The result of a joint venture between Freudenberg Evolon® and Kernow Coatings, Evolon® by Hydrosol and Evolon® by HydroJet are patented PVC-free textile substrates that are now available in the UK from leading materials stockist and distributor Amari Digital Supplies. They have been developed for two primary digital printing technologies, with the former designed for use with solvent, eco-solvent and UVC and Latex inks and the latter designed for aqueous-based inks. They share many of the same design characteristics and benefits and carry the French M1 fire rating that is generally considered to be the most stringent in Europe.
Unlike non-woven products, the substrates are manufactured using endless spun polyester/polyamide micro fibres that are 100 times thinner than a human hair. These are then fractured by Evolon's high-pressure water-jet process that simultaneously entangles and consolidates the microfilaments. The result is a continuous microfilament construction that leads to a much higher level of strength, stability and tear resistance.
Kernow Coatings' HydroSol and HydroJet technologies are water-based, non-toxic coatings that are infused into the matrix of the material, resulting in a minimal environmental burden on the basic substrate and delivering a superb quality of finish, with deep vibrant colours that are considered to be impossible with most other fabrics and with no seepage of the ink onto the back of the material. The coatings are pliant to retain a textile 'handle' and to provide excellent draping characteristics.
Both substrates are phthalate-free and EU and REACH compliant and can be used for a host of soft signage and associated display applications, including hanging and stretch banners, roll-up displays and roller blinds, to name but a few. They can be sewn, eyeleted, heat-sealed or ultrasonically welded and due to the Evolon® base can be cleanly cut without fraying to offer a tough and reliable display solution. The high strength-to-weight ratio and eco-friendly construction of the substrates contributes to a two-thirds reduction in transportation costs by comparison with standard PVC banners and minimal environmental impact.
For further information, visit the website www.amaridigitalsupplies.com or telephone Amari Digital Supplies 0115 982 9770.