Antalis, the leading distributor of paper, visual communication and packaging solutions in Europe, has donated DIBOND Digital board to support a photographic exhibition highlighting the plight of rare Welsh Mountain goats in Snowdonia.
C3imaging Liverpool, a creative printing and graphic solutions company that are part of the Zenith Print Group, turned to Antalis, their trusted media supplier for consultative advice when one of their printers, Stuart Hill, was looking for a material suitable for mounting photographs. After a chance meeting with naturalist John Horrigan, who wanted to raise awareness of the plight of the rare and ancient breed of Welsh Mountain goats that live in the Dinorwig quarry, Stuart, who is also a photographer, embarked on a project to capture the animals in their habitat. Supporting Stuart in his project, C3imaging agreed to print the photographs free of charge, while Antalis recommended and donated DIBOND Digital board for the 15 A1-size photographs to be mounted onto.
Chris Green, channel head for Visual Communications at Antalis, said: “Stuart discovered that the goats, which have lived in the Snowdonia mountain range since around 4500BC, have been under threat from hunting, something which both he and John were keen to raise the awareness of. This fueled the idea of creating an exhibition of Stuart’s photographs at the Electric Mountain visitor centre, which sits below the mountains in Snowdonia, where the goats roam.
“Once we heard the story, we wanted to help and offered to donate the photography mounting boards he needed. For the best possible finish, we recommended DIBOND Digital for its high level of flatness, strength and rigidity while also being lightweight.
“We commend Stuart in his efforts to highlight the plight of these rare and beautiful creatures and hope that visitors to the exhibition will join the efforts to protect them.”
Martin Lloyd, Production Manager at C3imaging Liverpool, added: “As an existing Antalis customer, we trust the team’s advice when it comes to recommending exactly the right product for our needs but were thrilled when they not only suggested a product but agreed to donate it in support of Stuart’s exhibition. It was clear during the production process that all composite aluminium boards are not equal. The DIBOND Digital panel is far superior to cheaper ACM and hoarding boards and was perfect for the high quality print and finishing we were looking for. We were delighted with the finished result and would like to thank Antalis for their contribution.”
To produce the finished photographs, C3imaging Liverpool printed the A1 images onto a satin photo paper using their HP DesignJet Z6200 Photo Production printer. The images were then laminated with Drytac Emerytex laminate before being mounted onto the DIBOND Digital using Drytac MediaTac. The DIBOND Digital was cut to shape using a Zund XL3200 cutter.
DIBOND Digital is an aluminium composite material with a special PU lacquer system for high quality direct to substrate printing. In this instance, however, the sheet was chosen for its suitability as a mounting board and superior A1mg alloy, ideal for CNC cutting to shape, assuring a quality finish.
Stuart Hill’s exhibition - Welsh Mountain Goats of Dinorwig Quarry – can be seen at Electric Mountain, the First Hydro Company's Visitor centre in Llanberis visitor centre until 28th May 2018.