Incomparable Print Quality and Capacity – Superior Flat Sheet Lithography


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 facility in Vandalia, Ohio houses our second, full-service lithography operation and will be operational in June of 2014.  Our technology and experience throughout all of our manufacturing facilities makes us the supplier of choice for flat sheet lithography on metal.


Flat Sheet Lithography stock decorative tins custom tinsNear-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.



  • Esko Workflow CTPMetal Flat Sheet Lithography stock decorative tins custom tins
  • Kodak Approval Proofing
  • Trendsetter Platemaker
  • Six-color MetalStar 2 with in-line UV Coater
  • Four-color MetalStar2
  • Thermal Coating Lines
  • Vision Experts 4000 – full-sheet vision inspection system
  • Spec Metrix – continuous laser film-weight measurement system


Award-Winning Metal 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 has recognized Independent Can for 3 Cans of the year Awards as of 2012.