Associated Labels Launches HP Indigo 20000 Digital Printing Press

Associated Labels Launches HP Indigo 20000 Digital Printing Press

January 11, 2018


Associated Labels and Packaging, a leading labels and packaging converter in Western Canada, has completed installation of an HP Indigo 20000 digital press, as it expands its sustainability offering, including digital printing of flexible packaging on eco-friendly materials.

The HP Indigo 20000 digital press doubles digital capacity for Associated Labels and Packaging, operating until now its digital services with two HP Indigo WS6800 digital presses. The 30-inch press will also allow the converter to deliver digitally printed flexible packaging and pouch applications to complement its wide-web flexo printing.

‘The addition of the Indigo 20000 will allow us to provide the market with unlimited short-run packaging. In the past, it was cost prohibitive due to minimum orders. With this technology we can now produce smaller runs for market testing and development, and also stay profitable on smaller runs from existing key customers,’ said Shaun Ashworth, Associated Labels and Packing president.

The Vancouver-area converter, serving western Canada and the Pacific Northwest, has invested in a sustainability program as a strategic company mission, developing a unique backyard compostable stand-up pouch product. The film is also running on the HP Indigo 20000, opening new marketing opportunities.

According to Jay Ashworth, marketing and sustainability manager, specialty brands, including boutique organic and natural products, are increasingly interested in a fully sustainable packaging solution as part of their product marketing. ‘With digital printing on eco film, these innovative products can enjoy high-quality packaging SKUs, test market interest and also stay true to their eco-values.’ he said.

Since starting in a small label printing plant in Vancouver in 1981 Associated Labels and Packaging has grown to over 100,000 square feet, with 24 hour-a-day press runs.

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Drone, Sweet Drone; Best Plant Location? We Think So!

January 24, 2017

We are so lucky to have our plant located steps away from the Fraser River here in Coquitlam, British Columbia (just outside Vancouver). Up and down the river we have customers who depend on our premium label and packaging services.

These services include labels (ex. wine labels), shrink film (ex. contoured bottles), lidding film (ex. resealable blueberries) and stand-up pouches (ex. rice and grains). We also pride ourselves on investing four years into developing North Americas first Non-GMO, Organic, backyard compostable stand-up pouches.

Our company also prides itself on our People, Ethics and Quality triad which is a thread that runs through everything we do here.

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40,000lbs of food donated over the past 7 years!

December 21, 2016

WOW! Another 4,000lbs of food donated this year by staff here at Associated Labels and Packaging. We are happy to be able to do our part this year.


Video: Creating a Stand-Up Pouch

December 7, 2016

Have you ever wondered what goes into making your Stand-Up Pouch? Associated Labels and Packaging has created this quick clip to demonstrate what goes into this complex process.

Once your artwork has been thoroughly examined and approved by our in-house art department, we are able to create printing plates. These plates are sent to our press for set up. Our quality control team will conduct checks at various stages of the printing process to ensure our premium standards are met. Once the stock has been printed (and if required), we then send the printed rolls to another machine to be lacquered, followed by an additional machine to be laminated. Still two more machines left in the process! We need to slit or cut the rolls (which can be printed more than one across) to be able to fit our pouching machine. Finally the pouching machine folds, punches, heat seals the zipper and finally cuts the Stand-Up Pouch off the roll, ready for use!

As the flexible packaging industry gets more and more complicated, Associated Labels and Packaging is at the head of the pack. After four years of research and development, our team produced North Americas first Non-GMO, Backyard Compostable, Stand-Up Pouch. We are proud to be able to offer companies this environmentally sustainable alternative.

We also want to give a shout out to Sugar 2.0; such an amazing company to work with. It’s also nice to work with companies who are doing things to change the face of their industry. Sugar 2.0 “started with one father’s desire to lower his kids’ sugar intake — with a solution they’d actually love.”

For more information on flexible packaging and stand-up pouches click here: Stand-Up Pouches

Contact  to get your order started.

Written by Jay Ashworth

UPDATE! associatedLP Helps WIN National Competition – “Communities in Bloom”

November 16, 2016
Associated Labels and Packaging staff volunteer their time

Associated Labels and Packaging staff volunteer their time

The City of Coquitlam hosted judges from Canada’s Communities in Bloom Competition last summer. Judges came by our location as part of the grand tour and we showed them our facility and of course the bee hives and surrounding gardens. We are so happy to have had the opportunity to participate and help our city win!

The original article can be viewed here

Promotional Video of the City of Coquitlam, cities in bloom

Original Profile Book Supplied by the City of Coquitlam

Business Of The Year Nominee: “When You Do The Right Thing, People Take Notice!”

October 6, 2016



After joining the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce last month which serves Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam, we were welcomed by the community of over 500 local business members. Associated Labels and Packagings decided to join after speaking to a council member while volunteering at the creek restoration project next to our facility. Our goals for joining were to connect with local businesses, as well as, our community on a deeper level.

