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A Sorting challenge

The increasing demand for beverage cans in many regions worldwide has seen business pick up for a number of equipment suppliers in the canmaking industry. This includes manufacturers of test and inspection equipment, as canmakers look to invest in solutions to reduce the volume of spoiled or damaged cans without slowing or halting production lines. One area in particular was highlighted by...

An invitation to innovation

In April, the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA) resumed what had, pre-pandemic, become something of an institution: its annual Innovation Day, with presentations highlighting key developments in the sector. The venue it returned to, the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds, had always seemed appropriate because of the amount of metal involved in the weaponry on show in the museum. But this...

Learn and grow

In the US, the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), in collaboration with the Household and Commercial Products Association (HCPA), has launched a campaign to increase the ease with which Americans recycle their used aerosol cans in local recycling programmes. The Aerosol Recycling Initiative follows another aerosol can recycling campaign by the UK’s aluminium recycling group Alupro, whose ‘Lonely Aerosol’ campaign aims to...

Release the pressure

The past couple of years have been tumultuous for the aerosol can industry. As the pandemic raged, orders flipped from beauty products and cosmetics to disinfectants and hand sanitisers – or “hair-to-air”, as one observer put it. But demand for aerosol cans held up. Shipments fell less than feared over the two years and the most recent data suggest that...

Beverage cans feel a squeeze

The unprecedented rise in demand for two-piece beverage cans that continued in the first quarter was matched by a number of new challenges for canmakers. Shipments of cans in North America grew modestly, reflecting increased demand for speciality drinks. For example, Coca-Cola reported that its sparkling and sports drinks segments were up by 5 per cent, but in the Europe,...

Greener future

Since January 2022, Switzerland- based canmaker Hoffmann The Tin has been under new leadership. André Seiler, who is also the current president of the Swiss Metal Association (SVM), has taken over as managing director of the group’s Metal Business Unit, drawing on more than eight years of expertise in the sector. Seiler joined Hoffmann from his previous role as chief executive...

Imagine the next step for eco-friendly cans

I have finally managed to get hold of the wonderful ‘Aluminum Cup’ innovation conceived by Ball and with due dedication I tried it out. I can confirm that the Aluminum Cup is perfect for the consumption of ice-cold beer, and its ability to be reused indefinitely was tested to extreme levels. You could be deceived by the simplicity of this product, a quality...

How green is your supply chain?

As part of the canmaking industry’s efforts to help with tackling global climate change, the pressure to achieve ‘carbon neutrality’ by 2050 is becoming acute. Perhaps unwisely, expectations have been raised that it is ‘achievable’ with the simple application of investment in the necessary engineering. It’s a part of the wider Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) programmes that global companies have been...

Slower growth

The recent growth in North American food can shipments may have peaked. Although for the full 2021 year shipments grew to 28.7 billion units, sharply higher than in 2019, those in the final quarter were down 0.2 per cent. Most of the increase in the year was for vegetables – now the largest end-use category – and in cans for...