Beacon for best practice

As it’s 30 years since what became the Canpack Group was created in Poland it would be appropriate for celebrations.

Innovative thinking

Improved technology and flexibility are simplifying and speeding up the inspection process. Peter Brown reviews some of the latest systems

Strong demand for beverage cans

Demand for beverage cans produced by canmakers Ball and Crown have remained strong in the first quarter of 2019, as Arthur Stupay reports

In search of new markets

As consumer expectations in Japan change, the nation’s canmakers are having to respond with products that meet new needs, as Joanne Hunter discovers The rise of Japan’s café culture and a generation of coffee cognoscente are adding to a steady and significant decline in the country’s production of metal cans over the past decade. The reason is that portable and...

The future of canmaking

Last month’s Cannex and Fillex de las Américas was a feast of innovation for the canmaking world. Mark McCord reports Innovation was the watchword at Cannex and Fillex de las Américas 2019 last month as canmakers and equipment providers from all corners of the globe gathered in Denver, Colorado, to shape the future of the industry.From production-line machinery that communicates...

Full circle

After a long career in the canmaking business, Terry Voce is back managing a beverage can plant, this time with an independent. John Nutting talked to him It’s a common adage that canmakers don’t really retire from the business. Their accumulated knowledge is just too valuable to give up.If proof were needed of this, take Terry Voce as an example....

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...