Equipment Spotlight: HP 20K Digital Press

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.

 

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.

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

BiV Award – Biggest Manufacturers in Metro Vancouver

May 16, 2018

Our Company

Associated Labels and Packaging has been recognized by Business in Vancouver in the category “Biggest Manufacturers in Vancouver.” We have three facilities that operate nearly 24/7 and 365 days a year. Our humble beginnings started in 1980 with three employees and one press located in East Vancouver. Now we have expanded to over 200 employees and over 40 presses and associated machines. Our company offers labels and packaging such as bar wrappers, stick packs, tea sachets, shrink sleeves, stand-up pouches, and lidding film. To show our commitment to the food and beverage industry, our company became IFS PACsecure certified. This is the highest global standard a company can achieve in creating “food safe” labels and packaging.

Forward Motion

We took four years to research and develop North America’s first Non-GMO, fully backyard compostable stand-up pouch. We have created outstanding customer service and premium products. AssociatedLP has become the largest and leading label and packaging supplier in Western Canada and the Pacific North West. And we look forward to future awards as we continue to improve through state of the art technology and interdepartmental training. Recognizing and problem solving for our customers lead times, cost or shelf life is where we shine. We look forward to helping customers reach their best possible label and packaging outcomes.

Thank you to Business in Vancouver for recognizing our companies achievements!

Jay Ashworth – Sustainability Manager

 

 

 

We Are Now Certified “Food Safe”

May 7, 2018

 

Associated Labels and Packaging is proud to announce our successful acquirement of the International Featured Standards (IFS) PACsecure Certification. In other words, our company has become “food safe” in the most vigorous global standard one can achieve.

What does this mean? 

In a nutshell, our facility produces labels and packaging which ensure food safety requirements are met within our customers product supply chain.

How do we fit in the picture?

Imagine you are in the grocery store holding a food product such as a stand-up pouch full of quinoa. Now think vertically in the supply chain. These raw materials had to be sourced, processed, packaged safely, and then shipped across the country to grocery stores.

Our companies roll is to ensure protection from biological, chemical and physical hazards within our label and packaging facility. This is because our labels and packaging will enter a facility that handles food products. In the case of our stand-up pouches, bar wrappers and lidding film; our packaging will come in direct contact with food.

Why is this important?

Globalization has meant that our food is being sourced from all corners of the world. Standards about what food safe means across industries and the world vary. International Featured Standards PACsecure raises the bar in meeting new stringent government regulations to protect consumers.

Next Level?

Associated Labels and Packaging thrives at being second to none; taking these difficult steps in becoming IFS PACsecure certified solidifies our place at the top of our industry. We look forward to helping customers thriving to reach their own personal best.

 

For more details, please contact info@associated-labels.com

Written by Jay Ashworth, Marketing and Sustainability Manager

 

A more in depth explanation:

 

Now a Proud Member of 1% for the Planet!

April 17, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       

                                  For more information, contact:

Sustainability Manager

jay@associated-labels.com

+1 800.661.4764

Associated Labels and Packaging Announces Membership with 1% for the Planet

Vancouver, Canada, April 2018 – Associated Labels and Packaging joined 1% for the Planet, pledging to donate 1% of annual sales of their Non-GMO, Backyard Compostable Stand-Up Pouches to support nonprofit organizations focused on the environment.

“AssociatedLP joined 1% for the Planet to further demonstrate our commitment to the environment. Every little bit helps, and we hope to inspire other companies to do the same.” 

Members of 1% for the Planet commit to supporting approved environmental nonprofit partners by donating the equivalent of 1% of sales through a combination of monetary, in-kind, and approved advertising contributions. Nonprofits are approved based on referrals, track record and environmental focus. There are thousands of approved nonprofits worldwide.

Collectively, 1% for the Planet Members have donated more than $175 million to environmental nonprofits to-date.

“We are thrilled to welcome Associated Labels and Packaging to our global network,” said Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet. “Currently, only 3% of total philanthropy goes to the environment and, only 3% of that comes from businesses. We need more business like Associated Labels and Packaging to do its valuable part to increase giving and support on the ground outcomes.”

About 1% for the Planet

1% for the Planet is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to accelerate smart environmental giving. We recognize that the current level of environmental giving – only 3% of total philanthropy – is not enough to solve the most pressing issues facing our planet. 

Through our business and individual membership, 1% for the Planet inspires people to support environmental organizations through annual membership and everyday actions. We advise on giving strategies, we certify donations, and we amplify the impact of the network.

Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, our members have given more than $175 million to environmental nonprofits to date. Today, 1% for the Planet is a network of more than 1,400 member businesses, a new and expanding core of hundreds of individual members, and thousands of nonprofit partners in more than 60 countries. Look for our logo and visit www.onepercentfortheplanet.org to learn more.

 

About New Member

Associated Labels and Packaging is a premium Label Printing and Flexible Packaging company located in Vancouver Canada with over 35 years of experience. The foundation of the company is based on their PEQ Triangle of “People, Ethics, and Quality”… these three elements work together in every aspect of the business. 

Clients include the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical food, personal care and household cleaning industries amongst others. At Associated Labels and Packaging it’s their business to make you look good. That’s why they are dedicated to delivering not only the best in customer service, but the latest in label printing and flexible packaging technology. For example, after four years of research and development, Associated Labels and Packaging has successfully created the first Non-GMO, Back Yard Compostable, Stand-Up Pouch in North America. 

Their custom printing and packaging solutions will enhance your brand and make your product stand out. 

To find out more, please visit www.associated-labels.com

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