Drytac ReTac shines brighter with gloss finish

Drytac has increased its ReTac range with a new gloss finish on ReTac Smooth 75 and ReTac Smooth 150, giving users a high-shine alternative to the established Matte product.

ReTac Smooth 150 Gloss (150μ/6 mil thick) and ReTac Smooth 75 Gloss (75μ/3 mil) are printable phthalate-free polymeric PVC films that are coated on one side with Drytac’s innovative ReTac ultra-removable adhesive. The composition of this adhesive allows exceptionally easy installation and repositioning on smooth flat surfaces, with clean, residue-free removal after use.

This makes ReTac Smooth ideal for interior wall graphic applications such as murals and interior décor, decals and stickers, and point-of-sale displays. It is recommended for curved, textured or angled surfaces where conformability is a priority, with the new Gloss finish giving an extra eye-catching dimension to these graphics.

Drytac – a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets – has ensured that ReTac Smooth films have achieved several fire ratings, meaning they are suitable for installation in public areas that require compliance with strict fire regulations. This includes airports, hotels and hospitals.

“ReTac Smooth is a great product for a range of both interior and exterior display graphics applications, thanks to its dimensional stability, fire safety certification and ease of installation,” comments Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager for Drytac. “The addition of a gloss finish to the range gives our customers even more choice when creating incredible wall graphics, murals, decals and more.”

Both ReTac Smooth 150 and ReTac Smooth 75 are certified for HP Latex inks and are also compatible with UV, solvent and eco-solvent printing technologies. They are available in roll widths of up to 1,370mm (54″) and offer interior and exterior durability of up to five years.

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New Drytac ReTac Textures Woodgrain finish gives depth and texture

Drytac®, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, has announced that a stunning new award-winning ReTac® Textures finish is now available globally.

New ReTac® Textures Woodgrain has been designed to add depth and texture to static, flat graphics, giving them incredible visual appeal. The embossed woodgrain-effect finish really makes images stand out, making it perfect for eye-catching interior promotions, wall graphics, custom wall murals, interior décor, retail displays, trade show graphics and signage. It is also an ideal material for textured labels, decals and stickers.

Like the other products in the popular ReTac range, ReTac® Textures Woodgrain features the innovative ReTac ultra removable and repositionable adhesive, making it easy to apply and reposition multiple times without leaving residue behind or reducing its adhesion. It’s also simple and clean to remove without damaging the surface. ReTac® Textures Woodgrain is also fire-rated making it ideal for public spaces.

ReTac® Textures Woodgrain is a 6 mil (150-micron) phthalate-free polymeric PVC film with an embossed wood textured matte finish. Available in widths up to 54 inches (1370mm), this white printable media is compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, latex and UV printing technologies and offers five years’ interior and exterior durability and two years’ removability outdoors.

“Drytac is delighted to add the new Woodgrain finish to the ReTac Textures range globally,” says Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac. “It’s embossed-effect surface adds a richness and depth to images, making it perfect for graphics displayed on flat surfaces like walls and exhibition boards.

“Every product in the ReTac range is designed for ease of use so we expect to see some exciting applications for it across the globe.”

 

 

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Drytac’s Wayne Colbath appointed to SGIA Graphics Production Committee

Drytac’s Vice President of Sales for the USA, Wayne Colbath, has been appointed to the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Graphics Production Committee. Commencing on October 1, 2019, Wayne’s year-long tenure on the committee will officially kick off at PRINTING United 2019 which takes place October 23rd to 25th in Dallas, Texas.

Volunteer leaders from across the industry are a vital part of SGIA. Committees and advisory councils provide insight on a range of initiatives and community-building activities, serve as a source for energy and new ideas, and provide perspectives representative of the industry. Volunteer leaders are relied upon for their industry experience and knowledge, as well as their desire to contribute to the success of others, the printing industry, and SGIA.

On Wayne’s appointment, Hayden Kelley, CEO of Drytac, comments: “We’d like to congratulate Wayne; he has consistently proved to be an excellent ambassador for Drytac and his appointment to the SGIA Committee proves how well respected he is within the entire industry.”

Drytac will be showcasing its award-winning adhesive materials on booth 6224 at PRINTING United 2019. The Drytac team – including Wayne Colbath – will be on hand to share their wealth of knowledge and experience about Drytac’s products throughout the show.

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Drytac appoints Gilbert Espinosa as West Coast Territory Manager

Drytac® is excited to announce the appointment of Gilbert Espinosa to the position of West Coast Territory Manager in the USA.

