Crown Holdings Inc designs, manufactures and sells packaging products for consumer goods. The Company's products include steel and aluminum cans for food, beverage, household and other consumer products and metal vacuum closures and caps. These products are manufactured in the Company's plants both within and outside the United States and are sold through the Company's sales organization to the soft drink, food, citrus, brewing, household products, personal care and various other industries. At December 31, 2013, the Company operated 147 plants along with sales and service facilities throughout 40 countries and had approximately 21,300 employees. The Company's business is organized geographically within three divisions, Americas, European and Asia-Pacific. Within each division, the Company is generally organized along product lines. The Company's reportable segments within the Americas Division are Americas Beverage and North America Food. Its reportable segments within the European Division are European Beverage, and European Food. Americas Beverage includes operations in the U.S., Brazil, Canada, the Caribbean, Colombia and Mexico. The North America Food segment manufactures steel and aluminum food cans and ends and metal vacuum closures in the U.S. and Canada. The European Division includes operations in Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. These operations manufacture beverage, food and aerosol cans and ends, specialty packaging and metal vacuum closures and caps. The Company's reportable segments within the European division are European Beverage and European Food. The European Beverage segment manufactures steel and aluminum beverage cans and ends in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The European Food segment manufactures steel and aluminum food cans and ends, and metal vacuum closures, in Europe and Africa. The Asia Pacific Division is a reportable segment which primarily consists of beverage can operations in Cambodia, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam and also includes the Company's non-beverage can operations, primarily food cans and specialty packaging in China, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The Company supplies beverage cans and ends and other packaging products to a variety of beverage and beer companies, including Anheuser-Busch InBev, Carlsberg, Coca-Cola, Cott Beverages, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Heineken, National Beverage and Pepsi-Cola, among others. The Company manufactures a variety of food cans and ends, including two- piece and three-piece cans in numerous shapes and sizes, and sells food cans to food marketers such as Bonduelle, Cecab, Mars, Simmons Foods, Nestlé, Princes Group and Stockmeyer, among others. The Company offers a wide variety of metal vacuum closures and sealing equipment solutions to marketers such as Abbot Laboratories, Danone, H. J. Heinz, Nestlé, Premier Foods, and Unilever, among others, from a network of metal vacuum closure plants around the world. The Company supplies total packaging solutions, including metal and composite closures, capping systems and services while working closely with customers, retailers and glass and plastic container manufacturers to develop innovative closure solutions and meet customer requirements. The Company's customers for aerosol cans and ends include manufacturers of personal care, food, household and industrial products, including Colgate Palmolive, KIK Custom, Procter & Gamble, SC Johnson and Unilever, among others. The Company competes with other packaging manufacturers as well as with fillers, food processors and packers, some of whom manufacture containers for their own use and for sale to others. The Company's competitors include Ardagh Group, Ball Corporation, BWAY Corporation, Can-Pack S.A., Metal Container Corporation, Mivisa Envases S.A.U., Rexam PLC, Silgan Holdings Inc. and Toyo Seikan Group.
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