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...

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...