Friday, January 21, 2022

Features

Seal of sustainability

German equipment manufacturer Blema Kircheis has developed a range of slip-on lids made of tinplate, suitable for round metal cans and cardboard composite cans, and adapted a series of its machines to produce the lids. The lids were designed to be more sustainable by helping the metal packaging industry cut down on the use of mixed materials and achieve a...

Rising demand

To help canmakers meet surging demand for beverage cans, toolmakers have launched large-scale investments to expand capacity and increase productivity. They’ve also been investing in technology to improve their carbon footprints and those of canmakers. “After a steady 2020 we expected an increase, but the real data was well beyond expected,” says Roberto Baroni, sales manager at Italian seaming chuck...

Independent one-stop shop

Remarkable claims have been made for a combined canmaking, canning and packaging plant being constructed in Utah. John Nutting talked to Eric Cudnohoske, general manager of Vobev LLC   For more than half a century, drinks brand owners in North America have mostly bought their cans from specialist canmakers, who have developed high-speed production lines that keep costs down. It’s a supply-chain...

Compact canmaking

The first installation in North America of Toyo Seikan’s new ‘compact’ aTULC beverage can production line will be at American Canning in Austin, Texas, a packaging supply distributor which also manufactures canning machines and provides mobile canning services to the craft drinks industry.  The Toyo Seikan line, which will make polyester-laminated aluminium cans using processes with a low environmental impact,...

Fresh thinking

The 2021 Cans of the Year Awards were special for many reasons. They marked the 25th anniversary of the competition first started by The Canmaker magazine to showcase the best designs from the world’s leading canmakers. And they offered an opportunity to celebrate how canmakers came through another year of pandemic-driven adversity. Across the world, canmakers worked throughout Covid lockdowns, their...

​​Evolving with the times

Established in 1891 at Paldiski, Estonia as a service provider to the canmaking industry, Metaprint has come a long way to become a leading manufacturer of aerosol cans in the country. As suggested by its name, the business started to grow and diversify into metal printing for packaging producers nearly a century ago, when its first metal printing line...

How we worked through and beyond the pandemic

The past 18 months have been a great learning experience for me. I am a third-generation owner operator of Independent Can Company and maintaining a business through the Covid-19 pandemic has been frightening, exciting, and frustrating. ICC is based in the United States. We have five manufacturing locations and just under 400 associates. Independent Can was founded in 1929 during...

Toyo Seikan’s ‘compact’ canmaking line to be installed in Texas

The first installation in North America of Toyo Seikan’s new ‘compact’ aTULC beverage can production line will be at American Canning in Austin, Texas, a packaging supply distributor which also manufactures canning machines and provides mobile canning services to the craft drinks industry. The Toyo Seikan line, which will make polyester-laminated aluminium cans using processes with a low environmental impact,...

Tinned cans

German brewery And Union sets itself apart in the craft beer world by packaging its beers in strikingly simple cans. The stylish and elegant lacquer-finished containers are embossed to create a tactile, tiled effect on metal that’s decorated in single spot colours. Each of its beers employs a different bold colour from a limited palette for the can body and...