Drytac boosts market leading ViziPrint portfolio with ViziPrint Deco +

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Drytac ViziPrint Deco + features a special ink-receptive topcoat for greater adhesion of inks; now certified for use on HP Latex 300/500/700/800 Printer Series running HP Latex Inks.

Drytac, a leading manufacturer of adhesive-coated products, has expanded its high-quality portfolio of printable media solutions with the launch of ViziPrint Deco +, a 50µ (2 mil) optically clear gloss PET film with a permanent acrylic adhesive.

Designed to adhere to virtually any smooth flat or curved surface, including glass, plastic and metal, ViziPrint Deco + scratch resistant window film is ideal for high end architectural and building requirements and custom decorating applications. It has also been designed for the creation of stunning graphics and window decals with vibrantly rich colours for retail storefronts and POP or backlit displays.

Replacing the existing ViziPrint Deco SR product, ViziPrint Deco +  has been upgraded to be compatible with a wider range of printers and offers users greater flexibility when producing work for a host of markets. The film has been certified for use with HP Latex 300, HP Latex 500, HP Latex 700 and HP Latex 800 Series Printers running HP Latex Ink – including white ink – and is also compatible with other resin inks from the likes of Ricoh and Epson.

The release liner has also been changed from clear to opaque, enabling the media to be registered on a wider range of devices.  

Professionally applied, the printable film delivers stunning crystal-clear graphics. ViziPrint Deco + is very durable and has been designed to remain in place for up to seven years, making it ideal for long-term indoor and/or outdoor window and building graphics.

On the introduction of the product, Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, comments: “ViziPrint Deco + is a very versatile product that can be used for many applications. It is particularly suitable for creating powerful long-term image displays and window decals within a building space – for example, in conference and meeting rooms with glass walls, which require more privacy – and can also be used to create stunning graphics and window decals for retail storefronts and POP or backlit displays.”

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Drytac announces global availability of Polar Premium Clear print media and Weathershield overlamination films

Drytac announces global availability of Polar Premium Clear print media and Weathershield overlamination films
Drytac announces global availability of Polar Premium Clear print media and Weathershield overlamination films

7-year durable Drytac Polar Premium Clear and Drytac Weathershield are now available in markets around the world.

Drytac, a manufacturer of quality adhesive-coated products, has announced the global availability of its 7-year durable Polar Premium Clear permanent polymeric PVC ink-jet media and 7-year durable Weathershield  polymeric PVC overlaminating films.

These popular and proven solutions have been available in Europe for a number of years, and now – in order to meet customer demand – Drytac is bringing these flagship products to the wider global audience, including the North American market.

Drytac Polar Premium Clear

Drytac Polar Premium Clear is a versatile 3.2 mil (80 micron) phthalate-free printable polymeric solvent self-adhesive PVC film with a high quality, clear adhesive for optimum performance on a wide variety of substrates.

The printable film – compatible with Solvent, Eco-Solvent, UV and Latex technologies – is ideal for both long-term indoor and outdoor applications such as general signage, window graphics, exhibition and event graphics, and POS displays. It can also be used for applying vehicle graphics onto flat or slightly curved surfaces.

Developed with more durable plasticisers than less expensive monomeric PVC films, it offers significantly improved durability and weatherability. The clear permanent adhesive provides a stable long-term solution that can be removed after many years without leaving any residue.

Drytac Weathershield

Drytac Weathershield UV overlaminates are 3.2 mil (80 micron) clear polymeric gloss or matte PVC laminating films that can be used across a whole host of applications including general signage, window graphics, exhibition and event graphics, and POS displays.

Also offering excellent levels of versatility with its polymeric qualities, Weathershield can be matched with any Drytac polymeric PVC film – including Polar Premium Clear – to increase the durability and weatherability of graphics.

Weathershield has minimal shrinkage and odour due to plasticiser migration resistance and is recommended for outdoor signage or high-end indoor graphic applications where the highest UV protection is needed. The vinyl has UV stabilisers in the face film, plus the adhesive also has UV protection ensuring the solutions provides the very best protection for vibrant coloured inks and media stability.

With an outdoor durability of 7 years, Weathershield boasts several fire ratings, making it ideal to use in public spaces.

On the availability of the films, Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, comments: “We’re delighted to be able to offer these adhesive science solutions to the wider global marketplace and provide a matched solution with extended durability to the industry.”

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Drytac appoints Don Valenzuela as USA West Coast Territory Sales Manager.

