Drytac’s Peter Bourgeois assumes responsibility for extended Territory Sales Manager role

Drytac’s Peter Bourgeois assumes responsibility for extended Territory Sales Manager role
Drytac’s Peter Bourgeois assumes responsibility for extended Territory Sales Manager role

Alongside his existing role as Territory Sales Manager for Western Canada, Peter Bourgeois will assume responsibility for the North West USA region.

Drytac is pleased to announce that Peter Bourgeois, Territory Sales Manager for Western Canada, is to take on an extended role within the business by additionally assuming responsibility for the North West USA region.

Effective April 1, 2021, Peter will be responsible for new and existing customers in Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Alaska and Hawaii in the USA, while continuing to service the Western Canada region.

Peter joined Drytac as Territory Sales Manager for Western Canada in February 2017 and has played a major role in driving sales throughout the region. With a key focus on Drytac’s wide-format graphics business, Peter has helped to form valuable new partnerships and strengthen existing relationships across Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

Hayden Kelley, CEO of Drytac, comments: “Peter has been a great asset to the company since joining us 4 years ago. He has been instrumental in boosting sales in Canada, and will use his expansive knowledge of Drytac’s products and solutions to support existing customers across the North West USA.

“Peter will also continue to establish connections with new clients as Drytac further boosts its presence in the North West USA region.”

Prior to joining Drytac, Bourgeois spent time as an Account Manager for Agfa, where he was in charge of the management and sales of the Agfa portfolio of products in Western Canada

through distribution partners and direct sales. Peter also had a spell as Western North American Customer Business Manager at Unisource Canada, a role in which he oversaw a team of 20 Sales Representatives in Western Canada.

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Flexibility and reliability are critical for antimicrobial films in medical settings

Drytac Protac AMP Ventilator

Applications in medical and healthcare environments require antimicrobial films that are both reliable and steadfast. Drytac Protac AMP offers this and much more.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a significant rise in the use of antimicrobial protection products, in an effort to help protect people across a number of environments.

However, the use of such products places a tremendous amount of pressure on those tasked with carrying out the installation work. How can they guarantee the film will not only help prevent the spread of Covid-19, but also stand the test of time in what are often challenging and high-touch environments?

Drytac Protac AMP antimicrobial protection film has been put to work on all sorts of projects over the past 12 months, playing a critical role in allowing some businesses to reopen, as well as helping others carry out work in a safe manner throughout the crisis.

Perhaps the most important use of Drytac Protac AMP is in medical and healthcare settings, which have faced unprecedented levels of pressure during the pandemic as staff work day and night to treat people around the world.

Drytac’s Protac AMP has also been involved in the ‘Ventilator Challenge’ group which was set up at the start of the pandemic. Comprising industrial, technology and engineering companies from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors, the businesses came together to produce medical ventilators for the UK.

The flexibility of Drytac Protac AMP means it can be applied to a range of medical surfaces, including on machinery such as these mechanical ventilators, which have played a critical role in helping to treat people suffering with Covid-19.

Protac AMP is the perfect solution for applying graphics – in this case important control instructions –  to ventilators, mainly due to the fact that the film offers extremely strong performance over its lifetime. Such is the flexibility of Protac AMP that it can be applied to a wide range of heavy-touch surfaces, including machinery where buttons are constantly being pressed.

Another obvious benefit of working with Drytac’s Protac AMP film in medical and healthcare environments is that it has Microban® antimicrobial protection. When harmful microbes meet the film, the cell walls of the microbes are disrupted and are unable to reproduce, which in turn cuts the risk of bacteria spreading.

Protac AMP guarantees the graphics remain in place for at least eight years. If the overlay graphics were to fail, then this would raise all sorts of safety issues, and potentially put the lives of patients at risk.

The reason Protac AMP is so durable and able to stand the test of time is that it is hard coated, making it not only resistant to daily and industrial use, but also vigorous cleaning with the chemicals used in hospitals and other healthcare environments.

