Putting canmaking knowledge at your fingertips

Bev Page’s seminal text book on canmaking has been republished in a second updated edition. An in-depth study of the canmaking business and manufacturing processes, the larger format book – Metal Packaging: 2nd edition – draws upon Page’s wide experience in a canmaking career covering more than 40 years in the US and Europe. Bev Page, a member...

Bonduelle backs metal packaging

French vegetable canner Bonduelle has been increasing its commitment to canned foods. Peter Crosskey met the company’s new chief executive in Paris   Bonduelle’s new group chief executive Daniel Vielfaure was emphatic about the role of metal packaging at the vegetable canner when it announced its first-half results in Paris last month. "Cans inspire confidence among consumers," he told...

Canmakers chase beverage can growth in Brazil

Twenty-two years after the first two-piece beverage can was made in Brazil, canmakers are racing to keep pace with demand in one of the world’s fastest growing markets. Mónica Higuera reviews their business Brazil is one of the fastest-growing markets for two-piece drinks cans in the world and barely two decades after the first aluminium cans were introduced, the market...

Research into lower-cost aluminium advanced

Research into a new aluminium smelting technology that would reduce production costs and enable the more convenient location of smelters is being advanced by a deal between Alcoa and Sweden’s Orklas SAS. Alcoa has acquired the technology associated with the carbothermic aluminium production process, previously jointly owned by the companies. Now in the research and...

Korea spearheads bottle-making lines

The latest to provide D&I aluminium bottle technology is Belvac with two lines coming on stream in South Korea.   Drinks producers in South Korea will soon be the first in the world to use a new design of aluminium bottle, domestic production of which started late last year.   Two canmaking firms have installed lines using...

Who will watch the watchdogs?

OPINION: Where are the independent voices that can bring reason to the debate about Bisphenol A? Richard Moore details the canmaking industry’s position In the current heated public debate on Bisphenol A (BPA), it is striking that nearly every press and television item has aligned with the conventional wisdom that the BPA in can coatings is a harmful...

Capital spending spree

Canmaking equipment suppliers are anticipating the first sustained period of growth in recent years, says Arthur Stupay.   There have been many announcements about expansion projects in the canmaking industry in the six months since mid 2010. While the economies in the US and Europe are still in recovery, the metal packaging industry is bounding ahead...

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...

The future is vapour

An easy-open food can for vegetables that uses very little water in its processing goes commercial in Brazil, Reinaldo Rojek tells Mónica Higuera Food companies’ response to the new easy-open food cans made by Brazil’s Metalgráfica Rojek have been “the best possible”, says chief executive Reinaldo Rojek. “They all consider the combination of the can and the product...