Strong second quarter for beverage cans

Second quarter (Q2) beverage can volume this year was one of the most successful in recent years. US shipments rose by 2.4 per cent in the first quarter, and by 2.5 per cent in the first half (H1). Beer cans, fuelled by speciality products and craft beer in a variety of shapes and sizes, rose by 2.5 per cent in the...

Cracking the code

Automation upgrade is in the can Modern automation and control systems are being applied to time-served can seaming systems in the drinks industry as a result of collaboration between equipment manufacturer Ferrum and global control system specialist Rockwell Automation.Ferrum, based at Rupperswil in Switzerland, finds that trends such as the switch to aluminium cans and wider ranges of sizes, along...

Rasselstein offers Cr-free tinplate

New tinplate capacity is being installed at Thyssenkrupp Rasselstein’s mill at Andernach in Germany which features its own alternative to chromium-free passivation (CFPA). The new process minimises the growth of tin oxide on the surface of tinplate during storage and is said to be fully compliant with both EU and US food contact regulations for coated and uncoated tinplate.The...

China opens up to lightweighted ends

Xiamen Baofeng Industry in China has grown from scratch to become the world’s largest manufacturer of easy-open-ends (EOE) for beverage cans in just seven years, now yearly producing around 20 billion – primarily traditional B64-type ends.While its EOEs are only sold to canmakers, the cans are used by brand owners such Tsingtao, Snow beer, Wong Lo Kat Herbal Tea,...

Hygiene demands drive can quality

The growing market for canned infant-formula in China has provided the impetus for investment at Australasia’s Jamestrong Packaging, which last month opened its sixth canmaking plant.Increasingly stringent hygiene demands from the baby-food brands have revolutionised the manufacturing processes of canmakers like Jamestrong, from label design and metal decorating through to fabrication, all of which require ultra-clean operations.It means that...

Craft beer success in Canada

The success of craft beer today is down to the pioneering efforts of a handful of adventurous brewers. While some of the big breweries are now battling with falling sales, the upsurge of smaller brewers continues.The popularity of craft beers, heralded for their individuality and local appeal, has long had customers convinced both locally and further afield. One example...

Profits rise in US despite a lag in food cans

Shipments of food cans in the US in the seasonally-low first quarter of this year were 5.65 billion, down 5.2 per cent compared with the year earlier.Early last year and in previous months, shipments, as shown in Table 1, were lifted by customer actions to increase inventories in anticipation of higher metal costs due to the imposition of US...

Capping a century of technical prowess

Italian crown cork and closure equipment manufacturer Sacmi is celebrating its 100th year in business. It marked the anniversary with a Metal Day event where it unveiled a range of new machines aimed at meeting the changing demands of the beverage market for the next century.Packaging industry executives and customers from 29 countries were given tours of the company’s...

Tata commits to laminates

Tata Steel Europe is currently going through some pretty uncertain times. This was most recently brought into focus by the abandonment in May of its proposed joint venture (jv) with Thyssenkrupp to create the second-largest steelmaker on the continent after ArcelorMittal.Tata’s uncertainty is not helped by its parent company’s objective to focus more on developments in the Indian sub-continent...