Write On/Wipe Off with Drytac’s WipeErase Films

Drytac®, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, has announced the global availability of two new exciting additions to its WipeErase® range of film media.

Drytac ReTac® WipeErase and WipeErase White are both designed to be written on with standard dry-erase markers to create a whiteboard anywhere – an ideal practical solution for environments including schools, universities, offices, hospitals, retail stores and more. In addition, their anti-graffiti properties allow for easy removal of permanent markers, while they can both be branded or decorated using UV printing technology.

Drytac’s ReTac WipeErase is a 6 mil (150 micron) white dry-erase film, coated with a scratch- and stain-resistant lacquer that is guaranteed for up to ten years. The film is easy to handle, can be applied to a smooth surface and can be taken down and repositioned with no loss of adhesion and leaving no residue, thanks to its integrated ReTac Permanently Peelable Adhesive. Unlike a whiteboard, it won’t suffer from ink staining or ghosting.

Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, comments: “ReTac WipeErase is ideal as a replacement for whiteboards and flip charts, where sheets can be moved around to help with visualising and planning, and then taken away for future use. It essentially provides an ‘A-frame whiteboard in a tube’. This product is also hugely beneficial in a retail environment where messages need to be moved around the store relevant to specific product ranges.”

These innovative attributes have already won fans in the graphics industry: ReTac WipeErase topped the Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings category in the SGIA Product of the Year awards in 2018. These prestigious awards were announced ahead of the SGIA Expo 2018 in Las Vegas in October 2018 and recognised the most exciting products to be showcased at the event, selected by knowledgable industry professionals.

Drytac’s second new product, WipeErase White, has a permanent adhesive for locations where the signage will not need to be moved, such as wall coverings, restaurant menus and whiteboards. It is a 6 mil (150 micron) film with excellent durability and scratch resistance.

“The WipeErase White film incorporates Drytac’s adhesive expertise to deliver a product that is very easy to apply, yet remains firmly intact for many years,” explains Shaun Holdom. “When it is time to remove or replace the film, it will leave no residue and the area can have new media applied to it immediately.”

As well as offering ‘a whiteboard in a roll’, both Drytac ReTac WipeErase and WipeErase White can be used to resurface existing whiteboards to give them a new lease of life.

Holdom explains: “Whiteboards often suffer from ‘ghosting’, making them look grey and shaded. In time, the pens used on these boards scratch the surface and when rubbed off leave a very faint impression of previous writing. Once this has happened, there is no way of repairing the whiteboard itself and so the ghosting needs to be put up with, or the board replaced. A sheet of one of our WipeErase products applied to a whiteboard essentially makes it as good as new and is considerably cheaper than replacing it. Do this across a whole organisation and the savings could be huge.”

 

 

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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.”

A video of the project has been tweeted by Warner Bros Canada that can be viewed here!

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 utilise 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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K6 Media helps put smiles on children’s faces with help from Drytac ReTac

Brampton, ON, Canada, December 19, 2018: K6 Media has wrapped up a project for the Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain campaign in Ottawa, Canada, with banners, murals and labels printed onto Drytac ReTac Smooth 150.

The Toy Mountain project distributes toys to families throughout the Christmas period, putting smiles on the faces of tens of thousands of children. Property company Morguard donated the use of a business suite in the Canadian capital for the duration of the toy drive, which received a colourful makeover by K6 Media.

A full-service wide-format printing provider with 15 years’ experience and a knowledgeable team including in-house designers, a print production department and a team of installers, K6 Media was ideally suited to deliver the project. This involved installing several 20ft (6m) adhesive banners across painted bulkheads, applying print-and-cut graphics on stainless steel elevators, creating three wall murals measuring approximately 20ft x 9ft (6m x 2.7m) and producing a variety of print-and-cut labels for the donations room to help sort the toys efficiently.

“For this project, we chose to use Drytac ReTac Smooth 150, a matte 6 mil film,” explains Juan Runnells, Production Manager at K6 Media. “As this project is a temporary installation in suites donated to the Salvation Army, the removability of the film was very important – a feature delivered by ReTac.

“Also, ReTac’s 6 mil thickness allowed us to print quickly on our HP Latex 570 printers and not have to take the additional time to laminate the film, yet still have a printed graphic that was easy to install. ReTac also works extremely well as a print-and-cut material for the same reasons.”

Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 6 mil (150μ) white polymeric printable PVC is designed to be easy to install, to reposition and to remove thanks to its innovative self-adhesive technology. As well as excellent compatibility with latex ink technology, it can be used with eco-solvent, solvent and UV printers. For these reasons, Juan Runnells says that it ‘is always on hand in our production area’.

He says: “We predominately use ReTac Smooth 150 for short-term wall graphics and have also found it to work extremely well for short-term window murals. We have one client that requires us to install window murals throughout the year – spring, summer, winter and fall – and have found that ReTac works very well in many weather conditions, and specifically that it is easily removable even during the cold winter months.”