New hire to build and support Drytac dealer network and bring on new strategic partners within the West Coast region.

Drytac has announced the appointment of Don Valenzuela to its US Sales Team as Regional Manager for the West Coast Territory, covering Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. In this role, he will be responsible for building and supporting the Drytac dealer network and bringing on new strategic partners within the region.

With more than 20 years of experience in sales of products and services in the large-format print industry including specialty equipment and materials, Don is ideally suited to his new role. Residing just outside Sacramento, CA, he is skilled in identifying, strategizing, and ensuring prospects and clients become a loyal client base.

On his appointment, Don Valenzuela comments: “I’m delighted to join Drytac to build and support the current and future distribution network for its innovative adhesive science solutions. I very much look forward to developing Drytac’s business activities in the West Coast region.

Jerry Hill, Drytac’s VP of Sales – USA, adds: “Don has an extensive background in print and a love for everything wide format – and has built a reputation as a proven performer within the industry. He is relationship driven and has a strong track record of expanding new areas of business; we’re delighted to welcome him to the team.”

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Drytac bolsters Canadian team with two new appointments.

Glen Fitzgerald (L) is appointed to the role of Technical Sales Manager for Industrial Products while Michael Morano (R) joins team as North American Sales Support Specialist.

Drytac has announced the appointment of Michael Morano as North American Sales Support Specialist, providing support to the region’s sales and customer service teams. In his new role, effective September 7th 2021, he will also coordinate initiatives between the North American sales and production teams.

Michael joins Drytac with more than 15 years of field sales experience. Based out of Drytac’s manufacturing and distribution plant in Brampton Ontario, he will bring his wealth of application and sales expertise to support Drytac’s growth within the North American region.

Meanwhile, Drytac also announces that Glen Fitzgerald will join the Canada team – effective September 13th 2021 – in the role of Technical Sales Manager for Industrial Products.  In this role he will be responsible increasing Drytac’s custom and contract adhesive coating business in the packaging, construction, medical, automotive, label, and industrial markets throughout North America.

Glen brings to Drytac 26 years of technical management experience in the adhesive/tape markets. Also based out of Brampton, he is bilingual, has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a graduate from the Schulich School of Business.

On the new appointments, Paul Vanderweide, Drytac’s Vice President of Operations, comments: “Michael will act as a key liaison between the sales team and production facility to help support the growth of our business activities in the region. Meanwhile, Glen will be instrumental in developing the custom coating side of the business across North America.”

“We’re delighted that they have both chosen to join the Drytac adhesive science sales team.”

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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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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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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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Drytac announces UK/Europe launch of Polar Choice monomeric PVC film range

Drytac Polar Choice
Drytac Polar Choice

The new Drytac Polar Choice range includes six films: Polar Choice White (Gloss PB, Gloss P, Matte RB), Polar Choice Clear (Gloss P, Gloss R) and Polar Choice Air White

Drytac, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large-format print and signage markets, has announced the UK/Europe launch of its new Polar Choice range of monomeric PVC films.

The collection includes six products: Polar Choice White Gloss PB (permanent grey adhesive), Gloss P (permanent clear adhesive) and Matte RB (removable grey adhesive); Polar Choice Clear in Gloss P (permanent clear adhesive) and Gloss R (removable clear adhesive); and Polar Choice Air White Gloss PB (permanent grey adhesive).

All of the new films are durable outdoors for up to three years and also suitable for indoor use, offering a high level of reliability and flexibility to users, and have the Class C-s1, d0 (EN 13501-1) fire rating.

The new Polar Choice products are ideal solutions for signage and general advertising applications such as windows, POP displays, stickers and decals, and can be printed using latex, UV or eco-solvent technology.

On the new introductions, Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, comments: “We’re delighted to announce this new range of monomeric PVC films, which includes matte, gloss and clear finishes and permanent or removable solvent adhesive options. It has been designed to provide high quality performance for shorter term applications.

“For high volume users, the range has been engineered to offer printability on all platforms and provides stability for print and cut applications. The films also have a two-sided PE release liner for extra lay flat performance.”

Polar Choice White is an 80μ film available in a gloss or matte white finish. The film is coated on one side with a permanent or removable pressure-sensitive clear or grey solvent acrylic adhesive.

Polar Choice White comes in three options – Gloss PB, Gloss P or Matte RB. Gloss PB features a permanent grey acrylic adhesive, while Gloss P has a permanent clear acrylic adhesive, and Matte RB a removable grey acrylic adhesive.

