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6 March, 2019 - 13:56 By Kate Sweeney

Imperial College London rolls out contract to Peterborough labels specialist

A specialist labels manufacturer in Peterborough has been awarded a £43.3k contract to print seven million cryogenic labels for Imperial College London’s epidemiology department and supply an additional 350,000 plain labels.

Family-run AA Labels will supply 100,000 A4 sheets of cryogenic labels to the College’s School of Public Health, based at St Mary’s campus in Paddington for use in a multicentre research study.

The 25mm by 25mm square labels will be pre-printed and colour-coded by AA Labels with variable data and QR codes for use on PP vials, tubes and storage boxes within its research department.  

The labels are designed to retain adhesion and quality in liquid nitrogen storage tanks over long periods of time, down to temperatures of -196˚C, as the print is permanently fused to the label surface (face-stock).

Ian Axelsen, business development manager at AA Labels, said: “This is a large order for printed cryogenic labels and reinforces AA Labels’ growing reputation as a supplier of specialist materials to the bio-medical sector.

“We have worked closely with the material’s manufacturers research and development department and the customer to ensure the correct specification for the adhesive and face-stock for this application. 

“These specialist labels are designed specifically to withstand extreme temperatures and multiple freeze-thaw cycles, for example in ice water or warm water, and retain their quality after being returned to the liquid nitrogen storage tank.

“These unique qualities make them ideal for the labelling of cryogenically stored biological samples and information in various formats, including those used by the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health.”

Based near Orton Longueville, the business was established in 2006 and  specialises in designing, producing and printing labels for every major market and industry sector. 

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