The History of Can Making

Posted on December 17, 2007 

The History of Can Making

This is the story of the metal can from the days when it was laboriously made by hand in crude workrooms at the rate of 10 cans per day to the present, when high-speed machinery produces 2,500 cans or more per minute on a single production line. The story of this valuable container encompasses explorations, discoveries, wars, peacetime progress, world health improvements and technological advances. Dating back nearly two centuries, the can has evolved to meet everchanging market demands around the world.

The metal can is a simple package that protects its contents against the ravages of time and nature. It requires no special handling precautions since it is rigid and unbreakable. It has proven so successful because of these characteristics that it is impossible to imagine modern society without it. Today, cans are used most commonly to package carbonated beverages and freshly harvested fruits and vegetables. Beer and soft drink cans keep beverages flavorful, fresh and carbonated for long periods of time. Cans ensure uniformity of product quality. Your favorite beverage will taste the same whether you buy it in Oregon or Florida, Maine or California. Cans are also used to store fruits, vegetables, meats, fish and ready-to-eat meals, giving us access to nutritious foods year round.


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