Drytac adhesive media solutions to be showcased across the floor at FESPA 2019

With Drytac products, you can transform a shop in a matter of hours – not days!

The forthcoming FESPA event will showcase a multitude of products from Drytac® – a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets – allowing visitors to experience them across the event space.

Taking place across six halls of the Messe Munich in Germany from May 14th to 17th, FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 is the premier professional wide-format print exhibition in Europe, covering a large range of industries and applications. As such it is the ideal environment for a presentation of Drytac’s extensive product portfolio.

Delegates will be able to see Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 specialist floor media in use across the show floor – literally, as it will be used for the official FESPA floor graphics – and an impressive selection of Drytac products in four spaces on the Drytac booth (Stand A5-G40). These four distinct areas will comprise an application space to show how Drytac products are used for real-world projects; a retail shop area with live demonstrations of the graphics being changed each day; an interior decor gallery; and a hospitality zone with food and beverage applications.

Drytac ReTac Textures, a stunning range of embossed wall graphics products, will also be put to creative use in Printeriors 2019, FESPA’s interactive visitor experience displaying interior and exterior decor applications. And at a faster pace, Drytac Polar Cast film will be used by OKI for its live car wrap demonstrations (Stand A5-F10).

In addition, HP (Stand A5-F30), Epson (Stand B5-G10), Roland DG (Stand A5-H10) and Ricoh (Stand B4-K31) will all feature Drytac products and media on their booths. These leading print manufacturers choose Drytac materials for their quality and application-specific features, so this four-pronged showcase is the perfect opportunity for visitors to experience Drytac products with several popular technologies and workflows.

Hayden Kelley, CEO of Drytac, comments: “Drytac products will be on display literally across the show floor at FESPA Global Print Expo 2019, as the official FESPA graphics provider, on the booths of international brands HP, Epson, Roland, Ricoh and OKI, for car wraps, interior design applications and much more. FESPA caters for a huge variety of wide-format markets – just like Drytac’s product portfolio – making this show the ideal showcase for us.”

FESPA visitors can keep up to date with Drytac via its social media platforms and meet the team at the booth (Stand A5-G40). For more information on Drytac’s products and services, please visit www.drytac.com. For further details on FESPA Global Print Expo 2019 or to register to attend, please visit www.fespaglobalprintexpo.com. To get a free pass – click here and enter code FESD901.


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Drytac to shine new light on retail graphics at ISA International Sign Expo

Drytac® will be delivering a must-see presentation on retail graphics media at the forthcoming ISA International Sign Expo, demonstrating its position as an authority in this sector.

Drytac is a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, making it a perfect fit for the ISA International Sign Expo. Taking place in Las Vegas, USA from April 24th to 26th 2019, over 20,000 professionals from the sign, graphics and visual communications industry are expected to attend.

A key part of the ISA International Sign Expo is the Lounge and Learn free educational program. On Wednesday April 24th from 1pm, visitors are invited to join Drytac’s Global Product Manager Shaun Holdom and Territory Sales Manager Dennis Leblanc for an essential learning session.

Adhesives for Retail Graphics, the 30-minute express presentation explains why branding and graphics are crucial to reaching customers in a retail environment – before they even interact with a product or sales staff member. Using the proper media for the specified job can make a big impact as well as saving time and money, and Drytac specialists Shaun and Dennis will explain the dos and don’ts of this application.

“There are several factors to consider when choosing the proper media for these projects and during the Adhesives for Retail Graphics session Dennis and I will give attendees a great basis for getting it right,” says Shaun. “We’re hoping to see lots of industry professionals stopping by at the presentation, which will be sure to get them thinking about retail graphics in a new light.”

In addition, Drytac is partnering with several print technology manufacturers and distributors who are exhibiting at ISA International Sign Expo, allowing visitors to see Drytac products in use across the show floor. This will demonstrate the compatibility of Drytac ranges – including ViziPrint, SpotOn, ReTac and Polar – with a variety of different printing technologies and applications. Regular updates will be posted on Drytac’s social media platforms prior to and during ISA International Sign Expo, and on those of Drytac’s partners. If you wish to schedule a meeting with Drytac at the show, you can do so by following this link: https://www.drytac.com/isa-sign-expo-2019-las-vegas-24rd-26th-april-2019/.

ISA International Sign Expo will take place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from April 24th to 26th 2019, with the Adhesives for Retail Graphics scheduled for 1pm to 1.30pm on April 24th in the Lounge and Learn area. For further details on ISA International Sign Expo or to register to attend, please visit www.signexpo.org.