Safe in the knowledge the ventilators are produced with Protac AMP, a reliable and high performing material, supplied by a company with a host of globally recognised credentials, healthcare professionals around the world can continue their incredible work in fighting back against Covid-19.

For more information on Drytac Protac AMP antimicrobial protection film, please click here.

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Drytac bolsters its adhesive science team with new promotion and appointment.

Drytac's Phil Webster promoted to Head of Industrial Sales EMEA; Stephen Ridyard appointed as Technical Manager.
Drytac's Phil Webster promoted to Head of Industrial Sales EMEA; Stephen Ridyard appointed as Technical Manager.

Phil Webster promoted to Head of Industrial Sales EMEA; Stephen Ridyard appointed as Technical Manager.

Drytac has further bolstered its EMEA team with the promotion of Phil Webster to the role of Head of Industrial Sales (EMEA), and the appointment of Stephen Ridyard as Technical Manager, UK. Both men are based out of Drytac’s UK offices in Bristol.

Phil Webster’s promotion to his new role recognises the impact he has had since joining the company in 2014 as Technical Sales Manager. For the past seven years, he has driven the growth and expansion of the custom side of Drytac’s business, working with his team to create bespoke products in large quantities for businesses in new markets and sectors.

On Phil Webster’s promotion, Hayden Kelley, CEO of Drytac, comments: “We’re delighted to announce the promotion of Phil to the role of Head of Industrial Sales for EMEA. He has a proven track record of excellence and has been instrumental in the growth of our non-catalogue solutions, as well as expanding our presence in new markets.”

Additionally, Stephen Ridyard has joined the Drytac team with immediate effectin the role of Technical Manager. Bringing with him a tremendous amount of industry expertise, Stephen has extensive experience working in product development roles, including project and laboratory management.

Holding a BSc (Hons) and an MSc in Chemistry, he has a strong track record in developing coatings, inks and adhesives, security features and films through all stages, from initial innovative idea to commercialisation.

Hayden Kelley concludes: “Stephen’s appointment as Technical Manager will further bolster our EMEA team by helping to innovate new solutions while maintaining our product excellence. An expert new product development chemist, his skills will be instrumental in the continued development of our adhesive science business; he will be a massive asset to the technical team.”

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How HP Latex ink works

The media that Drytac manufactures is part of a larger solution; before any graphics application can be delivered, it needs to be printed and finished. Understanding how materials work with specific print and ink technologies is a key foundation of the company’s product development.

Drytac maintains a close relationship with hardware and ink manufacturers to ensure its products achieve the best results and – as part of this close collaboration – Drytac launched a series of ink blogs written by some of these leading businesses.

In this blog, Bruce Wayne Van Greunen, Pre-Sales Technical Consultant at HP, explains how HP Latex ink works.

Explainer: How HP Latex ink works.

Authored by Bruce Wayne Van Greunen, Pre-Sales Technical Consultant at HP.

Have you ever wondered how HP Latex ink works?

History

Until 2008, the 3 primary digital print technologies used were Aqueous or Water-based inks, Solvent and UV Based inks

  • Aqueous or Water based ink –was used primarily for indoor use, the quality was great, with excellent colour gamut, but the durability and water fastness meant it was not really suited to outdoor applications.
  • Solvent based inks –They were used primarily for outdoor signage, the water resistance and UV stability made it perfect for Outdoor applications, but the print quality was not great for up close viewing. Eco Solvent inks a subset of Solvent inks along with Mild Solvent, were developed as an economy version of solvent inks by removing some of the more costly chemicals.
  • UV cured Inks the king of rigid media, what they lacked in flexibility they made up for in adhesion, UV could print onto almost any surface but the colour gamut and print quality was similar to that of the solvent ink of the time. A flexible version of UV ink was later developed, but it lost some of its adhesive power, and to use it the inks had to be physically swapped at the expense of time and with significant waste in ink. 

