Step changes in the beverage can industry

I have spent many years in canmaking, starting in the two-piece can business with Metal Box in London as a graduate management trainee. For almost two years I learned everything about beverage cans before taking on a supervisory role at a manufacturing plant.Talking to contemporaries in the business, I realise that we are all now part of a ‘boys’ club’...

Selling with social responsibility

Chinese demand for three-piece can welders still outstrips supply, says Li Yang, chairman of China’s leading manufacturer. Kate Xu reports from Shantou In 2009, China’s largest can welding machine manufacturer sold a record of more than 30 of its machines to domestic canmakers such as COFCO and ORG, with similar levels forecast for 2010. Since Shantou...

Expansion with smart logistics

Turkish canmaker Sarten has been setting up fabrication plants in Europe to better serve its customers cost effectively. Dominique Huret reports from The Netherlands Family-owned Sarten is Turkey’s largest canmaker and a significant player in its sector in Europe and in the Middle East. Established at Çorlu in the country’s north west in 1972 it has since grown prodigiously, now...

Digital goes smooth

Water-based inks for the digital decoration of finished cans are said to offer huge benefits for brand owners, reports John Nutting A digital printing process that is said to make it possible to decorate a wide range of two-piece, three-piece and monobloc metal containers, enabling brand owners to serve smaller niche sectors and differentiate their products, has been launched by...

US tax cuts: a benefit that could aid capex

Recent changes in corporate taxation should boost merger and acquisition activity as canmakers respond to customer developments, and thereby improve capital expenditure, says Arthur Stupay* The US tax cut and EU pro-growth interest-rate policy appears to be having an impact on the packaging industry and, specifically, the canmaking business. This can be measured by the size and change in companies’...

Making customers’ brand initiatives stand out

Ball Corporation is bringing more than widgets to its North American beverage can customers in 2016. The global canmaking leader is introducing innovations and features new to US grocery shelves, strengthening Ball’s relationships with current customers, and attracting new ones. “To be a strategic partner to our customers, Ball has to be good at both innovation and production. Sometimes the...

Beating the bottleneck

A two-piece beverage can decorator that features automated printing plate and web blanket changes could revolutionise the way in which the drinks industry uses its metal packaging. John Nutting visited to KBA-MetalPrint’s headquarters in Germany to see it in action Beverage can manufacturers are facing huge competitive pressures that are evident in their tightening margins. Customers are demanding shorter production runs,...

Choosing new technology for your canmaking plant

How can you maximise your chances of making the right decision when choosing high-tech capital equipment? Amir Novini answersPurchasing departments are adept at choosing standard equipment from well-known suppliers. But embracing new technology involves the entire organisation – Quality, Engineering and Production – and requires extensive research and testing. New technology carries a degree of risk and may impact...

Falling food prices limit can shipments

Demand for food cans in North America and Europe was impacted less than by a weak fruit and vegetable pack but by lower demand from importers of fresh foods, notably China, says Arthur Stupay* US shipments of food cans in the second quarter were impacted by lower fresh food prices, making home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients more competitive with prepared...

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