Crown Cork & Seal started when William Painter invented the bottle cap in 1892. It manufactures packaging products for consumer marketing companies throughout the world. The company makes metal packaging for food, beverage, personal care, household and industrial products. Its products also include dispensing systems, plastic and metal closures, aerosol cans and can making equipment. The company operates 185 plants in 43 countries with three divisions. The Americas division operates 68 plants from Canada to Argentina. The plants provide beverage and food packaging, aerosol cans, metal and plastic closures, and beauty packaging. The Asia Pacific division includes nearly 20 plants in emerging markets. The division s products include beverage and food packaging, aerosol cans, specialty packaging, vacuum closures, bottle caps and plastic closures. The European Division includes 100 plants in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Its products include food and beverage packaging, aerosol cans, specialty packaging, plastic containers, and health and beauty care.