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  • Highlights from Metpack 2017

    5 Jun 2017 | Trade News

    Steven Dijkstra, Head of Marketing, Packaging and Nordics at Tata Steel in Europe

    Metpack only takes place once every three years and I think that is certainly the exhibition’s appeal. Professionals from across the metal packaging industry, designers, suppliers and canmakers alike, simply don’t wish to miss out on this melting pot of innovation.

    By now attendees of this year’s Metpack, held in Essen, Germany, will be digesting all the learnings and hot discussion points. More than 300 exhibitors showcased their innovations over the five days, a 20 per cent increase from the last conference. Over 80 per cent of this year’s exhibitors flew in from around the world, and three out of four visitors arrived from international destinations including Asia, Europe and the United States. At Tata Steel, we value this opportunity to meet with existing and prospective clients, many based all over the world. 

    Innovation key at Metpack 2017

    A lot of talk at the Tata Steel stand centred on our latest innovations. We enjoyed many conversations and discussions with our metal packaging colleagues about the latest investments at our lines in Duffel, Belgium and IJmuiden, Netherlands, as well as our latest product advances. In particular, much discussion centred around Protact® for three-piece cans and adapting existing canmaking lines to utilise laminated steel.

    Already a proven solution for two-piece canmaking, Protact’s polymer coating system is designed to free capacity and simplify three-piece canmaking operations, by removing the need for lacquer application. Our Customer Technical Service team and Research and Development experts remain on hand to help existing and prospective customers make the small adaptations at the cupping and body-making stages needed to run Protact. 

    In the case of two-piece, drawn and wall-ironed (DWI) canmaking, we’ve seen clients eliminate up to five cost-intensive operations from their lines including external and internal can lacquering. With a leaner line, canmakers can up-scale manufacturing to meet market demand. And to deliver further gains, Protact is available to full DWI width – 1220mm – for heightened can line output. 

    Everyone’s talking about REACH

    The evolving EU REACH legislation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) has also been on canmakers’ minds and our Electolytic Chromium Coated Steel (ECCS) replacement product, TCCT®, was a hot talking point on-stand. 

    Tata Steel and thyssenkrupp Packaging Steel embarked on a collaborative project resulting in TCCT, or trivalent chromium-coating technology, which has been used to produce a brand-new tin-free steel (TFS), REACH-compliant product.  Read Simon Edward’s blog about its development here.

    If you’d like more information on any of our packaging innovations, you can email us. For the latest Tata Steel news in Packaging, you can follow our new LinkedIn page here.