Packaging Scotland


The Can Makers appoints new chairman

Marcel Arsand

TRADE body The Can Makers has announced the appointment of its new chairman.

Marcel Arsand has been named to chair the organisation, which represents drinks can manufacturers in the UK. He brings over ten years of waste management and sustainability experience to the role.

Marcel is currently sustainability manager at Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, having previously worked for Recoup, WRAP and DS Smith. He has taken part in research on methods of identifying and separating plastic packaging for recycling, as well as on new technologies that aim to increase shelf life of food products. He has also been involved in delivering sustainability strategies for both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Commenting on his new position, Marcel said, “It is an exciting time to be taking on the role of chairman of the Can Makers as we are seeing greater interest than ever before in drinks packaging. Brands, retailers and consumers alike are now more conscientious and looking for alternative solutions that fit into the circular economy.

“I thank Martin Constable for his hard work and dedication as chairman over the last three years. I hope to continue to raise the profile of the drinks can as a sustainable pack format. As an infinitely recyclable material and with a 72% recycling rate in the UK, the beverage can is the most recycled drinks container in the world. The can is a suitable pack choice for brands and retailers looking to improve their packaging sustainability credentials.”