The first day of The Canmaker Summit 2023, taking place in Edinburgh, UK, has kicked off with presentations from a number of leading global canmakers watched by more than 200 delegates.
The programme will continue with The Canmaker Cans of the Year Awards gala dinner this evening, and a second full day of speakers.
Proceedings were opened by Trivium Packaging, with JehanZeb Noor, president EAA Division, and Jenny Wassenaar, chief sustainability officer and SVP Global R&D, discussing how the industry is best able to promote the inherent recyclability of metal packaging.
JC Harrison, vice president of products and operations at project integrator Roeslein & Associates, outlined the potential for the use of artificial intelligence in canmaking plants, including the use of a ‘digital twin’ system to predict and prevent problems on lines before they happen.
David Racino, co-founder and chief executive of canning services provider American Canning, told the story of how the company had used Toyo Seikan’s aTULC canmaking technology to serve the growing craft beverage market.
Meadow has developed a system, including a specialised end and dispenser, that enables beverage cans to be used as refill cartridges for products such as hand soap. Delegates were given the full low-down by co-founder and chief executive Victor Ljungberg and co-founder and chief innovation officer Nick Paget.
The importance of aluminium in helping canmakers to reach targets of net zero was outlined by Dr Mandy Glew, vice president commercial for EMEA & Asia, and Jag Bains, senior commercial director for Europe, UK & SEE, at Ball Beverage Packaging EMEA.
And Laetitia Durafour, marketing and communications director at Eviosys Packaging, discussed how metal packaging should be promoted as the first, and best, choice for brand owners.
Further presentations will be given on 12 October by Crown, APEAL, MPMA, Soudronic Group, and Tata Steel.