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Securing the title

The overall winner at the 2021 Cans of the Year Awards was an intricately-decorated three- piece tinplate can produced by India’s Hindustan Tin Works. At just 9cm tall, it features a multitude of unique design elements, which as well as making the can look great, also helps to prevent counterfeiters making their own versions and its contents. Hindustan Tin Works (HTW)...

A year of challenges

The past year has been one of considerable challenge for logistics specialists worldwide. This has been particularly true for those that work in the canmaking industry, such as Good Logistics, which specialises in transporting canmaking equipment. The company has had to overcome many obstacles to ensure its clients meet their deadlines for many new canmaking lines being constructed. Good Logistics...

Proliferation spurs demand

Growth in beverage can production continued to be strong in the three months to the end of September, especially in the US and Mexico where canmakers reported volumes up by between 4 and 6 per cent. In Europe, volumes were up but at a lower rate. Much of this growth is being driven by the proliferation of uses for cans, with...

Finding fault

New innovations in measuring and examining the integrity of metals used for making cans, their decoration and canmaking machinery are reducing the volume of spoiled or damaged cans slowing or halting production lines. These are helping canmakers reduce the monetary and resource costs of rectifying defects. From new products to updates of tried- and-trusted equipment, here is a roundup of...

Times tough, tin tougher

When the opening speaker at a conference uses the term ‘interesting times’ to describe the current business environment, there is usually an ironic and euphemistic back- echo which sounds a lot like ‘difficult times’. When Jeremy Pearce, who heads up the International Tin Association’s (ITA’s) market intelligence team, opened October’s online International Tinplate Conference with just this phrase, the echo...

Selling points

The SilverAward winners for this year ’s Cans of the Year Awards, backed by The Canmaker magazine, illustrated the vast consumer appeal that metal packaging is capable of providing. Competing entries showed outstanding decoration, with pin-sharp registration and an increased use of colours and effects thanks to new technology. Common designs for everyday items such as powdered milk and motor...

Protecting the future

At the recent COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland, leaders and thinkers from around the world met to discuss climate change, and how the environmental impact of human activities could be reduced to help slow the process. It attracted global media attention but the event was no one-off: sustainability has become a key consideration for governments, consumers and businesses alike...

The pandemic and the business issues it has created

The metal packaging industry saw a major increase in pricing this year. Tinplate canstock was hard to come by and prices were increasing week on week. Can prices also had to go up, but with a number of fixed-price contracts in place not all customers accepted an increase. As if this was not enough, logistics costs also went through the roof....

Collective effort

Representatives of both the aluminium and tinplate aerosol supply chains have called for the sector to put its efforts into increasing overall collection and recycling rates rather than ‘greenwashing’ consumers with high lev- els of post-consumer recyclate (PCR) in individual containers. Currently, at least two European can- makers are offering aerosol containers, and some other metal packaging, in 100 per cent...