Signs of the Times - September 2012 - (Page 48)
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By Darek Johnson
Product Showcase: Foam Board/Composites
3A’s FiberMate Panel
3A Composite’s (Statesville, NC) FiberMate™ 3.2mm-thick, recyclable, wood-fiber panels are front- and back-side coated with 3A’s white, water-based Eco-Finish™ that’s California Air Resource Board (CARB) compliant and designed to provide excellent ink and paint adhesion. Measuring 49 x 97 in. and made from 100% recycled fiber, FiberMate panels are recyclable as wood or paper waste – if the printing ink or mounting material is also recyclable. 3A recommends the product for medium-term POP displays, exhibits, kiosks and interior signage; it can be painted, screenprinted, digitally printed and saw cut or machine routed. (800) 626-3365; www.fibermateusa.com
Mitsubishi‘s Alpolic Panel
Mitsubishi Plastic’s Alpolic® Materials Div. (Chesapeake, VA) produces Alpolic/fr LT rigid panels suited for such outdoor applications as signs, soffits, awnings and parapets. It comprises 0.3-mm-thick aluminum skins and a fire-retardant core. The sides are finished with a polyester coating of clean, metallic or such selectable patterns as stone, timber, metal and abstract finishes. The LEED Green Building Council USA-certified material is also suitable for interior walls, columns, ceilings and partitions in shops, offices and factories. Further, Mitsubishi has launched a mobile-site application that offers convenient access to an array of product information and is particularly useful when making out-of-shop decisions. You can easily review finishes, products, downloads, fabrication information, samples, and seamless-access, technical product information and the company’s social-media outlets. (800) 422-7270; www.alpolic-northamerica.com
Lamitech’s Opaque Paper
Lamitech Inc. (Cranbury, NJ) offers its 100% opaque, Opacity II paper for printed window signs, banners and posters. The inexpensive, lightweight and rigid paper features bright-white, clay-coated surfaces (for one- or two-sided inkjet, offset or screenprinting) and a light-blocking, opaque-black center layer. It characteristically lays flat, is available in 36-, 40-, 50- and 54-in.-wide rolls or cut sheets, and is fully recyclable, biodegradable and compostable. (609) 860-8037; www.lamitech.com
Kommerlings’ KömaAlu Composite Material
Kommerling USA (Huntsville, AL) provides KömaAlu, a clad-aluminum composite material for signage, tradeshow booth and POP displays, that comprises two aluminumbased, baked-enamel, polyestercoated sheets that sandwich a polyethylene core. KömaAlu’s .025mm skin allows bending, cutting, shaping and drilling with normal shop tools. Available colors are white/white; gloss white/matte white; and white/black. It ships in 48 x 96-in. sheets and is suitable for both interior and exterior use with an expected five-year lifespan. (800) 330-2239; www.kommerlingusa.com
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Coroplast’s Sustainable Plastic Sheets
Coroplast (Vanceburg, KY) says its new, CoroGreen™ sustainable, corrugatedplastic sheets are recyclable, reusable and returnable. CoroGreen, which features white, printable surfaces with a black core, achieves a high level of post-consumer/post-industrial content and meets requirements for Green Building Council (LEED) credit. CoroGreen is intended for eco-friendly outdoor signage and graphics. It ships in various sheet sizes that range from 4 to 10mm thick; you can also order custom surface colors and custom sheet sizes. (800) 361-5150; www.coroplast.com.
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