daobin* Metal cans are a central part of the packaging industry in China and over the past 20 years there have been a number of advances in the technologies used for canmaking and...

Added value is the key to success

Equipment manufacturers are providing more than just sales support to canmakers: they’re offering a wide range of additional services to keep their customers happy. John Nutting reports Upgrading used equipment is part of the service British metal decorating equipment manufacturer Crabtree has been offering Marquess and FastReady lines to canmakers for more than 50 years. But it also provides retrofit enhancements...

Collaborative thinking

The first end-making line to be produced by joint venture CepedaMeltog has been delivered to a canmaker in South America. Printz Holman reports CepedaMeltog is a joint-venture (JV) established a little over a year ago between Cepeda of Spain and UK-based Meltog to offer sheet-fed presses to the canmaking industry. Sales, after sales, finance and administration are managed from Cepeda’s...

Kicking the can

Politicians in Europe are trying to ban hexavalent chrome in tinplate manufacture. Philip Rogers* makes the case for its continued use until safer alternatives are available For many years the tinplate industry has been under pressure to replace sodium dichromate (a hexavalent chromium salt) for passivating the surface of tinplate because it is recognised that the chemical poses a risk...

New dawn for clean canmaking

Food cans made from polyester-laminated aluminium offer the opportunity to build plants with low environmental impact. The Canmaker talked to Wang Liping in China Food and beverage cans made from ‘environmentally friendly’ polymer-film laminated aluminium canstock could offer a new dawn for the canmaking industry in China, according to a canmaker which also makes the material.Following a period of research and...

Never say never to premium printing developments

Today the beverage can industry is running faster-than-ever line speeds, with a renewed emphasis on print quality to enhance brand competitiveness. Some of this is fuelled by underlying manufacturing efforts, some by beverage company directive, and most importantly, some by a changing beverage can consumer.Millennials, Generations X, Y and Z all have much higher brand expectations than past generations....