Crown has a long history of leading the industry with innovative packaging technology.
It is where we started in 1892 when our founder, William Painter, invented a better way to package soft drinks and beer. Painter's vision revolutionized the bottling industry. His ingenuity, and the leadership of those who came after him, helped to build Crown Holdings, Inc. into the world-class company it is today.
It is no wonder that, after over 100 years of growth and diversification, innovation has remained at the core of what we do every day. From that first ‘crown cork’ to our ground-breaking 360 End® beverage end to today's advanced shaping technology, Crown has led the way.
1892 – A New Industry
Inventor William Painter patents the 'crown cork' and starts the Crown Cork & Seal Company of Baltimore.
1898 – Automation
Painter introduces the first foot-powered syruper-crowner, allowing a good operator to fill and cap 24 bottles a minute.
1906 – Early Expansion
By the time Painter dies in 1906, Crown has greatly expanded its manufacturing base to include Europe, South America and Asia Pacific.
1919 – World War I
In the face of Prohibition, Crown begins shifting production from beer to soft drinks.
1927 – New Impetus
Charles McManus, who patented Nepro Cork, a substitute for natural cork, merges the New Process Cork Company into Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc. Net sales reach $11 million.
1930 – New Speeds
Crown introduces high-speed, 3-piece bodymaking, revolutionizing the canmaking process.
1936 – Moving into Tin Cans
Crown acquires the Acme Can Company of Philadelphia and enters the tin can business.
1937 – The Crowntainer
Crown perfects the electrolytic tin plating process and introduces the Crowntainer, a 2-piece necked-in steel can sealed with a crown.
1941 to 1945 – The Tin Can Goes to War
Crown shifts its production to war products and receives a government citation for the development of a gas mask canister. Crown also introduces the Kork-N-Seal, the Pour-N-Seal and the Merit Seal.
1952 – Spra-tainer
Crown introduces the Spra-tainer, a lightweight, two-piece aerosol can for the food, personal care, household and insecticide markets.
1957 – Turnaround
During difficult times, John Connelly takes over the presidency at Crown and pares down the organization, implementing stringent economies that help the company to recover.
1958 – New Headquarters
Crown moves its corporate headquarters from Baltimore to Philadelphia.
1960 – From Beer to Soft Drinks
Crown starts designing equipment specifically to meet the needs of soft drink producers and gains considerable market share in the United States.
1968 – New Closure
Crown develops the first all-plastic closure for carbonated soft drinks.
1969 – Steel Beverage Cans
Crown introduces the Drawn-N-Ironed, a two-piece steel alternative to the aluminum can, which rapidly becomes a hit product
1970s – Financial Strength
Connelly focuses on international growth and repurchases preferred and common stock; earnings per share grow above industry averages.
1970 – Audible Safety
Crown debuts metal vacuum closures featuring a safety button that provides an audible indication of pack safety.
1976 – Flame Curing
Crown develops a patented flame-curing process that cures can coatings by direct flame impingement in less than one second.
1977 – Foreign Expansion
Crown becomes one of the world’s leading producers of cans and crowns overseas, operating 60 foreign plants. Net sales reach $1 billion.
1980 – New Innovations
Crown uses compartmentalized packages, such as piston and bag-in-can, to extend its range of aerosol applications. New full-aperture easy-open ends provide simplified opening and exceptional abuse resistance. Crown also introduces spin-necking, allowing for the production of lighter weight containers.
1982 – High Impact Decoration
Crown introduces reprotherm, a patented sublimation-dye-transfer process for photographic quality decoration, for beverage cans.
1984 – STEP & Petainer
Crown introduces PET/metal containers for food and beverage products.
1985 – New Processes
Crown develops the external base profile reforming process to allow lighter base weight metal to be used on aluminum beverage cans while controlling buckle and growth.
1986 – EOLE™
Crown launches the EOLE™ brand of full-aperture easy-open ends, optimizing the convenience packaging.
1988 – OXBAR
Crown develops oxygen scavenger technology (OXBAR) for use in PET containers to prolong the shelf life of sensitive products like beer.
1989 – Acquisition Mode
Crown begins a series of acquisitions, increasing sales from $1.9 billion in 1989 to over $8 billion by 1997.
