Metal decorating


Sencon’s three-piece division forms new company

A new company has been formed by Sencon’s three-piece division splitting off to form an independent business. Called Innosen the company will take over the portfolio of former Sencon products aimed at the three-piece market. This portfolio includes equipment like the widely used SC231 double sheet detector, which will now be called the IS231. A […]


New Age debuts thermochromic ink can

Soft drinks maker New Age has worked with can maker Rexam to launch its drink Classic in a can with thermochromic ink. The innovative ink turns green, red or blue to create a unique artwork once the contents reaches a chilled drinking temperature. Three flavours (pictured) Classic Citrus, Classic Tonic and Classic Diet Tonic are […]

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Nestlé: Time to move away from BPA

Nestlé’s top quality and safety manager effectively signalled the end for cans containing BPA when he gave the keynote speech at the second day of Euro CanTech. Speaking this morning Stephen Klump the filler’s global packaging quality and safety manager said despite evidence that BPA, also known as Bisphenol A, was safe consumers didn’t want […]


Caps and closures maker restructures

Weener Plastic Packaging is to integrate its subsidiary Plasticum Group. Since 2012 the two companies have been owned by Lindsay Goldberg a private equity fund, based in New York, and represented in Europe by Lindsay Goldberg Vogel GmbH. The 300 employees of Plasticum produce standard caps and closures for personal care, food and home care […]


Re-sealable can closure revealed

Xolution GmbH has launched a re-sealable closure system designed to be compatible with most cans. The new XO was unveiled during ProPack Asia, in Bangkok, Thailand, earlier this month. The XO promises to be a new solution for beverage cans allowing customers to reseal it again and again. Unlike traditional beverage cans, which can only […]

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BPA exposure could make girls fat

A new study claims BisphenolA (BPA) could make girls fat. According to research BPA has the potential to impact on the metabolic processes and therefore increases the risk of obesity. Human exposure to BPA is mostly through food sources from packaging and mainly the epoxy lining of metal food and beverage cans. The study, published […]

Conference season is in full swing

Well it has been great to meet so many of you over the past few weeks and see all the excellent work going on in this industry. Seeing all the work at the IMDA was very inspiring and we’ll be taking this forward at Euro CanTech in just a couple of weeks. I’m really looking […]

Harley Davidson and Coors mark joint 110th birthday

Special cans of Miller High Life are being created which will feature the logo of iconic motorcycle brand Harley Davidson. Bizarrely, both brands were invented on the same street in Milwaukee, USA 110 years ago. Bill Davidson vice-president of the Harley-Davidson Museum and great-grandson of Harley-Davidson co-founder William Davidson officially kicked-off what is planned to […]

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Coca-Cola aims for multi-pack and thermochromic strategy

Drinks giant Coca-Cola sees thermochromic technology and a new twist on multi-packs as the way to win over consumers. Speaking on the first day of the International Metal Decorators Association (IMDA) meeting in Chicago in the US, a senior Coca-Cola man explained the company’s strategy for cans. Coca-Cola’s package development manager, Alejandro Santamaria, explained the […]

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First thermochromic can ends revealed

Can maker Rexam has launched what it claims are the first thermochromic printed ends. Available to brands in 12 different colours and on 200 and 202 ends, thermochromic ink changes colour indicating the can is perfectly chilled and ready to be drunk. The technology has been used on the actual can bodies before, most recently […]