Vinyl Feature - July 2010

Cut application time with “air escape” system from APA

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APA is a manufacturer of plotter, digital vinyls and laminates with outlets throughout Europe as well as Australia, New Zealand, South America, and Africa. APA UK Ltd supplies the APA WrapFilm widely used for vehicle liveries and more vinyls from its warehouse in Kent.

Research and development is ongoing at APA and the company recently launched a dry apply vinyl incorporating Air Free FT-System technology on the reverse. Here the adhesive has channels to that enable air to be easily pushed out during application for a flawless finish in quick time.

Scott Cowup, Marketing Director, says: "Customers love our dry apply vinyl with the AirFree FT-System. They say the time they're saving is phenomenal, and it's making them so much more competitive. What used to take a day to wrap is now done in two-thirds of the time with our new dry apply Air Free FT-System, and the results are superb."

In addition to a wide range of standard colours, APA has developed vinyls with special effects. These include carbon fibre (in white, silver, anthracite, and black), matt black, and a satin aluminium effect.

Scott continues: "I believe we were first company to manufacture carbon fibre effect vinyl and bring it to market a year or more ago. We also have the largest colour range in that product."

"APA customers have the added advantages of dealing with the manufacturer, which means competitive prices and close control over product quality."

APA UK offers a "before 12 noon delivery" as standard because, as Scott says: "We understand our customers often don't know what jobs are coming in until late pm and they can't wait around all day."

Find out more at or telephone 0208 311 4400.

A smooth and crease free finish with Hex’Press

The Ferrari Hexis had on their stand at the UK Sign and Digital exhibitions.Achieving a perfect finish in less application time is what every vehicle wrapper wants and Hexis launched its Hex'Press HX30000 series of highly conformable special effect designer wrapping films which promise just that earlier this year.

The new HX30000 films complement the HX20000 series; both are multilayered cast vinyls with Hex'Press solvent acrylic adhesive technology, which facilitates the escape of trapped air, thus avoiding any air bubbles or creases during application and saving time and labour. An added benefit of Hex'Press technology is that is allows repositioning of vinyl on the substrate during application.

The HX30000 range features four new colours: black carbon, super matt black, variochrome pearl and beetle. The HX20000 series comes in 33 colours including high metallic white and black.

To support vehicle wrappers, Hexis UK Ltd has a DVD with guidance on the art of applying Hex'Press vinyl film and also offers a range of training courses on their application.

Go to or telephone 01543 411221 for further information.

Special effects from William Smith

Ritrama 640/650 Series cast vinylTwo new ranges from William Smith's expanding product portfolio offer customers even more choice in creating stunning vehicle wraps.

The Ritrama 650 Series Pearlescent cast vinyl film is a polychromatic high gloss finish material that is ideal, amongst other applications, to meet the increasing popularity for creating special effects in vehicle wraps. It can be applied to contoured surfaces and flat surfaces with rivets. Available in 17 bright colour finishes, including white, 650 Series comes with up to five years durability. It is supplied as full 25m rolls or as part rolls (minimum order quantity 1m).

Ritrama 640 Series Gemstone metallic cast vinyl offers high visual appeal, with excellent surface gloss and colour depth and, again, is an ideal choice for special effects vehicle wraps. Available in a choice of 15 eye-catching colours, 640 Series can be supplied as full or part rolls (minimum order quantity 5m) and comes with five years durability.

Further details on William Smith's product range are at or tel. 01833 690305.

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