It’s forever in the circular economy

Leonie Knox-Peebles took over as chief executive of Metal Packaging Europe (MPE), the body representing Europe’s rigid metal packaging industry and primarily canmaking, in April 2019.MPE acts on behalf of around 760 companies (90 per cent of which are small and medium-sized) that employ more than 180,000 people across the continent making almost 100 billion cans a year. MPE...

Showcasing equipment in Germany

Metpack, the international metal packaging show held every three years, returns to  Essen in Germany, from 5-9 May. It overlaps with the Interpack packaging show in nearby Dusseldorf which runs from 7-13 May. Both shows will provide an opportunity to see the latest canmaking technology from around the world.  A shuttle bus between the show venues on the overlap...

Step changes in the beverage can industry

I have spent many years in canmaking, starting in the two-piece can business with Metal Box in London as a graduate management trainee. For almost two years I learned everything about beverage cans before taking on a supervisory role at a manufacturing plant.Talking to contemporaries in the business, I realise that we are all now part of a ‘boys’ club’...

Perfection in the Pacific

The song Bali Hai from the musical South Pacific conjures up images of a mystical sun-drenched tropical paradise. It’s also the eponymous name for a leading brewery near Jakarta in the Indonesian province of West Java that hopes to similarly conjure up some magic in the beer it produces.To improve the quality and meet rising demand for its canned...

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...

Widening bottle design capability

The smallest of changes in a can’s design are sometimes a clue to bigger things happening at a canmaker.On the aluminium bottle produced by Japan’s Universal Can Corporation (UCC) for Monster Energy it was a subtle change in the profile of the neck that caught the eye. On the face of it, this might not have been enough to make the can a Gold winner in...

From sprayability to sustainability

It could be argued that the way the environment dominates current debate around aerosol markets is no different from any other packaging sector; but at January’s Aerosol & Dispensing Forum (ADF) show in Paris, it became clear there were specific factors making this market especially sensitive to sustainability concerns.The section of the ADF conference dedicated to sustainability and recycling...

Beverage cans in his blood

Nampak, Africa’s largest packaging group, has been undergoing a transformation over the past decade that has resulted in more of its products being beverage cans.Erik Smuts was largely responsible for this change, so he was in a good position to take over as chief executive in January after André de Ruyter left to join South African electricity utility Eskom.Smuts,...

Ingredients for success

Cawingredients, one of the biggest contract beverage fillers in the UK, has installed one of the most flexible canning lines on the market to complement its PET bottling facilities as part of a strategy to significantly increase its output.However, the family-owned company faced a major challenge in that this was its first experience of producing beverages in cans. It...

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