Canmaking's road to China

With Cannex, the world trade show for metal packaging, being held in China on 1-4 June 2015, Mónica Higuera talks to local industry players.* Guangzhou-based Jorson Packaging Machinery trades in and manufactures machinery for the metal packaging industry.Jorson's own weld-seam powder repair system holds ten patents with more than 170 sold worldwide since it was launched at Cannex in...

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...

Bryan Donkin, the world's first canmaker

2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the first canmaking and canning plant being established and Bryan Donkin helped make it happen.Many people contributed to the development of preserved foods in the early years of the 19th century as demand for healthy and nutritious provisions increased from armies, navies and expeditions which were engaged in wars in Europe and exploration...

Closing the loop

An aluminium beverage can with 100 percent recycled content could be a sustainability game changer for drinks manufacturers. John Gardner* explains how it could be achievedIt may be overly aspirational to suggest that 'The aluminium beverage can is the most sustainable mass market container for carbonated beverages ever invented' but it may also be an objective that is actually...

Delivering innovation meets global demand

Unprecedented growth in demand for beverage cans around the world requires a streamlined system for constructing manufacturing plants. Ron Ragan, director of business development at Roeslein & Associates, explains the processIf you are looking for some optimism during these times of global economic concern, may I suggest Nigeria? The West African nation is in the midst of explosive population...

How metal bottles are challenging glass and PET

When lightweight drawn and ironed (D&I) aluminium bottles hit the market five years ago, the hope for some was that they would mount a challenge to glass and PET containers, reports Tom Woerndl. Encouragement could be taken from the Japanese market for aluminium bottles, which was established in the 1990s, and now boasts high volumes and significant brand owner...

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...

Aujan: a billion dollar business

Aujan Industries, the biggest independent drinks producer in the Middle East, has agreed to sell about half of its drinks business to Coca-Cola. Four months before the deal was announced July, John Nutting met its chairman Adel Aujan in Dubai (published in The Canmaker, August 2011) Sheikh Adel Aujan, chairman of Aujan Industries, is unequivocal about the value of...

Growth opportunities highlighted by Rexam

Rexam's management has revealed insights into the canmaking firm's global growth strategies, including an interest in the Middle East, and its position in China, one of the fastest growing regions for beverage cans. Lead by chief executive Graham Chipchase, the top brass were speaking at Rexam's yearly investor seminar held on November 22. Rexam makes about 56 billion beverage...