Ardagh wins The Canmaker’s 2019 Can of the Year Award

A seafood container that is so light, yet rigid, that it defied judges’ belief, has scooped The Canmaker Can of the Year Award 2019 for Ardagh Group.

The Hansa-style can, with a body made from 0.19mm gauge aluminium and fitted with and easy-open end, was designed to hold mackerel fillets, a national dish of Norway, for the Orkla Foods’ Stabburet brand.

The Can of the Year was among a haul of awards that the Ireland-based canmaker picked up at the Cans of the Year ceremony during The Canmaker Summit in London.

The can, which also won Gold in the Food Two-Piece category, further impressed judges because it was produced in 60 different designs, marking different towns and cities in Norway.

Ardagh market development manager Marc Bettinger accepted the award at a gala dinner attended by scores of executives and senior managers drawn from across the canmaking industry. He was also on hand to accept the Gold award in the Beverage Three-Piece category as well as a trove of awards in other multiple categories.

“We’re delighted to have won this award and to be recognised in a wide variety of categories,” Bettinger told The Canmaker moments after collecting the award at the Leonardo Royal Hotel. “It’s testament to the diversity and quality of our products.”

The Cans of the Year ceremony is the highlight of the Canmaker Summit, this year held in London for the first time, and which was opened yesterday with a rousing presentation from Canpack Group commercial officer Stephen McAneny. Speakers including Ball Beverage Packaging Europe vice president of operation Jason Ramskill offered industry insights during the final day of the event.

The Canmaker Cans of the Year awards 2019

Can of the Year 2019

Winner: Ardagh Group, Germany

Aluminium can with easy-open end for Orkla Foods; Stabburet mackerel


Delegates’ Choice 2019

Gruppo ASA, San Marino

Three-piece welded tinplate decorative 500ml bottle for D-Orazio olive oil


Aerosol Cans

Gold: DS Containers, USA

D&I aluminium 2.5oz & 7oz cans for Procter & Gamble; Gillette shaving gel

Silver: Tubex, Germany

250ml impact-extruded aluminium light-weight can for Unilever; Dove Men+Care deodorant

Bronze: Crown Cork & Seal, USA

Three-piece welded tinplate 7oz debossed can for Perio; Barbasol shaving cream


Beverage Three-Piece

Gold: Ardagh Group, Netherlands

Three-piece welded steel shaped can for GAYA Gold Coffee; GAYA coffee

Silver: ORG Technology, China

Three-piece welded tinplate 980ml cartridge can for Benxi Longshanquan Beer; Longshanquan beer

Bronze: Hindustan Tin Works, India

Three-piece welded tinplate can for Allahabad Canning; Morton fruit juice


Beverage Two-piece

Gold: Toyo Seikan, Japan

375ml polyester laminated D&I aluminium can with BPA-NI end for E & J Gallo Winery; Dark Horse wine

Silver: Ball Corporation, USA

D&I aluminium one pint and one quart can with resealable cap for Crowler Nation; The Crowler

Bronze: Ardagh Group, UK

330ml & 500ml D&I aluminium embossed cans for Anheuser-Busch InBev; Jupiler beer



Gold: Universal Can Corporation, Japan

D&I aluminium 500ml bottle for Monster Energy Japan; Monster Energy drink

Silver: CCL Container, USA

One pint impact-extruded aluminium bottle for Anheuser-Busch; Budweiser Discovery Reserve beer

Bronze: Exal Corporation, USA

Impact-extruded aluminium 310ml bottle for Califia Farms; Califia draft latte


Decoration & Print Quality Three-piece

Gold: Metprint, UK

Lock-seam tinplate decorative secondary container for Metprint Season’s Greetings gift tin

Silver: Sarten Ambalaj, Turkey

Three-piece welded tinplate aerosol can with high resolution printing for various customers


Decoration & Print Quality Two-piece

Gold: Ball Corporation, USA

500ml D&I aluminium beverage can with high resolution graphics for Alcon; BRAUS beer

Silver: Canpack Group, Poland

D&I aluminium 500ml beverage can with various graphic effects for Plzensky Prazdroj brewery; Pilsner Urquell beer

Bronze: Orora Beverage Can, Australia

250ml D&I aluminium can with tactile ink for Beam Suntory; Koyomi Highball alcoholic beverage


Ends, Caps & Closures

Gold: Shenzhen Daman Packaging, China

Three-piece welded tinplate can with aluminium peel-off end and twist lid for Beijing Xiao Guan Tea; Xiao Guan Cha tea

Silver: Canpack Metal Closures, Poland

Crown cap with engraved liner for Carlsberg Group; Carlsberg Pilsner beer

Bronze: Shetron, India

Tinplate twist-off cap for Marcatus QED; Bubbies gherkins


Fancy Cans

Gold: Dongguan GM Metal Products, Hong Kong

Lock-seam tinplate can with plug and slip lid for The East India Company, London Tea

Silver: Dongguan GM Metal Products, Hong Kong

Lock-seam balloon shaped can for Churchill’s Confectionery

Joint Bronze: Meister, Brazil

Drawn tinplate decorative can for Meister; Filigrees candies/confectionery

Joint Bronze: Crown Aerosols & Promotional Packaging, UK

Lock-seam secondary container for Nicolas Feuillatte champagne bottle


Food Three-piece

Gold: Gruppo ASA, San Marino

Three-piece welded tinplate decorative 500ml resealable bottle for D-Orazio olive oil

Silver: Hindustan Tin Works, India

Three-piece welded tinplate can with ring-pull and slip lid for De Diet Chef India; Tea Valley tea

Bronze: Colep, Portugal

Three-piece welded tinplate embossed can for Gallo Worldwide; Azeite Gallo olive oil


Food Two-piece

Gold: Ardagh Group, Germany

Aluminium can with easy-open end for Orkla Foods; Stabburet mackerel

Silver: ORG Technology, China

Drawn laminated steel bowl with peel-off end and plastics lid for Xiamen Sinong Biotechnology; Yan Palace

Bronze: Ardagh Group, France

D&I tinplate can with easy-open end for D’AUCY vegetables


General Line

Gold: Österreichische Blechwarenfabrik Pirlo, Austria

Drawn tinplate tin with slip lid for Lavolta Cosmetics, Dr Armah-Biomedica; Dr. Armah’s Lavolta cream

Silver: Colep, Portugal

Three-piece welded tinplate stackable container for Akzo Nobel; Bruguer paint

Bronze: Bharat Tin Works, India

Four-litre three-piece welded tinplate pail for Asian Paints WoodTech Emporio paint



Gold: Ball Aerosol Packaging, USA

All-round embossed impact-extruded aluminium aerosol can

Silver: Calvo Envases, Spain

Polymer-coated drawn steel food two-piece can with peelable aluminium end for tuna

Bronze: Toyo Seikan, Japan

D&I aluminium beverage can with embossed neck


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