Metal Lithography

Custom Printed Tins – World Class Metal Lithography

In 1991, in accordance with our goal to achieve the highest quality flat sheet, metal lithography, we took the step of becoming our own printer. We quickly became an award winning global leader. Our investments in the latest technology assure maximum visual quality and shelf appeal for our products. Customers’ projects are within our control from design to delivery.

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Incomparable Print Quality and Capacity

It all begins with great printing!  That is why we took the bold step of becoming our own printer in 1990.  Since then, we have added 4 and 6 color state-of-the-art printing lines, energy-efficient, high-speed coating equipment, and the latest pre-press and plate making technology.  We have more capacity, capability and experience than any decorative packaging manufacturer in the country.  Our newest plant in Vandalia, Ohio will expand our capacity for metal lithography and will house our second 6-color MetalStar 2 printing line.

Near-photo quality, high-definition printing is made possible with 250 line screen capability.  This is higher than industry standard.  Concentric dot printing delivers vibrant color and clarity, using less ink than standard dot printing.  Our fully integrated pre-press and plate making allows for a continuity of quality and control over timing.  In 2013, we added the first in-line, full-sheet, vision inspection system in the country.  Due to these advancements, we can offer the best lead-time and consistently repeatable superior print quality.



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  • Kodak Approval Proofing
  • Trendsetter Platemaker
  • Six-color MetalStar 2 with in-line UV Coater
  • Four-color MetalStar2
  • Thermal Coating Lines
  • Full-sheet Vision Inspection System
  • Continuous Film-weight Measuring System



Our 4 and 6 color printing lines have 250 line screen printing with concentric screening.  Printing with concentric dots vs. conventional dot produces a superior result using the same amount of ink as conventional!

Award-Winning Lithography

For more than a decade the global and national organizations that recognize quality in printing on metal and can making have honored Independent Can for exceptional custom printing.  The organizations include the International Metal Decorators Association, Printing and Graphics Association Mid Atlantic and Can Maker Magazine’s Cans of the Year.

Independent Can has received more than 20 awards for exceptional lithography from the International Metal Decorators Association including 3 Grand Awards for Best of Show, 12 for Best of Category and 7 Awards of Excellence.  Can Maker Magazine recognized Independent Can for 3 Cans of the year Awards as of 2012.

Our recent lithography awards:

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