Hygiene demands drive can quality

The growing market for canned infant-formula in China has provided the impetus for investment at Australasia’s Jamestrong Packaging, which last month opened its sixth canmaking plant.Increasingly stringent hygiene demands from the baby-food brands have revolutionised the manufacturing processes of canmakers like Jamestrong, from label design and metal decorating through to fabrication, all of which require ultra-clean operations.It means that...

A chance to shape the future of food contact regulations

The metal packaging industry is still waiting for harmonised legislation in Europe covering coatings, printing inks and metals. The metal packaging industry is still waiting for harmonised legislation in Europe covering coatings, printing inks and metals.For years the EU Commission (EC) has been under pressure to improve legislation on food contact materials. A 2016 European Parliament resolution stressed the need...

Delivering innovation meets global demand

Unprecedented growth in demand for beverage cans around the world requires a streamlined system for constructing manufacturing plants. Ron Ragan, director of business development at Roeslein & Associates, explains the processIf you are looking for some optimism during these times of global economic concern, may I suggest Nigeria? The West African nation is in the midst of explosive population...

Beverage can capacity to rise with demand

After years of modest decline in volume, beverage can demand in the world’s largest market, North America, is having a revival. Other large markets, in Europe, Asia and South America, are also moving to metal cans, especially for use with a range of new beverage types that appeal to a widening consumer base.The problem now in the canmaking industry...

Challenges persist

A number of complex headwinds have been facing the leading canmakers, with rising costs across the board, and these will continue. But acquisitions have helped, as Arthur Stupay details in his report of the third quarter The third financial quarter of 2018 illustrates some issues that may plague canmakers in the fourth quarter and next year. The key factors impacting...

Digital goes smooth

Water-based inks for the digital decoration of finished cans are said to offer huge benefits for brand owners, reports John Nutting A digital printing process that is said to make it possible to decorate a wide range of two-piece, three-piece and monobloc metal containers, enabling brand owners to serve smaller niche sectors and differentiate their products, has been launched by...

Hybrids arrive in metal deco

Higher quality print could soon be complemented by flexible digital systems, enabling canners to get in on the act. John Nutting reviews developments in decorating Fourth generation FastReady from Crabtree A number of design changes have been made to the latest version of the Fastready metal decorating press from Crabtree of Gateshead, aimed at improving print quality and sheet handling.The FastReady 4,...

Added value is the key to success

Equipment manufacturers are providing more than just sales support to canmakers: they’re offering a wide range of additional services to keep their customers happy. John Nutting reports Upgrading used equipment is part of the service British metal decorating equipment manufacturer Crabtree has been offering Marquess and FastReady lines to canmakers for more than 50 years. But it also provides retrofit enhancements...

Propelling new ideas

The latest developments in aerosol can technology were outlined in a recent event organised in the UK by British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association.  Printz Holman was there The recent Innovations Day hosted by the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) was well received by an audience that appreciated a balance that allowed them to review the latest commercial technologies and to explore...

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