Gilbert joins Drytac – a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets – with over 26 years’ experience in the sign and graphic industry. Based in Drytac’s California office in Sante Fe Springs, Gilbert will be responsible for Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii and Nevada. He will be tasked with building upon existing accounts and acquiring new business accounts throughout his territory.

“We’re excited to welcome Gilbert Espinosa to the Drytac team,” comments Wayne Colbath, Vice President of Sales, Drytac. “Being bilingual in English and Spanish combined with his two decades of experience managing various sized accounts make Gilbert a great addition to Drytac in the USA.”

Gilbert will be joining Drytac at PRINTING United. Please stop by booth 6224 to meet him and other experts from the Drytac team.

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Award-winning Drytac to create immersive experience at PRINTING United

PRINTING United 2019 will feature an immersive experience for visitors, packed with applications using Drytac® products – while experts from the self-adhesive materials brand will also present an unmissable educational session.

PRINTING United is the new trade show from the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), taking place in Dallas, TX from October 23rd to 25th 2019. A major draw for visitors will be The Experience Zone, an inspirational and immersive showcase of printing applications and their potential environments – such as packaging, retail signage and hospitality graphics. Drytac floor graphics media will cover the entirety of the floor in The Experience Zone.

Drytac materials will also be on show at the brand’s freshly designed booth (6224), including the five products to have won awards at the SGIA 2019 Product of the Year competition. A panel of judges representing the printing industry declared Protac™ Anti-Scratch Gloss 10 mil, Polar® Chrome, ReTac® Textures, ViziPrint® Illuminate and ViziPrint® Deco SR to be the best in their categories in this prestigious annual contest. An awards ceremony will be held before PRINTING United, on October 22nd. The Drytac team will be on hand to share their wealth of knowledge and experience about these award-winning products – and the whole Drytac range – throughout the show.

In addition, Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, and Dennis Leblanc, Eastern and Central Canadian Territory Manager, will be presenting an educational session on Adhesives for Retail Graphics on the first day of PRINTING United. The presentation will be packed with practical information on the diverse types of adhesives available, the products best suited to specific applications, and how installation costs should be a key part of any retail visual graphics project. Adhesives for Retail Graphics is scheduled for Wednesday October 23rd at 11am (Room C140).

Drytac is partnering with several print technology manufacturers and distributors who are also exhibiting at PRINTING United, allowing visitors to see Drytac products in use across the show floor. This will demonstrate the compatibility of Drytac ranges – including ViziPrintSpotOnReTac and Polar – with a variety of different printing technologies and applications. Regular updates will be posted on Drytac’s social media platforms prior to and during PRINTING United.

PRINTING United will take place in Dallas, TX, USA from October 23rd to 25th 2019, with Drytac participating on Booth 6224. For more details and to register for the show, please visit www.printingunited.com.

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Drytac picks up an incredible five awards at SGIA 2019 Product of the Year competition

Drytac® has been recognized for its adhesive material innovations in an incredible five categories at the SGIA 2019 Product of the Year competition – exceeding last year’s win of two awards.

The awards have been announced ahead of PRINTING United, the newest event from the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) stable. Taking place in Dallas, TX from October 23rd to 25th 2019, the show covers the gamut of printing technologies and will feature Drytac at Booth 6224. An awards ceremony will be held ahead of the show, on October 22nd.

Drytac came top in the Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings category for its Protac™ Anti-Scratch Gloss 10 mil (250μ), a clear PET laminating film with a scratch-resistant hard coat and high-gloss finish, which is coated on one side with Drytac’s clear-as-glass pressure-sensitive adhesive. It is also available in a 4 mil (100μ) version.

In the Media – Adhesive Back (Not Vinyl) group, Drytac received the SGIA nod for its exceptional Polar® Chrome product, a silver satin reflective PET film designed for eye-catching indoor and short-term outdoor displays and signage. It is also ideal for ultra-reflective and durable labels and stickers – as proven by an epic cross-country motorcycle trip undertaken by Drytac’s Jerry Hill earlier this year.

Drytac ReTac® Textures picked up the SGIA trophy for Media – Adhesive Back Vinyl, in recognition of its ability to add depth and visual appeal to flat images thanks to its embossed textured finish, with ReTac ultra-removable adhesive backing for easy removal and repositioning – making it the perfect option for high-impact wall graphics.

ViziPrint® Illuminate, a translucent matte PET film designed specifically by Drytac for incredible window graphics and decals, won the Media – Films prize, while SGIA honouredViziPrint® Deco SR in the Media – Non-PVC category. Like Illuminate, this window film has been developed for stunning graphics on glass and other smooth surfaces, with extra staying power.

