Drytac set for major FESPA 2022 presence with sponsorship of Printeriors and Sustainability Spotlight zones

Drytac, the leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large-format print and signage markets, is delighted to announce it will sponsor two special areas of the FESPA Global Print Expo 2022.

Taking place from 31 May to June 3 at the Berlin Messe in Berlin, Germany, FESPA 2022 will host leading names from the global printing industry and welcome visitors from all corners of the market.

Drytac will be among the major brands at the show, with its materials set to feature on a range of stands run by printing and hardware manufacturer partners including Epson, Mutoh, and Keencut, allowing visitors to see the market-leading qualities of these materials up close.

Drytac will be sponsoring a brand-new section at the FESPA event, in the form of the Sustainability Spotlight, where visitors can learn how to make more sustainable and environmentally conscious choices for their business. Drytac will also be sponsoring the Printeriors zone, dedicated to print applications for the interior design and decoration market.

With significant knowledge in both these areas, Drytac will feature a selection of its materials as well as demonstrate its products through a series of specialist video showcases and dedicated speaker sessions.

In the inaugural Sustainability Spotlight zone (Hall 25, C-50), the company will showcase selected products from its upcoming launch of Drytac Zero. Drytac Zero is a line of environmentally friendly products which set a new standard in sustainable solutions for the graphics, signage and display industries. Designed to offer a sustainable and planet-friendly alternative, while still delivering high-impact and attractive graphics, Drytac Zero products offer a host of environmentally conscious benefits to users. For example, they have up to a 50% lower carbon footprint than comparable solutions and use 20% less fossil fuel resources.

All products in the new range include zero phthalates, carcinogenic additives, plasticisers, chlorine or PVC. Drytac Zero products are manufactured to ISO 14001 standards, are 100% vegan and can be fully recycled, including the adhesive, face film, liner, printed ink and laminate.

Within the Printeriors area (South Entrance) of the exhibition, visitors will be able to learn more about Drytac’s wide range of products suitable for interior décor to cover windows, walls and floors and more. These solutions can be used for both short-term and long-term work, and are available as PVC, PET and PP solutions to suit the needs of the customer.

“We are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring both the Printeriors and Sustainability Spotlight zones at FESPA 2022,” says Hayden Kelley, CEO of Drytac. “These two features cover subjects and values that are incredibly important to Drytac, and we look forward to showing visitors from around the world how they can achieve their business goals with Drytac.”

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Drytac rebrands leading Protac AMP solution as SteriTac

SteriTac can now be purchased in cut A4 sheet packs online via Amazon, making the film available to the wider consumer marketplace for the first time.

Drytac, the leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large-format print and signage markets, has announced the rebranding of its market-leading Protac AMP adhesive antimicrobial clear surface protection film as SteriTac.

SteriTac will continue to be supplied with specially developed Microban®antimicrobial technology, embedded into the film during the manufacturing process, helping to prevent the growth of bacteria, mould and mildew that can cause stains and odours.

The renamed SteriTac film continues to provide 24/7 protection on a wide range of surfaces for up to 15 years, while the flexibility and hard-wearing nature of the film means that cutting or intense cleaning will not impact its unmatched antimicrobial properties. SteriTac antimicrobial surface protection film is also effective against Coronavirus (tested to ISO 21702) and surfaces with SteriTac are 99.9% cleaner than unprotected surfaces.

In addition to the standard roll sizes supplied to trade customers, SteriTac A4 sheet packs are now also available to purchase online in the UK via Amazon, expanding the product to the consumer marketplace and opening up its use across a huge array of consumer and small business applications.

According to Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager, at Drytac: “The introduction of Protac AMP proved to be a turning point in terms of offering high levels of surface protection to customers. This was particularly true during the Covid-19 pandemic, where the product played a key role in helping businesses from multiple sectors operate more safely throughout the crisis. “Under its new name, we believe SteriTac will continue to go from strength to strength. Our expansion into the consumer market with the new A4 sheet packs is set to open up a wide range of opportunities for us and our customers.”

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Drytac announces global availability of Polar Choice White gloss and matte films

Suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications, the films are ideal for flat signage and general advertising applications, including windows, POP displays, stickers and decals.

Drytac, the leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large-format print and signage markets, has announced the global availability of its popular Polar Choice White monomeric PVC films.

Drytac Polar Choice White was initially rolled out across the UK and European markets in February of last year, but distribution will now be expanded across the globe. Available with a gloss or matte finish and featuring a permanent gray adhesive, the 3.2 mil (80μ) film maximizes adhesive performance on a wide variety of substrates.

Suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications – with durability of up to 5 years – the films are ideal for flat signage and general advertising applications, including windows, POP displays, stickers and decals.

The films are compatible with Latex, UV and Eco-Solvent printing technology. Offering high levels of reliability and flexibility, they also carry the Class C-s1, d0 (EN 13501-1) fire rating, further ratifying their safe usage in multiple environments.

According to Shaun Holdom, Drytac’s Global Product Manager: “Polar Choice White offers a high-quality and versatile solution for a broad array of applications. 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.”

To find out more about Drytac’s Polar Choice White range, please click here.

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Drytac confirmed as Gold Sponsor for PRINTING United Expo 2022

Drytac PRINTING United Gold Sponsor
Drytac PRINTING United Gold Sponsor

Drytac, the leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large-format print and signage markets, is delighted to announce its Gold Sponsorship for the PRINTING United Expo 2022.

Presented by the PRINTING United Alliance, the association made up of Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), Printing Industries of America (PIA), NAPCO Media and Idealliance, PRINTING United Expo is one of the most dynamic and comprehensive printing events in the Americas.

This year, the event will be expanded and run across two halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center, located just off the city’s world-famous Strip. More than 400 exhibitors will feature at the three-day event, including leaders from the commercial, digital, apparel, digital textile, packaging, mailing and fulfilment, and graphics/wide-format spaces.

Drytac’s booth will be one of the stand-out highlights of the event, with those in attendance able to speak with knowledgeable and experienced experts about how Drytac’s products can help them to produce high-quality work across a range of markets.

As a Gold Sponsor, Drytac will bring its latest solutions and ground-breaking products to the show, allowing visitors to see first-hand the market-leading excellence of Drytac’s solutions.

“We are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring PRINTING United Expo 2022; it is such an important event on our calendar, and we are really excited to get back in front of people and showcase our very latest solutions,” Drytac’s Global Marketing Manager Amanda Brown said.

Mark J. Subers, President of PRINTING United Expo, added: “The ongoing support and enthusiasm from our official show sponsors continues to grow every day. These global companies have been incredibly busy the last few years developing cutting-edge technology, many of which span market segments, which speaks directly to the Expo’s focus on convergence in the marketplace.”

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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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