July 27: Cost-saving two-piece steel cans could be in commercial use by food packers in South East Asia when trials of Kian Joo’s Microflex manufacturing system are soon completed.
Developed in collaboration with a US-based engineering company, the drawn and ironed (D&I) cans are claimed to provide a more cost-effective alternative to standard three-piece welded 73mm x 110mm cans.
Kian Joo is Malaysia’s leading canmaker and has been working with Omnitech International, based in Colorado, on systems that enable entry-level manufacturing lines costing a third of current lines to be set up for later modular expansion.

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