Drytac appoints Imageco as first Health Science partner in the UK for Protac AMP

Long-standing NHS partner Imageco to supply and install Drytac Protac AMP antimicrobial film across a wide range of medical and health-related applications.

Drytac has appointed Leeds-based Imageco as the first Drytac Health Science partner in the UK, supplying and installing Drytac Protac AMP antimicrobial film for multiple applications across a wide-range of sectors, including hospitals and healthcare clinics, retail, education and more.

Imageco provides design, print, finishing and installation services to customers across the UK, counting wide-format print, signage, point-of-sale, wall coverings and events and exhibitions among its service offering. The company also has a long-standing relationship with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), and has supported it with multiple signage and display projects over the years.

On the new partnership with Drytac, Scott Buckler, Head of Sustainable Business Development at Imageco, explains: “When Drytac introduced us to Protac AMP we intuitively knew it was a must for any building, surface or area that serves the public.  We are amid the biggest global pandemic we have ever lived through, and hygiene must be a priority. Infection prevention has never been so critical.”

In terms of applications, Buckler explains: “We firstly want to start with the most obvious places: hospitals. From the Reception to the ICU, surface areas need to have the highest hygiene standards, and – given the antimicrobial qualities within Protac AMP – we are guaranteeing our customers the safest possible product. Applications such as doors, handles and signage will be the main aim initially, but we know we can use the film for many other surfaces.”

Launched in September last year, Drytac Protac AMP with Microban® antimicrobial technology has been designed to help protect surfaces from microbes. On an unprotected surface, stain and odour-causing bacteria can double in number every 20 minutes. Protac AMP works continuously to keep it cleaner for longer. The 150μ (6 mil) self-adhesive polyester film incorporates Microban technology at the manufacturing stage, which becomes part of the material’s intrinsic physical structure at a molecular level and will not wash away, even after cleaning.

On signing up Imageco as the UK’s first Drytac Health Science partner, Drytac’s Global Product Manager, Shaun Holdom, adds: “Imageco’s long-standing relationship with the NHS in the UK makes them the perfect fit for Protac AMP. It is the perfect solution for protecting doors, keypads, counters, tables and any other flat surfaces in healthcare and medical environments.

“Microban reservoirs in the film disrupt the microbes’ cell walls, preventing their growth, and as a result, the film provides protection 24 hours a day for up to 15 years. Additionally, each batch of Protac AMP is tested for antimicrobial performance providing the utmost confidence and peace of mind for any application.”

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Doreen Poole Retires from Drytac

The year was 1978 when Doreen joined Drytac. At the time Drytac consisted of two employees and was located in humble premises at 681 Petrolia Road in Downsview, Ontario. Fast forward to 2020 – 42 years later.

Doreen has been an integral member of the Drytac team and has participated in Drytac’s transition from a small distributor of laminating films, adhesives, and equipment to a highly regarded international manufacturer whose products are now sold worldwide.

During those years, Drytac grew from that one location to two coating plants based in Brampton Ontario and Bristol UK and three company owned distribution centres in North America with over 100 employees.

The backbone of any successful business is its employees, and no one exemplifies this more than Doreen has. The saying ‘Attitude Determines Altitude’ could not apply more aptly than to Doreen whose cheerful and positive outlook has helped us through many challenges over the years. Her contribution has been invaluable and there is no doubt that Doreen will be missed by all Drytac employees, customers, and suppliers.

For Doreen, retirement will be an exciting new chapter in her life. But it is with some sadness that, for many of us, there will be a void.

Due to COVID-19, regrettably we are unable to celebrate Doreen’s retirement in a way that we would want to, and which Doreen deserves. This will just mean a postponement for, as soon as we are able, we will invite Doreen back to Drytac to do just that.

Words are not adequate to express our appreciation for all that Doreen has done for our customers and her co-workers. 

From all of us at Drytac, we cannot thank you enough Doreen and, on behalf of the Drytac team, we extend heartfelt best wishes to you and your family for a well deserved long and healthy retirement.

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Drytac launches new PVC-free floor and wall graphics media globally

Drytac expanded its floor and wall graphic ranges with Polar PET 170 and SpotOn SynTac, meeting demand for eco-friendlier PVC-free products.

