Larger than life

Speciality beverage cans, or those outside the usual size of 12oz, are increasingly providing growth for their manufacturers. Phil Rogers analyses the technology of the larger sizesAs brand owners look for new sizes of cans to differentiate their drinks products, canmakers have been adapting their manufacturing operations to produce an increasingly diverse range of sizes. These so-called speciality cans, being...

Revolution in chemistry

Coatings suppliers are focusing on broadening their portfolios of non-BPA-based lacquers.  Denise Freitas reportsProduction starts of tomato-skin based coatings Coatings manufacturer Salchi Metalcoat has started production of lacquers derived from tomato skins at its pilot plant in Italy, with pack tests planned to begin in June.At the EU Pavilion of the Expo 2015 held in Milan, Italy, tomato cans coated with a bio-based...

Confidence in the future

New chief executive of the UK’s Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association William Boyd argues that metal fits well with the EU’s circular economic thinking. Paul Gander reportsWhen the European Commission published its proposals for a Circular Economy Package in December last year, it left many in the packaging supply chain wondering what the implications for the sector might be when...

What’s the big deal around colour quantification ?

Today’s consumers are changing the dynamics of on-shelf marketing appeal, says Joe FinanWe in the can industry – and I speak from beverage can experience – have been moving into a new paradigm of product inspection, namely colour measurement by instrumentation.  There have always been many aspects of our products traditionally inspected over the years, such as container geometrical...

Smart cans to interact with consumers’ smartphones

Cans with easy-open ends are convenient. Cans with a sleek, hand-shaped design are comfortable. Cans with the odd shapes and wild colours are attractive. We love them all, because each of these developments has taken a functional metal container and turned it into a trendy package. Will the ‘talking’ can be the next that we add to this list...

Double-speed canning offers easier growth

Craft brewers who want to increase the capacity of their canning lines are being targeted by Cask Brewing Systems with its latest system Canada-based Cask has launched its Automatic Canning System X2, a doubled-up in-line machine that is capable of filling and seaming more than 75 cans per minute and almost 200 cases per hour.With ten carbon dioxide pre-purge heads,...

Better performance, higher productivity

Maximising operational performance is essential in can closing systems. Denise Freitas reportsDutch-based JBT FoodTech is planning to launch a line of seamers with different specifications for wet or powder applications.The range is based on the already-established SeamTec closing system for high-value powder cans, which are mostly infant formula.“Following the success of the SeamTec, we are re-designing completely our renowned...

Something historic is occurring now

There have been dramatic changes in North America, the most mature of beverage can markets, as consumers change their tastes. John Nutting talked to Ron Skotleski Jr, marketing chief for Crown's North America beverage can businessThe announcement that Crown is investing in North America’s first new beverage can plant in 20 years highlights the changes that have been occurring...

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...

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