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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…

Figure 1. An environmental blight. In 2017, a million drinks bottles were bought every minute.

For a sustainable future, balance must be struck between plastics and cans

It is only in recent years that the true environmental impact of non-recycled plastics on our ecosystems and oceans has been realised. In 2018 the BBC’s Blue Planet 2 issued a stark warning to the British public (and, thanks to the BBC’s international influence, globally), presenting visually both the sobering reality of decades’ worth of…


Celebrating 85 years of the can

Never before have the issues of economic and environmental sustainability, conservation, health and nutrition, hygiene, food security, and rapidly evolving and increasingly demanding consumer trends been of such relevance to the packaging and FMCG sector as now. With 2020 seeing the Australian bushfires highlight the real impact of climate change, global trade wars threatening supply…


Ball Corporation publishes 2020 sustainability report detailing industry framework for the circular economy

The report details several significant milestones Ball has achieved by enhancing the environmental sustainability profile of its products and operations, including the approval of ambitious science-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, substantial renewable energy deals in North America and Europe, greater responsible sourcing assurance through its ASI Certification in EMEA, and the introduction of its award-winning and infinitely recyclable Ball Aluminum…

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