Back to Bangkok: Asia CanTech preview

Bangkok city at sunset (Taksin Bridge). Image: Shutterstock

This year we celebrate the return of Asia CanTech in-person after two years of disruption due to the pandemic. The annual conference for can manufacturers based in the Asia Pacific region assembles technical experts and key decision makers from the metal packaging industry and facilitates networking and collaboration across the sector, as well as showcasing the latest technology and innovations on offer. 

The event returns to Bangkok once again after the success of the location in previous years, and with metal packaging playing an integral part in Thailand’s economy, as illustrated by this month’s magazine features. 

The conference is being held at the Royal Sheraton Hotel and Towers, conveniently located just minutes away from Bangkok’s business districts, entertainment areas and attractions. The five-star hotel is situated on the Chao Phraya River across which free shuttle boats bring guests to Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station, providing easy access to all modes of transport and to popular attractions such as the Icon Siam Shopping Mall, MBK Center, Siam Paragon, Chatuchak weekend market and countless other hotspots. The beautiful views of the city, and the ample, functional room the hotel provides, will help make our conference a memorable event for all. 

The conference is structured over three all-inclusive days (24-26 October), with registration, set up and rehearsals, exhibition and welcome dinner taking place on the 24 October. Day two kicks off with keynote speaker, Saravoot Yoovidhya, CEO of TCP Group, followed by a series of further presentations and an exhibition. The day concludes with the Gala Dinner, during which the Asia CanTech Awards ceremony will take place, celebrating the excellence of can and end makers that are based in or distibute their products in Asia. The third and final day completes the event with presentations and the Candid Forum, followed by the last exhibition and a buffet lunch, to allow for further networking opportunities with industry experts and stakeholders. Entrance to all keynote presentations, exhibitions and the Candid Forum, alongside the conference pack with a list of all attendees, is included in the package for this year’s event. 

With the wealth of information and experience accumulated over the event’s hiatus period, opportunities at the 2022 edition of Asia CanTech will only be maximised for discussion and learning at the hands of world-class speakers and exhibitors. 

Image: TCP Group

Our keynote presentation at a glance 

Saravoot Yoovidhya, CEO of Thailand’s TCP Group 

Saravoot’s presentation at Asia CanTech 2022 is entitled ‘Energising a Better World through Can Innovation’ and will include: 

1) An introduction to TCP Group, which has been established for more than 66 years, and the energy drinks business growth from local to global brand. 

2) The mission of the organisation in providing energy drinks for worldwide consumers. 

3) An outline of TCP’s vision to push forward aluminium can usage due to its sustainability credentials. 

2022 Conference Agenda (subject to change)

2022 Exhibitor list (A-Z)

Our events manager says…

“I am very excited about the opportunity to organise Asia CanTech 2022, especially with it being my first event with Bell Publishing.

“I am pleased to be welcoming our keynote speaker Saravoot Yoovidhya, CEO of TCP Group to our list of speakers. With 30 years of experience at TCP Group under his belt, we very much look forward to his keynote presentation on 24 October.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a successful event in Bangkok and I look forward to seeing you all there.”

Lauren Hine, Asia CanTech events manager

A word from our editor…

“When I first joined Bell Publishing two and a half years ago, I heard about the success of the 2019 Asia CanTech show and hoped I could attend one day as digital editor. Unfortunately due to Covid, this meant that in 2020 it was not possible. In 2021, I did join the Virtual Asia CanTech conference which was a great experience, but there’s nothing like the real, in-person thing.

“Now, as CanTech International editor, I’m very much looking forward to faciliting Asia CanTech 2022 with our brilliant team, and meeting many people in the metal packaging industry I haven’t yet had a chance to speak to face-to-face. We will also be hosting our Candid Forum, so if you’re going to be an attendee and have a burning question for our panel based on sustainability in the industry, please do get in touch ahead of the event. My contact details are on page five. See you in Bangkok!”

Alex Rivers, CanTech International editor

From some of Asia CanTech 2022’s attendees: 

“Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint GmbH is looking forward to presenting information about the new MetalStar 4 at CanTech Asia 2022. Hear from regional sales director Gerhard Grossman on Tuesday 25 Oct 2022 at 10:00am where he will be talking about the latest generation of the MetalStar, which was launched in November 2021. 

“In the meantime, two MetalStar 4 have been installed and handed over to the customer. The machines work very well and we are happy to have received positive feedback from our clients. 

“The MetalStar 4 presents itself in a new design with innovative, pioneering technology. To meet the growing demands of the metal decorating market even better, the MetalStar 4 offers new functions and improvements in the feeder, state-of-the-art measuring technology and new functions for monitoring production and enhancing ergonomics. What remains unchanged is the proven MetalStar technology, such as the short and dynamic inking and dampening unit and high-precision register printing thanks to the sheet travel in the gripper closure, as well as the extensive automation features that reduce make-ready times to a minimum.” 

