Meet the Tinmasters
For more than a century our site in Caldicot has employed local people to work with metal. In 1880 it was home to the Tinplate Works, producing tinplate for the canning industry. During the early 1900s, in the Edwardian age of elegance, the factory focus shifted from the practical to the beautiful – and our history as metal decorators began.
Applying creative work onto metal canvas is in our blood, and has been for generations. We have not just learned our skills, we have inherited them. Through our own hard work and collective experience we have built a respected business and local skills base that goes beyond industry expertise. We are masters of our craft.
Chief Executive Officer
Customer Liaison Manager
Health & Safety and External Services Manager
Quality and Distribution Manager
Henry Hughes of Tintern opens a wireworks factory next to the railway at Caldicot Pill. It soon becomes the village’s main employer.
Now known as Tinplate Works, the company begins producing ‘tinplate’ – thin steel sheets coated in tin.
Moving to printing
In the ‘Edwardian age of elegance’ our focus shifts from the practical to the beautiful, manufacturing tins and coating and printing on metal.
Our consistent focus on quality, safety and compliance earns us the trust of infant formula manufacturers.
Leading the field
We invested in a 4 colour printing line (the first in the UK) and a regenerative thermal oxidiser to keep our air emissions clean.
We installed two high speed printing presses and began manufacturing components
Our accreditations now include ISO 90001:2008 (Quality Management), ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management), ISO 22000:2005 (Food Safety Management), OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health & Safety Management) and ISO 22301:2012 (Business Continuity Management).
Investing in aluminium and UV
We upgraded our 2 colour thermal print line to work with aluminium. We also invested in a new UV coating line.
We install a third component press to meet the increasing demand.
We achieve the ‘4 pillar compliance’ with the ethical business regulations set by the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Association.
Upgrading and innovating
We upgrade both our UV print lines by installing dryers to make them more energy efficient. To raise our quality control standards to 100% perfect we develop a ‘print defect classification system’, Auto-vis®.
Rising to the challenge
We install the new high-speed, highly automated and state-of-the-art Metalstar 3, the world’s fastest metal printing press.