April 14: Two canmaking plants in China are first to order six-unit metal decorating presses from Crabtree of Gateshead, which will be showcasing its new technologies at the Cannex de las Américas show in Las Vegas from April 27-29.

Until now, the longest press had been a five-unit for another customer in China. As a rule, metal printing firms use two- or three-unit presses of UK-based Crabtree’s non-continuous-grip type for printing up to six colours in up to three passes.

But Kingcan Holdings, a Taiwan-based canmaker, chose the six-unit Fastready Gen 3 option for its two canmaking plants in China because customers require a wider range of specially-formulated inks, rather than CMYK process inks.

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