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Published by Telegraph & Argus
Written by Chris Holland

CAN-making machine manufacturer Carnaud Metalbox Engineering has celebrated a landmark in its nearly 100 years of operations.

The Shipley-based company marked the manufacture of the 1000th 5000 Bodymaker and the 100th 3400 Die Necker machines at its Dockfield Road base with a hand over to a key customer.

Andrew Truelove, CMB general manager, presented the machines to Tim Lorge president Crown North American Beverage Packaging.

Andrew said: “Today was a day of celebration of our past and present, but also a glimpse into the future.

“Achieving 100 Die Neckers and 1,000 5000 style bodymakers is some milestone, even more remarkable given the timescales involved. “A huge thank you to our suppliers and our customers, but most of all to our dedicated and hardworking workforce that has made this all possible. We feel we are well placed to take on the challenges of the future and appreciate everyone’s support.”

The formal handover followed by a dinner at Hollins Hall hotel .

The celebrations were attended by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford Councillor Geoff Reid and Mrs Chris Reid along with leading figures from the international can-making sector

Guests were shown CMB’s manufacturing capabilities, investments in machinery and technology and heard about the company’s future plans.

The visit also included demonstrations of a new 3D instruction manual and ordering system. There were also demonstrations in areas such as seamer tooling, assembly, grinding, CNC milling and research and development.

Guests also inspected CMB’s apprentice academy which opened in 2014 and met apprentices taking part in the international World Skills competition.

CMB exhibited its products at the recent Cannex can making technology show in Denver, Colorado and won the best booth for its combined display with Roeslein & Associates and Pride Conveyance products.

The display reflected the increasing collaboration between CMB and US-based project integrator Roeslein.