Swiss digital can printer expands with UK facility

NOMOQ, the Switzerland-based can distributor and digital decorator that won last year’s overall The Canmaker Can of the Year award, will open a new facility in the UK this summer.

The plant will be located in the West Midlands and its first domestic customer will be Edinburgh-based Brulo, a start-up that makes alcohol-free beer, NOMOQ said. The company gave no indication of how much it has invested in the facility, its first since opening its German production centre in Kirchheimbolanden. 

“Following large demand for fully recyclable, lightweight and shatterproof cans from UK brands, coupled with a diverse and surging national craft beverage culture, the UK was quickly identified as an area for growth,” NOMOQ chief executive and co-founder Peter Stein said.

The fledgling company, whose name stands for ‘no minimum order quantity’, was set up in 2021 but has already made its mark serving the craft beverage industry and larger customers taking advantage of its short lead times and absence of minimum order requirements to trial new beverages or limited edition runs.

NOMOQ prints on standard and sleek 330ml cans, standard 440ml and 500ml cans, and slim 250ml cans and emphasises the exceptionally wide range of colours, effects and photorealistic images offered by digital printing.

The rapid rise of the craft beverage market in Europe, the popularity of metal packaging among consumers and NOMOQ’s customer-first business model have helped the company find success.

Luxembourg-based canmaker Ardagh Metal Packaging bought a controlling stake in NOMOQ last month.

“Their dedication to creating outstanding packaging for customers of all sizes will enhance our ability to serve early growth customers in the European market and extend our offering to established customers too,” said Ardagh Metal Packaging’s chief executive Oliver Graham when the deal was announced.

NOMOQ was recognised in 2022 when it won The Canmaker Cans of the Year overall award for a 330ml aluminium D&I can the company had digitally printed with a matt finish and spot varnishes for Dr Brauwolf, a Zurich-based craft brewer.

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