K6 Media frequently chooses other Drytac products, including Drytac SpotOn white matte PVC film for temporary wall and window projects for the Canadian coffee shop chain Tim Hortons, and Drytac Interlam Pro Emerytex UV laminate film to create information panels for animal rescue organization Little Ray’s Nature Centres.

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.

For more information on K6 Media, please visit www.k6media.ca.

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Drytac welcomes Aimie Rosser to customer services team

Bristol, UK, December 12, 2018: Drytac, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, has appointed Aimie Rosser to the position of Customer Service Associate.

An English Literature graduate from Plymouth University, Aimie joins Drytac’s Bristol team with vast experience in customer service and knowledge of the graphics industry. She will be invaluable in her new role, which will see her working with customers across the UK and internationally.

Aimie explains that she heard about the Customer Service Associate position from her friend and Drytac employee, Emily Pollock; the manufacturer’s career development opportunities and friendly team appealed to her.

“Having gained experience in the industry I decided that a new start at Drytac would give me a new challenge, with an opportunity to work with both the UK and export market. My new role will see me providing great customer service to Drytac customers with any product queries.

“I’m looking forward to learning new areas of this vibrant industry, and taking on some exciting new challenges. My new team at Drytac has made me feel very welcome.”

Hayden Kelley, CEO of Drytac, comments: “We’re delighted to welcome Aimie to the Drytac team in Bristol, where we’re sure she’ll deliver the excellent customer service we’re known for internationally. At Drytac we’re continually developing innovative new products across numerous sectors in the graphics market, giving Aimie plenty of scope to increase her knowledge and potential.”

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Safety comes first with graphics

Authored by Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager, Drytac

Safety should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds when creating a public space, with the choice of building materials, exit routes, sprinklers and alarms top priorities. But the safety of graphic materials should also be considered when planning campaigns in public buildings including hospitals, schools, transport hubs and retail environments.

At Drytac we have several certified product ranges. One of our most popular brands, SpotOn®, has achieved a Class B1 Fire Rating to the DIN 4102-1 standard. This widely recognized accreditation means this product range can be used in public areas that must adhere to strict fire regulations – opening up a variety of new applications and markets. Featuring Drytac’s unique dot-pattern removable adhesive, it allows for tool-free, bubble-free application to most flat surfaces and clean removal after use.

The SpotOn range is designed to be easy to use which allows non-professionals to install it – people who may be less aware of safety regulations – so it’s important that the product is as safe as possible. In addition, specialist floor media SpotOn Floor 200 has an R-10 anti-slip rating post print according to DIN 51130 and classed as ‘low slip potential’ according to EN 13036-4. This 200 micron (8 mil) embossed printable white matte monomeric PVC film is therefore ideal for a multitude of high-impact floor graphics applications.

For wall graphics, ReTac® Smooth 75 polymeric PVC film and ReTac Smooth 150 polymeric PVC film have also been developed with safety in mind. These products are designed for longer-term applications but are also easy to apply, reposition and remove. Each product has a Class 0 fire rating according to BS746 part 6 & 7 to provide certified graphics for airports, hotels, retail stores, hospitals and more.

It is important to understand that typical graphic media will do little to prevent a building fire from spreading, however certified materials will not contribute to it or spread it through flaming particles. It is essential to carry out research ahead of all display projects based on their intended location and use – with Drytac able to provide advice on its extensive range.

Learn more about the safety features of the Drytac range to ensure your business and its people are protected.

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Anyone for tennis? Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 takes to the court!

Brampton, ON, Canada, November 29, 2018: Space within a shopping mall in Calgary, Canada has been transformed into a tennis court using award-winning specialist floor graphics media from Drytac.

The project, at the Core Shopping Centre, was to promote the first Men’s ATP Tennis event in Calgary, AB, hosted at the Alberta Tennis Center. Called the Calgary National Bank Challenger, the event in October 2018 was part of the ATP Challenger Tour – a series of tournaments considered to be a showcase of tennis’s rising stars.

Using SpotOn® Floor 200, the project to create a public tennis court in the downtown Calgary shopping centre was undertaken by Print Three, which also sponsored the event. Shoppers and their families were invited to take to the court for a few sets of tennis, clearly marked with blue and white lines printed onto the specialist floor media from Drytac.

Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 is 200 micron (8 mil), matte, white monomeric PVC film designed for short-term, indoor floor graphics without the need for lamination. It has been awarded a post-printed R-10 anti-slip rating and a ‘low slip potential’ rating according to the EN 13036-4 Pendulum Test, endorsed by the CTIOA. SpotOn Floor 200 has also achieved a global Class B1 Fire Rating, meaning it can be used safely and legally in public areas with strict fire regulations, such as shopping centres.

Furthermore, this material has been designed for easy and tool-free installation and clean removal, thanks to its unique dot-pattern adhesive. Its innovative features earned Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 the top spot in the Media – Adhesive Back Vinyl category in the SGIA 2018 Product of the Year competition.

Print Three is a leading design, print and production company in Calgary, providing work at the ‘highest quality standards in Canada’, it says. General Manager Mark Eisan explains why Print Three chose the Drytac product, supplied by ND Graphics, for the project.

