The Canmaker Summit 2019 – London
The future of packaging is with metal. But for canmakers to be successful they must embrace disruptive change. Rick Pendrous reports
The global canmaking sector stands at a pivotal juncture in its long and distinguished history. Huge commercial opportunities are on offer to those bold enough to grasp the change that is necessary to ensure a bright metallic future. However, those opportunities come with some big challenges that must be surmounted if success is to be assured.
While the sustainability credentials of metal packaging compared with plastics are well recognised by those working in the industry, much more needs to be done to spread the word among food and drink brand owners and consumers, many of whom remain woefully unaware of the metal can’s potential to be central to the creation of a circular economy.
That was one of the main messages to emerge from The Canmaker Summit, which was held in London for the first time over two days on 9-10 October.
The hugely successful event, which attracted more than 200 delegates, kicked off on the evening before with an informal reception held at the spectacular St Paul’s Cathedral.
During the following two days, delegates heard from speakers covering everything from new technical developments in chromium-free tinplate production and the challenging aluminium pricing environment for beverage canmakers, to the huge potential on offer to canmakers that take novel approaches to their product designs.
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