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Crown Cork and Seal

Company, Inc
Metal Can Industry Structure
Market Share ($12.2bn) Pricing
Low profit margins in US ranging from 4-7%
Huge investment
Competitive pricing
25% Primary Price component:
39% Raw Material 65%
Direct Labor 12%
4% Transportation 7.5%
Plans located closer to the customers

American National Ball Corporation Crown Cork & Seal Manufacturing

2-pieces can line: $20-25mn per line
Reynolds Metal Continental Can Other 3-pieces can line: $7mn per line
Industry Overview
Customers Competitors Suppliers

Being lighter, more consistent

Large and powerful quality and more economical
customer base to recycle, by 1989 aluminum
accounted for 99% of the beer
and 94% of the soft drink
metal can
Industry Highlights
In-house manufacture



Soft drinks &

aluminum cans

Diversification &
Roadmap of CC&S Inc.
Crown CS company 1927
Crown bought by competitor:
1891 Charles McManus
Patent run out, post which Crown on the verge of
the company was on the bankruptcy again.
verge of bankruptcy Connelly took over as
1955 Partnership with
1930 Connelly Container
Prosperous growth
Sold over 50% of US and world
supply of bottle cap
Diversified into beer can market


Connelly became outside

John Connellys Strategy
Focus on core competency of the firm: Single product line

Lean Organization: Fired employees, reduced payroll

Institute accountability : Managers responsible for plant profitability

Pay off debts: Reduced debt/equity ratio from 42% in 1956 to 5% in 1986

Stock repurchase and no dividends

Investment in R&D: Quality control & max efficiency

Differentiating through service: Flexibility & quick response to customer needs

Manufacturing : Regional plants closer to customers

Globalization: Developing International markets



Specialised Product Line Less diversity of product What business should we be in?
Strong International Less emphasis on Research
Presence and Development Growth: High Market share
Good Financial Performance Ranked No. 4 in USA on Stability: Stable product and market dynamics
Effective Customer Service Market Share
Retrenchment: Cutting down due to changes in
Cost efficient
consumer behaviour

Business Strategy
Crown Cork How shall we compete in this business?

OPPORTUNITIES THREATS Cost Leadership: Through innovation, use of green

Expanding Globally Slow Growth in Metal Can technology, and effective supply chain process
Chance to consolidate segment Diversification: Introducing new materials packaging
Product Diversification Emerging Plastic Industry Products & Services: High R&D, Green technology
Declining manufacturers Management: Innovation, Supply chain
margin Marketing: new international markets
Backward and Forward
CC&S Inc. Value Chain
Focused on enhancing the
existing product line

1.Strong Leadership
2. Lean Organization

Sale Forecasting

Regional Plants flexibility

Low Debt/Equity Emphasis on
Quality and quick response to
customers needs
Threat of New Entrants
High Competition Low
Asset Specificity
Bargaining Power of Suppliers
Big 3 aluminum packaging HIGH Bargaining Power of Customers
producer => Alcoa, Alcan Rivalry among Existing Firms Easy switching to other
and Reynolds Metals 5-6 Big Players suppliers
Only one aluminum can Commoditized products Consolidated Buyers
producer => Reynolds Price competitive Captive plants

Threat of Substitutes HIGH

Aluminium Expensive, Widely accepted alternative
Glass Lost Competitiveness, Attractive due to long-neck beer
Plastics Emerging industry, carbonation and recycling issues
Acquiring Continental Entrance into Plastic Container Industry

+ Pros + Pros

Decreasing Shipping cost due to light weight

Gaining Market Share Increasing Market Share of Plastic Industry as
Strengthening Global Outreach a whole
Reducing Bargaining Power of Buyers Widespread consumer acceptance
and suppliers
- Cons
- Cons Carbonation escape in 4 months
Incompatibility with Standard production
Cultural Difference between the firms lines
Competitive Market Recycling was not a closed loop system
Growth of In-house manufacturing Growth slowing down due to environmental
Sales and income effects in 1993
Due to acquisition of Continental Can

Acquiring European part Acquiring European part
Acquiring USA part Acquiring USA part
Acquiring domestic part Acquiring domestic part
Doing nothing Doing nothing

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Due to diversification by acquiring Constar

Net sales by doing nothing Added sales by acquiring

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500 1000.0
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Recommendations and Implementations
Acquire European division of continental cans
Diversifying into the plastic industry by acquiring Constar.

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3

Consolidate Board of Focus on new R&D products Use excess manufacturing

Directors with cross-over in Plastic (recycling as well) capacity to manufacture
training or the employees and continue with the new products
Swap and interlace customer driven R&D Continue to concentrate
managers from both strategy as Connelly on specialised uses and
companies in order to illustrated international markets as
create balance between per Connellys strategy
manager levels at each
How attractive has the metal container
industry been over the years?
The metal container industry represented 61% of all packaged products
in the U.S. and had been very lucrative for the five firms that dominated
the $12.2 billion industry during 1989 with Crown Cork and Seal making
up 7% of the market.
How well did Crown Cork do under John Connelly?
What were the keys to their success?
Crown Cork was revived under John Connelly. At the time that he
stepped up as president of Crown Cork the company was at the verge
of bankruptcy.
Once Connelly took the reins of the company the vision changed, to
emphasize cost efficiency, quality and customer service.
This was done by recognizing Crowns position as a small producer
and developed a product line built around the companys traditional
strengths in metal forming and fabrication. Also, Connelly closed
inefficient fabrication plants
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