Then in 2008 HP launched the world’s first water based outdoor durable ink, HP latex ink technology.

The objective was to have the world’s first and most environmentally conscious print technology in the market. HP latex Inks also boasted having the best of both worlds, the quality of water-based inks and the outdoor durability of Eco Solvent based inks. This offered unparalleled versatility for the first time, one printer could offer both indoor quality as well as outdoor durability using the same ink set, as well as being safe for the environment and the operator.

By 2013 HP had released the 3rd generation of the HP Latex ink.

HP are continually improving the HP Latex ink technology and the printer performance. By Introducing the Optimizer, a clear ink that helped eliminate the requirement for dryers in the print zone, while maintaining the perfect dot gain. HP also added an anti-scratch component into the ink for improved durability of the print and improving efficiency of the curing technology allowed for an increased productivity.

In 2018 HP debuted the HP Latex R Printer Series, with hybrid capabilities, a Roll to Roll and Flatbed Printer. This introduced the 4th generation of the HP Latex ink, and the first HP Latex to have white ink.

The 4th Gen inks further reduced curing temperatures, allowing for even more media variety, and separation of the anti-scratch component from the ink to a separate ink called the Overcoat. Having the Overcoat separate means there is a choice on when to use it, like when the print is going to be laminated in the case of high abrasion applications such as vehicle wrapping, there is no need to use the Overcoat.

And of course, the whitest of white inks in the industry.

On February 2nd, 2021 HP introduced the HP Latex 700 and 800 series of printers also available with HP Latex white ink.

The mechanics

In both the 3rd and 4th generation HP Latex inks, the Optimizer is the first drop fired from its HP Thermal Inkjet printhead.

The positively charged particles in the optimizer are only placed where the image is going to be printed.

This is followed by a droplet of ink that is fired from its HP thermal Inkjet printhead.

That drop of HP Latex ink consists of:

–           Water (65%),

–           Pigments (colourants)

–           Latex polymers (synthetic, totally hypoallergenic)

–           Tiny amounts of other chemicals

The negatively charged pigment is attracted to the positively charged Optimizer, giving perfect control of the dot gain, and ensuring that most of the pigment is at the bottom of the solution on the media.

Finally, the Overcoat (if needed) is printed on top.

The media moves through the print zone towards the curing system where evaporation starts to remove the water.

In the curing zone of the printer the remainder of the water is evaporated, and the Latex polymers and the anti-scratch components are melted to encapsulate the pigments onto the surface of the media.

Finally, a thin, transparent, flexible, and waterproof latex film is formed, the anti-scratch agent protects the pigments from being scratched, the print is ready to be handled, and is ready to be finished!

The benefits of HP Latex

Productivity:

  • The prints are completely dry out of the printer.
  • The media is fully conformable, without the risk of cracking or fading when stretched.
  • Does not change the characteristics of the media, so unlike UV and Solvent based inks they do not change the characteristics of the media you print onto, so if the media is Fire Rated or recyclable it retains the ratings even if they are printed with Latex.
  • Versatility, the ability to print onto an even wider range of medias from paper to PVC, SAV to PETG, or even textiles.

Ease of use:

  • With great design and many time saving features, and the ability to observe and manage your production with HP PrintOS (www.printos.com)

Good for the environment and for the operator

  • HP Latex Printing Technologies provide many opportunities to reduce and recycle. The ink cartridges, printheads and in some cases the maintenance cartridges are recyclable free of charge though the HP Planet Partner program (https://www8.hp.com/uk/en/hp-information/recycling/ink-toner.html).
  • The 4th Generation HP Latex ink cartridges are made from cardboard and a readily recycled with your current cardboard and paper. The printheads can be recycled through the HP Planet Partners program.

About Drytac ICC Profiles:

Drytac understands that media profiling is key to the success of any of its products; having access to thousands of profiles for materials on a wide range of different printers is paramount. By working in tandem with hardware manufacturers, Drytac creates easy access to profiles.

