Eole III(TM) From Crown Cork & Seal Wins WorldStar Award

Monday, May 13, 2002

PHILADELPHIA, May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) announced today that it has been awarded a prestigious WorldStar Award in the Food/Retail Category for its Eole III(TM) high performance easy open end. Sponsored by the World Packaging Organization, WorldStar winners were formally recognized at a ceremony in Dusseldorf, Germany during Interpack, April 24 - 30, 2002.

Eole III(TM) is manufactured with thinner and harder double reduced steel, decreasing the peel force required to open the can by 25%. The end is significantly smoother and easier to open without risk of spillage, and does not compromise superior performance through filling, handling and distribution channels.

Eole III(TM) is fully interchangeable with existing Crown Eole(TM) ends, enabling customers to use the same seamer parts thereby maximizing production uptime and eliminating costly changeovers.

Currently available in 73mm and 83mm diameters, Eole III(TM) easy-open ends eliminate the need for can openers and are convenient for on-the-go consumers, making them ideal for a variety of food products. Potential applications include fruits, vegetables, soup, pet food, beans, pasta, rice pudding and custard.

"We are honored to receive this award," said John Conway, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "It recognizes Crown Cork & Seal's commitment to providing customers with cost-effective, innovative solutions that help add value to their brands."

WorldStar Awards are presented to packages which, having already won recognition in a national competition, are compared by an expert panel of judges to similar packages from around the world.

Crown Cork & Seal is a leading supplier of packaging products to consumer marketing companies around the world. World headquarters are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


SOURCE Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc.
Web site: http: //www.crowncork.com
CONTACT: (Europe) Martin Reynolds, Marketing Director, Food Europe, +33149184177, or martin.reynolds@eur.crowncork.com; or (U.S.) Keith Lucas, Vice President-Sales, Food Can Division, Crown Cork & Seal, +1-215-698-5303, or klucas@crowncork.com