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Not all dots are created equal


Short term printed graphics applied to a shop window

Neschen Coating GmbH, explains how innovative dot-adhesive technology is at the core of quick and easy installation of promotional graphics.

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HP drives eco-friendly print production practices with POPAI…


People standing in front of lots of plastic being recycled and holding up a banner promoting good environmental practices

Jane Rixon, Large Format Production Business Development Manager at HP Inc. UK & Ireland, explains how the company is working with POPAI to promote more sustainable printing practices.

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Ebbsfleet halves production time following installation of S…


A Summa F1612 flatbed cutter installed in 2019 at Kent-based Ebbsfleet Printing Solutions

Kent-based Ebbsfleet Printing Solutions has significantly boosted its production turnaround and entered new markets since installing a Summa F1612 flatbed cutter in 2019.

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Trotec laser on the road (October)


Trotec staff demonstrating a laser engraving machine.

Following a series of successful roadshows in September, Trotec laser is pleased to again be hitting the road and taking a cohort of laser machines on the road in October...

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Permovable outdoor film being applied to pavement

Sihl Direct UK, who produce, sell and distribute specialty films and substrates for digital printing, has launched Permovable™ outdoor graphic film.
This unique new product creates 'exciting and cost-effective opportunities' for outdoor graphic specialists.

Permovable™ is a 2 mil (51 micron), non-PVC, pressure sensitive film developed for direct use on previously unavailable locations, walls, pavements, roads, parking lots and other unsealed outdoor surfaces for short term event promotion. This self-adhesive, digitally printable media for use outdoors on rough, porous surfaces 'offers a host of benefits in comparison to previously available graphic films'.

The substrate can be installed without the need for special tools or surface preparation. Once installed, the printed film conforms to the structure underneath whether it is concrete, asphalt, or other porous materials used in walls, slabs, paths, streets or parking lots. It meets the anti-slip standards for outdoor pavements, and requires no over-laminate.

Permovable™ is also 'vinyl-free', so is no risk to the environment that can arise from metals. When the graphic is no longer needed it is easily removed, along with the adhesive, with a power-washer, fracturing into sand-like particles that need no special disposal methods.

Sihl Direct customers, such as The Binary Box, are successfully using Permovable to meet customer demand for easily removable outdoor graphics while building a 'thriving' business. Chris Chadwick, Director of Binary Box said: "We sourced Permovable from Planet Solutions and working closely with them and the Sihl team, we found the media easy to work with. It was easy to apply and easy to remove using just soapy water and a stiff brush. I was pleasantly surprised how scratch resistant it was and it saved us a production step, as we would normally laminate, which wasn't needed with Permovable."

For Sihl Direct, Permovable is an ideal fit with the company's extensive portfolio of digital printing films and substrates. Ian Turnbull, Operations Director of Sihl Direct UK, said: "We are delighted with the market response to this clever product. Not only is it kind to the environment, Permovable also saves digital printers hours of time spent applying and removing outdoor graphics which is helping them reach new customers and expand their businesses."