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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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Texture Plus
1611 Lakeland Ave.
Bohemia, NY 11716
631-218-9200, 800-863-8468
Fax: 631-218-9219

Available in more than 40 textures, Texture Plus is a molded, high-density polymer with a water-based acrylic finish. It’s compatible with solvent and UV inks. The 0.5-in.-thick 2 x 4-ft panels come in standard or interlocking styles.

Ultraflex Systems
1578 Sussex Turnpike, Bldg. 4
Randolph, NJ 07869
973-627-8608, 800-368-7858
Fax: 973-627-8506

Rigid substrates include 14- and 18-pt Styrene and pressure-sensitive 14-pt Styrene, translucent Dulkote, and opaque Spraytex. Both are compatible with UV and many
solvent-based inks.

United Industries
1900 E. Central
PO Box 715
Bentonville, AR 72712
479-273-2924, 800-441-3731
Fax: 479-273-5186

Rigid substrates feature extruded foam cores and are compatible with UV inks. Ultra Board is an all-plastic foamboard with a polystyrene surface. It ranges in thicknesses from 0.187-3 in., comes in several colors, and is available in sheets up to 48 x 120 in.
Ultra Plus is an all-plastic polystyrene foamboard between two layers of expanded PVC liner. It features a white core and white surfaces, ranges in thickness from 0.25-3 in., and is available in sheets up to 48 x 120 in.

Ultra Mount is a foamboard with poly-coated 18-pt kraft paper liners. Available in white or black and in thicknesses from 0.187-1 in., it is available with pressure-sensitive or heat-activated liners and in 48 x 96-in. sheets.

Ultra Aluminum is foamboard with an anodized-aluminum face. Available in brushed or polished gold and chrome, as well as acrylic-baked white finishes and white or black foam cores, thicknesses from 0.187-3 in., and sheet sizes up to 48 x 96 in.Available in standard, as well as Peel N’ Stick versions, Ultra Core is a 0.187-in. foamboard with a 12-pt clay-coated paper face.

801 Corey St.
Scranton, PA 18505
Fax: 570-346-4122

Celtec is a foamed PVC sheet with a matte finish and is available in a wide range of sizes, thicknesses (from 1-30 mm), and colors. It can be digitally printed using UV-curable inks. Ultra White is a PVC substrate features a high-gloss finish and is available in 2, 3, 4 and 6 mm thicknesses and as a 48 x 96-in. sheet.

Xanita USA
900 Raco Dr.
Lawrenceville, GA 30045
Fax: 770-277-7663

X-Board is a 100% recyclable, kraft-based board that features a core manufactured from 100% post-consumer waste and organic-based, VOC-free adhesives. Available in 10-, 12-, 16-, 20-, and 32-mm-thick sheets. Mondi Indoor is a double-sided, printable kraft-board that’s available in 1250 x 1800-mm sheets. Mondi Extreme is a 100%-recyclable, kraft-based board made from approximately 92% recycled material. It’s available in 1580 x 2100-mm and 760 x 1020-mm sheets.

Xcel Products, Inc.
6820 Shingle Creek Pkwy.
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Fax: 763-231-3042

Rigid substrates include styrene, PVC, polyester-PET, APET, PETG, and a 50% post-industrial-content polystyrene.

Clare Baker
Clare Baker is the former associate editor of The Big Picture magazine.
Editor’s note: This article was updated from a previous piece that appeared in the October 2008 edition of The Big Picture.




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