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...

Meeting hygiene needs means new investment

Just over three years ago when I last contributed to this column, I introduced what we call at Gruppo ASA the ‘hub-and-spoke’ business model. The objective was to optimise production in our family-owned concern, which had grown through the acquisition of seven companies, which in most cases, included printing through to the final assembly of cans.To cut costs and...

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...

Harmony between baling speed and size

A waste extraction system for beverage canning lines has been developed by US-based Harmony Enterprises. The ExtractPack Pro Intermediate Liquid Extraction Baler is said to be cost-effective, space saving and also provides high efficiency and longevity.Aimed primarily at beer and beverage canners, and contract packers, the system is capable of perforating and draining cans and creating mill-sized bales of...

Making customers’ brand initiatives stand out

Ball Corporation is bringing more than widgets to its North American beverage can customers in 2016. The global canmaking leader is introducing innovations and features new to US grocery shelves, strengthening Ball’s relationships with current customers, and attracting new ones. “To be a strategic partner to our customers, Ball has to be good at both innovation and production. Sometimes 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...

Cans are fit for the future

The future of packaging is with metal. But for canmakers to be successful they must embrace disruptive change. Rick Pendrous reports The global canmaking sector stands at a pivotal juncture in its long and distinguished history. Huge commercial opportunities are on offer to those bold enough to grasp the change that is necessary to ensure a bright metallic future. However,...

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...

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...