Drytac adds aluminium Polar Street FX to outdoor floor graphics range

Drytac Polar Street FX is designed for safe, durable outdoor floor graphics applications without lamination. This aluminium product is also 100 percent recyclable.

Drytac has released Polar Street FX, a PVC-free aluminium print media designed for durable floor graphics in outdoor locations without lamination.

The latest addition to Drytac’s already extensive portfolio is in response to significant market demand for floor graphics as a social distancing tool, while reflecting the need for products that are quick to produce, easy to apply and safe for their specific environments.

“There is a huge market for floor graphics, and we expect that to continue for some months,” says Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager, Drytac. “It’s essential for any print businesses offering this application to provide graphics that are safe and durable, however urgent the timeframe.”

Polar Street FX has been especially developed to adhere securely to rough ground surfaces including concrete, brick and asphalt, and any other low-energy surfaces, thanks to its uniquely developed adhesive. Its aluminium composition provides extra durability in high-traffic areas – for up to twelve months – without the need for lamination.

Polar Street FX has achieved several slip ratings and certifications, including DIN 51130:2010 where it achieved a R12 and has passed the ANSI A137.1/A326.3 slip test. This makes it ideal for public areas such as shopping streets.

As a one-part solution, Polar Street FX can be installed straight from the print room, with no heat required for application and no overlaminate product necessary. Eco-friendly disposal is also simple: aluminium-based Polar Street FX is PVC-free, meaning it is 100 percent recyclable.

Polar Street FX is the ideal product for floor graphics applications in high-traffic outdoor locations,” comments Shaun Holdom. “It can be installed quickly and easily, is non-slip and can be recycled, ticking a range of boxes for public graphics projects.”

Drytac Polar Street FX is a 250µ (10 mil) textured printable white matte aluminium film, coated on one side with a clear, high tack adhesive. It is available in widths of up to 1,200mm (48″) and is compatible with all common digital printing technologies including eco-solvent*, solvent*, latex and UV.

*See TDS for more details.

 

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Drytac launches Protac Antimicrobial for extra peace of mind

Drytac has released Protac® Antimicrobial in the UK & Europe, a new laminating film that protects surfaces against bacteria and fungus.

This clear film is composed of a textured polyester with a hard top coat. The antimicrobial additives are incorporated during the manufacturing process to ensure even distribution throughout the top coating. These antimicrobial agents disrupt the microbial cell wall of bacteria and fungus, inhibiting growth up to fifteen years. The film’s chemistry also provides scratch and chemical resistance which allows daily cleaning without loss of effectiveness.

Thanks to its reliable and consistent protection from contaminants including MRSA, streptococcus, E. coli, salmonella and more, Protac Antimicrobial is ideal for use in environments where hygiene is of particular importance, such as hospitals, schools, nurseries, restaurants and cafeterias.

It also provides extra peace of mind for anyone conscious of hygiene on surfaces such as counters, control panels, door plates, switches and equipment, and on signage and POP graphics and displays. Its textured yet clear finish ensures colours are not diminished while providing good resistance to abrasions.

Drytac – a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for markets including large format print and signage – has developed Protac Antimicrobial with a solvent acrylic adhesive for permanent applications and comes with an indoor durability of up to fifteen years.

Protac Antimicrobial is ideal for preventing the growth and spread of bacteria from touch surfaces,” comments Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager for Drytac. “Its applications in environments such as hospitals and health centres are practically limitless, with many more potential sites in retail, education, transport and hospitality. For anyone with concerns about hygiene and contamination, this innovative product can help.”

Drytac Protac Antimicrobial has a thickness of 150μ (6 mil), a width of up to 1200mm and a textured matte finish.

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Drytac announces new PVC-free floor graphic solutions in Europe

Drytac has launched two new PVC-free floor graphic products in Europe to meet the growing demand for non-slip, easy-to-apply solutions in this market.

Drytac Polar® Floor PET 170 is a new print media for indoor floor graphics that meets essential anti-slip requirements without the need for lamination. Part of the popular Polar range, Polar Floor PET 170 PVC-free polyester film has achieved a post-printed anti-slip rating of R10 according to DIN 51130, has been classed as low slip potential by the UK Pendulum Test and is certified to the US ANSI A137.1 slip test. These credentials are crucial for ensuring safety throughout floor graphics campaigns in high-traffic areas.

