Warwick Printing builds excitement for new store with striking Drytac graphics

Warwick Printing has installed a huge storefront wall graphic using Drytac ReTac, building excitement for a new beauty store.

Founded in 1995 as an offset press commercial printer, Warwick Printing has increasingly moved into digital printing and adopted wide format technologies in the last two years. This has helped the Lethbridge, AB business to increase its client base and to offer new services to its existing customers.

In March 2020 Warwick Printing undertook a substantial wall graphics project to promote a new Sephora store in Park Place Mall in Lethbridge. Sephora sells cosmetics and beauty products from over 2,600 stores in 34 countries around the world, attracting loyal customers and a significant following online.

Lee Weighill, Owner of Warwick Printing, says that it ‘seems many people are excited about this store judging by the comments heard during the install’.

He explains that his team worked with a USA-based design firm on the hoarding, which measured 54′ wide by 12′ high (16.5m x 3.7m).

“We did a site survey, sent the updated specs to their design team, and had the files back printed and installed within four to five days. The actual install took about six hours,” says Lee.

“We chose Drytac ReTac because we have used it previously and know the properties of it, what to expect when printing and installing. Because the panels were very wide (52″) and were over 12 feet tall we wanted a fairly thick, stable vinyl and also one that would be easy to remove in a couple of months.”

Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 is a polymeric printable PVC film coated with ReTac ultra-removable adhesive technology. This enables easy installation, repositioning and removal of indoor wall graphics, even on curved, textured or angled surfaces. ReTac Smooth 150 has several fire ratings, making it suitable for public areas that require compliance with strict fire regulations such as malls and retail stores. This 150 micron (6 mil) product is available in matte and gloss finishes and is compatible with latex, UV, solvent and eco-solvent printing technologies for stunning wall graphics.

“We use Drytac products whenever possible because they perform excellently for us, both printing and installing,” says Lee. “We use on a regular basis ReTac Smooth and Textures in the Canvas finish, SpotOn, Printable Eclipse for banners, Polar polymeric films and Polar Premium, Interlam Pro textured laminate and have recently done a few projects with Polar Chrome Silver Satin which is really cool stuff. We love all the Drytac products we have used so far, all are excellent.”

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We’re still open, still innovating and still moving forward.

In the last few days Drytac has shipped huge quantities of
floor graphic materials and slip-rated laminates, most of this to meet
the urgent demand for Covid-19 awareness and safety signage.

We’re also shipping high volumes of WipeErase & Chalkmate
temporary whiteboard and chalkboard materials, as people adapt
their homes into functional offices and even classrooms.

Easy to apply and remove adhesives make all of these products
perfect for in-store and at-home application by your customers.

We’re currently living through strange and unprecedented
circumstances, and here at Drytac we’re doing all that we can to
assist you in keeping the wheels of your business turning.

If we can help you in any way, please get in touch.

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Helping your graphics withstand deep cleaning

Authored By David Morgan, Technical Assistance, Drytac Europe

For anyone giving their site a deep clean, or simply sprucing things up during downtime, it’s important that disinfectant chemicals don’t cause damage to signage and displays. Museums, photo studios, retailers, schools and many more sites will have a range of graphics materials installed that will need to remain safely intact and in a good visual condition after cleaning.

Wall murals, decals, floor graphics, window displays and signage may all need cleaning, but how to approach this will depend on the graphics material, especially that of its overlaminate product. An overlaminate is used to enhance graphics but is also essential to protect an underlying image or surface from damage caused by UV exposure, scratches, graffiti and indeed cleaning chemicals.

Drytac’s range includes several types of overlaminating films, all of which will withstand cleaning with everyday commercially available cleaning agents and disinfectants, but for more intense cleaning it’s important to check the film’s chemical resistance. The majority of customers will be using a PVC, polyester or polypropylene film – all of which have different levels of chemical resistance.

PVC has good resistance to aliphatic alcohols such as isopropanol, a widely used disinfectant within pharmaceutics and hospitals and dilute acids/bases found in common cleaners like bleach. However, organic solvents such as ketones (for example acetone), aromatics like toluene, and esters should be avoided as they will damage the PVC material.

Polypropylene (PP) has a similar resistance to that of PVC and is also durable against esters. PET can withstand cleaning with all of the above, including organic solvents.