Drytac has added two new products to its extensive range, meeting demand for eco-friendlier PVC-free options. Now available globally, Drytac Polar PET 170 and Drytac SpotOn SynTac are both scuff and slip resistant.

Drytac’s manufacturing facilities in North America and the UK have been working around the clock to ensure all orders are fulfilled, helping graphics specialists to react to customer demand. In addition to increasing production of Drytac’s established graphics products, it has released two new wall and floor graphic medias.

The popularity of floor graphics has increased significantly in recent months owing to their effectiveness as directional signage and social distancing notices. It’s essential that materials used for floor graphics are hard-wearing and safe for their intended use, including meeting all non-slip and fire regulations.

Award winning, Drytac SpotOn SynTac is a 120μ (4.8 mil) PVC-free PP film, coated on one side with a dot-pattern adhesive for simple application and removal. SpotOn SynTac can also be combined with Drytac’s slip-rated Interlam EcoTex PVC-free overlaminating film for extra longevity without compromising on sustainability. This ‘peel and stick’ product is ideal for seasonal promotions and offers twelve months’ durability indoors on standard smooth floor and wall surfaces.

Drytac’s second new launch is Drytac Polar PET 170, a scuff- and tear-resistant PVC-free media for indoor floor and wall applications for up to six months. Polar PET 170 contains up to 40%  industrial recycled content. This makes Polar PET 170 an ideal choice for retailers with demanding green initiatives. This product is also coated on one side with pressure-sensitive adhesive to make installation and removal clean and simple, while the other side has a textured, matte finish that is non-slip without lamination. Part of the Polar range, Polar PET 170 is designed to withstand extreme temperatures and is compatible with most standard wall and flooring surfaces.

Both new products meet the requirements of public spaces – crucial considerations in terms of both public safety and businesses’ legal responsibilities. When SpotOn SynTac is used with Interlam EcoTex, it has achieved post-printed anti-slip ratings and certifications according to DIN 51130, US ANSI A137.1, and the EN 13036-4/ASTM E303 Pendulum Test. Polar PET 170 also has achieved these slip certifications and is EN 13051-1 fire rated.

Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager, Drytac, comments: “Floor graphics are really effective for grabbing attention, making them an exciting choice for short-term promotions and creative applications. They are also playing an important role as directional and social distancing signage, where it is essential to comply with safety and legal requirements. We ensure that all Drytac floor graphics products pass strict tests for slip resistance while looking great for as long as they need to.

“Being PVC-free, new Drytac Polar PET 170 and Drytac SpotOn SynTac meet these demands with a smaller environmental impact than other products. As an added benefit, Polar PET 170 and SpotOn SynTac films can be used for vibrant wall graphics applications; the white, ink-receptive medias have a textured, matte finish that is also perfect for directional notices, retail promotions, POS advertising and decals.”

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Drytac’s Shaun Holdom appointed to ISA-UK council

Drytac’s Global Product Manager Shaun Holdom will bring his three decades’ experience in the sign and graphics industry to the ISA-UK council.

Drytac is delighted to announce its Global Product Manager Shaun Holdom has been appointed to the ISA-UK council with 100 per cent support from his fellow council members.

The ISA-UK powered by BSGA is the trade association for the sign, graphics and visual communications industry and plays an essential role in uniting the members of this thriving community. Its council is made up of experienced and inspirational industry professionals who endeavour to support the ISA-UK‘s work.

Shaun Holdom has held the position of Global Product Manager at Drytac for the last three years but his roots in the sector reach back much further, as he explains.

“I started working in the sign and graphics industry after leaving school,” he says. “I wanted to be a graphic designer but was fascinated by wide format printing and hardware technology, which has evolved at a tremendous pace over the last 30 years.

“Being appointed to the council is very exciting. Having a trade association that represents all facets of the industry, shares knowledge and experience with every company and individual to help support and grow their business – especially over the coming months – is incredibly important.

“I hope to bring my years of experience within all areas of inkjet and digital print to the association. It’s essential we understand all the new methods for printing outside of the more traditional markets to help our members.”

Robert Lambie, President of ISA-UK, comments: “I’m delighted to welcome Shaun onboard at ISA-UK. I have known him for over ten years and have admired his knowledge, passion and commitment to our industry. Bringing his 30 years’ experience to the table will be an excellent addition to theISA-UK Council and I look forward to working with him in helping us shape the future of the UK Sign and Visual communications industry.”  