Drytac has also ensured Polar Floor PET 170 is scuff- and tear-resistant for short-term indoor applications – even able to withstand high-heeled shoes – so printed graphics remain visible and vibrant. The white, ink-receptive film has a textured, matte finish that is perfect for directional notices, retail promotions, POS advertising and decals in place for up to six months.

Polar Floor PET 170 is coated on one side with a clear, pressure-sensitive adhesive which enables installers to apply, reposition and remove graphics easily. This dimensionally stable film has been tested to endure extreme temperatures and is compatible with standard flooring surfaces including ceramic tiles, sealed wood, concrete, waxed vinyl and short pile carpets.

Also new from Drytac is SpotOn® SynTac Floor. One half of a two-part solution with Drytac’s Interlam EcoTex PVC-free overlaminating film, this new product has been developed with the environment in mind. Featuring Drytac’s unique SpotOn dot-pattern adhesive, SpotOn SynTac Floor is easily applied to and removed from smooth floor surfaces including ceramic tiles, sealed wood and concrete. When paired with Interlam EcoTex, this printable matte white, self-adhesive film gives floor graphics a pebble-texture finish.

Like Polar Floor PET 170, the SpotOn SynTac Floor and Interlam EcoTex combination solution is a safe choice for short-term indoor floor graphics. Interlam EcoTex has been tested in accordance with DIN 51130 standards and has been awarded an R10 anti-slip rating to give end users peace of mind.

“Floor graphics play many roles in a wide range of environments but it’s essential they remain safe for public use,” says Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager, Drytac. “Polar Floor PET 170 from Drytac has been designed to be non-slip and scuff-resistant without the need for lamination so users can apply them straightaway, speeding up the process for fast-moving projects.

“Drytac’s SpotOn SynTac Floor and Interlam EcoTex solution provides an environmentally friendly option to ensure users retain their sustainability credentials while creating impactful, safe floor graphics.”

Drytac Polar Floor PET 170 has a thickness of 170μ (6.8 mil) and is available in widths up to 1524mm. SpotOn SynTac Floor and Interlam EcoTex have a combined thickness of 240μ and is available in roll widths of up to 1370mm.

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We’re still open, still innovating and still moving forward.

In the last few days Drytac has shipped huge quantities of
floor graphic materials and slip-rated laminates, most of this to meet
the urgent demand for Covid-19 awareness and safety signage.

We’re also shipping high volumes of WipeErase & Chalkmate
temporary whiteboard and chalkboard materials, as people adapt
their homes into functional offices and even classrooms.

Easy to apply and remove adhesives make all of these products
perfect for in-store and at-home application by your customers.

We’re currently living through strange and unprecedented
circumstances, and here at Drytac we’re doing all that we can to
assist you in keeping the wheels of your business turning.

If we can help you in any way, please get in touch.

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Drytac’s Commitment During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Dear valued partner,
 
As the Coronavirus pandemic escalates, I am writing to share Drytac’s commitment to you, our customers and partners, throughout the world.
 
At Drytac, we are taking seriously the responsibility we have to all our employees, partners, and stakeholders to implement best-practices as advised by the World Health Organization as well as the local and federal governments in the jurisdictions within which we operate. 
 
In light of this, Drytac has implemented a number of initiatives to ensure we continue to supply our customers as safely and prudently as possible under the current circumstances. These include:

  • Wherever possible, Drytac employees have been provided with the appropriate tools so that they can work remotely. Aside from the production and warehouse teams, all Drytac employees are now working from home.
  • Essential production staff are now on staggered shifts to ensure that only the minimum required number of employees is on site at any one time to ensure timely delivery.
  • A comprehensive moratorium on all company-related travel. This travel suspension extends beyond air travel and now includes customer-site visits. Please note that Drytac personnel are available via phone and/or video conference to provide guidance and assistance when required.
  • Drytac’s procurement team has been working very closely with our raw material suppliers across the globe to mitigate any potential raw material delays. This team has been working with our suppliers over the past seven weeks to ensure we have enough material on hand to fulfil demand. We believe that they have effectively accomplished this.

We continue to monitor our operating environment and will keep you abreast of any developments that may impede our ability to supply. Of paramount importance, however, is the health and safety of our employees and the customers they serve.
 
