Pop-up project gives trainee chance to try Drytac SpotOn

Still Creek Press has completed an extremely short-term project in Vancouver using Drytac® SpotOn® – a product so easy to apply that the business used the time-sensitive project as an opportunity to train a new employee.

Still Creek Press, based in Vancouver, BC, has provided full-service commercial and wide-format print, business forms and ticket printing for almost 25 years. Currently employing over 70 people in a 36,000 sq ft fully integrated printing plant, with a skilled and dedicated team of creative and technical professionals, the company also regularly sponsors and supports organizations and events in the local community that bring people together.

In early June, Still Creek Press worked with natural health retailer WithinUs to create and install wall, window and floor graphics for a charitable pop-up to celebrate WithinUs’ five years in business. As this was a one-day event, the decorative and eye-catching graphics had to be easy to both apply and remove – key features of Drytac SpotOn.

SpotOn – supplied to Still Creek Press by ND Graphics Vancouver – is a 100µ (4 mil) high-quality, ink receptive printable vinyl, compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV inkjet printing technology. It is ideal for short-term indoor graphics applications such as wall decals, and can be applied with no special tools, not even a squeegee, meaning it is suitable for use by non-professionals and trainees – as Bruce Lee, Wide Format Manager at Still Creek Press, explains.

“We chose Drytac SpotOn for a number of reasons,” he says. “It was super-easy to apply and it could be easily removed by anyone. In fact I used the event as on-site training for one of my staff members to teach her the ins and outs of an install. We had her apply some of the decals which she did with ease.

“As for the floor decals, it’s great we didn’t have to use an overlaminate with it because of the built-in anti-slip surface – and, like the wall version, it is easy to apply.”

The WithinUs pop-up was in support of Covenant House, which works to support young homeless people in Vancouver. Commenting on Instagram, WithinUs (@withinusnatural) said ‘the wall, window and floor graphics looked incredible’, adding ‘it was a very successful event’.

Still Creek Press uses Drytac SpotOn for a range of projects, with Bruce Lee stating that Peter Bourgeois from Drytac and Ryan Sherriff from ND Graphics ‘have been a great help with introducing us to this product’.

Bruce Lee adds: “After doing numerous tests with this product and other removable vinyls we settled on Drytac SpotOn. Time and time again it outperformed other vinyls and just the feedback from our clients was enough for us. It is, hands down, one of the best removable short-term vinyls out there.”

He adds that the Still Creek Press team is currently testing other Drytac products in the field, including ArmourGrab and ArmourPrint, Polar Transit Matte and ReTac Smooth 75.

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

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Drytac Canada Is Expanding!

We’re excited to announce that our distribution and administration facility will be moving to a larger space on Friday, June 21st, 2019!

We’re excited to announce that our distribution and administration facility will be moving to a larger space on Friday, June 21st, 2019!

Please note:

  • Shipping of Finished Goods will be closed June 21st and we expect to be fully operational on Monday, June 24th
     – Any shippable orders and back orders will be shipped prior to that day
    – If there is an emergency shipment required it can be sent from 105 Nuggett but it would be an exception
    – All shipments scheduled to arrive the week of June 17th should be coordinated through Doreen Poole (doreenpoole@drytac.com)
  • All incoming shipments arriving after June 21st, should be directed to:

    30 Driver Road
    Brampton ON
    L6T 5V2

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Refreshed Drytac website makes finding the perfect product easy

Drytac, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, has revamped its website to help customers find the perfect product to meet their needs.

Drytac’s key product areas include vehicle, window, wall and floor graphic media, laminating films and mounting adhesives, plus high-performance tapes, industrial adhesives and durable labels.

As well as a sleek new design, Drytac.com now also features new advanced search capabilities whereby customers, distributors and press can search for a product by media, by application or by SKU. Alternatively, there are easy-to-use menus that list Drytac’s extensive range of products by category, market, print technology and application – making it simple to find and compare compatible media. These lead to product pages with comprehensive information and technical data sheets, many with colourful application images.

Via the website users also have access to a vast number of profiles based on popular printer models, inks, RIPs and Drytac media – enabling quick, high-quality plug and print capabilities.

Furthermore, the redesigned Drytac.com website includes case studies – giving valuable context on how Drytac’s diverse customers around the world use the brand’s products for incredible display and industrial applications – and blogs contributed by members of the Drytac team. These look at markets, product families, eye-catching applications and more, with professional, technical information to inspire buyers and help them make the right choice.

The industry can also be kept up to date with Drytac’s product news, company appointments and details on forthcoming trade show appearances, in another simple-to-use website section.

Hayden Kelley, CEO of Drytac, comments: “At Drytac we continually develop products that meet the demands of our customers in industries around the world, and our new website makes it very straightforward to choose the right media. The case studies, blogs and application photos also provide inspiration for our customers looking to provide something new in their market.”

