Queensland libraries get storybook makeover from icatchers and Drytac
Exhibition display specialist icatchers has added fun and colour to children’s libraries in and around Brisbane using Drytac ViziPrint and ReTac self-adhesive media, supplied by Shann.
A specialist in signage and fit-outs for exhibitions and trade shows, showrooms and offices, shops and events, icatchers has been servicing customers from its Brisbane head office and production facility and Melbourne sales office for 16 years. It counts the governments of Queensland and Victoria, Queensland University of Technology, Aldi, Boeing, LG, BP, Xbox and Nintendo among its well-known clients.
Its customer base also includes Brisbane City Council’s libraries department, for whom icatchers updates children’s library areas every five years. The project comprises everything from design to manufacture to installation, including furniture, power and lighting, interactive games and computers, play equipment, flooring, wall graphics and signage.
“Usually these projects involve a six- to eight-week turnaround from concept to completion,” explains Kyle Lewis, Visual Communications Manager at icatchers. “There are strict health and safety guidelines as the spaces are used by children. We also have to use products that meet specific requirements to minimise damage and that can be replaced easily if damaged – it’s amazing how much damage these little humans make!”
Its most recent project at Holland Park Library involved wall graphics, which presented icatchers with additional challenges.
Kyle explains: “For the wall graphics we needed something that would be easy to use as we needed to wrap around columns and window openings, and found Drytac ReTac 150 Smooth was perfect. It’s a quality product with great printing results.”
Drytac ReTac Smooth 150 polymeric PVC film is a 6 mil (150μ) printable self-adhesive vinyl designed for wall graphics applications. Installation on a range of surfaces is easy, thanks to Drytac’s ReTac ultra-removable adhesive technology which maintains strength over the duration of the project but ensures the film can be removed cleanly at the end of its life.
This year icatchers completed a similar project at Beenleigh Library, 40km outside Brisbane, which included window graphics installed on the outside of curved glass. They were printed on an HP Latex 360.
“We used Drytac ViziPrint Impress Clear for the windows, mainly for its optically clear benefits as we needed something that would let a lot of light through,” says Kyle. “It was also used for its ease of installation and removal when required. The graphics floated on beautifully and the library was pleased with the vibrancy of the colours.”
Developed for glass and other smooth, flat surfaces, Drytac ViziPrint Impress Clear is durable and water-resistant for stunning window graphics and other decorative applications. This 5 mil (125μ) clear PET film is PVC-free and 100 per cent recyclable.
The Drytac products were supplied by Shann DPM, appointed as the exclusive Australian distributor for Drytac’s extensive range of wide format print media, mounting and protective films earlier this year. Shann DPM is a division of the Shann Group, an established Australian company with over 60 years’ experience and a team of over 30 experienced sales representatives on the road.
“Shann gave us a detailed and informative overview of the Drytac products, providing quick and precise answers to any questions we had,” comments Kyle Lewis. “The Drytac products fulfilled all our requirements for both jobs, with outstanding printing and installation results. We’ll definitely be using these products in the future.”
For further information on Drytac’s products and services, please visit www.drytac.com.