For further information on our evolving contingency plans please reach out to your Drytac contact.
 
On behalf of Drytac, I wish you continued good health and thank you for placing your trust in us.

Hayden Kelley
CEO

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Drytac Europe achieves ISO certifications for quality and environment

Drytac Europe has achieved two significant ISO certification standards, demonstrating its commitment to quality and environmental management.

Drytac is a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, with its print media, protective films and bonding tapes delivering outstanding results for customers all over the world.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has recognised Drytac Europe with certifications for both ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015. The first, ISO 9001:2015, sets out the criteria for a quality management system based on principles including a strong focus on customers and a dedication to constant improvement, ensuring Drytac provides the best quality products and service.

The second, ISO 14001:2015, sets out a framework for an effective environmental management system. This certificate assures Drytac’s customers that the manufacturer is committed to measuring and improving its environmental impact across its European operations.

Douglas Jackson, Operations Director for Drytac, comments: “We’re delighted to announce Drytac Europe is certified for these two important ISO standards. They give our valued customers even more assurance that Drytac’s products and services are the highest quality and that we are making continual improvements to our ecological impact as well.”

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Drytac announces carbon-neutral booth and hall-wide graphics at FESPA 2020 [POSTPONED]

Drytac will again provide all of the official show graphics for the forthcoming FESPA Global Print Show in Madrid, Spain. In addition, Drytac has announced its booth (5-C15) will be certified carbon neutral and packed with new products.

Following Drytac’s partnership with FESPA in 2019, which saw its media used across the Messe Munich, this year’s show will feature wall, window, floor and other graphics products installed across the IFEMA Exhibition Centre’s extensive show space from March 24th to 27th 2020.

Visitors will arrive at FESPA 2020 to be greeted by sign-in kiosks wrapped with Drytac ReTac Smooth 150, then guided across the exhibition via floor graphics printed on Drytac SpotOn Floor 200, a non-slip PVC film designed for high-impact, short-term indoor floor graphics without the need for lamination. Drytac ViziPrint Impress Clear film will be used for stunning, vibrantly coloured window graphics as visitors enter the IFEMA’s halls. The FESPA VIP lounge bar and walls across the exhibition space will be customised using Drytac ReTac Textures, while a selection of new wallcoverings will be used for creative interior design in the Printeriors zone. All other FESPA Global Print Show signage will be printed on Drytac media.

The Drytac booth itself, designed with stand construction partner Driscoll Brothers, has been certified carbon neutral thanks to a carbon offset programme that supports ecological projects across the world. These include reforestation initiatives that benefit people and the planet.

As well as more applications using the Drytac media across the exhibition space, Drytac will be launching several products and debuting brand-new ranges at FESPA 2020; more details will be released soon. Visitors will also be able to see and feel ReTac Textures, Polar Chrome, Protac Anti-Scratch Gloss, ViziPrint Illuminate and ViziPrint Deco SR – all winners in the SGIA 2019 Product of the Year competition. Even more products will be shown as part of graphics workflows on the stands of Drytac partners Roland DG (7-C60), Mimaki (7-C20), Epson (3-B20) and HP (5-C10).

“We’re delighted to once again partner with FESPA to supply all the official graphics across the show floor,” comments Hayden Kelley, CEO of Drytac. “Visitors to Madrid will get a real taste of Drytac’s award-winning products and their application versatility.

“Drytac is also very proud to announce that our stand at the show will be certified carbon neutral, demonstrating our sustainability commitment going forward.”

More information on Drytac’s product launches and plans for the FESPA Global Print Show will be released soon. Attendees can keep up to date via Drytac’s social media platforms and meet the team at the booth (5-C15). For more information on Drytac’s products and services, please visit www.drytac.com.

POSTPONED: For further details on FESPA Global Print Expo 2020 or to register for free, please click here!

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Drytac opens new office and warehouses to provide even better service

Drytac – a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets – will open new locations in the USA, helping more customers achieve stunning results with Drytac products.

A new office will open at the end of February in Richmond, Virginia, staffed by Drytac’s knowledgeable customer service and technical team.

Two new warehouses will open in Northern New Jersey and Atlanta, Georgia, providing additional space for Drytac’s extensive product range. This expansion will increase delivery speeds to customers across the USA.

