Hybrids arrive in metal deco

Higher quality print could soon be complemented by flexible digital systems, enabling canners to get in on the act. John Nutting reviews developments in decorating Fourth generation FastReady from Crabtree A number of design changes have been made to the latest version of the Fastready metal decorating press from Crabtree of Gateshead, aimed at improving print quality and sheet handling.The FastReady 4,...

The future is bright

With 64 billion beverage cans filled in Europe in 2015 and production growing, prospects for cans are good. Iain Percival* looks at factors driving their success According to the latest results from trade association Beverage Can Makers Europe (BCME), the soft drink category accounts for more than half of beverage can fillings in Europe and is currently the best performing...

From Egypt to Europe

MSCANCO is planning in Egypt to become one of the world’s leading canmaking operations. With its first beverage can line being commissioned last month and a second one starting up in June, Egypt’s latest canmaking plant is set to become Africa’s largest when two further lines are added by the end of 2018 and the facility’s manufacturing capacity tops five...

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...

Eye-catching versatility

Co-packers of drinks must move with the times, offering a wide range of can formats. Richard Estrada visited Varni Brothers in California The era of the aluminium can – that 12oz stalwart that has long been the cornerstone of the US soft drink and beer industry – is giving way to an era of innovation. Shaped cans, smaller cans, larger...

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...

The measure of success

It’s taken just ten months to turn a greenfield site into a canmaking plant shipping pallets of food cans. Roeslein made it happen for SilganCanmaking project integrator Roeslein & Associates has been measuring its success in not just the time taken to get a plant up and running, but in loads of pallets. Pallets of two-piece steel food cans...

The best for everybody

The Ocsam and Cepak slitting machine lines are now being made under one roof. John Nutting flew to Italy to find out how their differences are being marketedCutting edge technologies using servo drives and sophisticated controls systems are not always appropriate for some operations in canmaking plants, particularly if the process is used for long unchanging runs of cans....

Ready for the future

A new metal decorating press is being launched by Crabtree of Gateshead to coincide with its 50th anniversary. John Nutting reportsThis year, half a century of producing decorating and coating lines for the metal packaging industry is being celebrated by Crabtree of Gateshead.While the company can trace its roots in the printing industry back to the mid-19th century, it’s...

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