Drytac also has the in-house capability to provide custom profiles as required for its customers for any specialist application, to maximise the colour output. More information can be found here.

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Fast forward to fast food

Drytac explains how products imbued with antimicrobial technology can help fast food outlets protect surfaces from bacteria, fungi and mould in between cleaning.

Authored by Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager, Drytac.

With the food, beverages and hospitality sectors having been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, Drytac has sounded out how its Protac AMP antimicrobial protection film can help restaurants reopen as the world begins to edge back towards normality.

Covid-19 restrictions meant many fast food restaurants and eateries were forced to close for large parts of 2020, costing them millions in lost income and resulting in many staff losing their jobs. However, with the pandemic now starting to subside, and vaccination roll-outs ongoing, restaurants are looking forward to welcoming visitors back through their doors.

While this reopening is fantastic news for restaurants and other catering venues, they will still face a number of strict social distancing and safety measures before they are allowed to get back to business.

Thankfully, there are products on the market that help businesses adhere to these strict requirements by protecting surfaces from bacteria, fungi and mould, in between cleaning.

One such solution is Drytac’s Protac AMP antimicrobial protection film. This flexible, self-adhesive product can be easily applied to a wide range of high-touch surfaces – including counters, door plates, touch screens and tables – helping to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria and microbes.

Protac AMP features Microban® antimicrobial protection, meaning when harmful microbes meet Microban reservoirs in the film, the cell walls of the microbes are disrupted and they are unable to reproduce, which significantly reduces the risk of any spreading.

Aside from the stand-out benefits of helping cut the risk of bacteria on surfaces, Protac AMP film also ensures that they are protected from stains, odours and premature degradation caused by bacterial growth.

Such is the strength of Drytac Protac AMP with Microban technology that the film will help protect against other bacteria in the long-term, including those that cause the most issues for restaurants such as E. coli and Salmonella.

At a time when restaurants and other venues need all the help they can get to reopen without putting the health and safety of their staff and customers at risk, Drytac Protac AMP offers a cost-effective and highly reliable solution for hospitality businesses of all sizes.

For more information on Drytac Protac AMP antimicrobial protection film, please click here.

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Roland DGA: Types of inks for digital printing

Understanding how print media and ink technology work is key

The media that Drytac manufactures is part of a larger solution; before any graphics application can be delivered, it needs to be printed and finished.

Understanding how materials work with specific print and ink technologies is a key foundation of the company’s product development.

Drytac maintains a close relationship with hardware and ink manufacturers to ensure its products achieve the best results. As part of this close collaboration, Drytac has launched a series of ink blogs written by some of these leading businesses.

In the brief blog that follows, Lily Hunter (above) from Roland DGA explains a bit more about the types of inks for digital printing.

Types of inks for digital printing

Authored by Lily Hunter, Roland DGA Product Manager, Textiles, eCommerce and Supplies

My kids love visiting Roland DGA headquarters to see all the different types of printers and the cool things our inkjets can produce. They typically ask me to print on a variety of things, ranging from banners and stickers to clothing and backpacks. While they know that there are different printers for different types of print jobs, they’re still too young to understand the differences between an eco-solvent, UV or dye-sublimation model. In their minds, all I need to do is put an object into whichever printer I choose, and it will magically come out with their customised design printed on it! When I try to educate them, I get blank stares… followed by a request to custom print another item.

I’ve spoken to a variety of people at trade shows, and even friends, who are interested in learning more about digital printing. Whenever I do so, I break it down to the types of inks and what they’re used for. This helps match the application to the best print technology. For Roland DGA printers, here’s a quick breakdown of ink characteristics.

Eco-Solvent

Mild solvent is the carrier liquid for the pigments. During the printing process, the solvent ‘bites’ into the media and deposits the ink pigments. The heat from the printer platen evaporates the solvent, leaving the output vibrant and dry. These are extremely versatile inks that can be printed onto a variety of media, like decals, posters, signage, canvas and heat transfer paper, allowing for many different types of applications.

