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MET PIONEERS

MET Fine Printers supplies the finest digital print and finishing services, on-line print management and fulfillment in Vancouver, Canada.

METs digital printing is Vancouver’s answer for presentation books, brand books, short run marketing brochures, trade show collateral, and business to consumer direct mail campaigns.

MET Pioneers

1997
MET recognized early-on that the Print industry was about to undergo a dramatic technology shift to Computer-to-Plate (CTP). Film based workflows would soon be redundant, Founder and now Chairman George Kallas knew that a local company; Creo Products, (Now Kodak Graphic Communications) was making tremendous strides in this new technology, he partnered with Creo, becoming one of the world’s first to embrace CTP. In fact, MET’s ”Trendsetter “ CTP device was the 6th machine the company produced. Afterwards CTP has been adopted by virtually all commercial printers of any consequence worldwide.

2000
MET partners with Kodak Graphic Communications (Then Creo Products) in the development and Beta testing of 10 Micron Staccato Screening. This is the Print industry’s highest resolution production screening available to this day.
Shortly after MET 1697 Line Screen Poster, world’s finest screen ruling ever printed

2002
MET is the first high end Commercial Printer in the Pacific Northwest to embrace UV Light Cured ink technology. Not only did they provide an unparalleled environmental advantage with Zero VOC inks but they Expanded the color gamut and range of achievable specialty FX to the design market.

2003
Kodak (Creo) releases 10 Micron Staccato to the Print world, 3 years after MET worked in Beta with Kodak to develop and perfect the screening system. To this day, 10 micron Staccato has been the default house screen at MET.
EIS Enviro Image Solutions is formed as an answer to recycling rubber press blankets. MET was the primary R+D Facility during development of this amazing environmental technology. Today, the EIS Blanket Renewal Program removes Tonnes of Rubber blankets from North American landfills and saves printers hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.

2005
MET is among the first Printers in Canada to receive FSC® Certification , FSC® has gone on to become one of the Environmental print movements must have certifications for ethical sourcing of paper and wood products.

2009
George Kallas named Printer of the Year Graphic Monthly Magazine
MET was awarded the exclusive “Friend of the Games” contract to be the only Official Print Partner for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
MET becomes Carbon Neutral with partners Climate Smart and Pacific Carbon Trust
MET Launches Zero Waste Program across entire facility, Recycling everything including Organics, Paper, Metal, Plastics, Inks, and Printing Blankets.

2010
MET is the Official Printer for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, involved in all aspects of the Games Print communication from litho to digital, large format and anything in-between. This was a pivotal time for MET and the birthplace of MET Resource.

2011
MET Resource is launched, a full suite of online print tools handling client requirements from demand based print and fulfillment to project of complete graphic solutions.

2012
George Kallas is presented the Lifetime Achievement award by Print Action Magazine for his outstanding contribution to our industry in Canada. Further, MET is awarded Gold for Most Innovative Community Project for their < Canstruction Vancouver > event, chaired by VP Branding Scott Gray.

MET Acquires Vancouver’s most experienced trade bindery and puts more talent and equipment under their roof.

2013
MET celebrates 3 years of Carbon Neutral Print operations. This enables MET to define a stake in the ground to measure the progress of their physical environmental advances.

MET invests in the significant MIS system upgrades and advances in store front client portals.

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