Regardless of your type of film, ensure that you wash your graphic with a soft non-abrasive wipe to avoid surface damage and scratches. Even the toughest overlaminate will suffer from attention with a rough brush. Be sure to take care with exposed edges; chemicals and liquids can detrimentally affect adhesives if given the opportunity to ingress. This is especially crucial on floor graphics, as reduced adhesion could result in a tripping hazard – and of course these are the graphics likely to be cleaned more often.

As always, Drytac can answer any questions you have about applying and maintaining your graphics for a safe and effective project – just get in touch.

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Drytac’s Commitment During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Dear valued partner,
 
As the Coronavirus pandemic escalates, I am writing to share Drytac’s commitment to you, our customers and partners, throughout the world.
 
At Drytac, we are taking seriously the responsibility we have to all our employees, partners, and stakeholders to implement best-practices as advised by the World Health Organization as well as the local and federal governments in the jurisdictions within which we operate. 
 
In light of this, Drytac has implemented a number of initiatives to ensure we continue to supply our customers as safely and prudently as possible under the current circumstances. These include:

  • Wherever possible, Drytac employees have been provided with the appropriate tools so that they can work remotely. Aside from the production and warehouse teams, all Drytac employees are now working from home.
  • Essential production staff are now on staggered shifts to ensure that only the minimum required number of employees is on site at any one time to ensure timely delivery.
  • A comprehensive moratorium on all company-related travel. This travel suspension extends beyond air travel and now includes customer-site visits. Please note that Drytac personnel are available via phone and/or video conference to provide guidance and assistance when required.
  • Drytac’s procurement team has been working very closely with our raw material suppliers across the globe to mitigate any potential raw material delays. This team has been working with our suppliers over the past seven weeks to ensure we have enough material on hand to fulfil demand. We believe that they have effectively accomplished this.

We continue to monitor our operating environment and will keep you abreast of any developments that may impede our ability to supply. Of paramount importance, however, is the health and safety of our employees and the customers they serve.
 
For further information on our evolving contingency plans please reach out to your Drytac contact.
 
On behalf of Drytac, I wish you continued good health and thank you for placing your trust in us.

Hayden Kelley
CEO

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AutoTrim & Signs’s Drytac window graphics promise warm treats in cold weather

AutoTrim & Signs of Niagara has created a window display using Drytac SpotOn media, an ideal product for quick and simple installation.

Founded in 1989 near the famous Niagara Falls in Ontario – AutoTrim & Signs designs, produces and installs a wide variety of graphics such as trade show displays, wall and floor graphics, vehicle wraps, raised-letter signs, interior displays and window signage. Its clients range from independent businesses to large corporate customers, including hotels, city authorities, retailers, tourist attractions, colleges and individual homeowners.

This winter AutoTrim & Signs completed a window display project for chocolate brand Hershey’s for the Falls Avenue Holiday Market, an event featuring pop-up stores, live entertainment, seasonal food and drinks, and a walk-through gingerbread house. The window graphics advertised s’mores, the popular cold-weather treat made from marshmallow, chocolate and cookies.

For the graphics AutoTrim & Signs used Drytac SpotOn, a 100µ (4 mil) high-quality, ink receptive printable vinyl featuring Drytac’s innovative ‘dot pattern’ adhesive that enables easy bubble-free application and repositioning on window panes and other smooth interior surfaces. It is available in matte and gloss finishes and offers durability of up to three years indoors and six months outside, with clean, residue-free removal at the end of its use.

Rick Knapp, President of AutoTrim & Signs, comments: “For the Hershey’s application we chose Drytac SpotOn because of its ease of application, the short time we had to install it in colder weather and the fact that it will remove cleanly when we want it to. It also has a lighter adhesive making it stand out in the evening when it is darker outside but the lights are on inside.”

For other projects in low temperatures, Drytac has created the Polar range. Comprising PVC films and vinyl, there is an ideal product for any signage, exhibition display or window graphic application destined for cold environments – even decals for motorcycle helmets.

Rick Knapp adds that AutoTrim & Signs uses several Drytac products for this type of low-temperature work, such as ice rink boards, hoarding wraps at construction sites, wall graphics and decals.

Please visit http://autotrimniagara.ca/ to learn more about AutoTrim & Signs Niagara.

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Drytac Europe achieves ISO certifications for quality and environment

Drytac Europe has achieved two significant ISO certification standards, demonstrating its commitment to quality and environmental management.

Drytac is a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, with its print media, protective films and bonding tapes delivering outstanding results for customers all over the world.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has recognised Drytac Europe with certifications for both ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. The first, ISO 9001:2015, sets out the criteria for a quality management system based on principles including a strong focus on customers and a dedication to constant improvement, ensuring Drytac provides the best quality products and service.

