Good news is always much better than bad

Soon after I took up my new position with the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association (MPMA) in June, I watched Sir David Attenborough address the Glastonbury Festival. I expected to see the usual gloomy pictures of a polluted arena, waste bins overflowing and discarded packaging everywhere. Not this time: there, on prime time TV, was a close-up of canned water...

A chance to shape the future of food contact regulations

The metal packaging industry is still waiting for harmonised legislation in Europe covering coatings, printing inks and metals. The metal packaging industry is still waiting for harmonised legislation in Europe covering coatings, printing inks and metals.For years the EU Commission (EC) has been under pressure to improve legislation on food contact materials. A 2016 European Parliament resolution stressed the need...

Hygiene demands drive can quality

The growing market for canned infant-formula in China has provided the impetus for investment at Australasia’s Jamestrong Packaging, which last month opened its sixth canmaking plant.Increasingly stringent hygiene demands from the baby-food brands have revolutionised the manufacturing processes of canmakers like Jamestrong, from label design and metal decorating through to fabrication, all of which require ultra-clean operations.It means that...

Independent brewers embrace cans in UK

The UK craft beer market is going from strength to strength and helping boost Europe’s largest beverage can market. Mónica Higuera reportsTo promote the use of beverage cans and draw attention to the growing presence of craft beer cans in the UK, industry body The Can Makers and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) teamed up in 2014 to...

Transatlantic food chain

This year Nestlé is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its forefathers setting up a business in Switzerland to produce condensed milk, an idea that was brought from America. John Nutting reportsNestlé this year is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a number of events at its global headquarters in Switzerland.What grew to be one of the world’s largest food and...

China takes up LED-UV curing

Traditional thermal techniques for curing coatings and inks on tinplate packaging will be superseded by LED-UV in China as suppliers collaborate to overcome technical problems, reports Lin Daobin* Metal cans are a central part of the packaging industry in China and over the past 20 years there have been a number of advances in the technologies used for canmaking and...

Greener ring carriers for cans

As a form of packaging, the Hi-Cone carrier has always been about holding four- or six-count consumer beverage multipacks together in a secure, cost-effective and portable way. As a company, Hi-Cone is currently all about keeping a firm grip on – and carrying forward in short order – some clear environmental objectives, from using 50 per cent recycled content to...

Capping a century of technical prowess

Italian crown cork and closure equipment manufacturer Sacmi is celebrating its 100th year in business. It marked the anniversary with a Metal Day event where it unveiled a range of new machines aimed at meeting the changing demands of the beverage market for the next century.Packaging industry executives and customers from 29 countries were given tours of the company’s...

Connecting with Brazil’s consumers

Cátilo Cândido, chief executive of Abralatas, the Brazilian Association of Aluminium Can Manufacturers, is on a mission to spread the word about the merits of the beverage can.

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