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Rigid Media: A Survey of Suppliers

(August 2009) posted on Mon Aug 10, 2009

The growing role of wide-format flatbed and hybrid inkjet printers in graphics production is perhaps most evident in the increasing number of manufacturers that make rigid media for these devices. This source list will introduce you to several companies that offer print-ready rigid media at least 24 in. wide.

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Kömmerling USA
3402 Stanwood Blvd.
Huntsville, AL 35811
256-851-4099, 800-330-2239
Fax: 256-859-7562

Kömatex is a closed-cell, free foam, PVC sheet with a matte finish. Komacel Plus is a PVC foam sheet with a semi-rough surface. KömAlu is a 3-mm substrate composed of two aluminum sheets sandwiching a polyethylene core.

Laminators Inc.
3255 Penn St.
Hatfield, PA 19440

Alumnalite features a corrugated plastic core and double-sided aluminum. Omega-
Bond panels feature double-sided, painted aluminum bonded to a solid polyethylene core. Pro-Lite comprises painted aluminum faces bonded to a 10-mm corrugated plastic core. Omega-EP is an expanded-PVC board. D-Lite is a 3-mm panel that features a high-gloss aluminum surface bonded to a corrugated plastic core. Products are compatible with solvent and UV inks, and most substrates are avail-
able in several colors.

2110 Rt. 27 N.
Edison, NJ 08817
Fax: 732-819-8282

Polyguard and Thru White are available in thicknesses of 0.05-0.072 in. and in sheets up to 48 x 72 in. Both are compatible with wide-format solvent and UV inkjet printers. Thru White’s coating is designed for brightness and smoothness. Polyguard is for short-term outdoor use and has a high-gloss polyethylene coating on both sides.
Earthboard is composed of 35% post-consumer waste and is 100% recyclable. It’s compatible with UV printers and is available in thicknesses of 0.050 and 0.080 in.

Neschen Americas
7091 Troy Hill Dr.
Elkridge, MD 21075

Seal Inkjet Stoplight is an 8- or 12-mil bright white polyester/aluminum substrate that’s made of 100%-opaque backing film with a universal inkjet coating. Its surface is engineered for quick drying and use with dye- and pigment-based aqueous printers.

Nudo Products
1500 Taylor Ave.
Springfield, IL 62703
217-528-5636, 800-826-4132
Fax: 217-528-8722

Poly-metal is a 3-mm aluminum on a polyethylene core; AlumaCorr, a co-polymer core with a laminated 0.013-in. aluminum surface on both sides; and White-Wood, white PVC laminated to wood.

Ontario Specialty Coatings
22564 Fisher Rd.
Watertown, NY 13601
Fax: 315-782-7771

Digiboard is a 5-mm foamcore board with a white-matte or satin-gloss finish; 4-mm CoroJet is a white-matte or clear-glossy corrugated material; and SintraJet is 3-mm Sintra PVC with a white-matte finish. All are compatible with aqueous inks.

Outdoor Sign Supply
10233 IH35 N.
San Antonio, TX 78233
Fax: 210-653-7897

Offers paper- and PVC-film-coated foamboard.


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