Celebrating success at Asia CanTech 2016

The highlight of Asia CanTech was once again the Asia CanTech Awards and Gala Dinner which took place on day two of the event. Key industry figures from the Asian metal packaging market came together to celebrate success within the can making industry. There was a three course meal and traditional Malaysian dancing, which was included as entertainment.

Here are the award winners at a glance:

Aerosol award: Ball Aerocan India’s Engage deodorant can

Decorative: Crown’s Monster Energy Hangzhou sleek can 355ml

Beverage two-piece: Crown’s Pepsi Bevcan Nong Khae Thailand sleek 375ml

Food three-piece: Sinar Djaja can ‘La Bold’

General line: Tinpak Green Tea Gun Powder

Innovation: STI Can ‘Mojito’

Two-piece food: Swan-Salam

Supreme Award: Crown’s Monster Energy

Crown managed to scoop three awards with particular reference to its Monster Energy sleek can. The judges agreed that the can was put forward due to its tactile use of inks and varnish, which gives it that wet look effect, along with the use of the filled in tab technology on the end and the Monster Claw logo for solid product identity.

On day three, the conference schedule began with Simon Vooijs, technical director at Tats Steel. She outlined how laminated steel is the future for the can making industry. She introduced Tata Steel’s Protact coating and the benefits to the can making industry including efficiency, cost and sustainability due to the shortened can line that Protact promotes.

The conference was full of activity as the news filtered through that Donald Trump was announced as the new president elect of the US. Many of the can making industry chatted animatedly as to the implications of this surprising news. The show concluded with the other keynote – Kian Joo’s Ooi Teik Huat, Kian Joo’s group chief financial officer. He explained how Malaysia is a progressive Muslim country and the world’s 19th largest economy.

There will be a comprehensive review of the show in the December/January issue of CanTech International.

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