CarnaudMetalbox Engineering Ltd


Dockfield Rd,
West Yorkshire,
BD17 7AY (Satnav 7AR)

Contact Details

Tel: 01274 847667

Winners Of

  • 2020 Innovation
  • 2014 International Trade

Established in 1930 and employing over 450 people, CarnaudMetalbox Engineering (CMbE) designs, develops and manufactures highperformance metal forming and finishing machinery for the production of beverage and food cans. The Shipley-based company is a four-time winner of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, now adding the Innovation category to previous accolades including International Trade and Technological Achievement.

With its commitment to innovation and precision engineering, CMbE continually strives to break the mould, ensuring food and beverage can manufacturers are able to keep up with consumer demands whilst delivering optimal production efficiency.

As a business supplying equipment to the metal packaging industry, the environmental impact of its product and processes is always uppermost in the company’s mind. Metal packaging is infinitely recyclable and makes a significant contribution to the concept of the circular economy. Not only is metal packaging fully recyclable it also has some of the highest actual recycling rates worldwide.

CMbE has introduced a number of innovations that have helped accelerate can production, improve efficiencies across the supply chain and reduce overall material usage to support sustainability initiatives. These include the patented reformattm Spray Machine, a servo-driven internal spray machine for can-making. Developed to improve the speed, efficiency and process control for evenly coating the inside of food or beverage cans with a precise amount of lacquer, this prevents food or drink from coming into contact with the metal of the can body.

Additional benefits to customers include:
Increased speed – the new machine is able to reach higher speeds compared to previous mechanical spray machines: a feature which potentially allows higher production speeds in customer’s plants,
Reduced down time – the new machine is quicker to clean, and faster to change over to different can sizes than previous models: this enables CMbE’s customers to reduce the total man-hours required for any particular activity
Reduced energy consumption – cost of ownership is reduced for the servo spray machine as it consumes 75% less energy than previous models. As well as offering a significant monetary saving to CMbE’s customers, this affords ongoing environmental benefits as these machines are supplied in multiples of up to 18 per can plant, and can run continuous 24/7 production. Thus, the overall saving in electricity (and therefore potentially greenhouse gas reduction) is very significant indeed.

Andrew Truelove, General Manager at CMbE comments: “It’s a fantastic feeling to be winners of the Queens Award for the fourth time in our history. This one is particularly special, as it is for Innovation, which is at the heart of all we do. It has also been a while since we have won in this category, having achieved this honor back in 1986, our first Queens Award, some 34 years ago. (Then named Technological Achievement). It is a testament to our continued drive for innovation – which is part of our DNA – as demonstrated by our world-class employees, who display this characteristic every day, and in everything they do. We do great things here at CMbE and I am extremely proud of each and every one of us, and all of our key stakeholders, who have made this award possible. Congratulations to everyone involved!”

CMbE supplies can-making equipment to a wide range of customers all over the world, including all the major can-makers. Based in the UK, the company has specialised engineering teams in place to support customers on a global level.