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World Class Metal Lithography

Since 1991, we've been an award-winning global leader in metal lithography. By becoming our own printer, we gained complete control to perfect decorating metal to the highest quality. Trust Independent Can for world-class printing.

Unmatched Print Quality & Capacity

Since becoming our own printer in 1990, we've continuously invested in the latest metal lithography technology for maximum quality control and visual appeal. Our expanded capacity houses advanced printing lines, efficient coating equipment, and cutting-edge pre-press. With the most capabilities in the nation, we handle every step from design to delivery in-house to perfection. Our newest crown jewel, the Western Hemisphere's only nine-color Metal Star 3 line launched in 2022, provides unmatched single-pass, full-color printing possibilities. Trust Independent Can, the decorative packaging leader, for industry-best printing.

High-definition Printing

Experience a new dimension of printing excellence with Independent Can's industry-leading capabilities. Our proprietary high-definition printing process delivers near-photographic quality using 250 line screens - higher resolution than the industry standard. Concentric dot printing creates unparalleled vibrancy and clarity while conserving ink.

We were also the first decorative packaging company in the country to implement full-sheet in-line vision inspection in 2013, allowing us to catch defects instantly and ensure every sheet meets our uncompromising quality standards.

Our fully integrated pre-press and on-site plate-making provides continuity and control over every step of the process. This advanced printing technology combined with our end-to-end integration enables us to offer superior lead times to rapidly bring packaging visions to reality.

When photographic quality, color vibrancy, and speed matter, choose the printing innovators at Independent Can. Discover decoration at a whole new level of excellence.

Metal Lithography Equipment

Independent Can utilizes the most advanced manufacturing equipment and technology for superior quality control and efficiency. Our industry-leading production process includes:

  • Esko Workflow CTP for streamlined prepress
  • Kodak Approval Proofing for precision color matching
  • Trendsetter Platemaker for consistent plate quality
  • Six-color and four-color MetalStar2 presses with in-line UV coating for multi-layer printing
  • The Western Hemisphere's only nine-color MetalStar3 press for groundbreaking capability
  • Thermal coating lines for robust protective and decorative finishes
  • Full-sheet vision inspection for real-time defect detection
  • Continuous film-weight measurement for coating consistency

By investing in the latest innovations, Independent Can has built the most technologically advanced metal printing operation in North America. This gives our customers a competitive edge through speed, quality control, and capacity to bring even the boldest visions to reality.

Discover the difference industry-leading equipment can make. Partner with Independent Can to unlock the full potential of metal printing.

Award Winning Lithography

Independent Can is globally recognized as the leader in metal printing, with over 20 prestigious industry awards that validate our dedication to excellence. For over a decade, we have been honored by leading organizations including:

  • International Metal Decorators Association (IMDA): 3 Grand "Best of Show" Awards, 12 Best of Category Awards, 7 Awards of Excellence
  • Can Maker Magazine: 3 "Cans of the Year" Awards for pinnacle achievement
  • Printing and Graphics Association Mid-Atlantic: Best of Category winner for outstanding print quality

Our collection of global and national awards reflects our relentless innovation, mastery of metal decorating, and commitment to creating the most visually striking custom tins. Our Worldstar, IMDA Grand, and Cans of the Year recognitions represent the highest achievements in packaging design and print quality worldwide.

When only award-winning decoration from a globally recognized leader will do, choose Independent Can – the most honored metal printing specialist for over a decade running.

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1300 Brass Mill Road
Belcamp, MD 21017





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