06 Jul 2020

Fujifilm's polypropylene removable wall graphic film offers green solution to printers


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FUJIFILM North America Corporation is continuing to put its customers 'in control' with a polypropylene wall graphic film that is part of a full selection of Fujifilm wide format UV and solvent roll media from the Graphic Systems Division's comprehensive print solutions portfolio. Ideal for the production of retail graphics, the PVC-free media provides printers with a recyclable backdrop that meets print buyers increasing demands for solutions that are less harmful to the environment.

Fujifilm's polypropylene wall graphic film is proven to outperform PVC-based wall graphics because it doesn't shrink, and offers easy installation and repositioning, using only a mild adhesive to eliminate surface damage when removed. The media was developed to provide optimal whiteness for excellent color and print quality, a characteristic of all the products in Fujifilm's family of wide format media, and includes a heavier liner for improved handling during printing.

"PVC film inherently shrinks and, to overcome this issue, large amounts of aggressive adhesives are required," said Terry Amerine, segment manager, Graphic Systems Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. "This makes installation very difficult and can result in damage to the underlying walls. By using polypropylene, shrinkage is no longer a concern and printers can offer their customers a recyclable solution eliminating the problems long associated with removable wall graphic films. As a result, we have seen a tremendous market response to this product."

All of Fujifilm's wide format media undergoes a series of rigorous tests to guarantee optimum performance on print quality, color development, maximum durability and ease-of-use. The media must demonstrate that it is easy to handle, and that it can stand up to the elements, resisting cracking and yellowing.

"Offering our customers wide format media that has met Fujifilm's strict standards of excellence as part of our total solutions package is just one more way we are putting them 'in control'," continued Amerine. "We work diligently to insure that all of our digital components work together and provide proven robust solutions that make our customers more successful."

In addition to its polypropylene wall graphic film, Fujifilm's Graphic Systems Division offers a full line of branded wide format media, including banner material, paper products, canvas, wall graphics, backlit film, perforated adhesive and non-adhesive window film and floor graphic materials.

The Graphic Systems Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation is a total solutions provider who delivers solutions for workflow, process control, remote monitoring, color standardization, pressroom products, CTP, proofing, digital printing, wide format and more. Fujifilm also manufactures and distributes Sericol inks and is a leader in the development of UV inks for the screen printing, narrow web, and large format digital printing industries.



New Avery MPI 1005 Supercast Films: Partnering Advanced Digital Print Technologies

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Avery Dennison Graphics and Reflective Products division has developed an enhanced  ‘second generation’ range of self-adhesive cast vinyls for wide-format digital print:   Avery MPI 1005 Supercast films.   The company’s ongoing commitment to continuous product enhancement has resulted in a range of products which outperforms its predecessors in terms of print consistency and surface smoothness.

All-round performance

Replacing the established Avery MPI 1005 products, the new Avery MPI 1005 Supercast films are, like their predecessors, supported by the Avery Graphics ICS Performance Guarantee.    As well as the standard Avery MPI Supercast 1005, the new range also includes Avery MPI Supercast Easy Apply RS.   Time-saving Avery Easy Apply RS technology enables graphics application teams to quickly and easily apply and reposition graphics without any unsightly wrinkles or air bubbles.

Fine print results

ICC profiles for the new products are available via the Avery Dennison Graphics and Reflective Products Division website, ensuring that converters can achieve the desired results on various printing platforms.

The products are being phased in from May onwards, and further details and samples are available from Avery Dennison Graphics and Reflective Products sales representatives.

Learn online at the Avery Graphics Academy

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Signmakers and other graphics converters, graphics applicators, and designers can now expand their knowledge of their craft – online, in their own time, at their own computers.  The Avery Graphics Academy at www.academy.averygraphics.com is a new initiative from Avery Dennison Graphics and Reflective Products Division that broadens its professional service platform for the self-adhesive graphics industry.

