Brazil’s aerosol canmakers chase domestic growth

Growth in aerosol can demand in Brazil is attracting aluminium monobloc canmakers. Mónica Higuera reviews the sector     At almost 200 million, Brazil’s population is the largest consumer of aerosol cans in Latin America. Boosted by increases in disposable income and middle class growth, sales of aerosol products have almost doubled since 2005 and in 2009 reached...

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...

The future of canmaking

Last month’s Cannex and Fillex de las Américas was a feast of innovation for the canmaking world. Mark McCord reports Innovation was the watchword at Cannex and Fillex de las Américas 2019 last month as canmakers and equipment providers from all corners of the globe gathered in Denver, Colorado, to shape the future of the industry.From production-line machinery that communicates...

Consolidation, cost reduction and differentiation in the Chinese market

The consumer growth trend in China for metal cans continues unabated, both in soft drinks and in beer, while in the food can market, growth is developing at a respectable rate, says Richard Moore  At The Canmaker Summit in Hong Kong in 2014, I gave a presentation entitled ‘China, the Emerging Giant in Metal Packaging’ outlining the phenomenal development of...

Canned water catches the eye

The Can of the Year for 2018 is a bid to wean consumers away from using plastics bottles for mineral water. Printz Holman explains why CanO Water discovered Gold Ball Corporation has won the Can of the Year 2018 award for a drinks can that is challenging the plastics water bottle market. The award was announced at a gala dinner...

Flexible tools

Whether canmakers are looking for a new D&I bottle-making line or an upgrade from existing impact-extrusion equipment to scale up as bottle demand rises, Mall//Herlan has the right tools. Mónica Higuera reports The approach by Mall//Herlan in providing bottle-making technology addresses both the need for brand recognition from beverage manufacturers and the flexibility required by canmakers who have to adapt...

How metal bottles are challenging glass and PET

When lightweight drawn and ironed (D&I) aluminium bottles hit the market five years ago, the hope for some was that they would mount a challenge to glass and PET containers, reports Tom Woerndl. Encouragement could be taken from the Japanese market for aluminium bottles, which was established in the 1990s, and now boasts high volumes and significant brand owner...

Game-changing technology

R&D, technology, traceability and poka-yoke are the winning cards of Italian coatings manufacturer Metlac. Mónica Higuera reports from Bosco Morengo Italy’s Metlac Group manufactures more than 40,000 tonnes a year of coatings, including lacquers, enamels and inks, for internal and external use in all types of metal packaging.Established in Bosco Morengo near Alessandria 30 years ago, the company has a...

The future proofing of can coatings

How is the French ban on bisphenol-A in food and drinks packaging affecting the canmaking industry? Jan Weernink* looks at the latest developments When a law was introduced in France in 2015 which prohibited the use of the controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in packaging of any kind, it sent shock waves throughout the global canmaking industry.The law, which followed...

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