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Drytac joins UK Slip Resistance Group in move to broaden membership

The UK Slip Resistance Group has admitted Drytac into its membership, reflecting Drytac’s role in developing and promoting safe and legal floor graphics.

Drytac has become a member of the UK Slip Resistance Group (UKSRG), securing its role as a leading manufacturer of safe, legal and slip-resistant floor graphics media. It is currently the only supplier of products for floor graphics on the UKSRG members’ list and demonstrates a move by the Group to broaden its reach.

In existence for four decades, the UKSRG counts several UK businesses and trade associations among its 60 members along with a number of overseas members. The Group produces guidelines on a wide range of floor safety concerns, including the accurate use of the pendulum slip resistance test and test equipment. It also advises on the safe design of steps and stairs, cleaning procedures, footwear in industrial settings and other issues. Several members are active in a range of British, European and international standards committees.

This year has seen unprecedented demand for floor graphics for social distancing and directional applications and, with it, increased examination of their safety in public environments. As a key manufacturer in this sector, Drytac has ensured all its products designed for floor surfaces are subjected to strict testing and certification by recognised bodies. Its membership of the UKSRG reflects this.

“We’re delighted to become a member of the UKSRG,” says Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager, Drytac. “The Group is an independent authority on slip resistance and provides reliable, comprehensive guidance to anyone who is seeking to improve the safety of an environment. We’re looking forward to meeting other members, whether face to face or virtually, to discuss and develop ideas going forward.”

Steve Thorpe, Chairman at the UK Slip Resistance Group, comments: “We have a diverse membership but Drytac represents a new type of member, and one who is very important given the increased use of floor graphics. We expect to learn a lot from Drytac and vice versa.”

Steve adds that the group hopes to invite Shaun to give a presentation early next year, COVID-19 restrictions depending. “Drytac’s involvement will bring a lot to our next meeting and I expect to receive a lot of positive feedback from our members,” he says.

The UKSRG is encouraging more new members to join, especially end users from sectors including retail, transport and leisure. For more information, please visit the Group website at www.ukslipresistance.org.uk or contact the Group Secretary via enquiries@ukslipresistance.org.

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Drytac wins three PRINTING United Product of the Year awards

Drytac has won three 2020 PRINTING United Product of the Year awards, recognizing the innovative Drytac Protac AMP, Polar Street FX and SpotOn SynTac solutions.

Drytac has won three awards in the PRINTING United Product of the Year competition, bringing its total wins in this awards program to ten in the past three years.

PRINTING United Product of the Year recognizes the most outstanding print solutions available in 2020 produced by members of the PRINTING United Alliance, the USA’s largest member-based association in the printing and graphic arts sectors.

Each of Drytac’s winning products reflect the brand’s dedication to developing new, innovative solutions that meet customer demand. In the Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings category, Drytac Protac AMP came top. This film incorporates Microban® antimicrobial protection to provide reliable protection from bacterial contamination and mold growth 24/7 for up to 15 years. This breakthrough in antimicrobial technology is already being used in healthcare facilities, schools and aircrafts.

Drytac Polar Street FX, winner of the Media – Adhesive Back (Not Vinyl) category, was released this year in response to the unprecedented demand for directional and informative floor graphics. A PVC-free aluminium printable media, Polar Street FX has been designed for exceptional quality graphics in high-traffic outdoor areas, such as busy shopping streets. It has several slip-rating certifications to ensure safety, without the need for lamination.

Drytac’s third PRINTING United Product of the Year award went to Drytac SpotOn SynTac media for walls and floors, in the Media – Non-PVC category. This product has been engineered to meet market demand for eco-friendlier non-PVC graphics solutions that are easy to use. SpotOn SynTac is a one-part, peel-and-stick media for wall graphics that can be also partnered with Drytac Interlam EcoTex laminate for easy, bubble-free application of vibrant slip-rated floor graphics.

Drytac Product of the Year

“We’re excited to announce three more awards from PRINTING United Product of the Year,” says Hayden Kelley, CEO, Drytac. “Our R&D team have excelled themselves this year in creating incredible new products in response to market trends and these awards are a tribute to that amazing work.”

A new virtual PRINTING United Product of the Year awards gallery is now available to explore online, with digital badges for winning products including Drytac Protac AMP, Polar Street FX and SpotOn SynTac.