The SGIA 2019 Product of the Year awards were decided by a panel of judges representing the whole printing industry, who evaluated over 200 entries in 72 categories.

Ray Weiss, Director of Digital Print Programs, SGIA, comments: “One of the things I like best about our competition is that it is juried, and judges are basing their decisions on objective criteria. And with outstanding entries like Drytac’s products, they had their work cut out for them.

“The Product of the Year competition represents the best of the best among commercial hardware, software, consumables, and industrial and screen equipment. Congratulations to all the winners.”

Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, says: “In 2018 we were recognized in two categories in the SGIA Product of the Year competition, so to have won five in 2019 is fantastic. These five awards are testament to the market-leading innovation of the whole Drytac team, who consistently look to the market and its changing needs to develop exciting new products.”

He adds: “We’re looking forward to demonstrating all five of these award-winning products – and many more – at the new PRINTING United show in October.”

PRINTING United will take place in Dallas, USA from October 23rd to 25th 2019. Drytac will exhibit at Booth 6224. For more details, please visit www.printingunited.com. For further information on Drytac’s products and services, please visit www.drytac.com.

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Drytac teams up with famous names and faces at The Print Show

Bristol, UK, August 27, 2019: Drytac® products will be showcased across The Print Show this autumn, with technology partners and even some celebrity guests demonstrating the leading manufacturer’s adhesive-coated products.

Taking place from September 17th to 19th 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham, The Print Show will feature the latest printing technology from global brands, many using Drytac media. On the Fujifilm stand (E40), visitors will have the opportunity to meet explorer and writer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, champion boxer Chris Eubank, and Masterchef presenter and cookery writer Gregg Wallace, during book-signing sessions in a booth decorated using Drytac ReTac Textures material. This embossed film adds depth and visual appeal to flat surfaces such as walls and exhibition stands, and will be changed every day of The Print Show to reflect the celebrity guest.

Designs were provided by students from Birmingham City University.

The Epson booth (B10) will also get a Drytac makeover each day, with Drytac Academy Manager Gareth Newman changing the graphics live on the theme of spring, summer, autumn and winter. This dedicated Drytac area of the Epson stand will showcase ReTac, SpotOn, ViziPrint and SpotOn Floor, while a feature wall will be decorated with ReTac Textures and each of the Epson printers on display will be running Drytac materials.

Over on the Hybrid stand (E10), the team will be running Drytac ViziPrint window graphics film and the new super-reflective Drytac Polar Chrome on Mimaki UCJV UV printer/cutter systems, while the stand itself will act as a showcase for graphics printed on Drytac SpotOn and ReTac. The Print Show visitors will also be able to see Drytac ranges in situ on Soyang’s booth (P126), which will introduce its new recycling scheme using 18 panels printed using a range of Drytac products on different printing systems.

For anyone not at The Print Show in September, Drytac will have a film crew on site to capture all the action.

Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac Europe, comments: “At this year’s Print Show there will be a huge number of Drytac ranges and products on display, making it easy for visitors to see their compatibility with many applications, printing technologies and hardware, and to get information and advice from both the Drytac team and representatives from innovative brands.

“By changing the graphics each day at the Epson and Fujifilm stands we’ll also be demonstrating just how simple it is to apply and remove Drytac media, to create even very short-term, eye-catching displays.”

For more information on Polar Chrome and Drytac, please visit www.drytac.com. For further details on The Print Show, please visit www.theprintshow.co.uk.

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Drytac adds thousands of ICC profiles to revamped website

Drytac® has created thousands of ICC profiles based on popular printer models, inks, RIPs and Drytac media to enable its customers worldwide to take advantage of quick, high-quality plug and print capabilities.

The vast number of profiles have been added to the recently revamped Drytac.com website. As a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, the new Drytac website brings together a wealth of information about its products to help customers choose the perfect media for their project.

Over 1,800 profiles have been created for Drytac by the Mimaki Colour Engineering team at the printer manufacturer’s headquarters in Japan. These profiles are for all Drytac’s products that are compatible with Mimaki wide-format printers up to 1.6m, including print-and-cut, eco-solvent and UV technologies. The profile selection also covers all the ink configurations available, such as SS2, ES3 eco-solvent inks and LUS 170, LUS 175 and LUS 200 series UV-LED inks, and all ink sets-up including CMYKCMYK, CMYKLcLm, and special colours. In addition, there are profiles for both white and clear inks for all Mimaki UV machines for multi-layer printing. This adds up to the most comprehensive range of profiles for any materials manufacturer on the market.