UV

Again, mild solvent is the carrier liquid for the pigments. The UV inks lie on the surface of the media or blank, before a UV lamp goes over the printed area to cure or dry the inks. You’re able to build up the ink layer and create a variety of textures on either rolled material or flat material. The output is dry and can have a glossy, satin or matte finish, depending upon the UV lamp and curing process. This printing technology is good for signage, promotional products and even fine art.

Dye Sublimation

Water is the carrier liquid for dyes in this process. You print onto a transfer paper, the output mirrored and looking dull and unimpressive at this stage. Sublimation takes place at the heat press, where the inks are transferred from the paper onto a polyester fabric or polyester-coated rigid substrate. At 400°F (204°C), the solid inks from the paper turn into gas and penetrate the polyester – this is when the colours bloom and become vibrant. Dye sublimation is ideal for textiles such as apparel or soft signage, but it’s also used for promotional items, décor and metal photo panels.

Pigment

This type of ink, where water is the carrier liquid for the pigments, is used in Roland DGA‘s compact direct-to-garment (DTG) printer, the VersaSTUDIO BT-12. Just like with UV, the inks lie on top of the surface of the fabric, typically cotton-based products. Colours are vibrant, but the inks still need to be cured, which is done on the heat press. Unlike dye sublimation, the inks do not penetrate the fibres, but are cured on the surface.

To learn more about Roland DGA inks, printers, and applications, visit https://www.rolanddga.com/

About the author: Lily Hunter currently serves as Product Manager, Textiles and Consumable Supplies for Irvine, California-based Roland DGA, where she manages Roland’s textile and dye-sublimation printer portfolio, as well as the company’s media product line. Prior to joining Roland DGA in 2013, Hunter held various sales support and product management positions over a 14-year period with Arlon Graphics.

About Drytac ICC Profiles:

Drytac understands that media profiling is key to the success of any of its products; having access to thousands of profiles for materials on a wide range of different printers is paramount. By working in tandem with hardware manufacturers, Drytac creates easy access to profiles.

Drytac also has the in-house capability to provide custom profiles as required for its customers for any specialist application, to maximise the colour output. More information can be found here.

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Premier Graphics serves up a treat at The Very Good Food Company with Drytac SpotOn

Drytac SpotOn used by Premier Graphics for The Very Good Butcher
Premier Graphics used Drytac SpotOn White Matte to complete a window graphics job for plant-based vegan food business The Very Good Food Company.

Vancouver-based Premier Graphics opted for Drytac SpotOn White Matte to carry out an impactful window graphics project for vegan food business The Very Good Food Company.

Premier Graphics was approached by The Very Good Food Company and construction firm Pacific Solutions Contracting in late 2020 to produce window graphics to cover up building work taking place at a retail location in Mount Pleasant, a neighborhood in Vancouver BC.

The project challenged Premier Graphics to create graphics that offered a high impact and high contrast design, but also allowed adequate ambient light to pass into the building to assist with ongoing construction work inside. The graphics also needed to cover window panels measuring 21ft tall.

Premier Graphics selected Drytac SpotOn White Matte monomeric PVC film, a solution that is specifically designed for short-term applications such as point-of-purchase retail signage. The film features a ‘dot pattern’ adhesive that enables easy bubble-free application on a wide variety of smooth interior surfaces, windows, glass and more.

“As our vertical panels of material were so tall, having a material with minimal stretch and good adhesion during cold temperatures on our December install day was crucial for a great final product with minimal seams,” Premier Graphics’ General Manager Taylor Sellinger says.

“The film met all the challenges we needed it to, and our panel registration was completely accurate, even while working with such long individual panels.”

The graphics – which were printed using an HP Latex 365 device – will only remain in place for six months. As such, Sellinger said it was also important that the material could be easily removed without leaving any residue on the windows.