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Drytac helps ensure floor graphics are safe and legal in public spaces

Drytac guarantees flawless, certified floor graphics backed up with warranties and support – essential for every public space. New guides for the retail, construction and housing, stadiums, and schools and universities sectors explain more. 

Drytac, a specialist manufacturer of floor graphics media, has released several overview guides on this key applications. The four dedicated guides cover the essential aspects of floor graphic projects – such as safety obligations and insurance – in retail, construction and housing, stadiums, and schools and universities respectively.

The use of floor graphics has accelerated at an unprecedented rate in 2020, owing to the need for social distancing and directional signage that can be easily observed. Drytac is a major brand in this field, manufacturing floor graphics media – along with an extensive range of other sign and graphics products – around the clock at its factories in the UK and North America. As such, it has taken the lead on safety: the chief concern of any organisation using floor graphics for public use. 

The new guides provide a general overview of floor media, including locations and surfaces, types of graphic solutions and relevant Drytac products – and explains the legal responsibilities. A FAQ section explains slip ratings and certifications and the tests to achieve them, with advice on how to maintain graphics to avoid slips and trips. It also covers the legal responsibilities of the supplier, installer and customer. 

These legal responsibilities are based on testing and retesting of all Drytac products. Every batch undergoes in-house QC testing to ensure it achieves the British Standard BS 7976-2/European Standard EN 13036-4/North American Standard ASTM-E303 for slip resistance. Research has confirmed that this test and its result, called a Pendulum Test Value (PTV/BPN), is the most reliable and accurate method for evaluating slip resistance. The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) along with its global counterparts and many insurance companies have adopted this as the standard test method for assessing slip resistance. 

“At Drytac, safety is our priority,” comments Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager, Drytac. “Slip ratings are not based on a one-off test sample done in a lab years ago, but on the results of the strictest assessment available, on every single batch.  

“We offer the correct ratings and insurance-backed warranties to make life easier for our customers, providing peace of mind that every Drytac floor decal offers legal and financial protection. In short, Drytac products keep you safe.” 

Drytac’s comprehensive range of specialist floor graphics media includes Polar Grip with Interlam Pro Emerytex for smooth outdoor floors, Polar Street FX for rough outdoor surfaces, SpotOn Floor 200FloorTac Textures and Polar Floor PET 170 for indoor public spaces and many other innovative solutions. Details on these products and more can be found in the overview guides, available to download for free via www.drytac.com/floorgraphicguide

Drytac can also supply a list of Drytac-certified print and install partners. Customers are recommended to get in touch for information or download the guides. 

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New antimicrobial film from Drytac helps keep surfaces hygienic 24/7

Drytac Protac AMP Film with Microban protecting a hospital door from the growth of stain and odour causing bacteria and mould.

Drytac launches Protac AMP Film, imbued with Microban® antimicrobial protection to help fight the growth of stain and odour causing bacteria and mould.

Drytac has announced the global launch of Protac AMP Film with Microban® antimicrobial technology a new product designed to help protect surfaces from microbes that can cause premature product degradation.

When bacteria contaminate a surface such as a door or touchpad – as a result of human contact, environmental conditions or simply lack of cleaning – they can multiply very quickly. Similarly, fungi and mould can proliferate on a surface. Regular cleaning with an effective detergent will remove these microorganisms.  Drytac Protac AMP Film can help maintain cleanliness in between cleaning. It offers reliable protection from the growth of stain and odour causing bacteria and mould.

This 150μ (6 mil) self-adhesive polyester surface protection film incorporates Microban technology at the manufacturing stage so it becomes part of the material’s intrinsic physical structure at a molecular level – it will not wash off or wear away. Microban reservoirs in the film disrupt the microbes’ cell walls, inhibiting their growth. The film provides protection 24 hours a day for up to 15 years, and is durable to withstand regular cleaning.

Protac AMP Film is ideal for protecting doors, keypads, counters, tables and any other flat surfaces. It is transparent with a hard top coat and provides scratch and chemical resistance for up to 15 years. Every batch of Protac AMP Film is tested for antimicrobial performance providing the utmost confidence and peace of mind for any application.

“Our new Protac AMP antimicrobial Film with Microban technology delivers protection in one easy-to-use product,” says Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager, Drytac. “It is prepared with Drytac’s innovative adhesive, so users can simply apply the film to the surface and leave it to do its job: helping reduce growth of microbes on the surface for many years.”

