About Us

Where We Started

DS Containers is a unique Japanese-American partnership (DS is derived from Daiwa-Seikan - the latter is the Japanese word for can making). The 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.

Many of the new products and technologies introduced into the Japanese can industry in the past 40 years originated with 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 market.

Today Daiwa has 11 plants and represents approximately one-third of the can industry in Japan. For more information, click on Daiwa Can Company.

Our Company History

We continue to innovate and progress in our industry.

Daiwa Can Company develops the “New Bottle Can”

2000

With the help of Daiwa Can Company, Bill Smith, Sr. opens DS Containers; a state-of-the-art manufacturing building is constructed in Batavia, Illinois. Developed from Daiwa’s technology, a new, two-piece steel aerosol can was created for the aerosol market.

2003

Installation of Lines 1 and 2 begins.

2004

Production on lines 1 and 2 begins in October

2005

Construction begins on lines 3 and 4

2010

Line 3 & 4 Production begins in January

2011

New warehouse construction is completed in West Chicago, Illinois.
New can sizes 211 x 315 and 211 x 413 introduced.

2015

New manufacturing plant construction is completed in West Chicago, Illinois

2016

Debossing feature is added to line 3
Line 5 installed in new West Chicago Plant

2017

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Associations We Belong To

Always Here To Help

In addition to our technology and quality, our customer service sets us apart. Every customer, large or small, receives the same individual attention from our team. We offer the shortest lead times and lowest minimum orders for printed cans within the industry.

  • Two week lead time
  • 15,000 can litho minimum

We are leaders in technology and sustainability.

Take a look at our green initiatives. Sustainability Efforts