“For the six months the graphics will be installed for, we’re confident they will look great the entire time, and remove completely trouble-free when that day comes.

“Our team of six full-time installers are ready to meet any challenge, but SpotOn makes those challenges so much easier to tackle.”

Established in 2006, Premier Graphics re-invented itself in 2020 and is now established as a full service graphics production and installation company. The business has plans to expand further in 2021, with a new HP R1000 printer due to be installed at its new production site.

“2020 taught us not to rely too heavily on how things used to be done,” adds Sellinger. “In 2021, we’ve moved into a facility more than twice our previous space and shortly we’ll be receiving our new HP R1000 printer, which will open up capabilities never previously available to our in-house production.”

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Globe Print relies on Drytac films for support with NHS Covid-19 vaccination roll-out

No fewer than five Drytac products deployed by Buckinghamshire-based Globe Print for social distancing markers and directional graphics at new vaccination centre.

Drytac Protac AMP used for NHS vaccination centers
Image: Protac AMP antimicrobial film paired with Polar Grip

Drytac’s self-adhesive films continue to play a key role in the battle against Covid-19, with print service provider Globe Print having recently used no fewer than five Drytac products to create graphics, free-of-charge, for a new vaccination centre in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

Image: SpotOn Floor 200

After plans to open the vaccination hub at one location fell through, local business Newdays Pharmacy was asked to locate an alternative site, and – following an appeal on local social media platforms – was offered some ground floor space at IT infrastructure and services provider Softcat’s HQ offices in Globe Business Park.

However, the challenges did not end there, with Newdays Pharmacy required to also source a series of printed graphics for the facility to ensure the safety of both the public and the vaccination team. These included social distancing markers, one-way system directional signage and informative posters about the vaccines and Covid-19.

Image: ReTac Smooth 150

Newdays Pharmacy contacted Globe Print, a preferred supplier to the NHS that has been working with Drytac materials on a wide range of projects throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nick Wintle, Managing Director at Globe Print, explains: “Key to the installation was the tight turnaround time. The vaccination centre was opening on January 23rd and Newdays didn’t have sign-off for the graphics until January 20th.

“We wanted to do our bit as well; as this was for a vaccination centre, we did the whole project free of charge – from design and print through to installation of the graphics.

Image: Polar Choice

“Having worked with Drytac’s films for a long time and on a number of other similar jobs, we were confident that they would perform well.”

Globe Print used Drytac Polar Choice Matte, a printable monomeric PVC film, to produce a range of wall graphics and internal signage and the vaccination centre, while internal floor graphics were printed on Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 monomeric PVC non-slip film.

For outdoor floor graphics, Globe Print opted for Drytac Polar StreetFX, a PVC-free, aluminium print media that does not require lamination, while ViziPrint Impress was used for producing graphics for the clear internal wall partitions inside the centre.

Image: Polar Street FX

Finally, Globe Print used Drytac Protac AMP Film for graphics at ‘touch-points’ throughout the facility, including doors and handles. Protac AMP is a 150µ textured polyester film that incorporates Microban® Antimicrobial Protection, which provides protection against the spread of microbial contamination.

Globe Print produced all the graphics at its 10,000sq. ft. print room in Marlow, utilising its Roland VG-640, Mimaki UCJV-300 and Agfa M2000 printers.

Olivier Picard, the owner of Newdays Pharmacy, also had high praise for the graphics that were printed on Drytac materials. He said: “Everything is in place now and the printed materials look clean, professional and official.”

Globe Print has used Drytac films on a whole host of other jobs related to Covid-19. These include producing an advisory one-way pedestrian system in its home town – a project that comprised 250 temporary outdoor floor decals printed on Drytac Polar Grip graphics vinyl combined with Drytac Interlam Pro Emerytex laminate.

To find out more about Globe Print, please click here.

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Luigi Cristicini celebrates major milestone after reaching 30 years with Drytac Canada

Luigi Cristicini has been working with Drytac customers across the world since joining the team in 1991, serving in a number of key roles during his time with the company.

