A good year for KBA-MetalPrint

A review of the business year 2014 found that KBA-MetalPrint has once more recorded an increase in turnover. With its presentation of the two new metal decorating presses Mailänder 280 and MetalStar 3, together with the energy-efficient HighEcon drying oven (winner of the silver Metpack Award 2014), KBA-MetalPrint had a busy year and saw turnover […]


KBA’s MetalStar 3 is a best-seller

In the three months since this year’s METPACK, KBA-MetalPrint’s MetalStar 3 has proven to be a best-seller. Over 50 printing units of the MetalStar 3 have been sold worldwide, from two-colour to eight-colour printing presses with integrated UV coating towers, as well as with purely thermal drying as six-colour printing presses with the MetalCoat 480 […]

Artiseal PVC-free water based compound for lug caps

Plasticisers are one of the main causes of migration problems in food containers, particularly in glass containers where caps with PVC sealing compounds are used. Since the coming into force of the plastics directive 10/2011, and as a consequence of the previous modifications, since 30 April 2009 an overall migration limit (OML) of 60 ppm […]


Sun Chemical extends SunCure Lite range

Sun Chemical has announced addition to its SunCure range of inks, SunCure Lite, a series of UV curable, lithographic inks, designed for commercial printing and non-food packaging applications. Utilising energy efficient UV curing lamp technologies, based on formulations developed in collaboration with DIC Corporation, the ink formulations absorb the specific spectral output of Low Energy […]


Metpack: KBA oven takes Silver Innovation Award

KBA MetalPrint has won the silver Innovation Award at the Metpack Show for its HighEcon drying oven. Highlights of the oven include its ability to save up to 50% on natural gas consumption on average, and also its capability to handle metal sheets of just 0.100mm in thickness. CEO Ralf Gumbel commented on the award, […]

Metpack: Matriruiz wins Gold at Metpack

At the Metpack Innovation Awards, the Spanish company Matriruiz has scooped the gold for its Spider Head Liner. Gernot Geldner, chairman of the jury, said that it had taken the panel, including our own publisher Neil McRitchie, over three hours to decide on the winners. Geldner said at the announcement: “The industry is really innovative, […]

Easylid closure rolled out across Europe

European paint manufacturers seeking the latest in convenience packaging now have access to the Easylid closure from Crown Aerosols and Speciality Packaging Europe, a business unit of Crown Holdings. Designed to make the opening and reclosing of paint cans significantly easier, the technology made its market debut in Finland and is now available for adoption […]

Sheet-fed press collaboration

Hebenstreit Metal Decorating GmbH and Manroland Sheetfed GmbH have agreed on a strategic co-operation to provide high-end sheet-fed offset presses to the metal packaging market. Manroland will support Hebenstreit with printing technology as well as manufacturing, R&D and service support on a worldwide basis. Hebenstreit engineers and markets a complete range of metal printing solutions […]

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Metal paint cans awarded recycling label

Lobbying by businesses on behalf of the green credentials of metal paint cans has been rewarded with a recycling on pack label. Under new guidelines, after research was backed by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), metal paint cans have been awarded the ‘Widely Recycled at Local Council Recycling Centres’ on pack label. The […]


UV Printing

When I worked for US Can in Burns Harbor, Indiana, US, 20 years ago we were already capitalising on the benefits of UV printing.

March 2013

The latest issue of CanTech International includes features on drying technology for cans, handling and conveying and caps and closures. There is also an in-depth look at the soft drinks market.

December 2012/January 2013

The latest issue of CanTech International includes an interview with Ball’s Gerrit Heske. The latest oven technology is revealed and there is a review of the Tinplate Conference that recently took place in Barcelona, Spain. There is also a look at the rise of energy drinks in cans and the reasons why fillers are choosing cans as their package of choice. The area of printing is also covered in-depth in this issue.

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