Large Format Media

  1. Robust inkjet paper for maps and construction drawings: New Enduro product from SiHL

    Robust inkjet paper for maps and construction drawings: New Enduro product from SiHL

    Durables from SiHL are characterised by their special quality: They are tear-resistant, robust, and offers the best printability.  With ENDURO Inkjet 110 Classic 2s, the latest product in the ENDURO range, SiHL presents a durable composite material consisting of a PP film core and surface-treated inkjet papers:  Its high folding strength makes it ideal for maps, technical drawings, and similar applications.  Its high wet strength and tear resistance makes it a reliable partner for demanding cartography.

    The special paper surfaces on both sides provide the best results in water-based inkjet printing, it is also suitable for offset and flexo printing and can therefore be used versatile.  It is also easy to write on by hand and a pencil marking can be erased perfectly without any loss of the print.

    Thanks to its quilt-layer product structure, the material offers a durable solution and at the same an affordable, eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to fully synthetic media.  It is PVC-free and FSC certified and the paper fibers are recoverable through standard paper-recycling processes.   Hence the end-user may dispose of the material along with household paper waste.

    About SiHL  SiHL is the leading expert for printing media solutions in a fast-growing digital imaging market.  As a high-performing, international company, SiHL offers all-important technological expertise and in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of the industry.

    With its future-proof product solutions, SiHL strengthens its customers’ market position and makes a significant contribution to improving its customers’ and partners’ added value with innovative services.

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  2. Hahnemühle Natural Line Wins "Best Inkjet Photo Paper" in TIPA World Awards 2020

    Hahnemühle Natural Line Wins "Best Inkjet Photo Paper" in TIPA World Awards 2020

    Hahnemühle is delighted that this year not only one FineArt inkjet paper from its collection has won a TIPA World Award, But three!   With the Hahnemühle Natural Line and the paper grades, Hahnemühle Bamboo, Hahnemühle Hemp, and Hahnemühle Agave the inventor of Digital FineArt Inkjet papers has once again succeeded in convincing the Technical Press Imaging Association - in short: TIPA.  All three papers of the Hahnemühle Natural Line are awarded the TIPA World Award 2020 in the category "Best Inkjet Photo Paper".  The editors and publishers of 30 photo and imaging magazines from all over the world are excited about the papers from Hahnemühle's Natural Line:

    "The Hahnemühle Natural Line appeals in both their sustainable manufacture and their unique surface characteristics.  The cellulose in these papers is supplied by raw materials that require minimal maintenance and do not need any pesticides.  Each 290gsm paper has a unique look and feel.  Bamboo is a warm tone paper with a lightly textured surface;  Hemp is a bright wide matte paper with a slight textural surface, and Agave has a more textural surface with a bright white base."

    The Natural Line has a special place in the Hahnemühle Digital FIneArt Collection.  It focuses on FineArt inkjet papers made from unique raw materials: Bamboo, Hemp and Agave.  The plants that provide the cellulose require minimal maintenance, grow quickly, and don't need any pesticides.  Their rapid growth means that more cellulose can be produced on the same cropland than with other raw materials, and they also require much less water, helping to save valuable resources and protect the environment.   The new FineArt inkjet papers from the Natural Line are the next step in our continuous pursuit of sustainability and careful use of our resources.  The Natural Line complements the Digital FineArt Collection with special fine art inkjet papers made from unique raw materials and supports under the Green Rooster initiative environmental projects on a regional and international level.

    Additionally, all three paper grades do not require optical brighteners, are acid and lignin-free, and are completely vegan - like all our Digital FineArt Collection papers.  

    Clean water, natural fibres, first-rate expertise in paper production and absolute commitment to the production site in Germany have been the foundation of Hahnemühle's success for more than 435 years.  Hahnemühle treats its natural environment with respect and is socially responsible - after all, it wouldn't be able to create high-quality paper without this kind of uncompromising dedication.  Hahnemühle is proud of all it has achieved so far and is constantly working to improve sustainability and conserve resources.  Sustainability plays a key role at its production site as Hahnemühle is located close to a nature reserve.    Thus, environmentally paper production is a high priority.  Careful and responsible use of valuable resources such as water, fibers, and energy is a matter of course.

