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Apply Yourself: Specialty Media Trend Watch

Plus, Big Picture's 2014 specialty media sourcelist.

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In the past six to 12 months, specialty media has been changing, from interest to options to applications.

“The introduction of technically advanced media that can be applied directly to difficult surfaces such as brick walls and other textured surfaces or that can perform in extreme conditions such as high heat,” says Micah Causey, vice president of business development at FloorSignage, when asked about the changes in this sector. “Additionally, the interest in environmentally safe material is increasing.

“PSP’s printing for retail and restaurant chains are asking for media that is a one-step production process: print direct to surface,” Causey says. “Their customers, end users, are asking for specialty media that’s easy to apply. This is important because it places the control of posting and replacing in the end users’ hands.”

Causey says interest in applications using specialty media at outdoor entrances to business is growing, including “very creative 3D/forced perspective designs for advertising and branding and also way-finding/directional graphics on outdoor walkways.”

For a list of current specialty media providers, see below, where you’ll find companies that offer printable fabrics, fine-art canvas and media, direct-print magnetic media, dye-sub transfer papers, wallcoverings, and other specialty media all designed for wide-format output. Or, see our September issue for rollfed vinyls, films, and self-adhesives; for rigid substrates, see August.

A.Berger GmbH
www.bergertextil.com

Adams Magnetic
www.adamsmagnetic.com

Advantage Sign Supply
www.advantagesignsupply.com

Agfa
www.agfa.com

Air Waves Inc.
www.airwavesinc.com

American Permalight
www.americanpermalight.com

Arlon
www.arlon.com

Arnold Magnetic Technologies
www.flexmag.com

Aslan Schwarz
www.aslan-schwarz.com

Aurora Specialty Textiles
www.auroratextile.com

AW Specialty Papers
www.awspecialtypapers.com

Axon Graphix
www.perfectproof.com

Bainbridge Int’l
www.bainbridgeint.com

Beaver Paper
www.beaverpaper.com

BF Inkjet Media
www.bfinkjet.com

Big Systems
www.bigsys.com

Bob Mats
www.bobmats.com

BookSmart Studio
www.booksmartstudio.com

Brand Management Group
www.brandmanagementgroup.com

Breathing Color
www.breathingcolor.com

Brilliant Paper
www.brilliantpaper.com

CalComp Graphic Solutions
www.calcompgs.com

Canon Solutions America
www.csa.canon.com

Canson
www.canson-infinity.com

Catalina Graphic Films
www.catalinagraphicfilms.com

Condé Systems
www.dyetrans.com

Cooley Group
www.cooleygroup.com

Coveris Advanced Coatings
www.magicinkjet.com

Covin Sales
www.covinsales.com

DaVinci Technologies
www.davinci-technologies.com

Dazian Fabrics
www.dazian.com

Dickson Coatings USA
www.dickson-coatings.com

Dietzgen
www.dietzgen.com

DigiFab Systems
www.digifab.com

Domtar
www.domtar.com

Dotworks
www.dotworks.com

Drytac
www.drytac.com

Epson
www.epson.com

Fellers
www.fellers.com

Fibermark
www.fibermark.com

FineLine Papers
www.finelinepapers.com

Fisher Textiles
www.fishertextiles.com

FloorSignage
www.floorsignage.com

Fortuna Digital Graphics
www.yunyuan.com/english

Fredrix Print Canvas
www.fredrixprintcanvas.com

Freudenberg Evolon NA
www.evolon.com

Fujifilm North America
www.fujifilmusa.com

GBC
www.gbcconnect.com

General Formulations
www.generalformulations.com

Georg+Otto Friedrich
www.g-o-friedrich.com/en

Glaser Mills
www.glasermills.com

Glen Raven
www.glenraven.com

Graphics One
www.graphicsone.com

Hahnemühle FineArt
www.hahnemuhle.com

Hawk Mountain Papers
www.hawkmtpaper.com

Herculite
www.herculite.com

Hewlett-Packard
www.hp.com

Hexis Group
www.hexisgroup.com

Heytex
www.heytex.de

Hytex
www.hytex.com

Ibena
www.ibena.com

IJ Technologies
www.ijtechnologies.com

Ilford USA
www.ilford.com

InkJet Art Solutions
www.inkjetart.com

Inkjet Mall
www.inkjetmall.com

Inkpress Paper
www.inkpresspaper.com

Ink Tech USA
www.inktechusa.com

Ink2Image
www.ink2image.com

Innova Art
www.innovaart.com

Jacquard Inkjet Fabric Systems
www.inkjetfabrics.com

Jasdi Magnet
www.jasdi.com

Joto
jotopaper.com

JM Technical Textiles
www.jm-textile.com

Kapco Graphics Products
www.kapco.com

Korographics
www.korographics.com

LRI
www.laserreproductions.com

LexJet
www.lexjet.com

Liberty Photo Products
www.libertyinkjet.com

Lintec
www.lintecofamerica.com

Mactac
www.mactac.com

Magnet Sales & Mfg.
www.magnetsales.com

Magnum Magnetics
www.magnummagnetics.com

MagX America
www.magxamerica.com

Master Magnetics
www.magnetsource.com

Mehler Texnologies
www.mehler-texnologies.com

Milano Digital
www.milanoinc.com

Mitsubishi Imaging
mitsubishiimaging.com

Moab Paper
www.moabpaper.com

Museo Digital Fine Art Media
www.museofineart.com

Mutoh
www.mutoh.com

Nazdar SourceOne
www.sourceoneonline.com

Neschen Americas
www.neschenamericas.com

Next Wave Media Solutions
www.nextwavems.com

N. Glantz & Son
www.nglantz.com

NuSign Supply
www.nusignsupply.com

Oriental USA
www.orientalphotousa.com

Pacific Coast Fabrics
www.pacificcoastfabrics.com

Parrot Digigraphic
www.parrotcolor.com

Photo Tex
www.phototexgroup.com

Premier Imaging Products
www.premierimagingproducts.com

Quality Media & Laminating
www.qmls.com

Que Media
www.que-media.com

R Tape
www.rtape.com

Rayven
www.rayven.com

Red River Paper
www.redriverpaper.com

Roland DGA
www.rolanddga.com

Roysons
www.dreamscapedirect.com

Sawgrass Technologies
www.sawgrassink.com

Sihl
www.sihlusa.com

Siser
www.siser.it

Snyder Mfg.
www.snyderman.com

Sonoma Graphic Products
www.sgpweb.com

SuperTex Fabrics
www.supertexpvc.com

TechNova
www.technovaworld.com

The Magic Touch
www.themagictouchusa.com

3M
www.3mgraphics.com

3P InkJet Textiles
www.3p-inktextiles.com

Top Value Fabrics
www.topvaluefabrics.com

Ultraflex Systems
www.ultraflexx.com

US Banner
www.usbanner.com

Valloy
www.valloy.com

Value Vinyls
www.valuevinyls.com

Vapor Apparel
www.sourcesubstrates.com

Verseidag Seemee US
www.seemeeus.com

Visual Magnetics
www.visualmagnetics.com

Vuflex
www.vuflex.com

Worthen Industries
www.perceptionwf.com

Xcel Products
xcelproducts.com

Xerox
www.xerox.com
 

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