Drytac appoints Gareth Newman to lead new Drytac Academy

Bristol, UK, January 24, 2018: Drytac®, an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, is preparing to open a fully interactive training centre in Fishponds, Bristol: the Drytac Academy.

Gareth Newman has been appointed Academy Manager and, supported by Drytac’s Global Product Manager Shaun Holdom, is developing an extensive curriculum of training courses for display graphics professionals to begin later this month.

The Drytac Academy is a showcase of Drytac products and how they can be used with the newest and most popular wide-format printing technology on the market today, provided by the manufacturers themselves. This includes: a Roland TrueVIS VG-540 with Roland VersaWorks 6 RIP software; a Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 II using Caldera RIP software; and an HP Latex 365 and an Epson SureColor SC-S80600, both powered by Onyx Thrive RIP – with more to be installed soon.

The Drytac Academy also houses profiling equipment, the i-1 Pro 2 provided by X-rite, which allows custom profiles to be built. In addition to the above, the space includes a complete finishing area with a laminator and Hot Press vacuum press.

Gareth Newman explains: “Naturally we have the entire Drytac product range at our disposal so having a full variety of machines allows our customers to learn how to get optimum results from Drytac materials using different systems and technologies.

“We’ll also be working closely with the printer hardware manufacturers themselves by providing training to their employees using their own systems and Drytac materials.”

This collaboration with print brands is also contributing to the course development.

“We’re asking manufacturers what their customers need: what do they want to know, what are they struggling with, how would they like to be more creative with our products?” says Gareth. “By drawing on this wealth of experience from both within and outside Drytac we’re approaching training in a fresh, new way.”

The Drytac Academy will also serve as an exhibition space, showcasing how Drytac’s products can be used in real-world display applications, such as retail store fronts. The company’s innovations in adhesive-coated products include graphic films, window films, double-sided tapes, self-adhesive print media, label stock, industrial adhesives and heat-activated and pressure-sensitive laminates and mounting adhesives – all of which will have an eye-catching place in the Academy.

“The space itself will form part of the training courses,” says Gareth. “For example, at Drytac we have severaldifferent types of wallpaper products. By showcasing them in the training facility we will help demonstrate the difference between them, and how they work with different printing technologies.”

The course titles will be announced shortly, but topics will include: an introduction to digital media; business development; practical application skills; and creative design.

In addition, the Drytac Academy will play a role in Drytac’s R&D; with so many different technologies on hand, the development team can run tests and create samples quickly and easily in-house.

Gareth Newman is a product specialist with over six years’ experience in the industry, moving to Drytac from Roland. Prior to Roland, he was an experienced sign-maker, having worked in the sign industry since he was a teenager.

“We’re delighted to welcome Gareth Newman to Drytac and are looking forward to opening the new Drytac Academy with Gareth leading the training,” says Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager, Drytac. “He has the experience, knowledge and energy to drive a new approach in professional training – from newcomers to veterans.”

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Daniel Stevenson joins Drytac as US Southeast Territory Manager

Richmond, Virginia, USA, January 22, 2019: Drytac® has announced the appointment of Daniel Stevenson as its new US Southeast Territory Manager. Daniel will oversee sales and development in this key region for Drytac, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets.

He begins his new position at Drytac with immediate effect, joining the brand at a time of fresh ideas and a host of new product releases.

“I love working closely with clients and building trust by identifying the best solution for their unique business needs,” comments Daniel.

“I am proud to join an industry-leading organization and look forward to serving Drytac’s valued customers and dealer channel in the Southeast, USA.”

Wayne Colbath, Drytac’s Vice President of Sales, USA, comments: “Daniel’s history and experience of working directly with customers will be a great asset to Drytac in the US Southeast Territory.

“This year Drytac will reveal several innovative new products in a number of markets, and our customers will be sure to receive a fantastic service from our team thanks to Daniel’s sales expertise. We’re delighted to welcome him to Drytac.”

Drytac’s key product areas include window, wall and floor graphic media, laminating films and mounting adhesives, high-performance tapes, industrial adhesives and durable labels. For more information on Drytac’s products and services, please visit www.drytac.com.

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Drytac ReTac helps turn Aquaman project around at super-speed

A project promoting the latest superhero blockbuster Aquaman in Canada was turned around in just a few days, using specialist graphics media from Drytac®.

Global Printing Enterprises created the 250ft (76m) movie poster hoarding at super-speed: five days from the site visit, to receiving files and creating colour proofs, to the print set-up and printing, to cutting down the panels, labelling and packing, to finally an overnight installation.

As the company posted on Instagram: “Ten hours of printing, ten hours of install, ten out [of] ten quality project.”

Based in Mississauga, ON, Global Printing Enterprises is a large-format print branding specialist working with Fortune 500 companies, supplying work for over 200 events per year including music festivals, sports events and brand promotions. The Aquaman project was scheduled through Rooftop Agency on behalf of Warner Bros Canada, with installation services provided by Sekanskin Media.

“The biggest challenge was coordinating the project with the tight deadline,” explains Carlo Toscano, President, Global Printing Enterprises. “Projects like these should take two weeks to come together. We impressed ourselves in achieving this print and install in just five days.”

To produce the super-sized Aquaman movie artwork, Global Printing Enterprises used an HP 3000 Latex printer running two rolls of Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 concurrently. ReTac Smooth 150 is a 6 mil (150μ) white polymeric printable PVC film coated with Drytac’s innovative ReTac ultra-removable adhesive technology to allow easy installation, repositioning and removal. It has excellent compatibility with UV, solvent and eco-solvent ink technologies as well as latex, and has a Class 0 fire rating making it suitable for most indoor surfaces in public areas with strict fire regulations.

“Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 was recommended to us for its concealing abilities, especially on drywall with taped seams, with no lamination required,” says Carlo Toscano. “Installers also commented that they liked using this product as it was easy to use and install.”

Global Printing Enterprises, established in 2005, uses other Drytac products including films from the Polar range, thanks to their performance in outdoor installations in cold climates, and ViziPrint products for retail window applications.

“Drytac offers great products that are competitively priced and perform as advertised,” comments Carlo Toscano. “We also like the ability to custom-make products. We have many approved projects for 2019 in which we will utilize Drytac products, such as interior wall graphics films for the interior decor business – this seems to be once the largest growing market segments in the large-format printing industry.

“The brand also has excellent customer service and knowledgeable reps.”

For more information on Global Printing Enterprises, please visit www.globalprinting.ca.

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