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  1. Welcome to MET 2.0!

    We have some wonderful news to share with you. MET Fine Printers recently purchased select assets from Rhino Print Solutions and hired some incredibly talented new team members. This event dramatically expands our operations in Vancouver, adds a comprehensive Calgary facility and enriches our specialty resources available to fulfil your wildest communication needs. Read More >

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MET Launches 12th year Canstruction Vancouver Event !

April 25, 2014 scott Posted in Blog, Community, Design, Environment, News

Media Preview Advisory                                                                                           April 21, 2014

For immediate release

Vancouver, B.C.: Canstruction®Vancouver is back for 2014! 20 Teams Design and Build Fantastically HUGE and IMAGINATIVE sculptures out of full cans of food in the heart of downtown!

EXCLUSIVE MEDIA PREVIEW EVENT

WHAT: CANstruction®Vancouver is Vancouver’s most incredible creative food sculpture competition and public art exhibition. Teams comprised of Architects, Engineers, Graphic Designers and incredibly creative corporate and school teams build 10’ x 10’ x 8’ sculptures using 90.000+ cans of food.

WHEN:  Media Preview, Sunday May 11th – 11 am – 3pm *competition build finished at 2pm. Open with Free admission to public Monday May 11th – Friday May 16th, 2014

WHERE: The Rotunda at Pacific Centre Mall (media check in at Food Bank desk), total of 3 venues (Rotunda, Pendulum Gallery and Four Seasons Hotel) Vancouver BC, Georgia at Howe

PHOTO & MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES

Meet this year’s 12th Year CANstruction teams and get a chance to view their giant canned-food sculptures prior to the May 12th-16th public viewing.          

             Can-Sculpture building in progress

             Interviews with team captains & organizers, corporate and youth teams

             Human interest photos & inspirational team stories

             Finished sculptures

Event takes place May 9th -16th, 2014

Open with Free admission to public May 11th-16th, 2014

About CANstruction® Vancouver

CANstruction®Vancouver is the local chapter of CANstruction, a global anti-hunger project, a trademarked event that has been held in over 140 cities worldwide. The art competition showcases colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the creations go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition at our three amazing venues; The Pendulum Gallery, The Rotunda at Pacific Center and The Four Seasons Hotel, displaying multiple sculptures based on this year’s theme “AROUND THE WORLD”. Founded by MET Fine Printers and Presented by FortisBC, all of the canned food used in the sculptures is donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society after display. Come see how Vancouver plays with 90,000 cans of food!

Canstruction is a registered nonprofit organization created by the Society of Design Administration. In cities around the world after the structures are built and the winners declared, the creations go on view to the general public as an art exhibition. At the close of the event, all of the food used to build the structures is donated to the local food banks for distribution to community emergency feeding programs. Since 1992, Canstruction has contributed over 17.5 million pounds of food to community food banks demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger.

 

About the beneficiary – The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (GVFBS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing food and related assistance to those in need. The GVFBS collects and distributes food for 27,000 people weekly through 15 food depots and over 100 community agencies located in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster and North Vancouver. The GVFBS does not receive government funding and relies on the generosity of individuals and organizations willing to donate funds, food and time. For more information, please visit www.foodbank.bc.ca. 

Photos of previous year’s sculptures available, or visit us on facebook or on our website at www.canstructionvancouver.com . Follow us at @canstructionYVR   #canstructionYVR

CAN FACTS

Total can count (11 years)                                                                            1,248,455

Number of sculptures built since 2003                                                    221

Cans raised in 2013                                                                                          97,131

Estimated retail value of all food raised                                                  $3,121,113

2013 attendees                                                                                                 76,400  

# teams in 2013                                                                                                 22

# school or youth teams in 2013                                                                4

Visitors rating exhibition as good or very good                                    98%

Visitors saying they would come back                                                     100%

Visitors busing walking or biking to event                                              91%

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Media Contact:

Scott Gray, Chair CANstruction Vancouver 2014 // 604-418-7705 // scott@metprinters.com


 

MET Wins 31st Benny for Environmental and Print excellence

July 24, 2012 scott Posted in Blog, Environment, News, Technical

MET Benny wall expands

A big thanks to our team at MET Fine Printers for another stellar showing at the PIA Premier Print awards and even greater thanks to our clients and supporters. We have a lot of fun doing some pretty spectacular print projects and occasionally we get a little attention. We  want to spread the attention to our fantastic clients. Thanks to just a few who made this possible, Westbank Properties, Zacharcho Design Partnership, TED Conferences, Nike Inc, Ledcor, frog design and Hybrid Design SF.  See more beautiful projects in our gallery.

 

 

Climate Smart showcases MET’s Carbon Neutral Story in Video

July 10, 2012 scott Posted in Blog, Environment, News, Technical

MET’s partners in Carbon Neutral Operations; Climate Smart, along with sponsors Vancity and Metro Vancouver featured MET in their latest Video documenting partner success stories in the Green Economy. Celebrating their 3rd year of Carbon Neutral Operations, MET Fine Printers environmental difference makers are highlighted: Carbon Neutral Operations, Robust Zero Waste Program, UV – Ultra Violet cured Zero VOC emitting inks and coatings, Web based toolkit for premier clients and expert advice on how to print greener, not more

See the video and share with your friends.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYd1NtMMjT0

MET brings Graphic Design, Architects, Engineers to Vancouver

March 26, 2012 scott Posted in Blog, Community, Design, Environment, News, Uncategorized

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.

 

Canstruction Gets Closer

March 21, 2012 scott Posted in Community, Design, Environment, News, Sport and Health

Canstruction Vancouver 2012 is ready to take off!

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 Acquires Latest INK Technology, the SUN MX12 Ink Dispenser

March 15, 2012 scott Posted in Design, Environment, News, Technical

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 hello@metprinters.com

Sustainability is our Environment AND our Community.

March 12, 2012 scott Posted in Blog, Community, Design, Environment, News

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 scott@metprinters.com

Print Action Magazine Celebrates MET’s Brand Vision

February 08, 2012 scott Posted in Blog, Design, Environment, News, Uncategorized

MET Fine Printers keeps building Brands

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 expands Pre-Media Team, Peter Tom joins MET

January 26, 2012 scott Posted in Design, News, Technical

For immediate Release

Peter Tom joins MET

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

scott@METprinters.com l www.METprinters.com

MET Fine Printers unveil new corporate branding and introduce MET Resource

August 26, 2011 scott Posted in Design, News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 25, 2011
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.

For more information, please contact:

Scott Gray test
Director of Brand
MET Fine Printers
scott@metprinters.com
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