Contrasts in product strategies

The repercussions of Ardagh’s expansion into the US food can business are now being felt. How will its move into the beverage can business work out, asks Arthur Stupay in his analysis of the first quarter Coverage in The Canmaker of Ardagh’s acquisition of the divested Rexam beverage can assets continues here with an assessment of its product strategy. It...

Managing the microbes

More accurate and speedy testing procedures have been developed to measure microbial contamination in bodymaker coolants. Fred Passman and Frank McDonough explainThe performance of D&I bodymakers can be seriously, and expensively, impacted when their coolants are contaminated by microbial action.But techniques for accurately measuring the amount of microbial contamination in coolants have only been available to the canmaking industry for the...

A matter of ends

End producers and end-making systems suppliers were exhibiting at this year’s Cannex in Denver. Richard Estrada reports • Not many technologies in the canmaking business can claim a 50 percent share of the global market, but that’s just about what the CDL end has achieved in the beer and beverage world.It’s a remarkable achievement for Container Development Ltd, the Ohio-based...

Cannex Report II

Stolle Machinery
The Cannex canmaking technology show held in the US at the end of April offered so much that there wasn’t enough space last month to cover all the news. John Nutting reviews more of the highlights Back to the future for D&I bottle making There’s been a change in strategy at Mall//Herlan in its approach to providing aluminium bottle-making technology, said...

Quenching new thirsts

Thomas Fischer Crown
Recognising that each emerging market presents its own set of opportunities for growth and development has been key in Crown’s global expansion. Mónica Higuera reports Emerging economies are becoming increasingly important for global beverage manufacturers.Many countries under the ‘emerging markets’ umbrella, when combined, form an economic powerhouse. In fact by 2020, these regions, which are experiencing a burgeoning and increasingly...

It’s all in the texture

Amongst the new wave of innovative canned drinks, texture and flavour are being promoted by US-based coffee roaster La Colombe and canmaker Crown. John Nutting finds out how When you see so much hot coffee served in corner shops to consumers on the run, it’s hard to imagine that they want anything better.But aside from the Starbucks and Costas of...

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...

Cans show their metal

Independent brewers in the UK and Eire were able to find how good their beers could be when canned for a recent festival. John Nutting reports Winner of the Best in Show award at the UK’s second Indie Beer Can Festival, part sponsored by the canmaking industry, was Uprising Treason brewed by the Windsor & Eton Brewery.Canned craft beer is...

Three ways to dry your drinks cans

More sophisticated ways to ensure that drinks cans are dry enough not to impact downstream systems have been developed. John Nutting reports Drinks can filling operations are inevitably wet processes. There’s product spillage, and the pasteurisation machine, if used, uses a lot of water. So cans get wet.But there are operations, such as coding, that need a dry can, not...

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