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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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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Save time and money with Drytac retail insiders’ guide

When it comes to advertising and signage in retail environments it’s essential to get it right, so Drytac has compiled a free downloadable guide to help businesses strike the right chord while saving time and money.

Drytac is a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets and is therefore an expert in the exciting landscape of retail graphics. Available via the recently revamped Drytac.com website, the Graphic Solutions for Retail & Hospitality Environments guide looks at the constantly evolving in-store experience and how the right print media can make a serious impact.

The easy-to-use guide covers a number of key retail applications, such as wall graphics, floor decals, window signs, countertop adverts and outdoor displays, and the main Drytac products developed specifically for each one. For retailers, installers, interior designers, architectural firms, print businesses and many more professionals, the guide provides insiders’ knowledge of the market – including the ins and outs of the perfect product for each project.

Drytac’s self-adhesive products are designed to deliver outstanding results on a variety of applications, both short- and long-term – offering options for temporary advertising campaigns and permanent branding alike. Market-leading ranges, including the Drytac ReTac and Drytac Polar families utilise innovative adhesion technology to allow simple installation – even for the non-professional – easy repositioning and clean removal. They are also compatible with standard printing and cutting technologies for vibrant, eye-catching designs.

For example, a recent one-day WithinUs pop-up in Vancouver, Canada featured wall, window and floor graphics using Drytac SpotOn products. These are so easy to apply that graphics specialist Still Creek Press used the project as an on-site opportunity to train a new employee. Conversely, Sucrerie des Plaines, a family-run maple syrup business in Quebec, Canada now sports permanent signage produced using Drytac Polar Grip products. The graphics were installed onto a variety of surfaces including wood, metal, glass and corrugated plastic and are expected to withstand the extreme weather conditions typically experienced in the region for many years.

Importantly, Drytac also prioritises safety. Slip ratings on floor graphics media, FDA approvals on materials likely to be used in food environments, and fire ratings for products used in public spaces all help retail industry professionals choose the most suitable product for the job – and have peace of mind following installation. Graphic Solutions for Retail & Hospitality Environments covers this essential element of retail graphics.

The 2019 edition of the retail guide is available to download for free now. Simply visit https://www.drytac.com/retailinsidersguide to register for a copy.

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Drytac Wraps Up Winter With Polar Grip Launch

Drytac® is delighted to announce the global launch of Polar® Grip, a new display material with a unique high-bond adhesive.

As a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, Drytac has developed Polar Grip for applications that require excellent flexibility and high-bond adhesion.

This new global addition to the Polar range is ideal for signs and displays on low surface energy substrates, decals on machine equipment, printed graphics on curved products – such as motorcycle helmets – and even for use on coarse surfaces including brick and concrete walls. It is available in both matte and gloss finishes, providing options for a wide range of applications.

Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, comments: “Polar Grip is an exciting development, providing a durable option for tough environments both indoors and out.

“It works brilliantly on both smooth surfaces and on porous substrates including brick and concrete. Polar Grip has a thicker adhesive layer than most self-adhesive vinyls, that provides a tighter grip on porous materials.”

Drytac Polar Grip is a 3.2 mil (80μ) premium white polymeric PVC film with a pressure-sensitive grey acrylic adhesive that offers exterior and interior durability for up to five years, in surface temperatures from -45°C to 110°C (-49°F to 230°F).

Polar Grip vinyl is available in widths up to 60 inches (1,524mm) and is compatible with eco-solvent, latex and UV printing technologies. Its maximum life expectancy can be met using an overlaminate such as Drytac WipeErase® Clear or Interlam™ Pro. Polar Grip can also be used for floor graphics with the addition of a slip-certified overlaminate such as Drytac’s Interlam Emerytex®, globally or Protac™ Scuffguard™, in Europe.

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Write On/Wipe Off with Drytac’s WipeErase Films

Drytac®, a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, has announced the global availability of two new exciting additions to its WipeErase® range of film media.

Drytac ReTac® WipeErase and WipeErase White are both designed to be written on with standard dry-erase markers to create a whiteboard anywhere – an ideal practical solution for environments including schools, universities, offices, hospitals, retail stores and more. In addition, their anti-graffiti properties allow for easy removal of permanent markers, while they can both be branded or decorated using UV printing technology.

Drytac’s ReTac WipeErase is a 6 mil (150 micron) white dry-erase film, coated with a scratch- and stain-resistant lacquer that is guaranteed for up to ten years. The film is easy to handle, can be applied to a smooth surface and can be taken down and repositioned with no loss of adhesion and leaving no residue, thanks to its integrated ReTac Permanently Peelable Adhesive. Unlike a whiteboard, it won’t suffer from ink staining or ghosting.

Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, comments: “ReTac WipeErase is ideal as a replacement for whiteboards and flip charts, where sheets can be moved around to help with visualising and planning, and then taken away for future use. It essentially provides an ‘A-frame whiteboard in a tube’. This product is also hugely beneficial in a retail environment where messages need to be moved around the store relevant to specific product ranges.”