Meanwhile, Polar Choice Clear is available as a glossy clear film with a permanent or removable adhesive. The 80μ Gloss P option features a permanent clear acrylic adhesive, while the 70μ Gloss R film has a removable clear acrylic adhesive.

Polar Choice Air White is an 80μ gloss white film with a permanent grey adhesive. Using Drytac’s bubble-free technology, Polar Choice Air White Gloss PB is the ideal choice for easy-to-apply, bubble-free, printed graphics.

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Drytac announces North American roll out of Polar Dynamic Sand for eye-catching, scuff-resistant graphics applications

The new Polar Dynamic Sand scuff-resistant monomeric film has been designed for short-term graphics such as posters, retail displays and exhibition graphics. 

Drytac has announced the North American launch of Polar Dynamic Sand, a new scuff-resistant monomeric PVC film designed for short-term, eye-catching graphics applications.

Available across the USA and Canada, Polar Dynamic Sand is suitable for use both indoors and outdoors, and features a removable, non-damaging adhesive that makes it ideal for wide range of general signage applications and textured graphics, including posters, retail displays and exhibition graphics.

Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, comments: “Polar Dynamic Sand has been designed as a ‘print-and-go’ solution for decals, signage and other graphics applications where durability is required, without the need for lamination.

“The textured surface offers scuff-resistance for a wide range of surfaces and ensures high performance for short term applications, both indoors and out.”

Printable on eco-solvent, latex and UV printers, Polar Dynamic Sand is 7 mil (175μ) thick. Its textured scuff-resistant surface eliminates the need to laminate, saving users time and money when producing printed applications. Its two-year lifespan for exterior applications offers significant flexibility to users as well.

The printable, matte white PVC film features a removable, solvent pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive protected by a two-side PE coated release liner, and is available in widths of up to 60 in (1,524mm).

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Drytac appoints Imageco as first Health Science partner in the UK for Protac AMP

Long-standing NHS partner Imageco to supply and install Drytac Protac AMP antimicrobial film across a wide range of medical and health-related applications.

Drytac has appointed Leeds-based Imageco as the first Drytac Health Science partner in the UK, supplying and installing Drytac Protac AMP antimicrobial film for multiple applications across a wide-range of sectors, including hospitals and healthcare clinics, retail, education and more.

Imageco provides design, print, finishing and installation services to customers across the UK, counting wide-format print, signage, point-of-sale, wall coverings and events and exhibitions among its service offering. The company also has a long-standing relationship with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), and has supported it with multiple signage and display projects over the years.

On the new partnership with Drytac, Scott Buckler, Head of Sustainable Business Development at Imageco, explains: “When Drytac introduced us to Protac AMP we intuitively knew it was a must for any building, surface or area that serves the public.  We are amid the biggest global pandemic we have ever lived through, and hygiene must be a priority. Infection prevention has never been so critical.”

In terms of applications, Buckler explains: “We firstly want to start with the most obvious places: hospitals. From the Reception to the ICU, surface areas need to have the highest hygiene standards, and – given the antimicrobial qualities within Protac AMP – we are guaranteeing our customers the safest possible product. Applications such as doors, handles and signage will be the main aim initially, but we know we can use the film for many other surfaces.”

Launched in September last year, Drytac Protac AMP with Microban® antimicrobial technology has been designed to help protect surfaces from microbes. On an unprotected surface, stain and odour-causing bacteria can double in number every 20 minutes. Protac AMP works continuously to keep it cleaner for longer. The 150μ (6 mil) self-adhesive polyester film incorporates Microban technology at the manufacturing stage, which becomes part of the material’s intrinsic physical structure at a molecular level and will not wash away, even after cleaning.

On signing up Imageco as the UK’s first Drytac Health Science partner, Drytac’s Global Product Manager, Shaun Holdom, adds: “Imageco’s long-standing relationship with the NHS in the UK makes them the perfect fit for Protac AMP. It is the perfect solution for protecting doors, keypads, counters, tables and any other flat surfaces in healthcare and medical environments.

“Microban reservoirs in the film disrupt the microbes’ cell walls, preventing their growth, and as a result, the film provides protection 24 hours a day for up to 15 years. Additionally, each batch of Protac AMP is tested for antimicrobial performance providing the utmost confidence and peace of mind for any application.”

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