We deliver bespoke metal decorating technology to a Kenya-based packaging company

We’re delighted to announce our export success with the design, supply and installation of a bespoke metal decorating machine for Kenya-based Metal Crowns. 

Metals and plastics packaging company Metal Crowns, which is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, with a further manufacturing facility in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, commissioned us to provide a bespoke machine that would enable them to reduce labour costs and increase output.

We have a strong track record of exporting machines and undertaking projects for businesses world-wide and have provided metal decorating technology in more than 90 countries spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia.

Metal Crowns, which was founded in 1978, is a leading manufacturer of crown corks to the beverage industry and works with international brands such as Coca-Cola and Heineken. The company was seeking a solution that would improve time efficiencies and maintain quality in its metal decorating operations.

Our consulting engineers and design team worked closely with Metal Crowns to create a solution that was in line with its end-product requirements, formats and infrastructure. Metal Crowns was also able to select which machine functions to automate based on its specific requirements.

In response to their needs we developed a user-friendly hybrid machine, in both cure and automated operation. A 3-colour FastReady press was commissioned with conventional and UV cure, along with an inline varnish and coating unit. And from an operational perspective, several CNC functions were removed that would not be required by Metal Crowns during operation.

We design, manufacture, build and test each machine at our Gateshead, UK facility before dismantling, shipping and installing at client site. This ensures 100 per cent quality assurance and a client demonstration before the machine leaves. Ultimately, enabling us to provide one of the quickest installation and start-up periods in the market, with confidence.

Prior to delivery, General Manager Printing at Metal Crowns, Michael Hart, visited our facility to sign off the machine and witness a demonstration of its capabilities. The new machine was able to demonstrate an actual production speed of 6,000 sheets per hour and a reduction in time taken to set the machine at changeover.

Michael Hart, General Manager Printing, Metal Crowns said: “We are delighted with the level of service and attention to detail provided by the Crabtree team. I’m hugely satisfied with the company’s ability to really listen to what we need and to design a solution that meets our requirements.

“For us, efficiency is the number one priority, so we tasked Crabtree with providing a machine that could deliver certain efficiencies in speed, accuracy and shorten the time to set the designs – this is exactly what they have delivered.

“We have worked on a number of successful projects with Crabtree and as such they have been a preferred supplier of ours for the last 30 years. This is largely down to the quality and reliability of their product and the great relationship we have developed with them.”

Alan Rutter, Senior Director, Crabtree added: “It has been great working with Metal Crowns to develop their capability. In particular, liaising directly with Michael to specify a machine that ticks all the boxes.

“We take on all kinds of projects here at Crabtree, centred around the clients’ wants, needs, skillset and infrastructure to name but a few. Versatility and approachability are common place as we look into projects with the Technical Team, in a bid to offer a solution for all potential clients, be it start-up or established, specifics or general. We’re proud of our open-minded flexible approach, and we’re striving to offer more, as we want to be the solution, not the option.”

We have a unique understanding of the metal decorating industry and apply this to product innovation and problem solving.

Learn more about our services in manufacturing and supplying components, upgrading machinery and contact us to discuss how we can partner with your business to help you to innovate.