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Stickers and decals: stay on message without the mess

Authored by Dave Daniels, Northwestern Regional Sales Manager – USA, Drytac

We’ve all seen or placed stickers on things like laptop computers, refrigerators or the ubiquitous car bumper. Vibrant, punchy sticker art on items like skateboards – often called slaps – are everywhere. Stickers and decals are a great way to convey a message, to show loyalty to a brand or band, to promote your own business and much more.

But what happens when you want to change the message? When a brand identity has a refresh, or when you have a new campaign to promote? Unfortunately, most stickers and decals are difficult – or nearly impossible – to remove. They leave a sticky residue that attracts dirt and using cleaning chemicals can damage the surface further.

Luckily, some folks have paid attention to one of Drytac’s amazing products that has great adhesion yet is permanently removable: ReTac. ReTac Smooth 75/150 is a polymeric vinyl film available in thicknesses of 3.2 mil and 6 mil (75 and 150 microns), compatible with latex, eco-solvent and UV printing technologies. Using ReTac you can apply stickers to any compatible surface safe in the knowledge that when they wear out or the message becomes outdated, they can be removed easily and cleanly, even years after initial installation.

Another key feature of ReTac’s innovative adhesive is that it makes ReTac graphics repositionable too, so if you’ve applied your sticker in the wrong place or slightly askew you can move and reinstall it without losing adhesion now or later; despite these incredible qualities ReTac maintains its adhesive strength over time.

Importantly, ReTac Smooth 75/150 is easily cut to the shape you want with vinyl cutting systems – making it perfect for producing stickers and decals in an infinite range of designs. It’s also wipe-clean, so ideal for keeping those refrigerators and laptops hygienic, and car bumpers and skateboards on-message.

With an excellent white point for vibrant results and roll lengths of 54″ x 150′ and 61″ x 150′ available, ReTac Smooth 75/150 is also used worldwide for much larger applications, from window decals to large wall displays – like Wembley Stadium! Just like small but eye-catching stickers, these graphics are repositionable, removable and easily cleaned, meaning you can let ReTac do the talking when you want to send a message and remove it when you don’t.

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Drytac Polar scores at Liverpool vs Barcelona match

It’s been called one of the greatest comebacks in football history: Liverpool FC’s home win against Barcelona, overturning a 3-0 first-leg deficit to win 4-3 on aggregate in the UEFA Champions League competition. And while Barça may not have been the stars of the show this time, the team’s bus – wrapped using materials from Drytac® – certainly grabbed fans’ attention.

Covering the entire team bus including the windows, the vehicle wrap – featuring FC Barcelona’s colours and crest – was printed by Astra Signs onto an innovative PVC material from Drytac’s Polar range, using an HP Latex 570 printer. Based in central Manchester, Astra Signs creates, supplies and installs the highest quality signage for businesses all over the UK and internationally.

Steve Broad, European & Asia Sales Director for Drytac Europe, is a self-proclaimed ‘big Liverpool fan’ and was lucky enough to be in Liverpool on May 7th for the stunning second-leg match, as well as in Barcelona for the semi-final first leg.

“The actual bus drove past us on Tuesday and we spotted it outside the hotel in Liverpool where the Barcelona players were staying,” he says. “It’s always great to see Drytac products used for world-class applications – and even more so when it’s at a spectacular event like this match.”

David Derbyshire, Managing Director at Astra Signs, explains why the company chose the Drytac Polar product: “It was important to use a product that we could print quickly due to the nature of this application, with consistent strong spot colours to match the brand. Installation of this material worked really well within the time constraints provided and, equally, the material was easy to remove leaving no marks or residue. The client was very happy with the end result.”

The Drytac Polar range comprises a series of printable media designed for eye-catching applications in even the most extreme conditions, such as window displays in low temperatures or the environmental conditions endured by vehicle graphics.

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Drytac USA appoints Tim Schoenbeck as Midwest Territory Manager

Drytac® is delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Schoenbeck to the position of Midwest Territory Manager in the USA.

Tim joins Drytac – a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets – with over 20 years’ experience in the large format graphics arena, with particular expertise in digital printable media. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Tim will be responsible for Ohio, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, South Dakota and North Dakota.

“We’re excited to welcome Tim Schoenbeck to the Drytac family,” comments Wayne Colbath, Vice President of Sales, Drytac. “His two decades of experience managing key accounts and his extensive knowledge of large format graphics media are a great addition to Drytac in the USA.

“Drytac is bringing to market a wealth of exciting new products this year and Tim is well placed to work with our existing valued customers and to expand our sales base.”

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. Recent product launches include the ArmourPrint™ Emerytex® and ArmourGrab™ combination counter mat solution, new display material with a unique high-bond adhesive Polar® Grip, ViziPrint® Deco SR film for long-term window displays and window decals, and ReTac® WipeErase and WipeErase White – materials designed to be written on with standard dry-erase markers to create a whiteboard anywhere.

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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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