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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Drytac to educate and inspire with new video series

 Drytac has released a series of videos giving an insight into how it utilises its unique adhesive science to develop market-leading print media, protective films and bonding tapes – and how graphics professionals can use them to achieve outstanding results.

A new short film introduces Drytac and its history spanning over four decades, giving a glimpse at how Drytac’s manufacturing facilities in the UK and North America develop products used across numerous industries. The behind-the-scenes video – narrated by Drytac CEO Hayden Kelley – also looks at how the brand considers the full life cycle of its products from the start of each application to the end.

Alongside the introductory film is a series of application highlight videos that show how Drytac’s self-adhesive graphics products can be used to achieve exceptional results. As a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, Drytac has decades of experience in the successful installation of graphics applications. Each highlight video – all under 30 seconds long – informs and inspires viewers to complete their own stunning projects.

An additional film focuses on the Drytac Academy in Bristol, which provides an extensive curriculum of training courses for display graphics professionals. The Academy is packed with the most popular wide-format printing technology from the industry’s biggest brands, to offer a comprehensive educational space reflecting real-world workflows.

All of the videos are available on Drytac’s YouTube channel and on a new page on Drytac.com, while individual product pages – for example SpotOn White – have also been updated with the relevant application highlight video.

“We’re delighted to release these films giving our customers an insight into the Drytac Academy and Drytac as a company,” says Amanda Brown, Global Marketing Manager at Drytac. “We’re especially excited to provide application highlights for our products, which we hope will help our users achieve fantastic results. For over 40 years we have collaborated with our customers to develop application-specific products and to support them in their application. The new video series is the next step in this support.”

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Drytac appoints Shann as exclusive distribution partner for Australia

Photo shows – L to R – Jack Matherson, National Product Manager, Shann DPM; Steve Broad, European and Asian Sales Director at Drytac; and Martin O’Shannassy, Managing Director of The Shann Group.

 Drytac has appointed Shann DPM as the exclusive Australian distributor for its extensive range of wide format print media, mounting and protective films.

Shann DPM is a division of The Shann Group, an established Australian company with over 60 years’ experience serving trade customers across an incredibly diverse range of industries. The Shann Group currently has more than 15,000sqm of warehouse space and a team of over 30 experienced sales representatives on the road.

For Drytac – a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets – this strong infrastructure was integral to its decision to partner with Shann for an exclusive national distributorship.

“We are looking forward to partnering the Shann DPM group and introducing Drytac’s wide range of unique products such as SpotOn, ReTac and ViziPrint to the Australian market,” comments Steve Broad, European and Asian Sales Director, Drytac.

“Shann DPM will also have access to the fantastic Polar range and to Drytac’s selection of matching laminating films, which offer high UV protection with inhibitors in the film and adhesives. These are ideally suited to the protection of print media and inks in the diverse range of climates across Australia.”

Amanda Brown, Global Marketing Manager for Drytac, adds: “We’re excited to see the work achieved by our new customers in Australia following the appointment of Shann. The combination of Drytac’s extensive range of professional media and the amazing levels of creativity demonstrated across the country are sure to result in some stunning applications.”

Shann DPM will be distributing Drytac products from its offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. Contact details are below:

Melbourne
1/73 Gower St
Preston, Victoria, 3072

Sydney
11 Marieanne Place
Minchinbury, NSW, 2770 

Adelaide
14-20 Conmurra Ave
Edwardstown, SA, 5039
(Contact for VIC/NSW/SA: Jack Matherson 0434 319 796)

Brisbane
1/223-225 Ewing Rd
Woodridge, QLD, 4127
(Contact for QLD: Jamie Lockhart, 0418 720 747)

Perth
24 Collingwood St
Osborne Park, WA, 6017
(Contact for WA: Russell Denby-Horwell, 0418 535 122)

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Why Drytac is the leading developer of custom coatings in the UK

Authored by Phil Webster, Technical Sales Manager, UK

In any industry, getting the right tool for the job is essential. Having a product custom-made might seem like an expensive or time-consuming option but, by working with a specialist, it will pay off in the long term. Drytac is an expert in producing custom coatings in the UK, building on over 40 years’ experience in adhesive science to create tailor-made coated products for customers across dozens of industries.