1990 – Consolidation Begins
Crown acquires major portions of former industry leader Continental Can Company and becomes the North American packaging leader. The company introduces a new blowforming process to increase the shelf differentiation and brand recognition of containers. Meanwhile, new PT Plus closures debut that provide greater tamper evidence and Crown launches its Ideal Closure® – a polymer/metal hybrid that significantly reduces opening forces.
1992 – Getting into Plastics
Crown acquires CONSTAR International, a world leader in PET plastic containers for the beverage, food and household markets.
1996 – Creating a World Packaging Leader
Crown acquires CarnaudMetalbox, Europe's leading manufacturer of metal and plastic packaging, and becomes the world's packaging leader.
1996 – New Digs
Crown’s global headquarters opens at a new location in Philadelphia.
2000 – Introducing SuperEnd®
Crown unveils the revolutionary SuperEnd® beverage end technology. In addition, integrated weld monitoring is produced to improve the efficiency and quality of 3-piece canmaking.
2001 – PealSeam™
2002 – CONSTAR IPO
Crown completes the sale of 89.5% of its shares in CONSTAR through an Initial Public Offering. The company also introduces bowl-shaped cans for a wide range of food applications including salads and desserts.
2003 – Refinancing
Crown completes a $3.2 billion refinancing plan and forms Crown Holdings, Inc. as a new public holding company.
2004 – High Spirits
Crown introduces injection-molded corks for spirits products.
2005-6 – Trimming Assets
Crown sells its Global Plastic Closures and Cosmetics Packaging businesses. The company also introduces easy-open metal paint cans.
2007 – EasyLift®
Crown sets a new standard in convenience packaging with the debut of its Easylift® easy-open ends. The company also introduces shaped food cans for every day luxury goods such as soup and coffee. In the beverage world, Crown unveils its Pictoris™ high quality print solution for use on aluminum cans.
2008 – EarthSafe™ Dispensing System
Crown introduces the EarthSafe™ Dispensing System, an innovative and environmentally-responsible package that replaces hydrocarbons with compressed air as the propellant.
2010 – The 360 End®
Crown launches the 360 End® for the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament – the entire lid can be removed, turning the can itself into a drinking cup. This marks the first of many applications of this technology around the world.
2011 – Leading the Way in Sustainability
Crown publishes its inaugural Sustainability Report based upon fiscal years 2007 through 2010.
2011 – New Technologies
2013 – Global Vent™
Crown introduces Global Vent™, a dual aperture beverage end that offers a smoother pour and an enhanced experience for consumers.
2014 – A Time of Growth
Crown purchases Mivisa Envases, SAU and enters into an agreement to acquire EMPAQUE, significantly enhancing the company’s strategic position regionally and globally.
2015 – Expanding in the Mexican Market
Crown acquires EMPAQUE, a leading Mexican manufacturer of aluminum cans and ends, bottle caps and glass bottles for the beverage industry, from Heineken N.V. The acquisition significantly enhanced Crown's strategic position in beverage cans, both regionally and globally.
2018 – Product and Geographic Diversity
Crown acquires Signode Industrial Group Holdings Ltd., a leading global provider of a variety of market-leading technologies that are essential to contain, unitize, protect and secure goods during manufacturing, transport, and warehousing. The business is now known as Crown's Transit Packaging Division.
2018 – A New Place to Call Home
Crown moves its global corporate headquarters to Yardley, Pennsylvania (U.S.).
2018 – In Transit
Crown completes its acquisition of Signode Industrial Group Holdings, a leading global provider of transit packaging systems and solutions, to diversify its portfolio for shareholders.
2018 – Connecting with Consumers
Crown debuts CrownConnect™, an innovative Quick Response (QR) scannable code technology for beverage can tabs that promotes consumer engagement with brands and supports supply chain traceability and security.
2019 – Getting Creative
Crown opens the doors to a new 14,000-sq.-ft. graphics facility in Ambler, PA to optimize package design and speed time to market for beverage brands.
2020 – Accelerating Sustainability
Crown launches Twentyby30, an ambitious, comprehensive sustainability program that outlines twenty measurable environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals to be completed by 2030 or sooner.
2021 – Investing in Continued Growth
Crown sells its European Tinplate business to KPS Capital Partners, LP to further invest in beverage can capital projects and support surging customer demand for the format.