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Equipment Spotlight: HP 20K Digital Press

June 26, 2019

In case you missed it, we made a huge addition to our team early last year… our HP 20k Digital Printing Press!

hp 20k

 

Even though we’ve had the HP 20K Digital Press for a while, we’re still so excited about the new opportunities we can offer our customers! The 30-inch wide web increases our capabilities substantially by allowing us to do the following:

  • Provide quick proofs and digital samples
  • Deliver a fast turnaround time
  • Provide the market with unlimited short-run flexible packaging (perfect for seasonal runs!)
  • ‘Just in Time’ printing capabilities

 

The HP 20K can also help customers with their sustainability initiatives by eliminating the need for plates, reducing set up/production waste, and being energy efficient.   

By extending our capabilities and offering exceptional print quality, we can ensure that your brands stand out in the marketplace. Take your brand to the next level and contact us now for a digital label or flexible packaging solution that delivers distinction to your product.

Selling the Experience, Not the Product

June 19, 2019

 

After cultivating land, propagating plants, and tediously caring for fruits and vegetables; our farmers’ harvest needs to be protected in an economical and sustainable way through the supply chain.

Lidding film is becoming the natural step for produce processors and brand owners looking for new solutions. Companies can choose their customers’ experience through innovative material choices. Associated offers Easypeel (single seal) in Compostable or Recyclable films, as well as, Re-sealable Recyclable films for both fibre or PET punnet/trays.

lidding film

Specifications

 

Reseal – PET Film > Solventless Adhesive > PET Film > Reseal Layer > PET Film

Peelable – PET Film > Solventless Adhesive > PET Film

Peelable (Compostable) – 1.2mil Plant Based Film > Compostable Adhesive > PLA Sealant

 

These options resonate with consumer trends which aim to reduce the impact on the natural environment (especially with compostable lidding films). Consumers can feel relieved, not guilty, that they are using a package that is part of a regenerative or circular economy.

 

One Girl Can; One Girl Will

May 1, 2019

One Girl Can

Wow the distance between each year is shrinking isn’t it? We are always shocked when April rolls around.

Our company has made the easy decision to continue supporting Maggie’s education so that she can succeed and help others in her community.

We couldn’t be happier with her progress and look forward to see where her determination takes her!

We must thank AG Hair and their One Girl Can project for making this all happen. Not only does this company have great products, they also have a social

purpose! We encourage all other companies to look beyond the bottom line, and be a company for positive change. If you would like to sponsor or donate click here.

About

“In the marginalized regions of Kenya and Uganda where we work, education is unaffordable for many families. We provide high school and university scholarships to girl with the greatest need and potential. By sponsoring a girl’s education you’ll be helping her achieve her dreams and break the cycle of poverty and gender inequality.” ~One Girl Can

Letter from Maggie

 

 

 

Company Report Card: Food Safety Certificate… A+

April 15, 2019

Another proud moment for our company with an outstanding A+ or 95.1% rating from the IFS Pac Secure certifying body. All of our hard work pays off, and we offer your brand the same level of professionalism. Documentation, traceability, HACCP all of those fun words, we speak your language. We have to, we are in line with your brand, and so it just makes sense to continue to push ourselves to new frontiers.

Our staff is keen to discuss any concerns you have with IFS Pac Secure and issues around labels and packaging.

For any questions please email us at sales@associated-labels.com

 

 

“Indoor Pool Goes Here…” ~ Management

March 13, 2019

Nope, just kidding!
We did just get a new 22,000 sqft. warehouse though to meet the needs of our growing customers =)

We are all about the latest technologies, reducing lead times, and being the very best that we can. We are excited to see where this new phase in our history takes us. Stay tuned for when the cardboard cut outs turn into new machines, and new product offerings for your company!

Natural Products Expo West: “WHAT THE @#$% IS THIS COMPANY ABOUT?!”

February 28, 2019

Make Your Labels and Packaging Stand Out!

YES… 3,500+ exhibitors is overwhelming
YES… Standing out can be a challenge
NO… You don’t have to feel this way anymore

Creating first impressions was our main objective this year when designing our new 20 by 20-foot booth. It was important for us to stop people dead in their tracks and ask: “WHAT THE @#$% IS THIS COMPANY ABOUT?!”

Yes we could have flooded our display with text, manufacturing jargon and lame pictures like everyone else; fortunately that’s not our style. The struggle to differentiate yourselves from other companies is real, and we know this first hand. We want to help you create lasting first impressions for your customers.

Come and discuss the latest technologies in labels and packaging, environmentally sustainable options or industry trends. Our label and packaging team works with companies from across all industries in North America. We have heard it all, and we get excited by finding solutions to your problems.

With expertise in labels, application equipment and flexible packaging (shrink sleeves, stand up pouches, stick packs, bar wrappers, resealable lidding film, compostable and recyclable stock options) there will be no shortage of conversations.

Our booth is in Hall C, #2785

Look for the outstanding booth with vibrant colours, sky scapes and planetary theme. It will be hard to miss.

One Company’s Waste, Is Another Company’s Resource

February 7, 2019

NISP

“A business led initiative that uses the industrial symbiosis approach to create new market opportunities. It also increases the range of resources that have commercial value. This means adding to the bottom line and improve resource efficiency.”