Koenig & Bauer 

Asia CanTech 2019 awards ceremony

“Nidec Minster is excited to be returning to Bangkok for Asia CanTech 2022 in October after a several year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic. Southeast Asia is a very important market for the metal packaging industry with Bangkok being its epicentre with its extensive base of local and international can and end manufacturers. The Asia CanTech shows have always been high quality, well organised events that draw the participation of the key leaders in the metal packaging industry – can makers and suppliers alike. We are anxious to be back in-person, collaborating with our customers and strategic partners in Bangkok this October.” 

Greg Stueve, vice president of container product division at Nidec Minster 

“Prime Controls, Inc is a world-leading developer and manufacturer of high-quality, high-speed online metal sensing and control systems for OEMs and end users in the can making industry. It specialises in providing double sheet detection for sheet feeders and slitter tables, leak detection systems for light and air testers, and is the world’s supplier of press protection for high-speed, easy-open end conversion presses. 

“Visit the Prime Controls table at Asia CanTech 2022 to experience first-hand how our metal sensing solutions can enhance your canmaking process by helping you improve your bottom line, boost product productivity, and ramp up your manufacturing efficiency. Sales manager, Mark Mohn, will be presenting in the afternoon of 25 October on our latest solutions. 

“Prime Controls, Inc., located in Dayton, Ohio USA was founded in 1992 and is committed to the development of new products with the most advanced technology available. We value each and every one of our customers and strive to provide solutions that meet their needs.” 

Prime Controls

Attendees at Asia CanTech 2019

“Following what have been a difficult few years for the industry, Sencon is really looking forward to getting out and seeing customers face-to-face once again at the Asia CanTech conference. Sencon has many new products, innovations and solutions for process control, inspection and metrology that they are really looking forward to discussing with customers at the show. 

“Find out more about how Sencon can line sensors have become the industry standard on many of the new can line projects throughout the world due to their robust design and innovative technology. Learn more about the latest iteration of the industry-leading Quasar Light Tester systems that have seen continual improvements with light intensity output and detection sensitivity. Find out why can makers are turning to the latest version of their Micro Leak Tester (MLT 2.0) and online auto enamel rating gauges to reduce HFI and realise proven savings in cans and ends production. Find out how can plants are embracing the future of manufacturing with Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and the benefits this can bring to your production with OPC-UA support now added to Sencon’s range of Master Series fully automatic gauges.” 

Tim Yeates, Sencon’s Far East sales manager, commented, “I can’t wait to be back at Asia CanTech and meeting up with new and old friends alike. If you’re attending, make sure to drop by and say hello.” 


Asia CanTech’s 2019 Candid Forum with Robert Gary, Sonia Perna Darghouth and Richard Moore

“Stolle is glad to be participating in Asia CanTech 2022 in person this year, and looks forward to seeing our customers and friends in Southeast Asia. Several representatives from Stolle will be on hand to talk about the latest technology advancements in their full line of two-piece can and end-making equipment, with many new features that increase productivity and sustainability. Stolle is your complete partner – from individual machines, line modules, and rapid service with OEM parts, to the design, build and commissioning of a complete facility. 

“Stolle will be featuring a number of recent innovations at Asia CanTech, including the revolutionary Smart Decorator suite of products, the InSight Panel machine control and monitoring system, the E-NCKR Die Necker, and the Canceptor Bodymaker. Stolle has recently introduced a major improvement for their venerable Ragsdale Bodymaker that includes redesigned redraw and ram guidance systems that cut oil consumption and make can diameter changeovers faster and easier. Please stop by the Stolle table and talk to them about how they can help your operation be more productive and efficient.” 

Robert Gary, chief commercial officer at Stolle Machinery

“TD Wright has developed a full line of precision plate cylinder assemblies for the Rutherford, Concord and other metal decorating machines. Its objective is to meet customers’ needs for products that provide improved graphics at lower cost. We will be exhibiting at Asia CanTech this year to discuss our exclusive line of magnetic plate cylinders and answer any questions you might have. 

“Some of our products include: The ENOC System family of products, Modular Magnetic lightweight Concord cylinders, Modular Magnetic lightweight Rutherford cylinders, lightweight modular magnetic cylinders for CTP units and many more custom magnetic cylinders.” 

TD Wright 

“Versatile Technology is excited to attend its first show since the pandemic began. We’ve been back on the road travelling in force this year and Asia CanTech is a great opportunity to meet with our customers and showcase what Versatile Technology has achieved in the past two years. Our development team have been working hard to bring you our new V3 software system that provides a whole new user experience which is proving popular with our customers. In addition to that, we have new gauges, new measurements, and new features. Don’t forget to stop by the table where you’ll find our team demonstrating our latest tech and discussing custom measurement solutions no matter how big or how small.” 

Versatile Technology

Tabletop exhibitors at Asia CanTech 2019

Thank you to this year’s Asia CanTech sponsors (A-Z): 

Container Development Limited 






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