‘How to’ videos and theory modules

The Avery Graphics Academy offers training courses aimed at showing how to achieve the best possible results with self-adhesive graphics of all kinds.   It includes a series of ‘how-to’ videos as well as theory study modules.    Topics covered include material selection for specific tasks; substrate preparation and cleaning;  application techniques (including vehicle wrapping);  and maintenance of applied graphics.   Each module incorporates a test in which students’ knowledge of the topic is assessed, and a ‘passed’ or ‘failed’ result registered.

Register online

Live now in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and with additional languages to follow, the Avery Graphics Academy provides everyone involved in the self-adhesive graphics industry with valuable practical insights.

Register at the Avery Graphics Academy at www.academy.averygraphics.com, or for further information about Avery Graphics professional products and services, visit the Avery Dennison Graphics and Reflective Products website, www.europe.averygraphics.com

Fujifilm launches three new euromedia products at FESPA 2010

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Brand new solutions for POS, shop window and wallpaper applications

Fujifilm today announces the launch of three new self-adhesive additions to its euromedia range of flexible media for large format printing: WonderTack Ghost, a clear PET media, which adheres to smooth, flat surfaces without the use of adhesive; RigiTack, a matt white semi-rigid PVC for use on smooth or structured surfaces, and SmoothWall Sticky, the first self-adhesive wallpaper on the market.

These cost-effective, innovative solutions will be shown in action on the Fujifilm stand at FESPA 2010 (Hall B1 Stand 220) as part of the ‘euromedia experience’. This interactive area is equipped with a full-size work-bench and a ‘test-drive’ wall, allowing visitors to get hands-on with dozens of types of print media and their various applications.

WonderTack Ghost

WonderTacK Ghost is a clear PET media, which adheres to smooth, flat surfaces without the use of adhesive, making it perfect for use on shop windows.  Like its sister product, WonderTack, this environmentally friendly solution is very quick to print, and its ability to stick without adhesive is down to the unique, micro-porous suckers on the adhering side. This lack of adhesive gives it its ‘green’ characteristics, as well as making it reusable on multiple occasions. For example, POS graphics printed on WonderTack can be applied even by inexperienced users as it is easily repositionable and reusable.


A self-adhesive, matt white semi-rigid PVC (360 micron), RigiTack is the new euromedia solution for applications on smooth or structured surfaces.   It is suitable for all for many different indoor surfaces, and works especially well on difficult surfaces such as fabric, banner and structured walls, making it perfect for POS applications.  Available for solvent and water-based systems, RigiTack is repositionable and can be re-applied several times.

SmoothWall Sticky

The first self-adhesive wallpaper in the market, SmoothWall Sticky is a smooth PVC- free, genuine 190g fleece wallpaper.  It is easy to apply and fire retardant in accordance with DIN EN 13501-1 (B1), as well as being easy to remove after use, with no shrinkage.

“We are delighted to be launching these three new products at FESPA 2010,” says Keith Harley, head of marketing, wide format, Fujifilm Europe, “We pride ourselves on creating new end use applications and are confident that these new solutions will do just that.  We look forward to talking to visitors at the show and gauging their reaction to these fantastic, innovative new products.”

For more information on the euromedia range, please visit: www.euromedia.eu.com

New User-Friendly, Easy-Peel Film from Spandex set to Increase Large Format Printing Opportunities for Customers

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Spandex has extended its growing ImagePerfect  range with the addition of an innovative and extremely easy-to-use self-adhesive vinyl which, thanks to advanced low tack adhesion levels, offers effortless repositionability and removability in a host of large format branding and promotional projects. The new white, semi-matt ImagePerfect 2534PA film has been engineered to enable fast, simple and clean application by non-professional end-users and is specifically designed for short-term large format digital inkjet printing applications using eco-solvent, solvent and UV-cured inks.

