Meeting the rise in organics

Last year the US vegetable pack may have reduced demand for cans but there are new opportunities arising, including a chase for upmarket products with organic ingredients. Arthur Stupay studies the impact on canmakersThere is change afoot in the North American processed food business, and it is having an impact on the canmakers that supply the sector.In the last...

China opens up to lightweighted ends

Xiamen Baofeng Industry in China has grown from scratch to become the world’s largest manufacturer of easy-open-ends (EOE) for beverage cans in just seven years, now yearly producing around 20 billion – primarily traditional B64-type ends.While its EOEs are only sold to canmakers, the cans are used by brand owners such Tsingtao, Snow beer, Wong Lo Kat Herbal Tea,...

Strong second quarter for beverage cans

Second quarter (Q2) beverage can volume this year was one of the most successful in recent years. US shipments rose by 2.4 per cent in the first quarter, and by 2.5 per cent in the first half (H1). Beer cans, fuelled by speciality products and craft beer in a variety of shapes and sizes, rose by 2.5 per cent in the...

Collaborative thinking

The first end-making line to be produced by joint venture CepedaMeltog has been delivered to a canmaker in South America. Printz Holman reports CepedaMeltog is a joint-venture (JV) established a little over a year ago between Cepeda of Spain and UK-based Meltog to offer sheet-fed presses to the canmaking industry. Sales, after sales, finance and administration are managed from Cepeda’s...

Analysing the ups and downs of increasing size

Throughout the ages changes have fuelled business and improved our lives, says Arthur StupayThe Ball-Rexam deal and Crown’s recent acquisitions seem to be part of a consolidation movement impacting many industries. They also include the beer companies seeking to become even more dominant than ever. The food companies, such as ConAgra and others have also been through a consolidation...

Rasselstein offers Cr-free tinplate

New tinplate capacity is being installed at Thyssenkrupp Rasselstein’s mill at Andernach in Germany which features its own alternative to chromium-free passivation (CFPA). The new process minimises the growth of tin oxide on the surface of tinplate during storage and is said to be fully compliant with both EU and US food contact regulations for coated and uncoated tinplate.The...

Cost alone is not the key to business success

There’s always been more to engaging with the customer or consumer than simply aiming to offer rock-bottom prices. Value is the key, says Richard Moore Low cost has become the order of the day. Entering a supermarket today you are greeted first by an array of prices, before you can actually see what is being sold. It is difficult to...

The path to innovation is by design

There are numerous paths to innovation. One way to get started on the journey is to hire a creative agency.The benefit of working with an external agency partner is the opportunity to expand the boundaries of your thinking without the same biases or ‘tunnel vision’ that can be found within your organisation. As an extension of your team, an...

Cracking the code

Automation upgrade is in the can Modern automation and control systems are being applied to time-served can seaming systems in the drinks industry as a result of collaboration between equipment manufacturer Ferrum and global control system specialist Rockwell Automation.Ferrum, based at Rupperswil in Switzerland, finds that trends such as the switch to aluminium cans and wider ranges of sizes, along...