Alcoa invented the first easy-open aluminum end for beverage cans for the Pittsburgh Brewing Company in 1962, although the use of aluminum in packaging dates to 1957. Pepsi and Coca-Cola both started using aluminum cans for soft drinks in 1967. Aluminum beverage cans replaced tinplate steel cans.
The global production of aluminum cans is around 180 billion cans per year, as of 2015. Manufacturers typically make aluminum cans using recycled aluminum, with around 68 percent of the aluminum in most cans derived from recycled material. Consumers around the world recycle around 69 percent of all aluminum beverage cans each year.