July 25: Japan’s leading canmaker has signed a deal to produce a lightweighted drinks can lid that has saved thousands of tonnes of aluminium since it was first produced in the US seven years ago.
Toyo Seikan Kaisha has been licensed by world-leading canmaker Crown Holdings to manufacture and sell SuperEnd beverage ends in the Japanese market.
It is a significant coup for Crown, which has faced challenges from other leading canmakers in the development of lightweighted lids in the North American market where more than 100 billion drinks cans are produced annually.
Toyo Seikan has about 40 percent of the 21 billion beverage can manufacturing capacity in Japan.

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