The METPACK Conference on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 promoted knowledge transfer and serves as a valuable networking forum. Nine international experts informed in concentrated form about current research results and new manufacturing technologies.

Lecture program of the METPACK Conference 2023
Lecture program of the METPACK Conference 2023
08:30 a.m.
Welcome Coffee and Registration of Delegates, Networking
Lecture program of the METPACK Conference 2023
09:00 a.m.
Opening of the Conference

Key Innovations in Metal Packaging over the last Quarter Century
Dr. Daniel Abramowicz, Executive Vice President Technology & Regulatory Affairs, Crown Holdings, Inc. (USA)
Lecture program of the METPACK Conference 2023
09:20 a.m.
Modern Canmaking Technologies I

1. Closed loop coating thickness regulation in metal sheet coating
Commercial Director Packaging, ArcelorMittal Europe

Damian Pollok, Team leader product management, Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint (D)

2. Food contact risk assessment of BPA-NI coatings for metal packaging –
demonstrating the safety of NIAS

Neil Finley, Head of Global Food Safety, Henkel (UK)

3. More Good Cans
Ian Scholey, CTO, Stolle Machinery Company, LLC (USA)
Lecture program of the METPACK Conference 2023
10:30 a.m.
Networking Refreshment Break
Lecture program of the METPACK Conference 2023
11:00 a.m.
Modern Canmaking Technologies II

4. Intelligent factory for EOE
Tim Clarke, CEO Europe, Enpack (CN)

5. Towards the cost optimization of lacquering – concepts and applicability
Dr. Demetrios Tsimpoukis, Managing Director, Chrotex (GR)

6. Chromate-free Tinplate (EZP™)
Shintaro Yamanaka, Senior manager, High-performance Steel Sheet Research Department,
Kyushu R & D laboratory, Nippon Steel Corporation (JP)

7. The Boxer: a new development in DWI technology
Rainer Berkefeld, Sales and Business Development Director for EMEA, Suzhou SLAC Precision
Equipment Co. (CN)
Jeff Harper, Sales Manager, OKL Engineering, Inc. (USA)

8. Openair® Plasma Surface Treatment of Metal Sheets
Christian Buske, Managing Director, Plasmatreat (D)
Antonio Galhardo, Coatings Director, Actega Brasil (BR)
Augusto Franca, Director, Brasilata Labs (BR)
Lecture program of the METPACK Conference 2023
01:00 p.m.
End of Conference


Dr. Daniel Abramowicz, Crown Holdings

The conference will be opened by Dr. Daniel Abramowicz of CROWN Holdings by delivering a keynote, highlighting technical innovations in metal packaging over the last quarter century. In addition to series of incremental improvements, such as reduced spoilage during manufacturing and lightweighting the industry saw also a number of landmark innovations that have resulted in step-changes in the can’s performance and/or economics. These more radical historical innovations, as well as some yet-to-come, will be featured in the presentation.

Damian Pollok, Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint GmbH

Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint GmbH will speak about challenges when developing the next generation of coating machines. Inline measuring technologies have advanced to the point that the re-coupling of data can lead to an automatic process, controlled in a closed loop.

Neil Finley, Henkel (UK)

Neil Finley, Head of Global Food Safety for Henkel (UK) and Chair of the CEPE Can Sector Group, will take on the important and ever-expanding area of migration and regulation by speaking about food contact risk assessment of BPA-NI coatings for metal packaging. This paper will discuss the challenges in performing the risk assessment, novel approaches to demonstrate safety and how improved communication through the supply chain can support BPA-NI coatings for metal packaging.

Ian Scholey, Stolle Machinery Company (USA)

Ian Scholey, CTO of Stolle Machinery from the US, will share his thoughts and experience which should lead to “More Good Cans”. Today’s demands for energy savings coupled with maintaining and improving output using the same machinery is driving us to accept new technologies. Small increases in efficiency through data analytics driven by sophisticated and available algorithms are within easy reach. These new technologies enable greater output to maintain cans in a competitive position.

Tim Clarke, Europe Enpack (CN)

Tim Clarke, the CEO of Enpack Europe, will speak about an intelligent factory for Easy Open Ends. Fundamental shifts are taking place in how the global production and supply network operates through ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial practices, using modern smart technology, large-scale machine-to-machine communication and the internet of things. We must adapt our business and manufacturing processes to align with digital natives, the younger generation. And we must use these new skills to help us succeed in an increasingly competitive world.

Dr. Dimitrios Tsimpoukis, Chrotex (GR)

Dr. Dimitrios Tsimpoukis of Chrotex in Greece will speak about cost optimisation in the lacquering process by taking a holistic point of view on the factors underlying the quality of the lacquering operations in metal can and cap manufacturing. Highlights are thrown on the interplay among requisite lacquer properties for good quality can manufacturing and their tradeoffs, as revealed through physicochemical concepts. The scope of cost wise optimizing the lacquering processes in can manufacturing is presented, within a framework of safeguarding quality.

Shintaro Yamanaka, Nippon Steel Corporation (JP)

Chromates are being removed from industrial manufacturing processes in order to further improve the health and safety conditions of workers and employees. Nippon Steel Corporation from Japan has developed a new procedure to passivate tinplate surfaces without hexavalent chromium. Their presentation will cover the main technical information about Process, Product and Food Contact Safety of EZP™ tinplate. All three aspects of this new substrate will be detailed with basic principles, the structure of the Zirkonium passivation layer, the toxicological profile and much more.

Rainer Berkefeld, Suzhou Slac Precision Equipment Co. (CN)

Together with Jeff Harper, OKL Engineering, Inc. (USA)

Rainer Berkefeld is Business Development Manager for SLAC from China. Together with his colleague Jeff Harper from OKL/USA he will talk about a new bodymaker design - as the basic DWI technology for making cans was developed in the USA in the 1960’s. Today it is the leading technology for beverage cans. The bodymaker is the machine at the heart of the DWI technology, and this new development from SLAC arises from the engineer’s quest to eliminate unnecessary energy in an industrial process. The Boxer has twice the output of conventional bodymakers, with significantly less energy per can produced.

Christian Buske, Plasmatreat

Together with Antonio Galhardo, Actega Brasil (BR) and Augusto Franca, Brasilata Labs (BR)

Plasmatreat, a technology leader from Germany, developed a technique to improve metal surfaces like tinplate by increasing dramatically the wettability and thus enabling UV materials being directly applied. Backed by project partners in Brazil, the canmaker Brasilata and the coatings manufacturer Actega, Plasmatreat will show how inline plasma jets can substantially improve adhesion of UV coatings.