These innovative attributes have already won fans in the graphics industry: ReTac WipeErase topped the Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings category in the SGIA Product of the Year awards in 2018. These prestigious awards were announced ahead of the SGIA Expo 2018 in Las Vegas in October 2018 and recognised the most exciting products to be showcased at the event, selected by knowledgable industry professionals.

Drytac’s second new product, WipeErase White, has a permanent adhesive for locations where the signage will not need to be moved, such as wall coverings, restaurant menus and whiteboards. It is a 6 mil (150 micron) film with excellent durability and scratch resistance.

“The WipeErase White film incorporates Drytac’s adhesive expertise to deliver a product that is very easy to apply, yet remains firmly intact for many years,” explains Shaun Holdom. “When it is time to remove or replace the film, it will leave no residue and the area can have new media applied to it immediately.”

As well as offering ‘a whiteboard in a roll’, both Drytac ReTac WipeErase and WipeErase White can be used to resurface existing whiteboards to give them a new lease of life.

Holdom explains: “Whiteboards often suffer from ‘ghosting’, making them look grey and shaded. In time, the pens used on these boards scratch the surface and when rubbed off leave a very faint impression of previous writing. Once this has happened, there is no way of repairing the whiteboard itself and so the ghosting needs to be put up with, or the board replaced. A sheet of one of our WipeErase products applied to a whiteboard essentially makes it as good as new and is considerably cheaper than replacing it. Do this across a whole organisation and the savings could be huge.”

 

 

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Drytac reveals new advertising product – perfect for food environments

Drytac, an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, announces the launch of the ArmourPrint Emerytex and ArmourGrab combination counter mat solution. Having been previewed successfully at recent trade shows, the products are now available globally.

ArmourPrint Emerytex is a clear, heavy-duty, slip-resistant monomeric 15 mil (381μ) PVC film with a matte pebble textured finish on one side and a smooth printable surface on the other. It has been approved by the FDA for incidental food contact, making it ideal for advertising applications in hospitality and retail environments. ArmourGrab is an 8 mil (203μ) co-extruded white anti-slip film coated with a heavy coat weight, permanent, pressure sensitive clear acrylic adhesive. Used together, the two products create a food-safe counter mat solution ideal for eye-catching POP advertising.

Thanks to the slip-resistant qualities of both ArmourPrint Emerytex and ArmourGrab, these products can also be used for applications such as placemats and mouse pads. Their UV protection also enables outdoor use, while a moisture barrier protects the printed image and aids hygiene. No white ink is needed to create vivid and eye-catching counter mats as the white ArmourGrab backs the ArmourPrint Emerytex to eliminate the extra cost of printing with white.

The ArmourPrint Emerytex and ArmourGrab dual-product counter mat solution was previewed at the SGIA Expo 2018 in Las Vegas in October to over 25,000 registered delegates.

“The combination of ArmourPrint Emerytex and ArmourGrab creates a solution that is both safe and effective as counter-top advertising in fast food outlets, convenience stores, bars and more,” says Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac.

“It’s an innovative new design that attracted a lot of attention at the recent SGIA show and we’re delighted to offer it to our customers worldwide.”

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Drytac SpotOn Floor 200 gains Class B1 Fire Rating in addition to Global Slip Resistance Rating

SpotOn Floor 200 non-slip floor graphics has R-10 anti-slip rating for slip-resistant floor graphics

SpotOn Floor 200 non-slip floor graphics has R-10 anti-slip rating for slip-resistant floor graphics

Bristol UK, May 23, 2018: Drytac, an international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the print, label and industrial markets, has announced that its SpotOn Floor 200 media has achieved a global Class B1 Fire Rating. This means Drytac’s removable film for floor graphics can be used in public areas and other locations that must adhere to tight fire regulations.

Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, says: “Having this fire rating opens up a host of new markets and applications for SpotOn Floor 200. Ensuring products used in public areas and buildings are properly certified is at the forefront of people’s minds and we are delighted that our flexible, high quality printable vinyl for floor graphics has the appropriate fire rating.

“In addition, Drytac’s SpotOn Floor 200 has global slip-resistance certification. The film doesn’t require overlamination and can be installed and removed with ease, making it ideal for numerous indoor floor graphic applications.”

SpotOn Floor 200 is an 8-mil printable PVC film with a unique Drytac-created removable adhesive. This adhesive has a unique dot-pattern that allows for easy, bubble-free application of graphics to most flat surfaces without the need for tools.

Shaun Holdom concludes: “This fire rating is great news for our customers. SpotOn Floor 200 is very easy to apply and remove and – in addition to its anti-slip qualities – it now meets global fire certifications. It’s the ideal solution for all types of floor graphics applications.”

Compatible with (eco) solvent, latex and UV printing technologies, SpotOn Floor 200 is available in roll widths of 54″ (1370mm).

 

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