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DS Containers' History
DS Containers is a unique Japanese-American
partnership (DS is derived from Daiwa-Seikan - the
latter is the Japanese word for can making). The former
founder of the American side of the equation was
William J. Smith, Sr., a packaging veteran with over 50
years of experience. He was the founding CEO of U.S.
Can Company, and before that, executive vice
president of American Can Company's Paper Division,
then the nation's largest packaging company. In both
places he established relationships with Daiwa and was
instrumental in forging the present arrangement.
In 2004, a 236,000 square-foot plant was built in
Batavia, IL, specifically for the DSC operation, which
has been outfitted with state-of-the-art production
equipment, using proprietary Daiwa technology.
Modeled after Daiwa's successful "New Bottle Can", an
aluminum beverage can made in Japan, the DSC
container is a two-piece PET-laminated steel aerosol
can. Geared initially to the U.S market, it combines
value and product integrity in a can that gives
marketers a premium package, with greater consumer
appeal than the traditional three-piece aerosol can.
Since production began in 2005, consumers and
marketers alike cannot get enough of this
award-winning, modern and seamless container.
In 1939, Mr. Hisakichi Yamaguchi founded a small
company in Osaka, Japan to make cork-lined caps for
bottles. The business grew into a six-line plant, and the
company changed its name to Daiwa Can Company.
Then, in the mid-fifties, Daiwa entered into a technical
assistance agreement with American Can Company,
which led to the manufacture of beer cans. In 1965,
Daiwa merged with Kyushu Can and became one of
Japan's leading packaging manufacturers.
Almost all of the new products and technologies
introduced into the Japanese can industry in the past
40 years have come from Daiwa. They include the first
production of liquid coffee cans, the first
drawn-and-ironed steel cans, centralized end making,
coil laminating and the "New Bottle Can", the first
re-sealable metal can in the worldwide beverage
Today, Daiwa has 11 plants and represents
approximately one-third of the can industry in Japan.
As a member of the Yamaguchi Enterprise Group, Daiwa
is allied with a sister company, Shin Nippon Koki, a
major machinery and machine tool business. For more
information, click on Daiwa Can Company.