Litalsa

Cutting-edge lithography and coating technology

We are specialists in offset printing and coating of metal sheets for the world’s leading packaging and closure manufacturers.

We provide high-quality coating and printing services for metal sheets that customers subsequently convert into a wide variety of different products: from classic tin cans for food to aerosols, decorative packaging, twist-off lids or crown caps.

Our success, our values

Innovation

We are pioneers in the use of advanced technology for the field of lithography.

To achieve our position as leaders in the industry, our policy has always been shaped by continual monitoring and implementation of the best technologies on the market.

We were pioneers when it came to incorporating UV curing inks and when we obtained the ISO certification for the offset printing colour management system in Europe.

In 2015 we installed a 6 colour Metalstar 3, a high-speed, cutting-edge and highly automated printing line. It was the first in the world.

We work shoulder to shoulder with the best suppliers and partners to try out new techniques and technologies that enable us to provide new printing and coating solutions.

Quality and customer satisfaction

Our philosophy is to offer the best service to our customers both in terms of product quality and delivery times.

We support our customers throughout all their processes, assessing their problems, providing quick and creative solutions and adding value to their business.

We always work in accordance with recognised standards and subject ourselves to external certification audits that guarantee the quality of our services and processes.

Our people

Our staff is the reason for the success of our company. The industrial sector in which we find ourselves implies a high know-how and the most important asset of Litalsa is training, the high degree of training and great experience of its people, always focused on the continuous improvement of the service.

Litalsa is affiliated with the Sedex collaborative platform, a global organization that connects companies around the world to improve business practices, ensuring that the products made and obtained in the supply chain have been manufactured in an environment in which the labor standards, health and safety, the environment, and business ethics.

Safety and Sustainability

We offer safety and efficiency in the processes to obtain the highest quality in our products, within a program of continuous improvement from the respect and protection of the environment through an adequate management of resources.

We are aware of the impact that packaging has on food safety and we are committed to clients in the sector by supporting them in evaluating the packaging / food interaction. That is why we maintain our food safety management system certified with the most demanding protocols in the sector.

Facilities

Located in the wine region of La Rioja Alavesa (Oyón, Spain), the Litalsa site has a surface area of 47,000 m2 and 20,000 m2 of facilities distributed across five sections:

Pre-printing

Coating

Printing

Cutting

Warehouse

Achievements and Landmarks

Since it was founded in 1972, Litalsa’s trajectory has been shaped by quality and growth.

2022

Litalsa obtains the FSSC 22000 certification

2021

Renovate the facade of the offices.

2020

Renovation of new offices.

2020

Installation of new Metalstar3 6C printer + coating machine.

2020

Installation of new Tandem coating machine

2019

Construction of new 4,000 m2 warehouse

2019

Installation of Littell cutting line

2017

Litalsa receives the first “Specmetrix Certified” award in Spain from Greg Frisby, the Global Industry Manager for Specmetrix Systems at Sensory Analytics

2017

LITALSA obtains the SMETA 4 Pillars (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit), IGS PACsecure and APPCC/HACCP certifications

2016

Litalsa receives the 2016 Internationalisation award from the Chamber of Commerce in Álava

2016

Litalsa is recognised as one of the 10 best European companies by the European Business Awards

2016

Litalsa obtains the BRC standard certification (British Retail Consortium)

2015

KBA Best Printer in the World Award

2015

Litalsa is nominated for the Best European Business Awards in the national category (for Spain).

2015

METALSTAR 3 six-colour printer. The most modern printer available and the first of its kind installed in the world.

2015

NEW OVEN with a KBA METALPRINT coating machine in line with a METALSTAR 2 seven-colour printer.
Innovation in the use of UV inks mixed with conventional inks.

2015

Implementation of artificial vision in all the printing lines and the first in a coating line.

2014

New air-conditioned ink warehouse with FIFO management.

2014

METALPRINT KBA Tandem Coating Machine

2014

Cutting line.

2012

Metalstar 2 seven-colour printer.

2007

4-colour Sprint + KBA Metalprint coating machine and oven.

2007

Litalsa obtains the UNE-EN ISO 14001:2004 certification for Environmental Management

2007

The scope of the UNE-EN ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System certification is expanded to include printing with hexachrome, the use of UV curing coatings and cutting of tin.

2006

Litalsa is the first European company dedicated to offset lithography on metal to officially obtain the ISO 12647-2:2004 certification for GRAPHIC TECHNOLOGY: COLOUR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IN OFFSET PRINTING.

2001

Litalsa obtains the UNE-EN ISO 9001:2000 certification for Quality Management Systems.

1998

Litalsa installs the first four-colour Crabtree Fastready printer.

1997

Litalsa installs the first four-colour Crabtree Fastready printer.

1978

Litalsa becomes a world pioneer in metal graphics for the use of UV curing ink.

Market

The quality of our services has made us the world’s leading independent company for varnishing and lithography on metal.

Our clients, from very diverse sectors, are based on all continents, which gives us a global presence. Currently 70% of our production is destined for the European market and the remaining 30% is distributed between Africa and South America. Our effort is focused on the diversification of markets and continuous expansion, always betting on quality to continue being the leading reference in the world market.