It’s an innovation thing

I’ve just returned from an enjoyable couple of days visiting Moravia Cans based in the Czech Republic. Although it was a tricky journey – landing in Vienna, driving through Slovakia and into the Czech Republic, it was certainly a worthwhile visit.

Having reinvented itself into a family owned company in the early 1990s after being state owned like most businesses in the Czech Republic, I really got a feel for how Moravia are looking to be innovators in their field. With a number of ‘firsts’ including producing the first 100 per cent recycled aerosol can, it certainly appears to be a progressive company with a big future ahead of them. You can read all about it in the November issue of CanTech International.

With less than a month now until Asia CanTech, we are just putting the finishing touches to the show. We are asking for the trade to supply some questions to our expert panel for our Candid Forum feature, which includes Crown’s Nandkumar Bhosale, Kian Joo’s Tony Foo Mun Choong and Tata Steel’s Simon Vooijs. The Candid Forum at Euro CanTech 2016 was one of the main attractions with the likes of industry heavyweights Colin Gillis and Atit Bhatia participating in a lively debate with audience participation. The Forum is essentially an opportunity for can makers and suppliers to discuss in an open platform about the key issues facing the metal packaging industry today. We have had some great questions this time around, but we can always do with some more.

Just one final reminder for the Asia CanTech Awards ­– All entries need to be sent to us by 26 October.  You can enter as many times and in as many categories as you like, so don’t be shy!

Enjoy your week

Alex Fordham, editor

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