Business Excellence Award Nominee Criteria:

  • Exemplary record of business sustainability, growth and prudent financial management
  • Excellent customer and/or employee relationships
  • Uses an innovative approach to business growth and development
  • Proactively contributes to the community and is established as a strong corporate citizen


Some of our noteworthy achievements have been developing the first Non-GMO Backyard Compostable Stand-up Pouch in North America; Supporting local hockey and lacrosse teams; starting a cycling and hiking club for employees and installing two bee hives on our property.

When you do the right thing, people take notice! We are so proud of our staff for making this possible and we look forward to continuing this amazing trajectory.
Written by Jay Ashworth


Tri-Cities Article


Honey Harvest

September 27, 2016

Since April Associated Labels and Packaging went through a large learning curve when installing our little bee friends here in Vancouver! Through all the growing pains we successfully harvested 37lbs of honey this year!

We are so happy to have this project open to staff who wish to learn and participate about these amazing pollinators. We welcome anyone to come down and take a look, especially those companies who would like a heads up on how to install your own beehives at work. The next step for us is to winterize our bees and let them be (not a pun person) until the spring when they decide to come out of their mini hibernation.

If you have any questions about our sustainability projects, please feel free to email me


New Cyrel® Easy Plate Technology; The Future of Printing is Here

September 23, 2016



New Technology

DuPont recently released its new flexographic printing plate technology platform, “DuPont Cyrel Easy®.” This new technology platform is designed to simplify the prepress process by building the flat top digital dot directly into the plate, resulting in increased productivity and consistency (DuPont).

In typical Associated Labels and Packaging fashion, our research and development team jumped on board right away to make this technology available to all our customers. DuPont and Associated Labels and Packaging both speak the same language in wanting to improve quality, sustainability and productivity with this new product.



Customer Benefits

Higher resolution, increased from 2540 to 4000 pixels per square inch (ppi)

Smooth gradients to zero can be achieved with improved screening technology

Lower graininess

No micro screening needed

Higher ink transfer and colour saturation




We Think, We Speak, and We Print in Rainbows

July 29, 2016

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It’s pride weekend in Vancouver! Associated Labels and Packaging recognizes our social responsibility in supporting the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) community within our own industry. Our business foundation is built upon commitment to “People,” “Ethics” and “Quality.”

We believe that having a safe and inclusive work environment for all our staff is a basic human need; everyone, regardless of their beliefs or sexual orientation deserves this without question. We therefore encourage our employees to bring their full selves to work, and not feel the need to cover up their true identity. Associated Labels and Packaging is no stranger to the LGBTQ community, and we intend to keep it that way.


Written by Jay Ashworth

“Communities in Bloom” National Competition Pays us a Visit

July 20, 2016


Today Associated Labels and Packaging participated in the national “Communities in Bloom” competition in collaboration with the City of Coquitlam. Associated Labels and Packaging represents the only commercial business out of 22 locations selected for national judges to evaluate. Other sites include a golf course,  hatchery, community gardens, and multiple parks. This year City of Coquitlam (CoQ) staff are determined to win the “Communities in Bloom” on its 125th birth year.

Associated Labels and Packaging has been recognized for, and will be evaluated on Community Involvement, Environmental Action and Landscaping. A short list of our Community Involvement includes staff donating over 36,000lbs of food in the past six years to the Coquitlam food bank; sponsoring the Coquitlam Adanacs Lacrosse and Hockey teams.

Environmental Action has been Associated Labels and Packaging’s strong points. Our research and development team after four year of hard work, has developed a fully backyard compostable non-gmo, stand-up pouch (a first of its kind in North America). In addition, this past April saw two bee hives installed on the properties edge nearest to Como Creek. Not only do the bees help pollinate our local plants; they also help strengthen our company culture as staff participate or watch bee inspections on their lunch breaks. The timing coincided perfectly with the CoQ Como Creek restoration project located next to our property (which employees also volunteered their time for).

Landscaping at Associated Labels and Packaging has included surrounding the bee hives with flowers for the bees and snap pees for employees to grab on their way by. Future plans for the area include fork-liftable employee garden plots along the south side of our building; an updated compost system for lunch waste; and lastly converting our surrounding vegetation areas to native plants or a native food forest.

Our company is always looking at ways to be relevant to our local community, business community and finally our environmental community. We hope that our  efforts encompass all that is good about our company and we look forward to being leaders, as well as, mentors to other companies wishing to make positive impacts to their communities as well.

If you have any questions or inquiries, please contact me at

Written by Jay Ashworth



About Communities in Bloom

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering community pride, environmental responsibility and beautification. It uses friendly competition between communities to bring together local businesses, service clubs, residents and civic government to focus on enhancing their community.

Judges visit the City over a two-day period in the summer to assess the performance of four sectors: municipal, business and institutions, residential and community involvement. Each of these sectors is judged on their performance of six categories.

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