Ardagh: the rising star

A significant basket of canmaking plants and support facilities will be sold to Ardagh by Ball if its acquisition of Rexam is completed. Here we list them and detail some of the implications. John Nutting reports The world of canmaking will look quite different after June, if the proposed US$6.6 billion acquisition of Rexam by Ball Corporation is completed as...

Hall of Fame welcomes first inductee

As Bill Coors approaches his 100th birthday and becomes the first inductee into The Canmaker Hall of Fame, we consider the part that he played in turning an innovative idea into a container that changed the world. Printz Holman reports  Bill Coor’s citation from The Canmaker Hall of Fame reads, ‘in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the canmaking industry’,...

Never a dull moment in the world of canmaking

One could argue that the former beverage can division of Schmalbach-Lubeca is coming back home, says Jan Driessens   Having worked at the beverage can division of Schmalbach-Lubeca, which was trading as Continental Can Europe in the 1990s, I find it interesting to see that Ardagh is buying the beverage can assets that Ball had to sell as part of its acquisition of...

Indie canned beers recognised by the canmaking industry

Winner of the Best in Show award at the UK’s second Indie Beer Can Festival, part sponsored by the canmaking industry, is Uprising Treason brewed by the Windsor & Eton Brewery.Canned craft beer is as fast a growing sector in the UK and Eire as anywhere with less than a handful of brands four years ago to more than...

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...

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