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Lacquer freedom

The internal lacquers, coatings or linings, used to protect metal cans from the product and the product from interactions with the metal are critical to the safe performance of the can. Without effective coatings, at best the shelf-life of products in metal cans would be much shorter, and at worst there could be food safety and adverse health risks. For...

Still room for growth

The beverage can business in Brazil is currently enjoying one of its most successful periods of growth since the first D&I canmaking plant was established there at the end of the 1980s.It wasn’t always like that. Market growth was initially sluggish and later economic problems dented demand. Now though aluminium cans are taking an increasingly large share in the...

My roundabout route to being a canmaker

Who would have thought that after taking my mother’s electric iron apart at the age of four or five I would end up creating things that people actually need. Mine has been the life of an engineer from cradle to grave (well, not yet) who ended up as a canmaker. Rather than celebrate my career here with a list of...

A kind of magic

The canning process is transformational,” says chef and restaurateur Mitch Tonks. “Look at the difference between tinned and fresh sardines – it’s some kind of magic.” Consumers in markets such as Spain and Portugal will already be familiar with premium canned seafood, from sardines to cuttlefish. In the UK, where Tonks runs restaurants including The Seahorse Restaurant and the Rockfish Group...

Wave of growth

A key market for two-piece draw- redraw (DRD) cans, the fish processing industry has been reaping the rewards of higher at-home consumption that has helped many canned food manufacturers – as well as canmakers – turn stable sales into higher profits. Growth has been so impressive for Brazilian canmaker and canner Robinson Crusoe, part of Galician group Jealsa Rianxeira, that in...

Back in action

In many regards, canmakers profitably met the challenges of the pandemic, stepping up production to record levels. They managed to do that despite supply-line disruptions lengthening delivery times for products, parts and machinery, and increased transport costs pushing up prices for new equipment. Those headwinds put at risk canmakers’ plans to meet an anticipated continuation of rising demand with multi-billion dollar capacity expansion...

Logical progression

When the announcement broke in mid-December that US packaging company Sonoco was to buy Ball Metalpack, the news came somewhat out of the left field. True, Sonoco had been linked with a potential acquisition of Crown Holdings’s global food can manufacturing business back in January 2021, but after investment fund KPS Capital Partners made that purchase instead – renaming the...

Still in demand

Growth in beverage can demand since the start of the Covid pandemic two years ago has been unprecedented. But brand owners in 2020 had already started to move from plastic containers to aluminium and pandemic restrictions added to the pressure, forcing consumers to avoid bars and restaurants and drink at home, which favoured products packed in aluminium. In 2019, North America...

How low can you go?

Sustainability ambitions by canmakers have ballooned in the past few years as consumers, investors and, increasingly, regulators demand proof that they are trying to do good for the world. Most attention has been focused on canmakers’ efforts to reduce their carbon footprints to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets of the Paris Climate accord. Many, including Ball and Nussbaum, have made cans...