Reimagining Metal Lithography and Can Making
Through innovation, training, technology and continuous reinvestment, Independent Can is taking can making and metal lithography to the next level.
Independent Can, a leader in the printing and manufacturing of specialty metal packaging, has made historic investments to solidify its position in the market. With the goal of being the primary source for highly decorated, specialty cans in the United States, the company has invested heavily in facility maximization and the latest technology in can making and lithography.
In the fall of 2022, Independent Can will be the only company operating the latest Metal Star 3, nine-color printing line in the Western Hemisphere. This is in addition to having two six-color and a four-color Metal Star two printing lines in Maryland and Ohio. The nine-color line gives the company unmatched, single pass capabilities for up to nine colors. This technology will be instrumental in helping the company to achieve the goal of doubling output per labor hour and delivering product to customers in four – five weeks from order. For more than twenty years, ICC has been recognized for excellence in print quality by Can Maker Magazine, the International Metal Decorators & Packaging Association and most recently by Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint with the High-Performance Metal Decorator of the Year 2021.
The Company is more committed than ever to printing and manufacturing in the United States. ICC is driven to remain competitive in a global market and being a domestic solution to the supply chain challenges for major brands. With the largest portfolio of specialty can options, serving a wide range of markets, ICC is also keeping more than four hundred jobs in North America. Continuous improvement and reinvestment in technology benefits our customers and employees.
At the inauguration of the new Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint MetalStar 3, representatives from Koenig & Bauer and Independent Can Company celebrated. (Left to right) Sam Pernice, Koenig & Bauer Director of Sales & Service for the MetalPrint Division; Rick Huether, President and CEO of Independent Can Company; Ryan Huether, Chief Operating Officer of ICC; Doug Huether, Chairman Emeritus of ICC; Cathy Huether McClelland, family member and shareholder; Mac McClelland, shareholder of ICC; and Pekka Hobbeling, Managing Director of Koenig & Bauer MetalPrint.
Independent Can built a room just to house our new addition to our four and six-color printing lines in our Belcamp facility. All hand were on deck for the preparation of the area as we waited for supply chain issues to subside. Please take a few moments to watch our video of the installation and operation of this amazing printing line.