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NEW PRODUCTS Send information about new products to: 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; 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; 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; 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; 48 SIGNS OF THE TIMES / SEPTEMBER 2012 / 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;

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - September 2012

Signs of the Times - September 2012
ST Update
Possible Future for Digital Printing
Technology Update
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Commercial
Lighting Techniques
The Moving Message
Technology Review
Technology Review
Design Matters
New Products
Show Yourself
Enter STs 2013 Intl. Sign Contest!
Looking Ahead
Pop Art
Neon: Green Again
Channel-letter Update
Industry News
Advertising Index
Editorially Speaking

Signs of the Times - September 2012