Farewell to Rexam

Global beverage can giant Rexam was effectively created as we know it at the turn of the millennium. Soon it will become part of an enlarged Ball Corporation to create the largest ever canmaker. Arthur Stupay reviews its performance, and Ball’s potential This will be The Canmaker’s last report on Rexam plc, one of the world’s three largest canmakers, before...

Silgan goes silver

It's been 25 years since Greg Horrigan and Phil Silver created the canmaking group Silgan. John Nutting charts their history Silgan Container, North America's leading manufacturer of food cans, an increasingly global player in metal closures, and now a player in central and eastern Europe, this month could be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding in 1987. But...

Cannex & Fillex preview – Part 1

This year’s Cannex canmaking technology exhibition, being held in China next month, shows that the business is as vibrant as ever. The Canmaker editorial team reports Cannex & Fillex Asia Pacific, which returns to Guangzhou in China from 15-18 May 2018, will be the biggest Cannex ever and promises canmakers and other visitors an opportunity to discover a wealth of...

Sealing the deal

There have been few successful attempts to commercialise a truly resealable beverage end. Paul Hill reports on an Austrian project that believes it has the engineering expertise The idea of designing a resealable beverage can end that could be commercially successful has fascinated inventors for decades. Brands want a design that will retain carbonation pressure after resealing, will not interrupt...

Ready for the future

A new metal decorating press is being launched by Crabtree of Gateshead to coincide with its 50th anniversary. John Nutting reportsThis year, half a century of producing decorating and coating lines for the metal packaging industry is being celebrated by Crabtree of Gateshead.While the company can trace its roots in the printing industry back to the mid-19th century, it’s...

Brazil’s aerosol canmakers chase domestic growth

Growth in aerosol can demand in Brazil is attracting aluminium monobloc canmakers. Mónica Higuera reviews the sector     At almost 200 million, Brazil’s population is the largest consumer of aerosol cans in Latin America. Boosted by increases in disposable income and middle class growth, sales of aerosol products have almost doubled since 2005 and in 2009 reached...

Cannex & Fillex preview – Part 3

Our preview of this year's Cannex & Fillex show continues with a look at more of the equipment, services, materials and technology that will be on display. NPB Automation will present its end counter and splitter along with its dynamic end counter for packing systems. Ends are counted as they pass and when the specified number is reached, the split...

Happy 50th birthday to the D&I drinks can

The two-piece drawn & wall-ironed (D&I) drinks can was first produced commercially 50 years ago in March 1964, reports John Nutting, who charts its development and impact on the metal packaging worldSuch is the ubiquity and slick modernity of the drinks can – whose portability, strength and recyclability makes it a perfect vehicle for global brands – that...

Game-changing technology

R&D, technology, traceability and poka-yoke are the winning cards of Italian coatings manufacturer Metlac. Mónica Higuera reports from Bosco Morengo Italy’s Metlac Group manufactures more than 40,000 tonnes a year of coatings, including lacquers, enamels and inks, for internal and external use in all types of metal packaging.Established in Bosco Morengo near Alessandria 30 years ago, the company has a...