Working from a state-of-the-art R&D facility in Bristol, the Drytac team develops contract coatings for markets such as construction, packaging, medical, pharmaceutical, automotive, security, chemical, durable labelling, tapes, industrial, archival, marine and many more. As well as four decades’ worth of expertise in developing self-adhesive products, Drytac understands the importance of communicating and collaborating with every customer to understand their unique requirements. The client is part of each step in the process, from choosing the initial raw materials and compatible adhesives, to receiving prototypes to see and feel. Drytac has the ability to then carry out small-scale production trials, tests and evaluations. Once the final product formulation is agreed, Drytac can manufacture bespoke self-adhesive coated products in runs as short as 5,000 linear metres and as long as over a million.

Unlike other manufacturers, Drytac does not specialise in one type of chemistry, instead able to offer custom coatings with solvent-based adhesive, water-based adhesive and hot-melt adhesive, giving a much wider range of options. Drytac has also pioneered its own pattern-coating process for laminating breathable and permeable materials, with a dot adhesive coating.

There is no typical customer and no standard product; Drytac produces mounting adhesives, overlaminating films, printable media and practically any other adhesive-coated material – high coat weight double-sided tapes, cloth tapes, tissue tape, perm/peel tapes, medical transfer tapes, horticultural labels, BS5609-approved chemical drum labels, protection films for carpets and hard floors, spray booth liner and many more. For any business looking for custom contract coatings, in any market, personal service from an expert will yield the best results.

Learn more about our custom coating services here!

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ServRight will be the exclusive North American partner for all service of Large Format Laminators and DES Edging Systems

We are excited to announce we have partnered with ServRight, a Northern Virginia USA based company. They will be handling all tech support, parts, and repairs (inside and onsite) of our installed equipment base of Large Format Laminators and DES Edging Systems. In business for over 25 years, Servright has a great staff, and a deep knowledge base of laminating equipment, finishing systems and printers.

As of March 1st, ServRight will be our exclusive North American recommended partner for all repairs and parts of Drytac Large Format Laminators and DES Edging Systems.

ServRight can be contacted at 800-642-6015 or sales@servright.com.

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Drytac SpotOn used on Emmerdale bus at Leeds Pride

The Leeds Pride parade featured an open-top double-decker bus wrapped for the occasion by the team behind Emmerdale‘s on-screen graphics – using Drytac® easily removable graphics materials.

The Scenic Design Department within the Yorkshire-based soap, part of ITV Studios, installed a new Roland TrueVIS VG2 printer/cutter in summer 2019. The device was bought from Sabur Inks, who also supplied a quantity of Drytac SpotOn for use with the new system. This 4 mil (100µ) high-quality, ink receptive printable vinyl is enhanced with Drytac’s innovative ‘dot pattern’ adhesive that enables simple, bubble-free application and, crucially, easy and clean removal.

These features are ideally suited to the work done by the Emmerdale in-house graphics team, who work with both the Art Director and Production Director to design and produce all printed work that is seen on-screen – including sets, retail signage, advertising posters, vehicle graphics, menus and paperwork handled by the actors, and beer pumps in The Woolpack pub. This work has to be of high quality – it will be seen by millions of viewers – but completed quickly, and is typically very short term.

Ian Sykes, Graphic Artist at ITV Studios, explains that he visited Sign and Digital UK in April 2019 to see samples of suitable products.

“Our graphics may only be in place for a day – a week at most – and are often applied over existing signage or vehicle graphics that must remain intact after ours are removed,” he explains. “We went to Sign UK in search of a low-tac and removable product, and several people recommended Drytac SpotOn. When we bought the new Roland printer it was an opportunity to try it out.”

The ITV team’s first project using SpotOn was not an on-screen display but the Emmerdale-sponsored Pride bus, which took to the streets of Leeds on August 4th 2019 in temperatures up to 28ºC. As this was a sightseeing bus hired for the event, its existing graphics had to remain undamaged after the temporary graphics – the LGBT+ rainbow flag with the Emmerdale and ITV logos – were removed afterwards.

“We used 3m x 1,300mm sheets of Drytac SpotOn to cover virtually the entire bus with graphics,” says Ian Sykes.

“The best thing was the SpotOn product left the existing graphics underneath intact.”

To learn more about Sabur Inks, visit https://www.sublimationinks.com/.

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