Now in their 10th year, MET Fine Printers, founder of Canstruction Vancouver has assembled 19 teams, 35 plus pallets of canned food and let loose a tempest of creativity. Centered in the HSBC Pendulum Gallery; GDC/BC Graphic Designers, Architects, Engineers, Schools and Ethical businesses gathered to raise food and awareness for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. “This is one of the largest injections of food that we get each year.” Says Doug Aason, Director of Community Investment for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. “In fact, we always look forward to a tremendous increased amount of protein in the form of Tuna and Salmon since they make such great pixels.”
This years theme of “Vancouver” was presented by a wide range of iconic images from Fluor’s rotating Umbrella Skyline of Vancouver, Levelton Consulting’s amazing Eagle Cam and Perkins+Will / MET Fine Printers Chinese Dragon in the Four Seasons Gallery. The event is open to the public for FREE Monday March 26th through to April 4th 9:30 am – 5pm. Bring your family down, enjoy the creativity, do your good deed for the day, have a little fun. …. ok, Barry, nice job of supervising.
MET Fine Printers founded Canstruction Vancouver in 2002, since then over 1,056,000 cans of food have been collected, built, stacked, stuck, created, taken apart and donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Our 10th competition gets underway this weekend with 20 teams building amazing sculptures out of canned food and creativity. Schools, Architects, Engineers, Graphic Designers of all shapes come together to pit their creative prowess against each other for the greater good. Wish our competitors luck *and a straight plumbline. Come see the event on our Walk of Cans from the Four Seasons Hotel at 791 W. Georgia, to the HSBC Pendulum Gallery, over to the Fortis building 1177 W. Georgia and finally at Presenting Sponsor FortisBC’s office at 1111 W. Georgia starting Monday March 26 thru to April 4th (excluding April 1).
MET Fine Printers recently acquired more cutting edge UV ink technology. The NEW SUN MX12 Ink Dispenser enables MET to reduce the amount of inks ordered per project, give more accurate color match and reduce our environmental impact as the entire program is completely recycled from canisters to lids. It is virtually an ink vending machine that is programmed to provide impeccable color match capability and store all client preferences for specialty colors to an accuracy of 3 decimal spaces.
“This is an amazing machine, the color match on special Pantone colors is uncanny. We have already noticed our time for approvals have dropped and we are running faster and more consistently.” comments MET COO, Mike Winteringham. “We immediately use less ink as we don’t need to over-compensate, if we run low, we simply make a bit more on the fly.”
MET UV Inks are polymer based inks that cure instantly upon exposure to a short burst of Ultra Violet light, releasing ZERO harmful VOC’s into the atmosphere. UV or light activated inks, effectively lay down wet on dry to yield unparalleled color and fidelity especially on Un-Coated papers and provide amazing Gloss to Matt ratio’s on Coated papers. It requires less physical space, no dry time and is not subject to the issues that Vegetable/Soya/Oil Based inks struggle with such as “dry back”, “chemical gas ghosting” and long drying times.MX12
For more information on MET UV inks and coatings, send us a note at email@example.com
MET Fine Printers has long held the belief that Sustainability is more than simply doing the right thing for our shared environment. It covers a wide gamut from the obvious physical efforts required in manufacturing to cut back on our carbon footprint, recycle, reuse and reclaim to how to sustain our communities.
This is the time of year we focus our collaborative efforts on our Canstruction Vancouver project founded by MET Chairman George Kallas. A curious and creative design/build competition pitting corporate teams, schools and students together to create magical sculptures out of canned food. This is the 10th year for Vancouver and we can’t be more excited. To date we have raised 1,056,000 cans of food, the single largest injection of food (largely protein) into the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society each year.
We are supported by an amazing cast of sponsors including; FortisBC, The Vancouver Sun, CKNW98, Global TV, HSBC, Ritchie Bros. to name but a few. See our website at www.canstructionvancouver.com (powered by MET Resource by the way…) to get the full cast of characters.
Be sure to come down and support Canstruction Vancouver; anchored in the HSBC Pendulum Art Gallery 885 W. Georgia St, moving through a total of 5 venues strolling along W. Georgia St. with 20 sculptures.
Our goal is to generate as much traffic as we can in order to give the Greater Vancouver Food Bank more opportunity for on site donations. We invite you to join our Corporate Tin Cup Challenge sponsored by HSBC where your company can send a group of builders down for a lunch time challenge and great team building event. Vote for your favorite sculpture with The Vancouver SUN’s Peoples Choice Award during the event. Come and celebrate at the Ritchie Bros. Candemonium event Wednesday March 28th where we discover the winners of the local and international Canstruction award categories, bid on some spectacular auction items and enjoy a preview of the upcoming CircusWest show BlueSky.
Help us sustain our population with nourishing food and a healthy dose of philanthropy on everyone’s part. Business can do their job, or they can do them right.
Scott Gray is a Co-Chair of Canstruction Vancouver and can be reach at firstname.lastname@example.org
Premier Paper and Design website; Paperspec.com made special note of a collaboration between Nike Inc., Opolis Design of Portland, OR and MET Fine Printers of Vancouver, BC for the Finely Crafted Nike Sportswear Fleece project.
