Metal decorating


Cool Beer Brewing launches in Rexam Sleek cans

One of Ontario’s fastest growing regional breweries Cool Beer Brewing Company has launched two of its flagship beers – Stonewall Light and Millennium Buzz – in distinctive Sleek cans from Rexam. Rexam’s Sleek cans contain the same amount of beer as regular 12oz cans but the cans are thinner and taller. “Cans are one of […]


Plastic’s not fantastic

The march of plastics seems to have been in full flow over the past couple of weeks. First the iconic canned meat Spam announced the sale of a plastic tub, then a British Company bought out a plastic “can”. The truth is plastic is not fantastic it’s a poorer version of metal and is worse […]

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Celebrity fitness trainer launches health drink

Celebrity trainer Kim Lyons has helped to create canned drink Fuel as part of a health project called the automatic body program from health company Nutrié. Lyons, who has starred in the Biggest Loser, says automatic body is a “revolutionary” weight loss system designed to help people lose weight and keep it off. Rich Grimley, […]


Energy drink debuts in aluminium bottles

Energy drink Vuka will be sold in Ball Corporation’s Alumi-Tek bottle from this month. Vuka means wake up in Zulu and was chosen as an appropriate name for a company as it was set up by native South Africans, who wanted bring a more “sophisticated” look to the energy drinks market South African born Alexia […]

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Obituary: Charlie Price an industry icon

Robert Gary and his other friends at the Stolle Machinery Company describe Charlie Price as a can “industry icon.” Charlie sadly passed away recently and here his friends from Stolle pay tribute to him. We all lost an industry colleague and friend recently but perhaps more significant we lost a presence, the presence of style, […]

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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