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March 2021

Special feature for Canmaking News by Karen McKenzie

On March 8th International Women’s Day was celebrated around the globe, a day when the world acknowledges and reflects on the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  March is also Women’s History Month, a celebration marking the contributions of women throughout history and in contemporary society.

The suffragette movement started the emancipation of womankind that many say still has not fully been completed; the Me Too Movement of recent times and the more current marches globally of the need for women to be able to be safe from physical and mental subjugation and harm are slowly changing the role of women globally but the inequality of gender has not stopped a plethora of brave and successful women achieving greatness throughout our lifetime.

While the Metal Packaging Industry may appear to still be male dominated, there can be no doubt that times are changing as we see so many inspirational women taking charge in positions of power and responsibility across the industry.

With the importance of what we celebrate this month it is important to look inwards at the success of our fellow women in our industry who have worked hard, many with families to raise, to become leaders in their field. Karen McKenzie caught up with several ladies to dig a little deeper to gain insight into their journey as well as how it is to be a woman in a male dominated industry and to seek advice for other women seeking the same success. Iris Goedegebuur, Marketing Communications Manager at Cazander Brothers, is one of them…

Iris: “I think it is very important for women to support each other. Unlike men, women sometimes criticize each other on behaviour and appearance. Society thinks of women as being soft and gentle. Working in a male dominated business means you sometimes must step up your game, which results in other women thinking of you as arrogant. Well, no one ever said that about a man who is a strong negotiator…  so, to that end we should be supportive and proud of what other women are able to achieve.”

Iris goes on to advise: “Don’t be the YES woman, it is all too easy to say yes to every project as you strive to be a good employee. But if you never say no, you will just hurt both yourself and your company. It is important to stand up for the projects you really want to work on and do not waste time and energy working on projects you don’t believe in. You can bet many guys say no… and so should you.”

Click here to read the whole article on Canmaking News. 


Iris Goedegebuur
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Iris Goedegebuur

Used equipment market still going strong

Suppliers of used and refurbished equipment have responded to pandemic restrictions with approaches such as virtual inspections - to take advantage of rising demand for cans.

Despite the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic , business didn't stop at used and refurbished equipment manufacturer Cazander Bros & Sis based in the Netherlands, with both the company and its customers having to take measures to adjust to the new normal. 

At the onset of the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19, Cazander had entered into a purchase commitment for a four-colour printing line with a British manufacturer. In spite of the challenges, including virtual inspections of machinery through photos and videos, it managed to transfer the complete line to a customer in Turkey. 

At the end of 2020, Cazander worked on a big project for a canmaker in Norway. The client, which manufactures three-piece cans mainly for the food sector, needed to relocate production lines of a newly acquired local business to its existing facilities.

After the succesful integration of both operations, Cazander took over a large stock of machinery, including individual items such as welders, seamers, flangers and presses, as well as complete canmaking lines. 15 truckload of equipment were acquired by the company. 

Also last year, Cazander sold a complete pail manufacturing line to a Spanish customer and relocated the machinery from Norway to Madrid. 

The company was also busy in the printing and coatings equipment segment. In December, it acquired a complete KBA printing line from a canmaker in the Netherlands, which is now available for purchase.

Danielle Ingram - Sayers Publishing
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Danielle Ingram - Sayers Publishing

Cazander in days of Corona


     December 2020              

On Thursday, 20 February of this year, I returned from India where I visited and gave a presentation at the Grand Tour CanTech New Delhi. Covid-19 and corona were terms I had already heard about and also at the conference there was a lot of talk about what the impact of this epidemic could be. For the time being, the outbreak remained in China, at least that is what we thought at the time, and the Indian government claimed that there were no corona cases in India. For me it was my first visit to India and I was amazed at how adamant a government could say that in view of the huge crowds in Delhi. President Trump had yet to visit Mr. Modi, so that may have had something to do with it.

Back in the Netherlands, carnival burst out in the south of our country and nobody in the government seemed to care about that either. In retrospect it was a 'super spreader' event but nobody really noticed that yet. It was only after a visit at the end of February to a large dairy organisation in our country that does a lot of business in the Far East, that I gained insight into the scale of the crisis, but news and media were still positive that corona would not come our way or would only come in a minor form. Then things went fast, winter sportsmen came back from northern Italy and Austria and the first corona patients reported to the Dutch hospitals.

Europe, and thus the Netherlands, went into a lockdown, although the strictness differed from country to country. We kept factories and companies open; where possible people worked at home. For Cazander a very quiet period started, that lasted from mid-March until the end of April, with almost no requests, no telephone calls, no visits, nothing at all. We had just entered into a major purchase commitment for a 4-C printing line with a British manufacturer and it was very uncertain whether the customer (from outside Europe) would or even could proceed with the purchase. As undoubtedly many other companies, we calculated the worst case scenario and everything was put in place to survive the crisis financially. A crisis of which nobody knew and still does not know how long it will last. We assumed that our turnover could halve and measures were inevitable, starting with our spending habits. In the meantime, we feverishly washed our hands more thoroughly than ever.

To our surprise, early May we received new enquiries and we were able to offer machines from our large stock. Customers could not and still cannot visit us to inspect the machines, but photos and videos gave sufficient insight into their condition; and I also think that the established reputation that Cazander has built up in the industry shows its value in this day and age and we have apparently been able to gain our customers’ firm confidence in us over the years. Sales have picked up again and this trend has continued in the second and third quarter; we have even sold machines to – for us - new customers from within and outside Europe. We are of course incredibly grateful for this, for we see among friendly entrepreneurs that things can also be very different in times of corona.

In addition, the odd thing is that we ourselves have hardly been able to travel; in the last six months, I have taken one European flight and I have only made three trips by car/boat. That is about 85% less than normal for me in the past 20 years. You start to wonder whether all this travelling has been necessary. Probably not. Because I mainly do the purchases myself (my brother Tjakko does the sales), I do not know yet if we get sufficient 'new' machines in this corona era, but of course we do our utmost to secure ample supply. The question we are asking ourselves is what our market will look like after Covid-19; the outcome is still a bit hazy. But until then we will certainly travel less and our online information provision will become even more important.

I say, not Cash is King but Trust is King


Arnold Cazander
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Arnold Cazander