“I was amazed with the overall quality exhibited by all 10 finalists,” said Tim Larsen, president of Larsen (Minneapolis, MN and Menlo Park, CA) and judge for the Quarter Four competition. “But the Nike piece stood out to me because of that fabric in the front cover. Combined with the use of uncoated paper and the honest photos and illustrations, you’ve got an engaging piece of communication that captures our attention and holds out interest.”
Canada’s Premier Print Action Magazine celebrates MET Fine Printer’s Brand story in their February 2012 issue, highlighting the companies history and bold vision under the eye of Nikos Kallas and his team. The front page article is a result of MET’s stellar North America wide reputation in the design and communications industry for award winning environmentally innovative service. The interview goes into detailed conversation with the team with President – Nikos Kallas , Chairman – George Kallas, COO Mike Winteringham, VP Sales Bob Faulkner and Director of Brand Scott Gray revealing the companies vision for a new world of Print Communications. Read the article for the full story. Print Action Feature Story on MET Fine Printers
MET Fine Printers is proud to announce the addition of Peter Tom as Technology Integrations Manager for our Vancouver based Pre-Media team. Peter has a long history of award winning systems and colour management experience and is excited to join MET and push the boundaries of service and print innovation.
Peter has an exceptional understanding of what print is capable of and where it is heading. With over 20 years of industry experience with Blanchette Press, 3S Printers and ongoing teaching roles he continues to be fascinated with the potential of communications.
“Peter is one of those guys you can’t really put a label on; his experience and thought process is so diverse.” Says COO Mike Winteringham, “Today, Pre-Media is more than beautiful colour, it spans, remote proofing, web portals, one-touch workflows, mobile platforms, and the convergence of technology. I’m really excited about our future and the exceptional projects our team is working with.”
MET Fine Printers is one of North America’s most sought after commercial printing companies. Their family owned and professionally managed Carbon Neutral operations are based in Vancouver, BC. Since 1977, MET Fine Printers and MET Resource continue serving the Environment, Design and Business communities of the Pacific Northwest with craft, technology and an unparalleled service commitment.
For more information please contact
Scott Gray, Director of Brand
MET came home with Bronze, Silver and Gold in the prestigious “Most Environmentally Progressive Print Project” category at the Canadian Printing Awards Gala in Toronto presented by Print Action Magazine.
Scott Gray, MET’s Director of Brand was on hand to accept the awards “This is a tremendous honor for us and shows how MET’s environmental efforts are paying off. This is the fourth year we have won in this category but the first that we taken all 3 awards. Our clients understand the power of the Green Economy; the MET process and our crafts-people are able to make Environmental Print production look gorgeous as it is part of our everyday lifestyle here.” Gray continues “ Our partnerships with Climate Smart / Pacific Carbon Trust , MAN Roland and Enviro Image Solutions have helped develop our Green Economy toolkit and our clients drive the process forward.”
The winning projects are:
Gold – TED Global Conference Guide, designed by Hybrid Design of San Francisco.
Silver – design mind Magazine, frog design of San Francisco.
Bronze – Spring 2011 issue of Montecristo Magazine published in Vancouver, BC
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Director of Brand
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The official training video of the 2011 Crazy Sustainable Commute is live! See how Canada’s top creative minds carefully craft the most sustainable method to commute for Sept 29th’s challenge. The MET team are in training and we challenge all comers to NOT use your car.
Canada’s Metropolitan Fine Printers is now quite simply, MET Fine Printers.
MET Fine Printers unveil their new corporate branding and introduce MET Resource, a project management division within the MET group of companies.
MET’s Director of Brand, Scott Gray explains, “We felt it was time to let our clients know what we have been up to. We continue to do what we do best every day, taking on the toughest print challenges in the industry and delivering the absolute finest results. Our Digital and Web based services have grown tremendously but we have not really talked too much about it. A fresh look and robust new website seemed a good place to start the conversation”.
MET’s branding and new website (visit www.METprinters.com ) were created to reflect MET’s 3 Pillars of engagement : Environment, Design and Ethical Business practices. The new website offers detailed studies of their Environmental and Business practices showcasing an expanded array of stunning projects in their gallery.
MET Resource recognizes the changing world of print and the necessity to provide a service that project manages print collateral from business cards through retail signage and installation that puts Brand Continuity at the top of the list.
“We feel the time has come to formally share our multidisciplinary expertise we have developed over the years.” reveals Nikos Kallas, President. “MET has always had a tremendous appreciation of Brand Design and has stamped this on our business model. Our MET Resource team ensures that multi-faceted projects maintain absolute brand continuity across any platform. Our experience with unwavering service, G7 colour management and environmental leadership translates well to this multi-discipline platform.” Kallas continues, “In addition, the logistics of storage, distribution and installation are managed, adhering to strict schedules and budgets.”
MET Fine Printers is one of Canada’s most decorated Commercial Printers with 30 Benjamin Franklin best of Catagory awards (The Oscars of the print world ). MET is a privately owned family business with a dedicated professional management team running 100% Carbon Neutral Operations from their Vancouver, BC, facilities. MET Fine Printers have representation in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Honolulu.
MET Fine Printers is an International award-winning Vancouver, BC-based carbon neutral
printing company serving the Vancouver, Calgary, Victoria, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle
and Honolulu markets. MET is dedicated to environmentally progressive printing processes
and superior commercial printing services and solutions.