Welcome to October!

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We were thrilled to return to the IMDPA (International Metal Decorating and Packaging Association) Annual Conference, which this year took place on September 26-28 in Itasca, Illinois, USA. Day one opened with the keynote speech from Gus Reall, CEO of Stolle Machinery, discussing Substrate v Sustainability, stating that “there is no alternative to the metal can”. Meanwhile, Miltec UV’s Bob Blandford was awarded IMDPA Member of the Year. Bob has been given this award to acknowledge his service and great work for the industry. One of the highlights of the conference saw the winners of the sought-after Excellence in Quality Awards announced at the annual Awards Luncheon. Each winning individual, company, product or print is chosen by a group of members and recognised for their achievements and contributions to the industry. Congratulations to all our winners! Find out who they are here.


You’ve been busy….

Heinz has partnered with Lick, the colour-centric home décor brand, to create a limited-edition matt paint ‘Red HTK 57’ in the Heinz Tomato Ketchup colour. It’s no secret that people go crazy for Heinz Tomato Ketchup, so crazy in fact people have literally tattooed it on their bodies. And now the company has joined forces with Lick to paint homes ketchup red – and satisfy sauce superfans with their limited edition Red HTK 57 paint. Read more here.

Last September, the Aluminum Association and Can Manufacturers Institute launched an informational microsite – www.RecyclingRefundsWork.org – that includes guiding principles for efficient and effective recycling refund programs. These principles were endorsed by an ideologically diverse group of organisations; one year later, support for these recycling refund programs continues to grow. Recently, groups including the Alliance for Mission-Based Recyclers, The Association of Plastic Recyclers, C3 Solutions, and National Taxpayers Union joined as the latest endorsers of these principles. You can find out more detail about the programmes here.

Sensory Analytics has hired Mark Mohn as its new Technical Sales Manager. In his new role, Mark will help the company meet the increased year-end demand for the company’s innovative SpecMetrix systems product lines within the global metal packaging and coated metals business segments. Mark is a familiar face for metal packaging industry customers, where he has spent over a decade driving technical sales for Prime Controls, another innovative metal packaging industry leader.

In our 17th episode of Canmaking News in Conversation we chat with Mark Smyth, founder of  MS Can Solutions, packaging consultants for the industry. Mark talks about his 40-year career in the packaging industry and the global can market with interesting insights into Australasia. Mark’s book ‘The Future of Metal Packaging and Coatings to  2029’ will be published early 2024. You can listen here.

Please do keep sending us your news and ideas, we love hearing from you!


Janis Osborn




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