Features

How do we find and reach the pack designers of tomorrow?

These are two perennial questions raised by Metal Packaging Manufacturers’ Association (MPMA) member companies, particularly those involved in the design and production of speciality packs – packaging designed to be kept, reused and, as recent MPMA research shows, often treasured for generations. The MPMA has developed several channels to reach design students and lecturers, but new for 2022 is a bespoke...

Inflection point

Digital printing is increasingly being used for decorating metal packaging for special applications such as short-run promotional products, and for creating special three- dimensional effects. The process offers mass customisation, with cost-effective production from a single item upwards, enabling brands to conduct new product trials cost- effectively. Production is easily tailored to meet consumer demand for more choice on retail shelves. But while...

Cooking up a storm

The starting point for Soudronic’s Managed Line Control (MLC) 4.0 is ensuring a continuous flow of material. “The operator is informed at an early stage if material needs to be replenished somewhere along the line,” says chief operating officer Ruedi Umbricht. Canmakers might already expect to be alerted to faults such as jams in the line under existing monitoring and...

Three decades of challenges in Brazil

Head of Ardagh Metal Packaging’s business in Brazil, Jorge Bannitz boasts a track record that intertwines with the history of the domestic two-piece beverage can industry. A mathematician who had worked for nearly a decade in the consultancy and banking sectors, Bannitz joined Reynolds-Latasa in January 1991 shortly after it was the first canmaker to start production of two-piece D&I...

Welcome to the ‘Roaring Twenties’

They call the time in which we are living volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, A.K.A ‘vuca’. Whether this is right or not, for sure what we’ve been living in over the last 24 months was not just unexpected, but also a variety of extreme situations all condensed in a very short period. If we go back to pre-pandemic, apart from...

The bust and boom economy

A key factor in the outlook for canned products, as well as other packaging, is the state of the global economy. A broad measure is gross national product (GDP), which incorporates personal consumption spending. In this article, the outlook for GDP as prepared each quarter by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is provided as a guide to spending and economic activity. Overall, the...

Securing the title

The overall winner at the 2021 Cans of the Year Awards was an intricately-decorated three- piece tinplate can produced by India’s Hindustan Tin Works. At just 9cm tall, it features a multitude of unique design elements, which as well as making the can look great, also helps to prevent counterfeiters making their own versions and its contents. Hindustan Tin Works (HTW)...

A year of challenges

The past year has been one of considerable challenge for logistics specialists worldwide. This has been particularly true for those that work in the canmaking industry, such as Good Logistics, which specialises in transporting canmaking equipment. The company has had to overcome many obstacles to ensure its clients meet their deadlines for many new canmaking lines being constructed. Good Logistics...

Proliferation spurs demand

Growth in beverage can production continued to be strong in the three months to the end of September, especially in the US and Mexico where canmakers reported volumes up by between 4 and 6 per cent. In Europe, volumes were up but at a lower rate. Much of this growth is being driven by the proliferation of uses for cans, with...