Turning the tide of US carbonated drinks decline

As Diet Pepsi is launched free of the sweetener aspartame, one solution in the move to natural low-calorie versions could be GM stevia, but how would consumers react to that? Sweetener expert John Fry explains (as published in the August issue of The Canmaker)It is an unusually turbulent period in the world of soft drinks. Sugar is being demonised...

Loaded with promise

Breakneck economic change is bringing new opportunities – and challenges – to the metal packaging industry in India and the wider sub-continent.

Confidence in the future

New chief executive of the UK’s Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association William Boyd argues that metal fits well with the EU’s circular economic thinking. Paul Gander reportsWhen the European Commission published its proposals for a Circular Economy Package in December last year, it left many in the packaging supply chain wondering what the implications for the sector might be when...

Cans help craft brewers cling to life

Craft brewer Fourpure lost half its sales overnight when the UK government closed pubs and restaurants earlier this year as part of lockdown measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.With the pub taps and pumps that had put its IPAs and lagers into pint glasses around the country now quiet, the south London brewer had to think quickly. Betting...

Keeping up with demand

In New Zealand, Jamestrong Packaging is chasing demand from China for infant formula cans with a newly-built canmaking plant. John Nutting reports Australia-based canmaker Jamestrong Packaging last month officially opened a new plant near Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island.The A$13 million (US$10.1m) investment is part of a strategy by Jamestrong to build up its capacity for the manufacture of...

Where great manufacturing meets design excellence

New manufacturing, design and decoration techniques ensure that each year a wave of impressive new packages is sent to The Canmaker’s experts for assessment. With an astounding level of attention paid to detailing this year, the 2019 cohort of candidates made for a delightfully colourful and imaginative collection.  

US tax cuts: a benefit that could aid capex

Recent changes in corporate taxation should boost merger and acquisition activity as canmakers respond to customer developments, and thereby improve capital expenditure, says Arthur Stupay* The US tax cut and EU pro-growth interest-rate policy appears to be having an impact on the packaging industry and, specifically, the canmaking business. This can be measured by the size and change in companies’...

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...

How the industry adopted a measured approach to colour

A ‘View from the Board’ is exactly that: a view. I have been in the two-piece can industry for 40 years now and have been delighted to participate in a business that is resilient and forward moving. During those years most of my focus was colour, which has left me with particular observations regarding the future and the potential...

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