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When size matters

Throughout its long history the canmaking industry produced cans in a huge range of sizes, before efforts were made to standardise them. Roberto Baroni* investigates From the start of the metal packaging industry more than 200 years ago, cans have been...

Spotlight on co-packers

Whether big or small, beverage brand owners are increasingly using contract manufacturers and fillers to support the market’s transformation. Marianne Geater reports Contract packaging services are increasingly used in the US by brand owners, representing 15% of all beverage products...

Smaller portions favour more draw-redraw cans

Recent changes in consumer habits have increased demand for single-serve packaging, which has led to more products in draw-redraw cans appearing on store shelves. Danielle Ingram reports With consumers rediscovering the benefits of canned foods during the pandemic, smaller sizes of...

The economy and its impact on can demand

The past two years have been a difficult period for the global economy, but challenges remain for the year to come, says Arthur Stupay* Gross domestic product (GDP) and personal incomes determine the outlook for most items, but especially for...

Lessons for Japan

The global beverage can industry has enjoyed a market boom in recent years, but how has the domestic market in Japan performed? David Wall and Mark Smyth* report The global packaging market was estimated to be worth more than US$1 trillion...

Art meets innovation

Cans of the Year Awards: Bronze The Bronze winners at the Cans of the Year Awards 2022 married high-class design with enhanced functionality. Mark McCord reports The Cans of the Year Awards, backed by The Canmaker magazine, offer the chance to showcase...

Innovate to prosper

Florian Nussbaum took the roundabout route to the highest role at his family’s canmaking business. Since then, by investing in the values set by his father many years ago, the Nussbaum group has continued to thrive. Danielle Ingram reports Innovation...

Greener sealing

Sealants and compounds for use in can and end manufacturing are evolving to meet environmental regulations and the demand for sustainability. Marianne Geater reports Environmental and health protection regulations are becoming more stringent across the globe and packaging legislation is also...

The power to save

Curing systems for the inks and coatings on cans are some of the most energy-hungry processes in canmaking. Mark McCord discusses how suppliers are trying to remedy this Rising energy costs have spurred the suppliers of curing systems to develop...

Pressure to perform

Aerosol can manufacturers might be feeling the pinch of multiple headwinds, but these have not stopped innovation and an increased focus on sustainability. Danielle Ingram reports There hasn’t been a shortage of troubles for the canmaking sector in the aftermath...

That propulsion compulsion

The choice of propellant is just one of the decisions facing aerosol brand owners and their suppliers, and filling equipment companies are ensuring they can cover all the options. Paul Gander reports The aerosol market is not alone in the...

Return to normality?

Despite a return towards pre-pandemic volumes in US food can shipments, canmakers and their customers are doing reasonably well. Arthur Stupay discusses the third-quarter figures Shipments of cans to customers in the US food industry declined by 7.7% in the...

Smoke and Mirrors

Faced with a disastrous fall from grace, plastic packaging is trying to make a comeback. ‘100% recycled’ labels are sprouting up on one-way plastic bottles, and the consumer can be forgiven for thinking that the plastic problem has been...

Integrated innovation

Canstock suppliers are responding to customer, consumer and regulatory demands to be more ‘green’. Mark McCord reports The past year has seen the fruits of innovative partnerships between canstock suppliers and the remainder of the canmaking value chain with the...

Never too young to lead

When Rodrigo Sanchez first arrived in New Zealand from his Mexican homeland he had little more to his name than ambition, a backpack of possessions and a degree in industrial engineering. Less than a decade later, 33-year old Sanchez is...

Moving circularity forwards

On the second day of The Canmaker Summit 2022, held in Prague, Czech Republic in early October, sustainability was once again the main topic on stage, with the focus of presentations shifting to recycling and how the industry may...

The industry gets cautious

The impact in the US, EU and UK of rising inflation and consumers who are more price sensitive has forced canmakers to be more cautious in their outlooks for the future of the industry. Typically, Crown’s financial chief Kevin Clothier...

Bringing home the silver

Like a motor race when a fraction of a second separates the first two cars as they pass the chequered flag, the difference in quality between runners-up and winners of The Canmaker Cans of the Year Awards was often barely perceptible. Judges...

The Red Bull legacy

But for the chance discovery that an Asian drink offered relief from jet lag, and a fortuitous business link, the marketing phenomenon that is Red Bull might never have been created. Dietrich Mateschitz, the multi-billionaire co-founder of Red Bull who...

No time to waste

With increases in the costs of raw materials, energy and personnel affecting canmakers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the attacks on Ukraine, reducing inefficiencies has become even more of a priority. For example, it’s not uncommon for...
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Art meets innovation

Cans of the Year Awards: Bronze The Bronze winners at the Cans of the Year Awards 2022 married high-class design...