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2021 BAMA Forum and Awards review

After having to postpone and eventually cancel all its booked venues and planned events for the last 15 months, BAMA (the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association) was thrilled to be able to finally host its annual Forum and Awards on the 13th and 14th October. There were excellent, wide-ranging entries and the 106 attendees experienced a spectacular evening…

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The land where legends are still made

Karen McKenzie explores why so many have chosen Cornwall as the location for their breweries and just what makes it so special.  Cornwall – the land of folklore, myths, and legends.  A brutal landscape and a wild and spectacular coastline have inspired the imagination for centuries.  From history came the stories of pirates and smugglers,…

Latamcan 2021 review

2021’s Latamcan (Latin American Canmakers Conference) was a total success, from every point of view, according to the event’s organisers. It took place in Mexico City, Mexico between 22 and 24 September, bringing together canmaking professionals from all over the world to showcase new developments and discuss what’s going on in the industry. The technical…


2021 IMDPA Annual Conference review

On Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 October, the 2021 IMDPA (International Metal Decorating & Packaging Association) Annual Conference took place in Oak Brook, Illinois, USA. For many exhibitors and attendees, it marked the long-awaited return to in-person events following the Covid-19 outbreak. A jam-packed program of inspiring talks, prestigious awards and exciting networking opportunities meant…


The Devil is in the detail

Karen McKenzie looks at a commonly used scam targeting the winemaking industry as fraudsters purporting to work for genuine wine companies use identity theft to fleece producers.   Australian wine and pale ale brand 19 Crimes uses augmented-reality labels on their bottles and cans to tell true crime stories. Using a smartphone app and a…


The small filler challenges of today

Karen McKenzie takes a look at how the can shortage is threatening craft brewers and small-batch suppliers.   The Canmaking market is presently in an unprecedented global growth phenomenon.  This growth has brought about a situation where canmaking capacity falls vastly short of demand bringing new challenges and burdens to the smaller fillers. The Canmaking…


From Hemp to Aluminium: Is it time to hash out new packaging ideas?

A special feature for Canmaking News by Karen McKenzie examines requirements for aluminium packaging in new and exciting markets.    The world of packaging and packaged goods is going through a fluid and rapidly changing landscape with demand outstripping capacity in many cases.  However, we all are aware that this will level out at some…

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Steel yourself for the next industry challenge

Special feature for Canmaking News by Karen McKenzie The PET Tsunami, as it was hailed, followed by the Covid crisis, was a boom period for the Canmaking industry.  Still, the procurement professionals and forward planners started to see the challenges.  Skilled manpower, actual capacity requirements vs existing manufacturing footprints, and of course the most significant…


Jobs for the Boys or is the Tide Changing?

CAN LADIES:  Special feature for Canmaking News by Karen McKenzie On March 8th International Women’s Day was celebrated around the globe, a day when the world acknowledges and reflects on the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  March is also Women’s History Month, a celebration marking the contributions of women throughout history and…

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Fighting Fakes in the Metal Packaging Industry

In the words of Oscar Wilde, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” but this is not a sentiment embraced by legitimate brands around the world.  Each year billions of dollars in revenue are lost to criminal organisations producing counterfeit goods from high fashion to pharmaceuticals, through to food and beverages with a myriad in…


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