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Metal cans for almost every need

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Every year, Silgan produces approximately 15 billion metal food containers at numerous manufacturing plants across the country.

As today's most trusted food container, the metal food can is the package leading brands rely on for locking in freshness and nutrients. From family size to institutional, Silgan cans are used to contain some of America's most recognizable food, beverage and pet food brands.

While Silgan Containers has a history of producing cans for over 100 years, we’re always looking for ways to accommodate our customers' needs with an even greater mix of products than ever before. So, whether it’s an existing container or a new package design, Silgan is poised to deliver the best products for today’s 21st-century market.

3-Piece Welded Cans

When it comes to quality, size and shape variation, Silgan is the industry leader in the manufacturing of 3-piece welded food cans. Our numerous locations throughout the United States ensure you always receive fast, convenient delivery – no matter where you are located.

At Silgan, our commitment to customer service means that whatever the market may require, we’ll be there to respond – quickly. This dedication to meeting the needs of our customers is what sets us apart from the rest.

Can BodyAdvanced Bead PatternsSide SeamFactory Maker's End Component & SeamNecking Technology
  • Lighter-weight body
  • Next-generation coating systems
  • Increases strength
  • Allows processing flexibility

High-speed welding

  • Spin-flow necking
  • Die necking

How it’s made:

  1. A rectangular, flat sheet of food-grade steel is shaped into a cylinder and closed with a vertical side seam.
  2. The bottom end is then attached with a process called "double seaming" to create a hermetic seal.
  3. The top end is then seamed in place after the can has been filled.

2-piece Draw Redraw (DRD) Steel & Aluminum Cans

A streamlined process yields multiple benefits.

Two-piece steel and aluminum cans have only one seam around the top end (double seam). They can be tapered to make them nestable, yielding reduced shipping costs to customers in distant locations. They can also be designed to stack neatly on top of one another.

2-piece DRD Can BodyAdvanced Bead Patterns

Next generation coating systems

  • Improves performance
  • Allows processing flexibility
STEEL
  • Roll Bead/Stacking Features
  • Optimized bottom profile for improved metal utilization and strength
Aluminum

Available in multiple colors

How it’s made:

  1. A coil of coated rolled steel or aluminum is fed into a cupping press. This press first cuts a round disc, then draws or ‘punches’ the disc into a cup.
  2. This cup is then drawn a second time to achieve its final shape and bottom, before being trimmed to become a finished container.
  3. All cuts and "punches" are made to
    precise specifications.

2-piece Drawn and Ironed (D&I) Steel

Advanced bead patterns2-Piece D&I Can Body
  • Improves performance
  • Allows processing flexibility
  • Fast production speeds
  • Seamless side
  • Lighter-weight body wall
  • Next-generation coating systems
  • Roll Bead/Stacking Features
  • Optimized bottom profile for improved metal utilization and strength

2-piece Drawn and Ironed (D&I) Steel

A pioneer in D&I manufacturing, Silgan Containers is the leading producer in this state-of-the-art manufacturing process. In fact, we have more D&I lines than any other food can producer in the world. Fast production speeds, improved metal utilization and an integral end are the major benefits of the D&I-produced cans.

How it’s made:

  1. A coil is fed into the cupping press and the initial
    cup is drawn.
  2. The cup is then conveyed into a body maker where a die punches it through a series of rings.
  3. This process results in the cup walls being ironed or thinned to a predetermined height.
  4. The pre-form is then flanged, beaded and coated before final inspection.

Hybrid Packages

Silgan Containers is proud to partner with its sister company, Silgan Plastic Food Containers to solve your multi-material packaging needs. These solutions combine the best performance characteristics of both metal and plastic to bring you the results you want, as well as the customers you deserve.

Our exclusive Rotary Thermoforming technology creates the only high-barrier plastic container in the world that can be double seam and retorted with virtually no paneling or deformation.

Standard Silgan aluminum ends or peel-off ends are the perfect match. Available diameters are 307 and 401.

The perfect end for a great container...

A full range of easy-open (EZO) ends and peel-off ends have been specifically designed to fit our double seam bowl product line. Minor modifications to conventional canning equipment make it possible to handle a plastic retortable container with a metal end.

Quick Tops Easy-Opening (EZO) Ends
  • Shelf stable
  • Retortable
  • High oxygen barrier
  • Microwaveable
  • Dent resistant
  • Light weight
  • Recyclable
  • Easy-open
  • Easy-process
  • Abuse and corrosion resistant
  • No refrigeration required
  • Easy preparation and fully microwavable
  • Long shelf-life of two years
  • Portable to suit "on-the-go" lifestyles

Colors differentiate your product on the shelf

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Colors differentiate your product on the shelf

More companies are taking advantage of color’s impact.

Bright, beautiful colors provide a powerful way to capture consumer attention. Our 2-piece, aluminum draw redraw (DRD) cans can now be manufactured in a wide variety of translucent colors. This capability can also be extended to can ends and tabs, providing the platform to make a powerful marketing statement.

Advantages of Color

Eye catching on the shelf

A packaging study conducted by Perception Research Services found that 68% of all purchase decisions are made at the shelf instead of in the home. The study also concluded that color was one of the top factors driving results for shelf impact and then purchase.

Extends marketing differentiation

Packers also benefit from the added capability of being able to color match or contrast both ends and tabs. This extends marketing/differentiation color combinations for food and pet food products to an almost infinite level.

Quick and easy to process

Silgan Containers' state-of-the art manufacturing capabilities and close working relationships with upstream suppliers, such as aluminum and coating companies, enable us to provide these services quickly and efficiently.

Shaping up your sales with SCULPTURED METAL®

"Shape" offers upscale, sophisticated cues and creates instantly recognizable branding – communicating before the label is even read.

Silgan provides innovative, shapely designs and complementary color palettes that help contemporize metal packaging and the brands they represent. As premium-niche and high-volume shaped cans continue to enter the global marketplace, they achieve significant sales increases through product differentiation and enhanced functionality. Sculptured cans address key consumer trends.

Advantages of Shapes

  • Panel strength
  • Structural integrity
  • Retortability
  • Gripability
  • Transportation
  • Aesthetics
  • Next-generation coating systems
  • Full retort can

Proprietary-shaped applications that accommodate a variety of feature-rich ends

Custom designs for bottom profiles with stacking features

Sales lift and price premium

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Research conducted by Perception Research Services on several key categories proved that purchase interest increased 30–50% while commanding a price premium as high as 10%.

Improve product appeal

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Shapes differentiate and help create news for the brand.

Optimize visibility on shelf

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Shaped cans have a proven impact as a tool to attract maximum consumer attention at the point of sale.

Make your own shaped can:

Instant impact at your fingertips.

Silgan provides innovative, shapely designs and complementary color palettes that help contemporize metal packaging and the brands they represent. As premium-niche and high-volume shaped cans continue to enter the global marketplace, they achieve significant sales increases through product differentiation and enhanced functionality. Sculptured cans address key consumer trends.

To ask how Silgan Containers can help bring shape to your brand packaging, contact your Silgan representative.

Build-A-Can

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Choose a color
Choose a lid
Choose a color

Colors may also be applied to tabs to match or contrast ends.

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