CONFERENCE REPORT RIPA’s spring technical meeting gave the Association the chance to update its members on current regulatory developments in an atmosphere of southern hospitality, as Paul Rankin reports
SHOW REPORT There was much in store for drum users and big bag buyers alike at this year's Interpack exhibition at the Messe Düsseldorf this past May 8-15
INFORMATION In the new spirit of inter-association collaboration, ISDI has teamed up with RIPA to publish a guide on steel drum testing and added a number of new resources to its website
RESULTS Greif, the world's largest producer of industrial packagings, has finished 2013 with an improved bottom line, thanks in part to its recent IBC investments
The Steel Shipping Container Institute (SSCI) has renamed itself as the Industrial Steel Drum Institute, and revamped its website.
Mauser Group has sold its US steel drum reconditioning business, American Container Net, to Industrial Container Services (ICS) of Montebello, California.
Italian-headquartered OMCE reports that the local steel drum market is currently “reducing by 5 to 10 per cent” per annum.
MANUFACTURING In a difficult environment, Chicago-based Skolnik Industries is continuing to prosper thanks to its broad range of specialist drums, technical know-how and unique customer approach
PROFILE A highly flexible and speedy approach to meeting the needs of steel drum users is paying off for Burton upon Trent-based Mapa Containers
The Indian market for 210 litre steel drums has traditionally grown at around 3 to 4 per cent per annum, but the past three years have seen “accelerated growth of perhaps five to six per cent”