A strong voice for aluminium aerosols

Earlier this year, Leopold Werdich, managing director of Tubex Holding, was elected president of Aerobal, which represents the interests of aluminium aerosol can manufacturers. Paul Gander talks to him As a first impression, newly-elected Aerobal president Leopold Werdich comes across as being softly-spoken. This characteristic stands out at a time when strident or even shouted communication is all too common...

Seaside adventures

Business is booming at a UK contract beer packer since it installed a high-speed canning line last year. Nick Roseblade reports A contract beer packer in the UK has expanded its customer base by a third and sales by 30 per cent in a year after having a high-speed canning line installed.Riding on a wave of popularity for canned craft...

Closed-loop colour control: just around the corner?

Fully closed-loop colour control for printing on beverage cans has recently been discussed by canmakers after a successful demonstration of print and decoration inspection of cans online with 100 percent coverage at high line speeds. Although initially the interest for can decoration inspection, even in its most basic form, was not a priority, some events have changed that landscape. Perhaps...

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...

Finding the right home

With an integrated supply chain, passion and a stable and diverse business, Sandvik Hyperion is set to attract a good new owner, the company tells Mónica Higuera Sweden-based engineering group Sandvik last year identified Sandvik Hyperion, which includes its can tooling division, as a non-strategic business that it plans to divest.The can tooling business is part of what was previously called...

Investing in the future

Polish-based canmaker Can-Pack’s expansion continued with the recent official opening of its first Russian beverage can plant, with more to come. Daniel Searle reports About an hour’s drive from the opulence and grand architecture of Moscow, deep in the Russian countryside the impressive structure of Can-Pack’s newest beverage can plant stands in stark contrast to the rural landscape....

New order

How will Europe’s beverage can business look if the EC’s divestment requirements are completed? John Nutting looks into the figuresEurope’s beverage can manufacturing business could be dramatically transformed by the end of this year when the plants that have to be divested to meet the terms of Ball’s US$6 billion acquisition of Rexam are sold to another player.Following a...

Bonduelle backs metal packaging

French vegetable canner Bonduelle has been increasing its commitment to canned foods. Peter Crosskey met the company’s new chief executive in Paris   Bonduelle’s new group chief executive Daniel Vielfaure was emphatic about the role of metal packaging at the vegetable canner when it announced its first-half results in Paris last month. "Cans inspire confidence among consumers," he told...

Downgauging Inca crowns

Packaging Products del Perú is manufacturing the world’s thinnest gauge crown cork metal closures. Mónica Higuera reports Among the developments discussed at The Canmaker Summit in November 2010 were the downgauged crown corks being used on bottles in Peru by brewer SABMiller’s subsidiary Unión de Cervecerías Peruanas Backus & Johnston. The metal crown closures are made from...