In addition to window, wall and floor graphic media, laminating films and mounting adhesives, Drytac’s key product areas include 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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‘Tried and tested’: supercars get perfect finish with Drytac Spray Booth Liners

Lloyds Autobody, a specialist in body and paintwork repairs for premium and luxury cars, says it has relied on a Spray Booth Liner from Drytac® for the past five years.

Lloyds Autobody was established in Liverpool, UK in 1987, specialising in accident repairs for luxury vehicle brands. It opened a second branch in Manchester in 2000 and across the two sites handles cars from McLaren, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, the Volkswagen Group and more. Lloyds Autobody is accredited and approved by these brands, so customers know that the service they receive will be of the same quality as from the manufacturer.

To help achieve the exceptional finish required on these high-end cars, Lloyds Autobody uses a Drytac Spray Booth Liner in its two sites’ total of four bays. This white PET carrier film has a double-sided adhesive, with a low-tack side that adheres to spray booth wall panels – designed to peel off easily in one piece – and a high-tack side that faces towards the booth to capture overspray and dust particles. As such, the Spray Booth Liner shields against harmful contaminants in spray booths, reduces static electricity – making spray-painting easier – and increases the luminescence level of the space.

It can be applied like wallpaper, with installation and removal quick and easy to achieve thanks to its non-stretchable PET carrier, with no protective clothing or equipment required. Spray booths can be used immediately following installation of the Spray Booth Liner – there is no need to spray, pressure-wash clean or wait for walls to dry.

Andrew Johnson, Project Manager at Lloyds Autobody, explains that the Spray Booth Liner has been used at the two sites for the past five years, and is replaced every three months.

“We’re open six days a week, with bays full every day with premium cars like Mclarens, Rolls-Royces and Bentleys,” he says. “The Drytac Spray Booth Liner is a tried and tested product that is well worth the investment. It’s easy to remove and replace – you just can just take it off and change it, protecting what’s underneath.”

Andrew Johnson adds that there are similar products on the market but Drytac’s Spray Booth Liner is both more malleable and less expensive than its competitors.

“It’s the best,” he says.

The self-adhesive liner is one of Drytac’s specialty products designed to meet a specific need. The company creates unique adhesive products tailored to customer specifications, alongside its key product areas including window, wall and floor graphic media, laminating films and mounting adhesives, high-performance tapes, industrial adhesives and durable labels.

Drytac is a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets. For more information on this product or Drytac’s services, please visit www.drytac.com.

For more information on Lloyds Autobody, please visit www.lloyds-autobody.com.

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Drytac Europe announces new appointments to support expanded dealer network

Drytac®, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Regional Sales Managers at Drytac Europe.

Ian Farrand and Dave Newbery will oversee Drytac’s business development in the north and south of England respectively, with Ian based in West Yorkshire, and Dave in Essex. The appointments have been made to support Drytac’s dealer network, which sees Perfect Colours, Soyang, Granthams, Sabur and CSL Digital join existing sales partner Antalis to significantly expand Drytac’s distribution channels.

On Ian’s new appointment at Drytac, Regional Sales Manager Ian Farrand comments: “Having worked in distribution for the last 25 years I am thrilled to have joined Drytac, a leading manufacturer of self-adhesive coated products. I am looking forward to my new role of Regional Sales Manager where I am extremely keen to grow the business for Drytac in the north of England, and feel that my years of experience and knowledge will be invaluable.

“My goal is to ensure that Drytac products become the established range for all my customers, new and old, and our working relationships continue to flourish – as does Drytac.”

His counterpart Dave is already very familiar with Drytac products having worked within the industry – enabling him to hit the ground running in his new role. He starts his new position with immediate effect.

“I am excited about Drytac’s innovative ideas and about the luxury of having a true direct access to our lab and coating lines – it’ll be great to have an input into future products,” says Regional Sales Manager Dave Newbery. “Drytac is also a very technical company in what we do – we design and create products rather than just assembling them – which appeals to me.”

Dave is well respected in the industry for his extensive experience and knowledge of the wide-format printing and finishing sector, built up since leaving school, but his history in print actually goes back even further.

He explains: “I actually started printing in the family screen print business when I was seven, and I’m 48 this year!”

Hayden Kelley, CEO of Drytac, comments: “Drytac is delighted to welcome Ian and Dave, where their decades of experience, knowledge and ambition will make them both fantastic additions to the team. These new appointments, ahead of a busy period full of exciting new product developments, will support our growing distribution network.”

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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FESPA Munich 2019: 14TH-17TH MAY 2019

Come see Drytac on Stand A5-G40!

