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...

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...