The second, ISO 14001:2015, sets out a framework for an effective environmental management system. This certificate assures Drytac’s customers that the manufacturer is committed to measuring and improving its environmental impact across its European operations.

Douglas Jackson, Operations Director for Drytac, comments: “We’re delighted to announce Drytac Europe is certified for these two important ISO standards. They give our valued customers even more assurance that Drytac’s products and services are the highest quality and that we are making continual improvements to our ecological impact as well.”

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Grant Graphics celebrates building’s history with Drytac newspaper graphics

Grant Graphics has completed a wall graphics project for a new cafe and craft brewery using Drytac ReTac Smooth 150, in an appropriately newspaper-themed design.

In late 2019, Walt & Whitman Brewing took over an historical building in Saratoga Springs, NY that formerly housed the offices for the Saratogian newspaper. The new brewery and coffee house – inspired by American poet Walt Whitman – wanted to recognise this history so called on Grant Graphics to create an eye-catching mural.

With over 30 years’ experience Grant Graphics is a leading distributor for large-format inkjet printers, ink and media – including Drytac products – in the north-east US region, as well as a producer of graphics work. For the Saratogian pink-sheet newspaper project for Walt & Whitman, the team printed onto Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 with a Mimaki CJV300 solvent printer/cutter.

Garrison Grant, Digital Marketing Manager at Grant Graphics, explains, “We wanted a matte vinyl that was easy to apply and handle. ReTac Smooth 150 is our best vinyl for wall applications – it has the ability to be stretched, removed and repositioned well without leaving residue on the surface. It prints and takes in ink at a very high quality and the ink lays very nicely. In total, the Walt & Whitman project was roughly a day of file set-up, a day of printing and a day of install.”

ReTac Smooth 150 (6 mil/150μ) and ReTac Smooth 75 (3 mil/75μ) are white polymeric printable PVC films compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV ink chemistries and offering up to five years’ durability. The key to the products’ simple installation, repositioning and removal is Drytac’s ReTac ultra-removable adhesive technology, developed with decades of expertise in this subject. ReTac Smooth 150 and 75 have achieved several fire ratings, making them ideal for use in public areas that require compliance with strict fire regulations – such as coffee shops and bars.

Garrison Grant says Grant Graphics is a ‘relatively new’ user of Drytac products, but has already picked some favorites from the range.

“We use Drytac ViziPrint Impress Clear for window applications because it is optically clear for negative spaces and leaves no residue on windows for easy removal,” he says. “We’ve used it for the Grant Graphics front window – it looks great and the colours really pop.

Drytac ReTac Textures with Sand finish gives a rich appeal to wall applications along with stickers. We also supply Drytac SpotOn products to many university, school and museum customers, for floor and window applications.”

Garrison adds: “Drytac’s customer service, along with our representative, are always available with quick response times to any questions we have.”

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MK Dons kick off new year with ‘amazing’ new Drytac graphics

The box office at Stadium MK – the home of MK Dons football club – is now almost unrecognisable with eye-catching wall graphics printed on Drytac® ReTac Textures media, after the decision was made to bring printing in-house.

Comprising a 30,500 all-seater stadium, an on-site 304-room hotel and events spaces for conferences, meetings and parties, the Milton Keynes stadium caters for more than just football fans. When a project to add graphics to doors in the hotel was more expensive than expected, the Stadium MK team looked at options for investing in its own printing equipment and producing its own graphics for the complex.

Sue Stead, at Hotel MK, describes herself as a ‘print geek’ so was excited by the prospect of researching print options and operating the new systems once they were installed. Together with two directors, Sue decided to invest in a Roland TrueVIS VG2-640 printer/cutter and an Easymount laminator.

“The print room was set up in September and by October we had started to print wall graphics for our box office,” Sue explains. “We’d received some samples of Drytac ReTac Textures and chose the Linen finish for the wall graphics.”

Drytac ReTac Textures is a 150μ (6 mil) printable, matte white phthalate-free polymeric PVC film with a choice of embossed finishes – Linen, Sand, Canvas and Woodgrain – which add depth and visual appeal to static, flat images as well as a touchable quality. The product includes the ReTac ultra-removable adhesive backing which enables easy application, multiple repositioning, and clean removal.

In the case of the MK Dons box office project, the ReTac Textures wall graphics were installed by a professional decorator who specialises in wallpaper – and was unfamiliar with the Drytac self-adhesive product – but Sue Stead expects to handle application in-house from now on owing to its ease of use.