Wayne Colbath, Vice President at Drytac, comments: “Our new office and expanded network of warehouses will better suit our customers, as they will have faster access to our full range of wide format print media, mounting and protective films. Rapid project turnaround is essential in many markets served by Drytac and expanding our geographical reach will help our customers achieve this.”

The new Richmond, VA office is located at 5401-B Eubank Road, Sandston, VA 23150.

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Drytac to educate and inspire with new video series

 Drytac has released a series of videos giving an insight into how it utilises its unique adhesive science to develop market-leading print media, protective films and bonding tapes – and how graphics professionals can use them to achieve outstanding results.

A new short film introduces Drytac and its history spanning over four decades, giving a glimpse at how Drytac’s manufacturing facilities in the UK and North America develop products used across numerous industries. The behind-the-scenes video – narrated by Drytac CEO Hayden Kelley – also looks at how the brand considers the full life cycle of its products from the start of each application to the end.

Alongside the introductory film is a series of application highlight videos that show how Drytac’s self-adhesive graphics products can be used to achieve exceptional results. As a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, Drytac has decades of experience in the successful installation of graphics applications. Each highlight video – all under 30 seconds long – informs and inspires viewers to complete their own stunning projects.

An additional film focuses on the Drytac Academy in Bristol, which provides an extensive curriculum of training courses for display graphics professionals. The Academy is packed with the most popular wide-format printing technology from the industry’s biggest brands, to offer a comprehensive educational space reflecting real-world workflows.

All of the videos are available on Drytac’s YouTube channel and on a new page on Drytac.com, while individual product pages – for example SpotOn White – have also been updated with the relevant application highlight video.

“We’re delighted to release these films giving our customers an insight into the Drytac Academy and Drytac as a company,” says Amanda Brown, Global Marketing Manager at Drytac. “We’re especially excited to provide application highlights for our products, which we hope will help our users achieve fantastic results. For over 40 years we have collaborated with our customers to develop application-specific products and to support them in their application. The new video series is the next step in this support.”

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Drytac appoints Shann as exclusive distribution partner for Australia

Photo shows – L to R – Jack Matherson, National Product Manager, Shann DPM; Steve Broad, European and Asian Sales Director at Drytac; and Martin O’Shannassy, Managing Director of The Shann Group.

 Drytac has appointed Shann DPM as the exclusive Australian distributor for its extensive range of wide format print media, mounting and protective films.

Shann DPM is a division of The Shann Group, an established Australian company with over 60 years’ experience serving trade customers across an incredibly diverse range of industries. The Shann Group currently has more than 15,000sqm of warehouse space and a team of over 30 experienced sales representatives on the road.

For Drytac – a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets – this strong infrastructure was integral to its decision to partner with Shann for an exclusive national distributorship.

“We are looking forward to partnering the Shann DPM group and introducing Drytac’s wide range of unique products such as SpotOn, ReTac and ViziPrint to the Australian market,” comments Steve Broad, European and Asian Sales Director, Drytac.

“Shann DPM will also have access to the fantastic Polar range and to Drytac’s selection of matching laminating films, which offer high UV protection with inhibitors in the film and adhesives. These are ideally suited to the protection of print media and inks in the diverse range of climates across Australia.”

Amanda Brown, Global Marketing Manager for Drytac, adds: “We’re excited to see the work achieved by our new customers in Australia following the appointment of Shann. The combination of Drytac’s extensive range of professional media and the amazing levels of creativity demonstrated across the country are sure to result in some stunning applications.”

Shann DPM will be distributing Drytac products from its offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane. Contact details are below:

Melbourne
1/73 Gower St
Preston, Victoria, 3072

Sydney
11 Marieanne Place
Minchinbury, NSW, 2770 

Adelaide
14-20 Conmurra Ave
Edwardstown, SA, 5039
(Contact for VIC/NSW/SA: Jack Matherson 0434 319 796)

Brisbane
1/223-225 Ewing Rd
Woodridge, QLD, 4127
(Contact for QLD: Jamie Lockhart, 0418 720 747)

Perth
24 Collingwood St
Osborne Park, WA, 6017
(Contact for WA: Russell Denby-Horwell, 0418 535 122)

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