Cantab invents can tab

cantab-reseal-cansHere’s something interesting, and I don’t mind putting some attention his way

A Canterbury man has invented a seal for aluminium soft drink cans.

“Since the invention of the aluminium can, the ability to reseal it has never been available,” Warwick Taylor said.

His little rubber CanTab Seal solves the problem.

“I set out to solve a personal issue,” Taylor said.

His children, aged 17 and 14, would open a soft drink can while camping, for example, but not finish the drink. The opened can went back into a chilly bin, where it often spilled.

“I had to change to bottles or find something to resolve the issue,” he said.

After some tinkering, he came up with the rubber seal.

Rubber firm Skellerup created five prototypes from food-grade silicon and Taylor settled on the best.

He is trying to raise $35,000 on Kickstarter New Zealand to fund commercialisation.

Late last week, $620 had been pledged on the crowd-funding website with about three weeks to go.

Taylor is not the former All Black and father of current rugby professional Tom Taylor. “We know each other,” said the inventor. He used to get Christmas cards and letters addressed to the World Cup-winning second five-eighth and would drop them round to the right address.

Taylor is a first-time inventor. He runs a fire protection company. “This is new territory for me,” he said. “This is not a lifetime revenue stream for me,” he said.

Good to see people have an idea and actually taking it somewhere.  Most ideas die inside the heads of their owners.

I would really like to see this guy do well.  Drop in on his Kickstarter page, and see if you want to help out too.


– Will Harvey, The Press

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