Meeting hygiene needs means new investment

Just over three years ago when I last contributed to this column, I introduced what we call at Gruppo ASA the ‘hub-and-spoke’ business model. The objective was to optimise production in our family-owned concern, which had grown through the acquisition of seven companies, which in most cases, included printing through to the final assembly of cans.To cut costs and...

Digital flexibility in a world of customisation

If the designers of labels for cans could change one thing about how they get their ideas onto metal, it would probably be … everything.The process usually takes time – sometimes months – and because it’s labour intensive, it’s also expensive. It is also anathema to consumer markets that increasingly demand a fast turnover of customised and personalised products.Technology...

What’s the big deal around colour quantification ?

Today’s consumers are changing the dynamics of on-shelf marketing appeal, says Joe FinanWe in the can industry – and I speak from beverage can experience – have been moving into a new paradigm of product inspection, namely colour measurement by instrumentation.  There have always been many aspects of our products traditionally inspected over the years, such as container geometrical...

Better performance, higher productivity

Maximising operational performance is essential in can closing systems. Denise Freitas reportsDutch-based JBT FoodTech is planning to launch a line of seamers with different specifications for wet or powder applications.The range is based on the already-established SeamTec closing system for high-value powder cans, which are mostly infant formula.“Following the success of the SeamTec, we are re-designing completely our renowned...

Meeting the rise in organics

Last year the US vegetable pack may have reduced demand for cans but there are new opportunities arising, including a chase for upmarket products with organic ingredients. Arthur Stupay studies the impact on canmakersThere is change afoot in the North American processed food business, and it is having an impact on the canmakers that supply the sector.In the last...

Analysing the ups and downs of increasing size

Throughout the ages changes have fuelled business and improved our lives, says Arthur StupayThe Ball-Rexam deal and Crown’s recent acquisitions seem to be part of a consolidation movement impacting many industries. They also include the beer companies seeking to become even more dominant than ever. The food companies, such as ConAgra and others have also been through a consolidation...

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...

Energetic expansion

For a former bank clerk with no previous experience of canmaking Barnabas Csereklye has climbed a steep learning curve as manager of Hungary’s first beverage can plant.Csereklye – who subsequently worked in managerial roles in the banking sector – is the first to admit that he’s “an economist, not an engineer”. However, he has a passion for the business...

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...

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