TORONTO, ON—Metropolitan Fine Printers and its Research and Development arm Enviro Image Solutions (EIS) were big winners at last night’s Print Action’s 2008 Environmental Printing Awards (EPA) gala in Toronto, taking top honours in three categories – the highest number of awards won by any printer in Canada:
Most Environmentally Progressive Vendor in Canada
Most Progressive Environmental Printing Project (Nike World Wide annual report)
Most Progressive Environmental Process Vendor
“It is extremely gratifying to receive recognition for something that benefits both our clients and the environment. Our division, EIS, will help printers around the world restore millions of blankets and as a result, prevent them from going to landfills” said George Kallas, president, Metropolitan Fine Printers. “We take great pride in our staff’s innovation and applaud our outstanding clients, who recognize that sustainable printing can rival any print process in the world. We feel it is our responsibility to help them find the best possible – and greenest – solutions for their projects.”
Now in its third year, the EPA awards celebrate the efforts of those in the printing industry working to reduce their impact on the environment. This year’s competition drew more than 130 entries in 14 categories (www.printaction.com/default.php/online/news-02-29-08).
Long noted for its outstanding quality and customer service, Metropolitan is also known for pioneering initiatives surrounding sustainable printing. EIS (www.enviroimagesolutions.com) is a prime example of Metropolitan’s innovation. Started in 2004, EIS offers the industry a ‘cleaner solution’ by extending the lifespan of UV printing blankets by as much as 400 per cent while reducing annual blanket replacement costs potentially by 70%. In addition to its groundbreaking work with printing blankets, EIS is exploring other methods to improve the sustainability and cost-effectiveness of print technologies.
“Our clients expect us to be highly responsive yet responsible,” added Kallas. “Our exclusive MET UV technology, coupled with Kodak’s 10 micron Staccato screening and M.A.N. Rolland presses, allows us to run less waste, with virtually no VOC emissions, and yield spectacular results on any stock, fully recycled uncoated or coated. EIS is an exciting way for us to strengthen our contribution to sustainable printing, while enhancing the quality of the end product.“