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In Search of Imperfection

Test and inspection equipment is being adapted to accommodate the growing portfolio of can formats rolling off canmakers’ lines, while the increasing use of artificial intelligence is helping operators spot and react to defects quicker than ever, writes Mark...

Halls of fame

With Cannex & Fillex set to take place in Guangzhou, China, next month, exhibitors are preparing their products ready for showcasing. Michelle Russell and Mark McCord preview a selection of the companies taking part Booth 1114 Global engineering company...

Materials of concern

Suppliers to the canmaking industry anticipate tough new regulations on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in Europe and the US. Nisa Ali and Michelle Russell report on the preparations being made to widen the application of BPA-free...

At the vanguard

The recent British Aerosol Manufacturers Association Innovation Day, held at the Royal Armouries Museum, introduced an interesting range of developments in the aerosol sector. Daniel Searle reports At the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, UK, visitors can marvel at...

Fair winds ahead

The long-established conference and trade show Latamcan made its debut in Argentina this year, welcoming a record number of attendees optimistic for the future of the Latin American canmaking sector. Michelle Russell reports This year’s Latin American Canmakers Conference...

Future dream

When Miyuki Ishihara was in elementary school, his teacher said aluminium was a ‘future dream metal’. Now he serves as chairman at one of the largest aluminium manufacturers in Japan. Nisa Ali hears his story With a history dating...

Is growth in beverage cans returning?

Beverage can shipments increased in the US, Europe and Brazil over the first three months of the year, according to reports from the three leading canmakers, Ball, Crown and Ardagh Metal Packaging. It was also apparent that aluminium cans...

How will the UK’s tinplate livery company respond to the revival of tin mining in the UK?

Tin has always been a key part of metal packaging, and even before tinplate was first used for heat- processed canned foods in the early 19th century, when its decorative properties were already well known. Its London-based livery company,...

Crafty business

The UK’s craft brewing industry is still largely built on keg sales but canned beers are holding up, despite a recent dip. Mark McCord went to Manchester to find out from a new batch of craft brewers and cider...

Return to Guangzhou

Cannex & Fillex 2024, the international canmaking and filling show, will return to Guangzhou this July. Daniel Searle previews some of the innovations due to be showcased by exhibitors Stolle Machinery, a global leader in can and end-making equipment, will...

World of activity

Over the last year, the D&I beverage can manufacturing market has seen activity across the world ranging from new production lines and investments to plant closures. Michelle Russell reports In January 2024, independent beverage can manufacturer Lion Paketleme, based...

Smooth operators

  With demand slowing for new D&I beverage can lines, canmakers are having to be more strategic with their investments, writes Michelle Russell The phenomenal increase in demand for new D&I beverage can lines as consumers rushed for canned drinks during...

Light touch

Industry stakeholders came together to explore ink and proofing standards for two-piece beverage cans. Nisa Ali reports from Manchester Leading companies across canmaking industry supply chains are considering general guidance for PantoneLIVE colours in the production of two-piece beverage cans. Following...

Value through innovation

With mounting demands on canmakers to be more efficient, cost-effective and climate conscious, China-based Shenzhen Daman is taking a scientific approach to canmaking. Nisa Ali hears from founder and chairman Zhou Bin Over a quarter of a century, canmaker Shenzhen Daman...

Hope for the future

Although growth is expected to continue its decline this year, there’s hope for a revival in 2025, reports the World Bank. Arthur Stupay looks at the prospects Global economic growth is expected to continue its decline this year, according to...

Precision on a plate

Saving ink and energy, and speedier production without compromising quality are among the aims of printers and platemakers in the canmaking industry. Nisa Ali hears about advances at the pre-press stage Creating an attractive can starts at the pre-press stage...

Evolutionary changes

Many incremental changes add up to big improvements in Belvac’s beverage can decorator. Nisa Ali finds out about the upgrades Belvac Production Machinery, the US-based manufacturer of production equipment and turnkey line systems for the canmaking industry, has made a...

Testing new ground

Colep Packaging is exploring the possibilities of metal decoration for its general line, aerosol cans and other metal packaging. Nisa Ali reports “In a demanding and competitive market landscape as ours, it becomes essential to continuously pursue innovative solutions that...

Sustainable support

A venerable Spanish brewer whose flagship Estrella Galicia lager is enjoyed worldwide is also a champion of sustainability. Mark McCord reports on how Hijos de Rivera Brewery strives for environmental best practice within its country and beyond he Hijos de...

Beyond tradition

Rising demand among South American consumers for canned beer prompted one of the continent’s oldest breweries to switch to metal packaging, reports Mark McCord Argentina-based Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes has brewed beer for more than 130 years and its namesake...
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Halls of fame

With Cannex & Fillex set to take place in Guangzhou, China, next month, exhibitors are preparing their products...