Easy handling, repositionability and removability

IP 2534PA is afforded more ‘body’ than standard products, which allows easier handling, as well as increased opacity and a smooth finish on flat substrates. This, together with its clear adhesive system, offers customers much more flexibility to quickly and easily install and reposition the film. This is further enhanced by Spandex’s PerfectApply technology, which ensures easy, bubble-free application for more professional, attention-grabbing large format printed projects. The innovative adhesive system also enables customers to benefit from superior levels of clean removability at the graphics’ end-of-life stage. Indeed, depending on the specific application and substrate, if IP 2534PA is removed within three years, then customers are assured an efficient and clean peel with no messy adhesive residue.

Thanks to its user-friendly characteristics, IP 2534PA is perfectly suited to a wide range of application possibilities, offering large format printers increased scope to undertake a wider range of projects and enhance revenues. As a result of its semi-matt surface, which eliminates reflection from both interior spot lighting and exterior sun light, these applications include indoor point-of-sale and retail branding projects; indoor/outdoor advertising; exhibition and event graphics; and even short-term removable or semi-permanent decoration on existing sensitive paper-based surfaces.

Within these applications, the innovative adhesive properties of IP 2534PA grants customers the means to apply product to a plethora of smooth, flat and glossy surfaces. This extensive list includes painted aluminium sheets, glass, mirrors, stainless steel, anodised aluminium, acrylics (including signboxes), ceramic tiles, white boards and paper-based surfaces as posters. The film can also be applied to existing vinyl prints or signage to allow for the inclusion of removable/changeable information, messages and decoration.

“Spandex is committed to supplying products that enable large format printers and sign businesses to increase their service offering to customers, while broadening the range of applications they can undertake”, says Roland Keller, Executive Product Director, Spandex. "As a cost-effective, easy-to-use film that allows for simple, clean and fast application by those with limited or, even no application experience, our new easy-peel IP 2534PA is sure to prove a winner for those seeking an inexpensive and trouble-free means of producing eye-catching printed graphic arts campaigns”

Spandex’s new IP 2534PA film offers up to seven years durability and is compatible with the range of IP laminate options for added robustness and/or surface protection, including IP 2810-100; IP 2810-101; IP 2810-200; IP 2830-101, IP 2830-102 and IP 2830-200. As well as 137cm for digital conversion, it is also available at 38cm for Gerber Edge conversion where it offers additional options in line with other removable vinyls.

For further information on Spandex’s new IP 2534PA vinyl film, please contact your local Spandex office at www.spandex.com

Epson teams up with G3S to present biodegradable plastic display media at FESPA



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Epson will partner with G3S at FESPA this year, to exclusively highlight the qualities of biodegradable and recyclable BioMedia® PET plastic materials developed by G3S for display and POS graphics. The Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 inkjet printer will be printing a range of display graphics on BioMedia using eco-solvent type inks on the Epson booth.

G3S’s BioMedia is available in a range of thickness and includes a new coated version for higher image quality. It is compatible with all Epson Stylus Pro aqueous and eco-solvent wide format inkjet printers and will be demonstrated for the first time at the show. The material incorporates a micro-organism which, in dark and moist conditions, cuts through the polymer chain, accelerating the breakdown of the product so that it biodegrades within 2-5 years. It is these environmental credentials that has led BioMedia to be used by the British Airports Authority and World Duty Free for many advertising campaigns throughout UK airports.

The 64in wide Stylus Pro GS6000 uses Epson UltraChrome GS ink, the first Epson solvent  type 8-colour inkset, which gives a wide colour gamut and is UV and water-resistant. The eco-solvent type ink is not hazardous and, as a result, the printer does not require ventilation. Producing Images at 1440 x1440 dpi resolution, the photo realistic quality of the Stylus Pro GS6000 gives excellent results across a wide variety of display, signage and POS applications.

“BioMedia is an exciting innovation in biodegradable and recyclable media,” says Frans Craandijk, Product Manager, LFP Supplies, Epson Europe. “Its high quality and environmental properties promise a successful future and we are delighted to be able to showcase this range using our high-quality Stylus Pro printers at FESPA.”

BioMedia is available from Epson distributors.