Luigi Cristicini, one of the most popular members of the Drytac Canada team, has reached the impressive milestone of 30 years with the company.

Luigi joined Drytac back in 1991 having previously worked in the coffee industry, and soon made a name for himself in self-adhesives, overseeing Drytac’s operations in the Quebec and Maritime Provinces.

Having built a stellar reputation for the Drytac brand with photo labs, photographers and the picture frame industry in Canada, Luigi soon took on more responsibilities and was promoted to head the sales team from the Toronto head office in December 1993.

From here, Luigi’s fluency in Italian, French and English saw him travel internationally to promote the Drytac brand all around the world, taking on a host of major roles at the company in the process.

Luigi Cristicini celebrates 30 years at Drytac

Now holding the role of Business Development Manager for Drytac Canada, Luigi has been an amazing resource for customers, suppliers and fellow Drytac employees, earning the respect of everyone in the industry.

“On behalf of everyone on the Drytac team, I personally want to thank Luigi for his contribution,” Drytac Group chairman Richard Kelley said. “I speak for many when I say it is a true honour to have worked alongside Luigi and I’m grateful for everything he has done for us.”

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SkinzWraps diversifies into profitable new markets thanks to Drytac

Dallas-based SkinzWraps has used a range of products from Drytac to expand outside of its core vehicle graphics market into a number of other sectors.

Dallas-based wrapping expert SkinzWraps has revealed how the use of Drytac films has allowed it to expand business beyond its core vehicle wrapping services into a number of other profitable markets.

Established in 1998, SkinzWraps is regarded as one of the leading vehicle wrap specialists Based in Texas, but services nationwide, marketing itself as a full-service vehicle wrapping company that works with customers across the US. Its traditional customer base spans commercial vehicles and personal car wraps, to fleet vehicles, buses and even boats, but – thanks to Drytac solutions – the company has more recently expanded into new areas.

Picture 1: ReTac Smooth 150 mural.

Since discovering Drytac products in October 2019, SkinzWraps has used the company’s solutions to fulfil a stunning array of printed graphics. The company has built on its extensive wrapping experience and used Drytac products, such as Polar Grip self-adhesive vinyl and the ReTac range of adhesive films, to complete many different projects.

CJ Reichwein, vice president of sales at SkinzWraps, explains: “Our typical work would include the wrapping of commercial and passenger vehicles for advertising or custom colour changes,” Reichwein says. “However, Drytac solutions have enabled us to channel our wrapping expertise into the creation of stunning floor and wall graphics too.”

Picture 2: Polar Grip used to wrap a store front for social media purposes.

Among some of the more recent projects, SkinzWraps printed a vintage Le Mans wall mural on Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 for a private client (see pic 1); as well as a storefront wrapping project for a social media destination in Dallas using Drytac Polar Grip (see pic 2).

Other work has included producing and installing wall graphics for seafood restaurant chain Shell Shack, which has locations across Texas and expanding. With a new venue opening in Florida, SkinzWraps printed and installed graphics on 13 walls around the interior of the building over a period of a day-and-a-half using ReTac Smooth 150 (see pic 3).

Picture 3: ReTac Smooth 150 used for Shell Shack.

In fact, SkinzWraps likes Drytac materials so much that it also used the films to renovate its own front lobby and hallways at its facility in Dallas (see pic 4).

Picture 4: ReTac Smooth 150 used for the lobby of Skinzwraps.

“Thanks to Drytac solutions, our clientele is no longer limited to vehicle owners,” continues CJ. “We now have a wide variety of clients, and we help them fulfil projects from conception to installation.

“Drytac materials are all we use for walls, floors and all speciality flat surface wraps. The Drytac team are always there for me; whenever I need samples or have any queries, I get a response in minutes.”

CJ concludes: “Most importantly, our clients love our work; whether it is promoting a business or personalising a vehicle, we are ready and eager to help!”

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