Chinese companies currently top the list of the biggest shipping container manufacturers. They take 85% of the world’s total shipping container production. Let’s look at the complete list of the large container manufacturers and learn how the containers are made. 

Name Website Headquarters
CIMC Shenzhen, China
Singamas Shanghai, China
CXIC Changzhou, China
CEC Shanghai, China
W&K Container Inc California, USA
Daikin Industries Osaka, Japan
Maersk Container Industry Copenhagen, Denmark
TLS Offshore Containers International Singapore
YMC Container Solutions East Yorkshire, UK
DCM Hyundai Faridabad, India
COSCO Shipping Shanghai, China


CIMC logo CIMC (China International Marine Container Group Co., Ltd.) was founded in 1980 as a merger between China Merchants Group and East Asiatic Company and is headquartered in Shenzhen, China. They have a long history as container manufacturers and provide all type of containers ranging from Dry Containers to Modular Container homes, with target markets in North America, Asia and Europe. CIMC has 11 factories and has an annual capacity of 2 million containers and it is the first company to reach the mark of 2 million TEUs internationally.


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SINGAMAS (Singamas Container Holdings Ltd.) was founded in 1988 with their first factory in Shanghai. They are one of the leading container manufacturers coming from China. They have 9 factories located in China and this strong infrastructure helps them produce dry freight containers, collapsible flat-rack containers, open-top containers, tank containers, offshore containers and other specialised containers. It has an annual capacity of 980,000 TEU. Singamas had record revenue of $1.7 billion in the year 2018. Singamas sold 4 of its 5 manufacturing facilities to COSCO Shipping Financial Holdings. After this deal, Singamas annual capacity is down to 480,000 TEU.


CoscoCOSCO Shipping is yet another Chinese giant. It is a multinational transportation service and real estate conglomerate headquartered in Shanghai. It was established in January 2016 by the merger of COSCO and China Shipping. And as of now, COSCO Shipping has the largest vessel fleet in the world – 1310 vessels with a capacity of 105.92 million DWT.  Before purchasing SINGAMAS facilities, Cosco was engaged in the container manufacturing business through its subsidiary Shanghai Universal Logistics Equipment, which has an annual manufacturing capacity of 500,000 TEU. COSCO also holds 14.5% equity interest in CIMC.


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CXIC (CXIC Group Containers Co., Ltd.) was founded in 1996 in Changzhou, China. It is a privately-owned enterprise specialised in container manufacturing. The company has a manufacturing capacity of 800,000 TEUs per year. They produce dry Cargo containers, special containers, tank containers and 90% of their production is exported to 40 countries. The company has assets worth $1 million including $300,000 in fixed assets.


CEC logo CEC (China Eastern Containers) is a growing container manufacturing company in China with target markets in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. With their headquarters and factory located in Shanghai, they have an annual production capacity of 150,000 TEU. Their products include Shipping containers, Heavy Duty storage container, Offshore Containers and Specialty Containers.


W & K container

W&K Container Inc. is a container manufacturer in California, the USA since 1995. With 25 years of experience in the industry, they are approved contractors of the US Federal Government and Military. They supply to local and municipal governments and the private sector. Company revenue reached $600,000, which helped them become one of the largest shipping container manufacturers of 2020.


daikin logoDaikin Transportation and Refrigeration Systems Division is a part of the Daikin Industries Ltd, which was founded in 1934 and is headquartered in Japan. They were one of the frontrunners of the industry to enter the market with refrigerated containers. With their innovation Daikin LXE10E, they increased their customer base by 1000% by 2010. They supply containers to more than 50 shipping and leasing companies. Daikin had revenue of $21.606 billion in the financial year 2017.


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MCI (Maersk Container Industry) is not just one of the biggest shipping lines but also manufactures containers specialising in reefer and refrigeration containers. They have developed the most energy-efficient reefer container called the ‘StarCool’. They had factories in South America and China and since 2018 they have consolidated their operation to just two facilities in China for reefer and dry containers and R&D and test facilities in Denmark. Hapag-Lloyd recently placed a record-breaking order of 13,420 reefers with Maersk which includes 970 20-feet and 12,450 40-feet containers.


TLS logoTLS Offshore Containers International Pvt Ltd is a company that specialises in offshore containers and special containers. They set up their manufacturing base in 1995 in Singapore and is one of the largest container manufacturing bases. They have a global target market with clients in Asia, Europe, South America and Australia. It is notable that TLS buys their parts from Daikin to build their reefer containers.


YMC logo

YMC Container Solutions is a company headquartered in the UK, manufacturing shipping containers along with a variety of multi-purpose containers. They have two manufacturing facilities, one located at Brandesburton and one at Wakefield


DCM shriram logo DCM Hyundai Limited (DHL) was established in 1993 and is a joint venture between DCM Shriram Industries and The Hyundai Group of Korea who are world leaders in the container business. They have a state-of-the-art facility in Faridabad, located close to New Delhi. They also produce trailers, tippers, containerised bodies for white goods.

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How containers are manufactured

There are more than 20 million containers around the world, and the world container fleet is growing by 3.9% every year. Not only do containers keep the cargo safe, but they have also increased the cargo capacity extensively.

The ISO has standardised the manufacture of shipping containers to make it suitable for international shipping. The standards include classification, dimensions and ratings. As a result of standardisation, we have 20-feet and 40-feet containers along with other standard varieties.

The three most common raw materials that container manufacturers are steel, flooring and paint.

Steel: In the last couple of decades, mild steel and Corten steel were used. But these days, Corten Steel dominates the industry because of its corrosion-resistant quality. It is also known as the “weathering steel”. When exposed to air and water, it oxidises and prevents corrosion.

Flooring: Earlier, oak was used in flooring. But today, hardwood plywood is used for the flooring. Oak trees take a long time to grow and are therefore not a conventional option. Bamboo grows relatively fast and is a futuristic option.

Paint: The choice of paint is crucial as it influences the ageing and rusting. The quality of the paint has improved a lot. Three things to take care of here is the thickness of paint, the ZINC rich primer which prevents corrosion and the undercoating of the container.

Impact of Coronavirus on container manufacturing

Updated on 18.08.20

The projections regarding the global container market growth were hopeful before the pandemic. According to Statista, between 2020 and 2021, the market was expected to increase by 4.8% and keep a positive trend. However, Chinese container manufacturers started cutting down on a production to maintain current prices at the beginning of the year. Box production went down 40%. The reduction in manufacturing might result in a shortage of equipment. On the other hand, logistics companies don’t seem to be interested in expanding their fleets this year. Instead, they prefer just to change containers that are no longer usable with new ones. It is all because of the instability on the market due to Covid-19.

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