It’s good to be back at The Canmaker Summit

The Canmaker Summit returned this week after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Some 220 delegates gathered at the Marriott Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic for the two-day event which kicked off with an informal reception and networking session on 4 October.

The conference programme started the next morning with a presentation by Martin Boaler, managing director of Bojkovice-based aerosol can manufacturer Moravia Cans.

Boaler shared details of Moravia’s use of D&I technology in the production of aluminium aerosol cans as he reminded the audience that lightweighting has always been “the holy grail” of the packaging industry. He also announced that Moravia, which is already a member of the European Aerosol Federation (FEA), will now be joining Metal Packaging Europe (MPE).

He was followed by Dr Dan Abramowicz, chief technology officer at Crown. Abramowicz provided delegates with an in-depth insight into the many ways technology has been used to improve the can manufacturing process, in addition to delving into Crown’s efforts to improve digital printing in partnership with Velox.

The third presentation of the first day was given by Dr Peter Biele, chairman of the board at Thyssenkrupp Rasselstein, who introduced the company’s low-carbon BlueMint technology for the production of steel canstock.

After the coffee break Gus Reall, chief executive at Stolle Machinery, presented positive predictions for future market growth in the beverage can industry. “All points considered, the future looks very good for all of us,” he said before looking at how technology can help to optimise production efficiencies. He ended his presentation calling on the industry to “up its game” on the technology side and collaborate more.

Chief operating officer of Eviosys Packaging, François Querrioux, was the following speaker. He called on the industry to be relentless in sustainability, pointing out that there are many options available to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. “We need to communicate more and hammer in the message that the industry ticks all the boxes of sustainability,” he concluded.

The final speaker of the day was Satoshi Nishino, executive director of Toyo Seikan Group Holdings, who presented the canmaker’s aTULC technology. Nishino talked about the advantages of the compact beverage can line, which has been recently installed at US-based canning services provider American Canning.

The first day finished off with a gala dinner, in which the latest winners of The Canmaker Cans of the Year Awards were revealed. More news from The Canmaker Summit will be published tomorrow.

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