Flat Sheet Printing & Graphics

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Extraordinary Printing for Extraordinary Products

You wouldn’t settle for less than the best in your products and your printing shouldn’t be any different. Whether you’re producing packaging, closures or anything utilizing printed metal, with Ball Corporation’s state-of-the-art flat sheet lithography capabilities, your printing can be as perfect as your product.

Ball Corporation is the world’s largest and most experienced metal lithographer, producing more than 110 billion printed products every year.  The expertise of our award-winning lithography team, our industry-leading equipment and Ball's strong supplier partnerships result in the highest quality, most innovative flatsheet printing available. 


Ball’s new MetalStar 3 printer is truly in a class of its own. The state-the-art metal printer is the first and only of its kind in the United States, providing our customers with the most innovative, reliable and beautiful metal printing available in the market. Most of the industry’s metal printing presses are decades old. Those fully mechanical machines rely heavily on human accuracy, which can lead to inconsistent print quality. By comparison, the modern MetalStar 3 is fully automatic and uses a number of digital components to ensure consistent and accurate registration and color density so the last sheet is as perfect as the first. Please visit our facility to see the best-in-class benefits of our MetalStar 3:
  • Unparalleled quality. Modern vision system with a combined spectrometer and densitometer for color corrections and quality control. Online ISRA camera inspection system that checks each sheet for lithography defects and accurate registration.
  • Accurate color matching. DensiTronic Professional, our automatic color-measuring system, ensures exact color matching
  • Consistent and precise registration. High-precision KunziMatic registration system. Lateral, circumferential and diagonal register controlled from the console. DriveTronic Plate Indent, inline reader for precise alignment of printing plates
  • MetalStar 3, made for metal. Plasma-coated blanket and impression cylinders specifically for metal decorating
  • Scratch prevention. Uniquely designed guide elements for scratch-free sheet transport. Specially developed gripper system to avoid the risk of damage to the sheets
  • Automation. ErgoTronic console technology simplifies operation and offers a high degree of repeat accuracy
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Check out this video of the Ball Corporation MetalStar 3 in our climate-controlled clean room to see our lithography in action.


With just the right amount of shine, gloss is our most purchased coating for lithography.


Perfect for products with an edge, our matte finish is sure to make a statement.


When metal resonates with your brand, you want inks that let it show through. Our transparent inks are the perfect fit.


Pearlescent offers a "mother of pearl" effect created with a varnish over the graphics.

Photo Quality Hexachrome

Ball's photo quality Hexachrome lithography technique makes for endless printing possibilities that are sure to make your brand stand out from the crowd.

Work with the Best

Flat sheet metal lithography is an art. Not only do our employees have the best tools for their craft, they also have unparalleled experience. We tend to think our people are amazing, but when it comes to calling our team the best professionals in the business, don’t just take our word for it. Multiple members of our prepress and lithography teams have been recognized by professional organizations for their leadership and contribution to manufacturing.

Hope Riggs - Pre-Press Manager 
  Hope Riggs is truly an expert in lithography, with 17 years of service at Ball and more than 10 years of experience leading our prepress team. In 2017 Hope was recognized for her outstanding achievements, both professionally and as a successful philanthropist, at the Women in Manufacturing STEP Ahead Awards. When you work with Ball Corporation, you’ll work with Hope directly from artwork setup, to proof and first run approval, to ensure your run goes off without a hitch.

Lithography Team
  John Umberger and Greg Hansen, two litho technicians in our Flatsheet Graphics Center of Excellence in Canton, Ohio, were named International Metal Decorators Association "Decorators of the Year" in 2017. Our award-winning lithography technicians are responsible for running the MetalStar 3 and ensuring the highest quality standards on your finished prints.


At Ball, packaging possibilities are virtually endless!

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T: (303) 460-4444