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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...

Reptile style

A New Zealand craft brewer has switched from glass to locally-sourced aluminium cans as it aims to appeal to craft drinkers. Mark McCord reports One of New Zealand’s largest craft brewers, Tuatara, has dispensed with the glass bottles it used...

Lighter & brighter

Lighter cans, decorative effects, and refillable metal containers were all showcased at the recent ADF aerosol event in Paris. Nisa Ali reports Personal care manufacturer Beiersdorf’s efforts to improve its sustainability and lower its carbon emissions, in which metal packaging has...

Moving on up

With demand for metal packaging steadily climbing, producers of general line cans are taking a leap of faith and investing to boost capacity, as well as innovation. Michelle Russell reports Following the boom years of the pandemic, canmakers have been...

Colour harmony

Innovative and creative applications of different types of ink are transforming the appearance of cans. Nisa Ali speaks to the ink experts Colorado-based Chromatic Technologies Inc is in the process of commercialising its “groundbreaking” hybrid inks. Maria Del Rio, chief marketing...

Enlightened by science

Canmaker Eviosys has opened a research and development facility in the UK. Nisa Ali reports from the site Eviosys’ state-of-the-art research and development centre in the UK has already proved its worth: it’s where the canmaker’s innovative Ecopeel food can...

Push the thinking

Nearly two years into his role as head of the Europe, Africa and Asia (EAA) division at Trivium, JehanZeb Noor has gained an in-depth understanding of the challenges the metal packaging industry needs to overcome if it is to...

Destocking at customers hits food can production

The decline in US food can shipments in the wake of the pandemic continued in the final quarter of 2023 as customers pared their inventories. Arthur Stupay looks into the figures Shipments of food cans in the US fell to...

Central role

Ska Fabricating connects the canmaking industry with its customers. Nisa Ali finds that flexibility is key to its success Steve Sherman sees his company — Ska Fabricating, which provides automation systems to the packaging industry — as an enabler because of its...

Scaling new heights

Canning fish is elevated to an art by some producers, who still pack the delicate food by hand, as they have done for generations. Mark McCord reports on the traditional methods and cutting-edge technologies used across the industry From a shop...

The sustainability of using pre-owned kit

In today’s circular economy, the procurement of used and refurbished machinery is increasingly popular, and canmakers are taking advantage. Michelle Russell reports Despite geopolitical and economic pressures that have affected demand for cans, the need for greater sustainability is adding...

Closing the gap

Seaming equipment suppliers have had a busy first quarter of 2024, with improvements to existing machines and innovations entering the market. Nisa Ali reports In all areas of the seaming process, companies are re-examining existing systems and techniques and coming...

Building a full service

With ambitions to become a fullservice resource, The Ohio Art Company has set about adding to its stable, most recently with the acquisition of AllState Can Corporation. Michelle Russell reports Adding canmaking to its list of services could be the cherry...

Changing consumer habits impact capital spending

As consumers return to their pre-Covid behaviour and eat and drink out more, so demand for canned products has changed. Arthur Stupay charts how this has impacted capex at the canmakers Canmakers and other packaging companies continue to be affected by...

The D&I can celebrates its diamond jubilee

The drawn and ironed twopiece beverage can enabled the aluminium industry to expand its scope into the rigid packaging business with a lightweight alternative to tinplate. John Nutting charts how it started six decades ago This month, 60 years ago, the...

Crafting a new era

The craft beverage industry is undergoing change as non- alcoholic products steal market share from the sector’s traditional ales and beers. Co-packers and equipment makers are responding to those changes, writes Mark McCord When Darren Fenton reels off the drinks...

Think drinks

Lightweighting, automation, stunted demand, and sustainability were the topics in the spotlight for the canmaking industry at the recent Brau Beviale trade fair in Nuremburg. Michelle Russell reports The lightweighting of cans has always been a challenge and an opportunity...

Fire fighters

After canmaker Xtracan won the overall Can of the Year Award 2023, Michelle Russell talked to managing director Stefan Mairiedl about the company’s future plans The reaction from the Xtracan team at scooping The Canmaker Can of the Year award...

Shaping up

Award-winning DRD cans are illustrating how companies driven by innovation are achieving remarkable improvements to everyday items. Nisa Ali reports Seafood in draw-redraw (DRD) cans is part of a huge global market, with canned sardine sales alone valued at US$7.9...

A question of quality

Customer demand for lightweighting, high quality product, and innovative design is helping manufacturers of three-piece cans to offset rising prices. Michelle Russell reports Despite the challenges that 2023 brought to canmakers in the form of increased competition, rising raw material...
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Events News

The Canmaker Summit 2024 confirmed for Spain

The Canmaker Summit 2024 will take place in Sitges, Spain, on 6-7 November. The event will feature a programme of...