The Drytac profile collection also comprises nearly 30 HP Latex certifications, profiles and machine settings on the PrintOS portal, which includes profiles for the new R Series printer; a wide range from the Roland Profile Centre, which includes all ECO-SOL MAX ink types for VersaCAMM and TrueVIS systems, including the latest models; profiles for OKI ColorPainter; and profiles for Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 II, for both the Caldera and ColorGATE RIP platforms.

Drytac is also supported by Epson Europe and Japan, resulting in a constantly expanding range of colour profiles and settings on the Epson Connect cloud service. A complete range of profiles for the new Ricoh Latex Pro devices, in particular combining Drytac’s clear products and Ricoh’s new white latex ink technology, is coming soon. Furthermore, Drytac is working with Caldera, ColorGate, Onyx and providers of local RIPs included with devices, such as Roland Versaworks and Mimaki Rasterlink.

“Through working in tandem with printer and software manufacturers, we have made literally thousands of profiles accessible via our website,” Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, comments. “The selection is being constantly updated with more and more colour profiles for all kinds of devices and applications.”

“Additionally, at Drytac we have the in-house capability to provide custom profiles as required for our customers on any of our products, to maximise the colour output of their devices.”

To access the ICC profile library and for more information on Drytac’s products and services, please visit www.drytac.com/profiles.

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Shine bright with Drytac Polar Chrome

Drytac® has announced the global availability of Polar® Chrome, an innovative reflective film perfect for the creation of eye-catching graphics in a range of environments.

Drytac – a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets – has added Polar Chrome to its popular Polar range to give even more options to print professionals, advertising bureau and retailers who want to make an impact with their displays.

Polar Chrome is a 75 micron (3 mil) reflective satin silver PET film that catches the light for a stunning finish. Thanks to its compatibility with eco-solvent, solvent, latex and UV printing technology and availability in rolls up to 60″ wide, it is ideal for a wide variety of applications such as billboards, exhibition graphics, POS displays and public transport advertisements.

Its three-year indoor and two-year outdoor durability makes it perfect for interior signage and high-impact outdoor signs, with a two-year warranty providing extra reassurance. Furthermore, Polar Chrome is a great choice for the production of ultra-reflective labels.

Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, comments: “We’re delighted to launch Polar Chrome, a new product perfect for the production of truly engaging displays and signage. This bold reflective film has already been used to create incredible effects by our network of trusted distribution partners, especially when teamed with clear UV ink to create textures with depth and special effect finishes. We’re looking forward to seeing our customers’ incredible designs using Polar Chrome.”

Drytac’s popular Polar range also includes Polar Burst, a satin reflective PVC film perfect for window graphics and Polar Grip vinyl, designed for rough surfaces and permanent printed signs even in extreme weather conditions.

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Popular Drytac products achieve fire-safety certifications

A number of Drytac®‘s most popular products have achieved a crucial fire safety certification, giving suppliers and end-users extra peace of mind for their display projects.

CAN/ULC-S102 is a surface burning characteristics test that is recognized in Canada, and an accreditation that will give Drytac’s customers around the world extra reassurance. It also boosts Drytac’s position as a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets.

Passing the test with flying colours are Drytac’s ReTac Textures products, embossed films that add depth and a tactile quality to wall murals, exhibition graphics, labels and more; and ReTac Smooth 75 and ReTac Smooth 150, printable polymeric PVC films designed for easily repositionable and removable wall displays. The Drytac ReTac Smooth products have several additional fire safety ratings that comply with strict fire regulations in public spaces.

Drytac Polar Grip and Polar Premium (North America) products have also passed the CAN/ULC-S102 assessment. Polar Grip is a polymeric self-adhesive PVC film for digitally printed signs or graphics with outdoor longevity of up to five years, even in harsh weather conditions. Polar Premium, similarly, is a range of easy-to-apply display materials that provide durability and versatility. Polar Premium printable self-adhesive vinyl, for instance, can be used for numerous applications including general signage, point-of-sale display, window, floor and vehicle graphics, and is available with either a permanent or removable adhesive.

Drytac FloorTac (North America) has also passed the CAN/ULC-S102 assessment. FloorTac delivers attention grabbing graphics that take floors from drab to fab. The polymeric PVC film for floor graphics has a removable, non-damaging adhesive, making FloorTac ideal for short-term indoor advertising with graphics applied to the floor.

“We’re delighted to announce that so many Drytac products have passed the stringent CAN/ULC-S102 tests,” comments Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager of Drytac. “Canada-based customers now have that additional reassurance that their favourite Drytac products have passed yet more safety assessments, so they can focus on creating amazing designs and graphics.”

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