Exhibition celebrating 100 years of can making opens in Deventer

Exhibition celebrating 100 years of can making opens in Deventer

It is exactly 100 years since can making company Thomassen & Drijver was founded by two young entrepreneurs, Frits Drijver and Thomas Thomassen.

Through close co-operation with can makers Continental Can Company from the US and Metal Box from the UK, the new company grew quickly and over the course of time, the company built new plants in Deventer, The Netherlands.

The company worked mainly in the production of food cans, but the portfolio was extended to include aerosol cans, paint cans, metal caps, and drums etc. In the 1970’s the company started the production of 2-piece DWI beverage cans.

The company went through some changes of ownership and names like Continental Can Europe, Impress, currently Ardagh and from November will be called Trivium Packaging.

The museum De Waag in deventer, accommodated in a beautiful medieval building, owns a collection of 6,500 special cans and will be displaying them in a new exhibition, Cans and Tins, from preserves to art.

Some of the exhibited cans are real pieces of art from the end of the 19th century up to modern aerosol cans and beverage cans. The cans reveal a lot about eating and drinking habits in the Netherlands and at the same time the performance of can makers to answer the increasingly high demands of brand owners. Much attention is given to the superior recycling properties of metal packages, also in comparison to other packaging materials.

As a prominent sponsor of the exhibition, Ardagh, the CEO of Ardagh Food and Speciality Can Division, Woep Möller, opened the exhibition on 15 October. It will be open until 1 March 2020.

Further information can be found on the website www.museumdewaag.nl

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