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About Us

William Say & Co., Ltd is a family business that has been manufacturing metal packaging in central London since before WWII. Despite dramatic expansion, we remain in the Capital to this day, with both our production lines and press shop being situated within our 3 acre London site (near to London Bridge and Tower Bridge). We are able to offer short lead times, flexibility, bespoke print, embossing & stock holding to all our customers, no matter if your company requires a thousand, or over a million tin cans.

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Lever Lid Tins

Ideal for 'water based &' solvent based products such as paint, wax and varnish.

Options & Features include

100ml - 10L
Locked side seam
Welded side seam
Lithographic print
Embossing
Metal & Plastic handles
Child resistant
Bespoke heights
Short lead-times
Deep recessed lid
Made in London - UK
100% & Infinity recyclable

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Slip Lid Tins

Ideal for 'water based &' solvent based products such as paint, wax and varnish.

Options & Features include

100ml - 10L
Locked side seam
Welded side seam
Lithographic print
Embossing
Metal & Plastic handles
Child resistant
Bespoke heights
Short lead-times
Deep recessed lid
Made in London - UK
100% & Infinity recyclable

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Seamless Boxes

Ideal for 'water based &' solvent based products such as paint, wax and varnish.

Options & Features include

100ml - 10L
Locked side seam
Welded side seam
Lithographic print
Embossing
Metal & Plastic handles
Child resistant
Bespoke heights
Short lead-times
Deep recessed lid
Made in London - UK
100% & Infinity recyclable

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Ring Pull Tins

Ideal for 'water based &' solvent based products such as paint, wax and varnish.

Options & Features include

100ml - 10L
Locked side seam
Welded side seam
Lithographic print
Embossing
Metal & Plastic handles
Child resistant
Bespoke heights
Short lead-times
Deep recessed lid
Made in London - UK
100% & Infinity recyclable

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Dome Top Tins

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History

Our history dates back to 1900, with Mr. William tinkering in his invention workshop under The Crooked Billet pub in Tower Hill, right next to London’s iconic Tower Bridge. Mr William Say himself is labelled a 'Wit and Inventor of our time' by the world renowned photographer Bill Brandt in his work from the 20’s. Although Mr. Say filed many patent applications of his inventions (such as a contraption to stop carts running people over), William Say's first real success came with the invention of a pressed metal closure which was used to seal wooden tea chests as they passed through London docks in the city's booming tea trade. Tin cans were a natural progression and with the partnership of Denis Wilkinson, William Say & Co quickly out-grew two consecutive freehold sites in Wapping, as it spread its wings. Sadly the Crooked Billet pub, along with many of the Wapping sites have been lost in London’s evolution - though one small part in wapping survives as a Pizza Express resturant.

After succesffuly expanding Mr. Say’s sole trading business into a mid sized limited company, Denis Wilkinson then continued to push both his companies further (P. Wilkinson Containers Ltd & William Say & Co., Ltd).

William Say & Co., Ltd is now located just south of the River Thames, and is still owned by the Wilkinson family. This once small partnership between two men is now a market leader, thanks to substantial recent investments in machinery and systems alike."

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1915

Mr William Say Invents the tea Bung from his Bike shop under the Crooked Billet (Tower Hill) - see photo and document above. His bike customers were the gentry in the city, and some where Walf owners who asked if he could solve their tea sampling problems.


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1929

Denis Wilkinson starts working with his father at P. Wilkinson Containers

1930

Denis partners with William Say to establish William Say & Co., Ltd. and the first tin cans are produced along side the tea bungs

1933

William Say dies and leaves share rights to Denis Wilkinson

1939

WWII Begins

1940

William Say joins the war effort making metal canisters for fire extinguishers

1945

First F&M tins produced by William Say & Co., Ltd.

1948

William Say joins the war effort making metal canisters for fire extinguishers

1951

Denis secures the first ever freehold in wapping ‘No.1 The Shed’, Wapping London (all previoulsy owned by dutchy of cornwall). The Bell - an old war damaged pub came with the sale.

1952

Office is moved to Ibex House in the Minories London (production is not moved)

1954

William Say & Co., Ltd. expands through wapping gaining further sites includeing a betting shop in order to supply the london tea trade - and almost all London’s walves along the river.

1958

Peggy Staniforth joins the company (working up until 2016 aged 93)

1966

Peter Wilkinson joins the family company

1970

Verney road site in Bermondsey is accuired and later wapping is sold and office is moved from Ibex house also

1980

Verney road in Bermondsey is expanded onto newly accuired land

1990

The World Wide Web is created

1992

F&B launch first printed tins

2000

William Say Launch first Internet Site

2010

4th generation Wilkinson’s join the business (Garth & Stu)

2014

Solar Farm installed on Bermondsey Site in Central London

2016

ISO 9001 Gained

20**

You find the last Can Maker in Central London :)

Tinfinity

Unfortunately, it's a sad fact that metal packaging has fallen foul of the very misleading European focus on 'packaging weight' over the years. Thankfully metal is now starting to be recognised as being the greenest substrate in use, for both packaging and products alike.

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