Win/Win/Win

Associated Labels and Packaging participated in this program to discover if our waste could be turned into another companies input. The program was pretty simple in design. Companies were invited to fill out as many “Haves” on a green info card (this could include waste, unwanted resources, services, vacant warehouse space etc). This was followed by your “Wants” on a yellow info card (similar to haves, but also included information requests). The results would be shared amongst each table and people would write their names on either cards to make connections or referrals.

Example

Associated Labels and Packaging recycles shipping shrink wrap, which likely gets sent to China to process into who knows what. Instead, this plastic can be sent to a local company who can use the shrink as an input to create their products. This process accomplishes the following:

  • Hauling and dumping fees are removed
  • Our truck can simply add this stop to it’s local delivery
  • Receiving company gets a free resource
  • Resource remains in local circular economy
  • There is less environmental impact and virgin materials created
  • Associated Labels and Packaging can get closer to zero waste!

Roadblocks

Associated Labels and Packaging creates continuous, and for the most part unavoidable label and flexible packaging waste. These products have zero end value since they cannot be separated into their original components. This unfortunately means most of the time this product ends up either in the landfill or incinerator for energy. Our suppliers have no solution, however there is a small glimmer of hope in Iowa of all places.

Continuous Materials Recovery  takes all paper and plastic waste and transforms it into building materials for exterior walls and commercial roofs. Unfortunately Iowas is a staggering 3,000km (1,864 miles) away. NEXT Steps>>> Feasibility study on using Continuous Materials Recovery.

Connect

If you have any suggestions, or have heard any solutions out there, I would love to hear them! Direct your message to info@associated-labels.com, Jay Ashworth, Sustainability Manager.

To learn more about NISP’s local, national and international programs click here.

 

Communities in Bloom National Winners!

December 3, 2018

This past summer Associated Labels and Packaging helped the City of Coquitlam win first place in its class in the national competition. The “5 Blooms Silver” award was presented to the Mayor and Council (City of Coquitlam) by our very own Sustainability Manager, Jay Ashworth.

Communities in Bloom recognized Coquitlam with a special recognition for “Pollinator Friendly Community of the Year.” With our four beehives, we would like to think this help significantly =)  We look forward to helping this great community cause in the future! Every little bit helps get the message of sustainability out there!

“Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities.”

 

 

To Incinerate, or not to Incinerate!

November 28, 2018

Production

The printing industry has always struggled with its waste, even with recent technological advances. Our facility here in Metro Vancouver produces both labels and packaging which have their own separate challenges. Labels themselves are constructed with layers of paper stock, inks, adhesives and laminates. Labels applied to packaging are usually removed through the recycling process and likely are incinerated or put in the landfill.

Packaging on the other hand (such as stand-up pouches) are constructed with multiple layers of plastics, inks, adhesives, lacquers and laminates. To add to the complexity of packaging, each layer of plastic can be a different substrate. This means the final construction turns the package into recycle number 7, which is not recyclable. At best, companies are chipping the material and creating pellets to sell as alternate fuel.

Technology

As a company in the Pacific North West, we struggle to keep our byproducts in a circular economy. We have heard of companies in Europe who have made flooring out of label and packaging waste. That said, it’s just not practical or environmentally sustainable to send our waste halfway around the world. Therefore, we look to the options available to us: Landfill or Incineration. Do we burry our waste which will break down slowly over a couple centuries; or do we burn our waste and create energy for homes which will break down over a couple of hours? Both options aren’t great, especially when considering the “allowable emissions” regulations set by governments for incineration.

Issues

The challenge is real, and just when you think you have found a solution, another issue emerges. This occurred when our team visited the incineration plant for a tour. When speaking with the crane operator, we discovered that our waste (which is sometimes on a roll) is too dense to breakdown and will actually roll off the conveyor belt. This means the extra transport time and dumping costs to the incinerator have been for the most part, a waste of resources. So our research department is back to the drawing board, all while thinking “To Incinerate or not to Incinerate!” That is the question… where is Shakespeare when you need him?

 

To look further into the incineration process click here

“War on Plastic Reaches Packaging Industry”

November 19, 2018

Labels and Labelling Magazine approached Associated Labels and Packaging here in Vancouver after discovering the news regarding our innovation in Stand-up Pouch products. The following is a segment taken from the article. These are the changes that we require to move closer to a world with less waste. Step by step we will get to that place.

Article:

“…Still, the multi-laminate constructions of flexible packaging are too difficult to separate and recycle at most municipal facilities; the majority end up in the landfill. It’s with that in mind that Vancouver-based Associated Labels and Packaging has created what it calls North America’s first non-GMO, ‘backyard compostable’ stand-up pouch.

Associated Labels and Packaging says the ‘earth-friendly’ pouches start composting in sixty days, and depending in climate and conditions, will turn into compost within 180 days. The pouches are created with layers of eucalyptus trees and corn starch. ‘To empower consumers to divert their packaging waste from landfill to compost is a huge step in the right direction,’ says Associated Labels sustainability manager Jay Ashworth.

He says the product is popular with many socially and environmentally responsible companies. Associated Labels and Packaging can run the substrate through its new HP Indigo 20000 digital press, and also has a variety of offset and gravure printing capabilities.

‘People are starting to become more aware of the impact packaging has on the environment,’ Ashworth says. ‘I think it’s been gaining moment for a while now. Debating climate change is irrelevant; we just need to start doing what is right for the environment. And now people are willing to invest in material that won’t stay in a landfill forever.’”

To read the full article click Article Source

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