Canadian Packaging

Flexo print excellence wins world acclaim


June 22, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff

There’s no business like show business for the technologically-savvy Canadian label manufacturer and converter ASL Print FX of Vaughan, Ont., whose latest work for the Dan Aykroyd Sauvignon Blanc wine label—owned by highly-acclaimed Canadian-born Hollywood living legend Dan Aykroyd—earned the company a World Label Award for technical achievement last month, along with priceless publicity of basking in  the spotlight of World Label Award Association’s awards gala in Palm Beach, Fla.

Selected as winning entry in the international competition’s Flexo Multi-Process Color Process category, the Dan Aykroyd label (see picture) was printed stochastically to enhance print quality using UV (ultraviolet) flexo inks, according to ASL president Charlie MacLean, incorporating advanced finishing techniques and processes such as holographic cold foil, matte/gloss varnish, gold hot-stamping, and raised-varnish silkscreening.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by the judges as world-class in technical achievement,” says MacLean, noting the company has invested over $8 million in new press and prepress technologies in Vaughan and at its U.S. satellite facility in Winston-Salem, N.C., which employ about 75 people to produce flexo-printed labeling for wine-and-spirits and other major
CPG (consumer packaged goods) markets.

The World Label Award honors make it a double-win for the Dan Aykroyd Label, whose Best of Show selection at last year’s annual competition of the Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute (TLMI)—North America’s leading label industry group—in fact qualified it to compete at World Label Awards against winning entries from counterpart regional competitions organized by FINAT (Europe), JFLP (Japan), LMAI (India), LATMA (Australia) and SALMA (New Zealand).

Operating under the All Stick Label, Inc. corporate banner since 1965 until its name change and rebranding to ASL Print in 2010, the privately-owned company has picked up 15 high-profile label industry awards since 2009, according to MacLean.