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ISA Sign Expo 2019 Las Vegas: 24th-26th April 2019

Drytac will be in several partner booths throughout the show. We will have interactive application centers in two booths – Reece Supply Company Booth #621 and Digital Technology Group, Inc. (DTG)  Booth #1058. We also have partnered with several printer manufacturing partners to run our media throughout the show. Follow along on social media for our locations!

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Drytac expands sales channels with specialist distributors

Bristol, UK, April 2, 2019: Drytac®, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, is delighted to announce it has appointed new specialist distributors and resellers to significantly increase its sales channels in the UK.

As a result of working in close partnership with many leading print manufacturers, Drytac has created exciting new opportunities in new and emerging markets for its customers. These relationships will be demonstrated at this week’s Sign and Digital UK exhibition, where Drytac products will be in use on a number of stands.

Namely, Drytac’s innovative sign and graphics materials will be in action on the stands of Epson (E30), Mimaki (F10), Ricoh (J30) and Roland DG (F30), while representatives from Drytac resellers Antalis (Stand H30), Granthams (A14) and Sabur (K10) will also be on hand at the show to answer questions about the extensive Drytac product range.

“We are really pleased that our products will be showcased on so many stands at Sign & Digital,” says Steve Broad, Sales Director, Drytac. “We’ve been working in partnership with major printer manufacturers around the world and this has opened up a whole host of new markets and opportunities for Drytac and its customers to explore.”

Drytac has appointed a number of new resellers to its network, who will each provide valuable skills and experience to Drytac customers who are seeking new business avenues or looking to improve their existing services.

Steve Broad comments: “We are determined to assist Drytac users in maximising the opportunities in these new markets, so it is with great enthusiasm that we welcome specialist resellers Perfect Colours, Soyang, Granthams, Sabur and CSL Digital to the Drytac distribution network, alongside our existing sales partner Antalis, in an expanded channel that can fully support the exciting developments in the UK wide-format digital print market.”

Sign and Digital UK will take place at Birmingham’s NEC from April 2nd to 4th 2019. For further details or to register to attend, please visit www.signuk.com.

In addition to window, wall and floor graphic media, laminating films and mounting adhesives, Drytac’s key product areas include 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 to showcase latest innovations at Sign and Digital UK

Bristol, UK, March 27, 2019: Drytac®, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, will be presenting a number of its latest media innovations at the forthcoming Sign and Digital UK exhibition.

Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from April 2nd to 4th 2019, Sign and Digital UK is the premier trade event for the sign and graphics sector. This year, Drytac will be collaborating with several major print manufacturers and suppliers on their stands, enabling visitors to see Drytac products used with a variety of different machines, inks and finishing systems.

Drytac’s solutions for windows, walls, floors and outdoors will be the brand’s main focus at the show. This will include SpotOn, a range of films designed for applications including wall, window and retail graphics that feature Drytac’s unique dot-pattern removable adhesive, which allows graphics to be installed, moved and removed with minimal effort. Drytac’s SpotOn Floor 200 has been developed for stunning and safe floor graphics, an innovation that won the Media – Adhesive Back Vinyl category in the SGIA Awards in 2018.

Also on show will be products from the Drytac ReTac range, including textured films for impactful wall graphics and the newly launched ReTac WipeErase. This white dry-erase film turns any flat surface into a whiteboard or planning board as well as revitalising ink-marked whiteboards, earning it an SGIA award in the Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings category in 2018.

Delegates at Sign and Digital UK will also be able to see Drytac ViziPrint and Drytac Polar products on a number of stands. Developed for incredible window graphics, ViziPrint is sure to grab attention, while Polar is a collection of products designed to withstand tough conditions – such as low temperatures – in a wide range of applications.

Hayden Kelley, CEO of Drytac, comments: “At Sign and Digital UK 2019 we’re delighted to work with so many other leading manufacturers and our network of distributors on their own stands. It will give visitors a great opportunity to see how Drytac products work with different printing technologies and applications. The Drytac team will also be on hand across the show floor to chat with show delegates.”

Drytac will be posting regular updates on its social media platforms prior to and during Sign and Digital UK to help visitors keep up with the wealth of products on display.

For further details on Sign and Digital UK or to register to attend, please visit www.signuk.com.

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Facemounting to acrylic for high-end fine art

Authored by Steve Yarbrough, Product Support Specialist

Face-mounting a print, especially a photograph, can really make the image the focus of the space. At Drytac we have developed Facemount®, a high-quality, optically clear mounting adhesive, specifically for this application, but that’s not all you need to produce a stunning result.

