In the last of the reports for the winning entries of the Cans of the Year Awards, Mónica Higuera reviews those which took Bronze

The Cans of the Year Awards presented during the The Canmaker Summit in Scotland celebrated the best examples of commercially sold metal packaging entered last year.

Following a display of the shortlisted entries at The Canmaker Summit, all the winning cans will be next displayed at Cannex, which this year returns to China and will take place on 15-18 May in Guangzhou.

DS Containers in the US won the Bronze award in the Aerosol can category for its two-piece drawn laminated steel can for RSC Chemical Solutions, whose Liquid Wrench industrial lubricant features a FlashSight built-in LED to shed light on where to spray. Consumers can choose between light only, or light and spray options, and a switch to the locked ‘off’ position prevents unintentional spraying.

In the Beverage Three-piece can category the Bronze winner was Shetron from India, for its tinplate can with easy-open end for Arrowline Organic Products and The Right Moo Organic cold coffee. It represents convenient packaging that stands out on the shelf among competitors sold in other packaging substrates.

Also in Beverage cans, but of the Two-piece kind, Can-Pack in the UK took the prize for its 50cl D&I aluminium can for Shepherd Neame Brewery’s Whitsable Bay beer, whose clean design caught the judges’ attention.

In Bottles, Montebello Packaging in Canada won Bronze for its impact-extruded 473ml aluminium bottle for Kings Town Beer Company and Mackinnon Brothers Brewing.

The Breakout Project Beer aluminium bottle represents Montebello Packaging’s launch of its new 12oz and 16oz aluminium bottles. The brushed and clear base coated bottle and the use of transparent purple ink and screened background pattern allows the metal brush marks to show.

Decoration & Print Quality often recognises fancy cans, and this year’s Bronze went to Brazil’s Meister for its drawn tinplate tin called Arabesco. The confectionary can is inspired by the detailed decoration of the Middle East, with arabesques, leaves and flowers.

In Ends, Caps & Closures, XRE from South Korea took Bronze for its re-closable easy-open end on a D&I aluminium can for Lotte Chilsung Beverage’s Tropicana Sparkling soft drink. XRE stands for Xtra Re-closable Easy open end, which allows to cover the aperture once the can is opened.

Jiabao Packaging Depot from Hong Kong won Bronze in the Fancy can category for its lock-seam tinplate container with slip lid for Moose Enterprise’s The Grossery Gang toys. Shaped like a trash bin and featuring embossing on the lid and the body, it is a perfect container to reuse for storage.

In the Food Three-piece can category, CPMC from China won Bronze for its tinplate can with peelable end for Feihe International’s Feifan milk powder.

Made in China for the first time, the can is necked on both ends and features a bowl-shaped cap with easy-open end and space to store a measuring spoon, and beading on the top of the can to increase strength and product differentiation.

Meanwhile in the Food Two-piece category, the award went to Ardagh Group in Germany for its drawn tinplate can for Larsen Danish Seafood, said to be the world’s lightest Dingley can with a body 0.170mm thick, a conical shape, and new beadings for stability.

SAPIN in Saudi Arabia won the Bronze award in the General Line category for its pail for Jotun Saudia Co’s paint, which features a matt varnish and quality print.

Finally, in the Prototype category, Ball took Bronze for its impact-extruded aluminium aerosol can with tactile printing, featuring a striking print of a snake that provides texture on the can for a unique consumer interaction with the package. Ball is able to apply the ink around 360 degrees of the can.

With wide ranging categories embracing all types of cans and closures, the Cans of the Year Awards recognise the global contribution made by companies of all sizes, and all winning entries receive the international exposure of The Canmaker magazine, Innovations, The Canmaker Summit, and Cannex.

To enter the competition in 2018, companies should send samples of cans to The Canmaker’s office in the UK by 27 July.

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