Last man standing

London-based general line canmaker William Say & Co believes its perceived status as a sole provider of local manufacturing is one of its greatest assets. Mónica Higuera reports  With a growing appetite for home produced goods, and independent shops generally flourishing, family-owned canmaker William Say & Co thinks it is well positioned to benefit from the growth of small businesses...

Canned foods: a saviour in this time of crisis

As coronavirus continues to spread, the challenge for the canmaking industry has been in meeting increased demand for cans for food and beverages. Arthur Stupay reports

A bright year for canmakers

With many economies prospering in 2019, the main issue in 2020 for business executives and canmakers is whether this seemingly prosperous period will continue, and for how long?Currently, inflation in the leading economies – especially the US, the EU and China – is not a major issue, even though budget deficits are soaring. For the US and other countries, the...

Cool (clean and smooth) running

Coolant filtration systems for D&I bodymakers producing aluminium cans have come a long way in 50 years, as Andy Ricketts* of Primetals Technologies explains to Paul Gander A canmaking engineer or metallurgist may generally have little incentive to think long or hard about the need for – and the challenges around – coolant systems in aluminium drawn and wall-ironed (D&I)...

A matter of ends

End producers and end-making systems suppliers were exhibiting at this year’s Cannex in Denver. Richard Estrada reports • Not many technologies in the canmaking business can claim a 50 percent share of the global market, but that’s just about what the CDL end has achieved in the beer and beverage world.It’s a remarkable achievement for Container Development Ltd, the Ohio-based...

Happy 50th birthday to the D&I drinks can

The two-piece drawn & wall-ironed (D&I) drinks can was first produced commercially 50 years ago in March 1964, reports John Nutting, who charts its development and impact on the metal packaging worldSuch is the ubiquity and slick modernity of the drinks can – whose portability, strength and recyclability makes it a perfect vehicle for global brands – that...

Yesterday’s dream is today’s reality

The goal of assuring that every item produced in a canmaking plant is checked so it meets the quality needs of customers may still be out of reach, but it’s getting closer. John Nutting reports Increasing demand from consumers for the highest-quality products means that canmakers, like all manufacturers, should exploit machine vision systems to improve the performance of their...

From canning to end making

China's Xiamen Baofeng is planning to become the world's leading manufacturer of aluminium ends for beverage cans.After selling a 60 percent stake in China's Yinlu Foods Group to Nestlé in 2011 for an undisclosed sum, which analysts estimated at between US$600 million and $1 billion, Chen Qingyuan, company president and one of its founders, could have slowed down...

Beverage cans show their ink

Ink manufacturers are always looking at new developments that make cans special and stand out on the shelf. Mónica Higuera reports Brand protection and special effects for cans With the widespread use of smartphones, Sun Chemical has developed an authentication called AuthentiGuard with Document Security Systems (DSS), which works by incorporating a copy-resistant mark or code into the decoration of the can...

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