In fact, there are five critical physical material aspects to consider when completing or ordering acrylic face-mounts in order to get the results you are looking for.

Photo Paper/Print Media

First of all, an essential aspect to acrylic face-mounting is the choice of photograph paper or print media. Use only top-of-the-line photo paper for an acrylic project print – remember you’re creating an eye-catching display. The most popular photo paper – and the one I prefer for most projects – is a metallic paper. Be it metallic satin or metallic glossy, metallic paper truly enhances the vibrancy of the photograph. However, not all pictures call for metallic paper; portraits, for example, very often benefit from a photo paper with a pearl finish. Every surface has a Roughness Average (RA) and, keeping that in mind, the smoother the surface of the photograph, the better your results when face-mounting. If you do not have a completely smooth surface, you may see very tiny air bubbles in your print called silvering – not something you want in your finished photographic display.


Next on your list is the acrylic itself. Not all acrylic is alike. Specifically, there is a choice between cell cast acrylic and extruded acrylic. Cell cast acrylic is harder, has a more uniform thickness, is more scratch-resistant and is typically clearer than extruded acrylic. Most people in the industry only use cell cast acrylic for face-mounting, regardless of the thickness. If you are shopping around for a face-mounted photograph, always ask the vendor what type of acrylic they are using. If they tell you that all acrylic is the same, chances are they are using sub-par material and you may well have issues in the future. There is also a vast range of prices, from cheap acrylic only good for running experiments, to museum-quality acrylic that sells for four-figure sums per sheet. A reliable business will talk you through the options.


The third essential aspect to face-mounts is an optically clear mounting adhesive, a two-sided adhesive that is used to adhere the photograph to the acrylic. It’s imperative that this is of the highest quality to ensure a clear picture with no distortion. Drytac’s product, specifically designed for this application, is called Facemount® – a pressure-sensitive permanent mounting adhesive protected on each side by a clear polyester release liner. Drytac’s Facemount® has been valued and relied on in the fine art sector for more than 30 years. Facemount® is engineered for the face-mounting of virtually any image to clear substrates like PetG, Plexiglas, acrylic and polycarbonate, which means that it is a fantastic option for high-quality photographic and inkjet printed images. It is particularly good for lenticular imaging applications, backlit display transparencies and touchscreen displays too – it really is of the highest quality in the market.


You should also consider the backing to be used with your photograph – indeed, this could be the most important aspect if you are hanging your picture on a wall. The backing must support the weight of your acrylic without tearing away from the back of the photograph to which it is adhered, and also maintain its adhesion to the mounting hardware. For wall-hung pictures, Dibond backing or coloured 1/8″ cast acrylic sheet is typically used. Dibond is basically an aluminium sandwich: a composite that consists of a high-strength aluminium skin on both sides, sandwiching a super-strong polyethylene centre core. It provides the utmost protection to the back of your picture while providing an incredibly strong substrate from which your acrylic can safely hang. The same applies to cast acrylic backings. This step requires another double-sided adhesive to bond the back side of the image to the backer –Facemount®.

Hanging Systems

Which backing to use depends on the hanging system, and this is the final critical aspect when acrylic face-mounting a print. No matter how good your backing is, if your hanging system fails, then everything else ceases to matter. It should be large enough to support the weight of the material, for if the weight exceeds the dimension of the hanger it will pull away from the backer, causing a failure. A cleat style hanging system requires Drytac Facemount® to be used on the front and back of the photo, because Facemount® has a very high shear strength and will hold, whereas other mounting adhesives have a lower shear strength and the acrylic and image will eventually release from the backer over time. This could cause the image to slide down the backer, or simply separate altogether.

Alternatively, standoff style hanging systems are essentially metal bolts that hold an image to the wall with anchors installed into the wall surface. This style of hanging system will provide enough weight distribution and support lower shear strength options as the adhesive for the backer. This is because the standoff goes completely through the sandwich of the Facemount®, holding it together and supporting the entire weight of the piece on all four corners from front to back. With this system, there is no way for the image to slide down the backer because they are supported equally. There are other hanging systems that are patented; research all the types to find the best system to meet your needs.

Acrylic face-mounted prints can look great. Make sure you choose the right photo paper or print media, acrylic, optically clear mounting adhesive, backing and hanging system to make them look incredible.

Explore the full range of Drytac’s media and adhesives to be inspired – and prepared – for your next project. Learn more about Facemount® and the steps on our youtube page: https://youtu.be/xBVnpOHmUOU 

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