“We were testing products and laminates for the tennis court application and an installation partner recommended Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 after hearing about it at a conference,” he says.

“We found the performance of the SpotOn product to be excellent. Our testing was intense, but we had planned to repair or replace areas. However, we did not need to as the product adhered for the ten days it was on the floor, and at the end of the project was removed in 20 minutes with no additional clean-up.”

Mark Eisan says Print Three has received ‘great service’ from Drytac following the tennis court project and is considering other products for future applications.

He adds: “We are planning on creating a new court for next year’s event as we will be sponsoring it again.”

For more information on Print Three, please visit www.printthree.ab.ca.

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Drytac reveals new advertising product – perfect for food environments

Drytac, an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, announces the launch of the ArmourPrint Emerytex and ArmourGrab combination counter mat solution. Having been previewed successfully at recent trade shows, the products are now available globally.

ArmourPrint Emerytex is a clear, heavy-duty, slip-resistant monomeric 15 mil (381μ) PVC film with a matte pebble textured finish on one side and a smooth printable surface on the other. It has been approved by the FDA for incidental food contact, making it ideal for advertising applications in hospitality and retail environments. ArmourGrab is an 8 mil (203μ) co-extruded white anti-slip film coated with a heavy coat weight, permanent, pressure sensitive clear acrylic adhesive. Used together, the two products create a food-safe counter mat solution ideal for eye-catching POP advertising.

Thanks to the slip-resistant qualities of both ArmourPrint Emerytex and ArmourGrab, these products can also be used for applications such as placemats and mouse pads. Their UV protection also enables outdoor use, while a moisture barrier protects the printed image and aids hygiene. No white ink is needed to create vivid and eye-catching counter mats as the white ArmourGrab backs the ArmourPrint Emerytex to eliminate the extra cost of printing with white.

The ArmourPrint Emerytex and ArmourGrab dual-product counter mat solution was previewed at the SGIA Expo 2018 in Las Vegas in October to over 25,000 registered delegates.

“The combination of ArmourPrint Emerytex and ArmourGrab creates a solution that is both safe and effective as counter-top advertising in fast food outlets, convenience stores, bars and more,” says Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac.

“It’s an innovative new design that attracted a lot of attention at the recent SGIA show and we’re delighted to offer it to our customers worldwide.”

 

 

 

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Grab your customers’ attention with eye-catching floor graphics

Authored by Steve Yarbrough, Product Support Specialist, Drytac

Many of us use our phones while out shopping: researching products, comparing prices, downloading coupons, taking photos of items to think about later, looking at a shopping list or simply checking the time. So, with so many shoppers looking down at their phones, retailers need to find new ways to grab their attention.

Innovations in printing technology, inks and – of course – materials now enable display and advertising potential to reach floor to ceiling and wall to wall. Window displays encourage shoppers into a retail space, inside which POS and shelf-edge displays can boost sales of a specific product or range. But floor graphics can do all this and more: they can be used to guide customers into and around a space and create a fuller experience. This method can also be incredibly effective in city center environments, trade shows, museum exhibitions, theme parks – anywhere you want to grab and maintain the attention of your visitor. They’re also ideal for places like hospitals, transport hubs and educational facilities, where effective way-finding systems keeps foot traffic moving in the right direction.

The safety of floor graphics was, naturally, a concern in the past; installing a tripping hazard is never good business. But materials have been developed to ensure floor graphics are non-slip and securely fixed and, at Drytac, we make media that is easy to install and to remove too, even for the non-professional.

Indeed, we have a full range of display materials designed specifically for safe, user-friendly and effective graphics on a whole variety of common floor coverings. This includes award winning SpotOn Floor 200, a 200 micron (8 mil) embossed printable white matte PVC film designed for short-term, indoor floor graphics with no need for lamination, with a post-print anti-slip rating. It’s also achieved a Class B1 Fire Rating, meaning it can be used in public areas governed by strict fire regulations, and has Drytac’s innovative ‘dot pattern’ adhesive for clean removal – leaving no sticky residue.

Drytac’s FloorTac range is tough enough to withstand medium to heavy foot traffic in indoor environments, offering a great addition to short-term graphics campaigns. This specialty floor graphics media features a removable, pressure-sensitive grey acrylic adhesive making it easy to apply, maintain and remove. Recommended to be paired with Drytac’s Emerytex overlaminate to provide slip-rated floor graphics. FloorTac is available in North America and FloorTac Plus is available in Europe. In North America, Drytac users can also find the multi-purpose Polar Polymeric and Polar Polymeric Clear RC self-adhesive vinyls, great for floor graphics as well as POS displays, window graphics, vehicle wraps and general signage.

 All Drytac’s materials that are suitable for floor graphics are compatible with UV, solvent, eco-solvent and latex ink technologies, making them incredibly versatile products. With floor graphics it’s all about being eye-catching, so spend time experimenting with colors and designs to create something far more enticing than a smartphone.

Take a look around the Drytac range to discover the perfect floor display media for your campaign.

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