Protac AMP Film has already been used on drinks machines, tray tables on aircraft, and in healthcare facilities and schools, with literally hundreds of other potential applications. This product can help maintain the highest standards of cleanliness.”

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Get instant attention with new Drytac Polar SandTac Floor one-step media in the USA

Drytac has released Polar SandTac Floor in the USA, a new economical print-and-go floor graphics product that provides slip resistance without lamination. This makes installation safe, quick and simple.

Drytac has expanded its floor graphics media range even further with the release of Polar SandTac Floor, an economical, one-step product that can be applied in seconds, grabbing attention straight away.

As a leading international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products, Drytac has met unprecedented demand for floor graphics media this year. Polar SandTac Floor sits within an extensive range of new and established products that provide the ideal combination of safety, professional appearance and ease of use.

Ideal for short-term indoor advertising and social distancing markers, Polar SandTac Floor is a one-part product and has achieved several slip ratings without the need for lamination. It can be applied directly to ceramic tiles, sealed wood, concrete, waxed vinyl, marble or terrazzo flooring without any kind of top layer, saving time, money and labor.

Its textured, matte white finish helps printed graphics stand out for the duration of the project – up to six months indoors – while its non-damaging adhesive makes removal quick, clean and simple.

“Floor graphics are the biggest application story of 2020 and Drytac has responded with a wide range of suitable media, to give customers as much choice as possible for their advertising or directional project,” says Jerry Hill, Vice President of Sales, USA; Drytac.

Polar SandTac Floor is a print-and-go product, providing slip resistance without lamination, so users can simply print their graphics and install them as quickly as they are needed.”

Drytac Polar SandTac Floor, 7 mil (175μ) PVC film with a removable, solvent pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive, is now available in the USA in roll widths up to 60″ (1524mm). It is compatible with UV, latex solvent and eco-solvent printing technologies.

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Drytac makes floor graphics safe and simple with new one-part FloorTac products

New FloorTac Textures and FloorTac Emerytex White RB one-part solutions with non-slip certifications, designed for optimal ease of installation and maximum safety in public spaces.

Drytac has expanded its North American range of specialist floor graphics media with two new additions to its FloorTac family. Both FloorTac Textures and FloorTac Emerytex White RB are one-part solutions with non-slip certifications, designed for optimal ease of installation and maximum safety in public spaces.

Drytac FloorTac Emerytex White RB provides safe, vibrant floor graphics with indoor durability of up to nine months. The slip-rated single-part floor graphics solution features a matte pebble textured finish that provides slip resistance and is also simple to apply thanks to its pressure sensitive removable acrylic adhesive. It is suitable for standard printing technologies including eco-solvent*, solvent*, UV and latex inks.

A second new product, Drytac FloorTac Textures, has achieved slip-resistance certifications without the need for an overlaminate, helping to save time and money. It is fire-rated to give users extra peace of mind, with indoor durability of up to six months, and its pressure sensitive grey acrylic adhesive makes installation easy and removal clean at the end of its life.

The first product release from the new FloorTac Textures range has a Sand finish, complementing Drytac’s ReTac Textures series for walls and retail environments. It is particularly suitable for printing with UV eco (solvent)* and latex inks to produce bold, impactful floor graphics in public spaces such as schools, hospitals, restaurants, stores and supermarkets.

Both FloorTac Emerytex White RB and FloorTac Textures are compatible with most common flooring surfaces including short-pile carpets, ceramic tiles, sealed wood, waxed vinyl, marble, terrazzo and concrete.

“There are many potential applications for floor graphics and in a public space it’s essential that a specially designed product is used to ensure safety,” comments Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager for Drytac. “FloorTac Textures and FloorTac Emerytex White RB are both slip-rated and fire-rated without an overlaminate, ideal for floor graphics that need to attract attention while ensuring public safety. It’s a true one-part solution: just print and install.”

Drytac FloorTac Emerytex White RB is an 8 mil (200μ) monomeric soft calendered white PVC film. Both are available in rolls in widths up to 54″ (1,372mm). Drytac FloorTac Textures in Sand is a 6 mil (150μ) textured matte white polymeric PVC film with an adhesive layer.

*See TDS for more details.

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