Industry Expert, Joel Thomas, Vice President of Manufacturing, from Pride Conveyance Systems gives his responses to questions on developments in the handling and conveying market in an interview with CanTech International Magazine.
With the increase of international shipping costs and high demand for beverage cans, the ability to provide professional services on a regional level has become more critical than ever. The global demand for beverage containers is increasing at an exponential rate, with varying impacts on worldwide markets. Current events in the industry are causing suppliers from around the world to adapt and rethink their strategy.
The can making industry is expanding at an unprecedented rate. Many legacy can plants are being modernized with new technology, faster equipment, and can size change flexibility to meet the future market demands of 2-piece aluminum cans. Conversely, the supply of experienced canmaking personnel and knowledgeable maintainers is not keeping pace with the rapid expansion of the market.
A major player in the D&I canmaking industry, Pride Conveyance Systems: A Roeslein Company has led innovation in the can making business for nearly 30 years. With the 2018 acquisition of Pride by Roeslein & Associates, Inc., the conveyance company’s global footprint has been expanded to include conveyance capabilities at four world-class fabrication facilities:
Pride Conveyance Systems: A Roeslein Company has been a leader in the can making business for 30 years. With their manufacturing capabilities in Hollister, CA, Red Bud, IL, Shanghai, China, Debno, Poland, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, they are now able to expand their product line offerings from each location while shortening the lead and shipping times with the same level of quality Pride is known for. This is executed through their dedicated customer service and installation team with experienced technicians at each location.
These examples articulate a growing understanding of offsite construction’s benefits, and not just in one particular market or geography and/or complementary to specific building codes. The international adoption of offsite construction will not only continue to gain momentum, but also is already starting to be standard consideration for worldwide design and construction projects.
Much is being made about what will happen to the Chinese economy, which is set to grow in 2013 at the slowest pace in 23 years. The can making industry is watching with keen interest as the new Chinese administration faces slowing factory production and reduced investment. While some are cautious about the future in China and other portions of Asia, one of the leading systems integrators in the D&I (canmaking) industry believes the market will remain strong through 2014. Roeslein and Associates Inc. opened a fabrication and construction facility in Shanghai nearly three years ago to establish a local presence in a country it believes will eventually become the largest consumer market in the world. Per capita consumption in China is currently only about 17 cans per year, far below the 360 cans each person consumes in the United States annually. But Roeslein and Associates believe China’s 1.3 billion people and growing middle-class point to increased consumption.
Although Roeslein & Associates, Inc. is a household name in the canmaking industry, it is less known within the markets to which it is new: pharmaceutical, oil and gas, refinery, power, chemical and petrochemical. Roeslein is earning a reputation for reduced start-up times and improved efficiencies using its signature approach, Modularization, Unitization and Preassembly. One example of this type of success is Roeslein’s development of an automated sump pump system for an East Coast nuclear facility in 2012.
For more than two decades, the experienced team of professionals at Roeslein & Associates has earned a global reputation for exceptional, on-time service and unparalleled quality among aluminum beverage container manufacturers. Roeslein’s Modularized, Unitized, and Preassembled systems are the standard within the canmaking industry. More recently, Roeslein has put that expertise and reputation to work in other industries including oil and gas, refinery, petrochemical, power, chemical and pharmaceutical.
Ultra violet bottom coating (UVBC) is becoming increasingly popular in today’s modern D&I canmaking processes as its benefits for plant efficiency and productivity become more widely known. Always motivated by innovation and improvement, Roeslein & Associates designs and fabricates a UVBC system component which provides all of these benefits in an integrated module that also improves plant safety.