“I love the whole ReTac range and ReTac Textures Linen is absolutely wonderful,” she says. “It’s easier to put up than other products we have used and looks great.

“The new wall murals have made such a difference to the space. Seeing them go from a design on paper, by our in-house designer Dave Corley, to the walls is amazing. We are blown away by the potential – we’ve been putting pictures on everything!”

The next projects for Sue and Dave were to add graphics to the directors’ boardroom featuring the logos of MK Dons and sponsor Suzuki, and FestiveL, a New York City-themed Christmas event. Drytac ReTac Textures is ideal for a variety of applications including interior décor, retail displays, trade show graphics and labels as well as custom wall murals, which gives Stadium MK potential to expand its service offering: the team intends to start selling graphics, printed in-house, to conferences and events held at the complex.

ReTac Textures is compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, UV and latex printing technologies and is available in widths up to 1,370mm (54″). It offers exterior and interior durability of up to five years.

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Drytac announces carbon-neutral booth and hall-wide graphics at FESPA 2020 [POSTPONED]

Drytac will again provide all of the official show graphics for the forthcoming FESPA Global Print Show in Madrid, Spain. In addition, Drytac has announced its booth (5-C15) will be certified carbon neutral and packed with new products.

Following Drytac’s partnership with FESPA in 2019, which saw its media used across the Messe Munich, this year’s show will feature wall, window, floor and other graphics products installed across the IFEMA Exhibition Centre’s extensive show space from March 24th to 27th 2020.

Visitors will arrive at FESPA 2020 to be greeted by sign-in kiosks wrapped with Drytac ReTac Smooth 150, then guided across the exhibition via floor graphics printed on Drytac SpotOn Floor 200, a non-slip PVC film designed for high-impact, short-term indoor floor graphics without the need for lamination. Drytac ViziPrint Impress Clear film will be used for stunning, vibrantly coloured window graphics as visitors enter the IFEMA’s halls. The FESPA VIP lounge bar and walls across the exhibition space will be customised using Drytac ReTac Textures, while a selection of new wallcoverings will be used for creative interior design in the Printeriors zone. All other FESPA Global Print Show signage will be printed on Drytac media.

The Drytac booth itself, designed with stand construction partner Driscoll Brothers, has been certified carbon neutral thanks to a carbon offset programme that supports ecological projects across the world. These include reforestation initiatives that benefit people and the planet.

As well as more applications using the Drytac media across the exhibition space, Drytac will be launching several products and debuting brand-new ranges at FESPA 2020; more details will be released soon. Visitors will also be able to see and feel ReTac Textures, Polar Chrome, Protac Anti-Scratch Gloss, ViziPrint Illuminate and ViziPrint Deco SR – all winners in the SGIA 2019 Product of the Year competition. Even more products will be shown as part of graphics workflows on the stands of Drytac partners Roland DG (7-C60), Mimaki (7-C20), Epson (3-B20) and HP (5-C10).

“We’re delighted to once again partner with FESPA to supply all the official graphics across the show floor,” comments Hayden Kelley, CEO of Drytac. “Visitors to Madrid will get a real taste of Drytac’s award-winning products and their application versatility.

“Drytac is also very proud to announce that our stand at the show will be certified carbon neutral, demonstrating our sustainability commitment going forward.”

More information on Drytac’s product launches and plans for the FESPA Global Print Show will be released soon. Attendees can keep up to date via Drytac’s social media platforms and meet the team at the booth (5-C15). For more information on Drytac’s products and services, please visit www.drytac.com.

POSTPONED: For further details on FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 or to register for free, please click here!

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Drytac opens new office and warehouses to provide even better service

Drytac – a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets – will open new locations in the USA, helping more customers achieve stunning results with Drytac products.

A new office will open at the end of February in Richmond, Virginia, staffed by Drytac’s knowledgeable customer service and technical team.

Two new warehouses will open in Northern New Jersey and Atlanta, Georgia, providing additional space for Drytac’s extensive product range. This expansion will increase delivery speeds to customers across the USA.

Wayne Colbath, Vice President at Drytac, comments: “Our new office and expanded network of warehouses will better suit our customers, as they will have faster access to our full range of wide format print media, mounting and protective films. Rapid project turnaround is essential in many markets served by Drytac and expanding our geographical reach will help our customers achieve this.”

The new Richmond, VA office is located at 5401-B Eubank Road, Sandston, VA 23150.

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