    The Hahnemühle Natural Line papers are therefore the result of Hahnemühle's willingness to innovate, it's a commitment to sustainability and its sense of responsibility.

    All three sustainable premium inkjet papers of the Hahnemühle Natural Line celebrated their worldwide premiere at the Photo Plus Expo in New York in Autumn 2019.  The world innovation was to make its debut in Germany at Photokina 2020 this year to demonstrate that perfect FineArt printing can be taken to a new level with sustainable papers.  Unfortunately, this is being postponed until 2021.  The outstanding artist papers from the Hahnemühle Digital FineArt collection are and will remain unique to the market.

    About Hahnemühle
    Hahnemühle is regarded as the inventor of Digital FineArt paper for inkjet printers. For more than 20 years, the oldest German paper manufacturer has been leading the way in producing true artist papers for photography and art reproductions. The papers – made with over 435 years of manufacturing experience – all receive a special coating that does not affect the exquisite feel of the papers. The inkjet coating produces prints with razor-sharp details, bold colours and deep blacks. All papers have an excellent resistance to ageing. The Hahnemühle Digital FineArt Collection offers more than 20 different types of paper, and the Hahnemühle Photo range includes eight types of media. Awarded ‘Brand of the Century’, Hahnemühle enjoys an esteemed reputation worldwide among artists, photographers, museums, galleries and collectors.

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  3. Floorminders | Shop navigation, social distancing reminder or advertisement

    Floorminders | Shop navigation, social distancing reminder or advertisement

    Floor stickers are real eye-catchers. Most people look down slightly when they walk and a floor sticker is, therefore, a great advertising medium. For store owners or exhibitors, the floor is a perfect stage for conveying a message. But floor graphic films are not only ideal as advertising media. They are also an excellent and cost-effective orientation aid in public areas.

    Navigating customers through supermarkets, pharmacies and drugstores has become extremely important in times of “social distancing”

    Besides advertisements, floor stickers have become a favoured medium for another reason - they are used to navigate people through public locations in times of “social distancing”.

    Currently, many supermarkets across UK and Europe use floor graphics to remind people to keep the distance amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation. But not just supermarkets, in any place where customers have to line up and wait their turn, floor minders are a great way to remind them of the distance they should keep. But not only in challenging times like these, but floor minders are also in general an excellent medium to provide assistance to customers in many locations. Doctor surgeries, pharmacies or banks, and any place where private matters are handled, keeping the distance is polite but often forgotten. Floor minders are a great way to kindly remind customers to be discrete.

    In shopping centres or during trade shows, they can help shoppers and visitors to find restrooms, the food court or exits more easily. So besides just advertising - anywhere, where people need to find their way, floor graphics are a cost-efficient tool.

    Things to keep in mind when using floor graphics

    Slip resistance

    A certified slip resistance is paramount in public spaces. There are strict guidelines regarding slip resistance and products that have been certified by an official agency should be used in all cases. Some films require extra lamination to achieve mandatory slip resistance for public spaces. R9 is the lowest anti-slip certification but suffices in many areas. It is used, for example, in areas where people come from outside, such as shops, restaurants and entrance halls. R13 is the highest class of slip resistance and is mandatory for greasy. Wet areas.

    Most floor stickers consist of two layers: a self-adhesive film on which the message is printed and a non-slip laminating film, protecting the sticker and providing slip resistance. The production of such stickers is time-consuming and labour intensive. After printing, the ink has to dry, the laminating machine has to be adjusted and the laminating itself also takes a lot of time. In addition, if the quality of the floor stickers is low, there is a risk of shrinkage between the lamination film and the sticker. Additionally, loosening of both layers can occur. Neschen’s print ’n’ walk films are a great choice. These films have an R9-certified surface, even after printing with latex and uv-curable inks, so extra lamination is no longer necessary. The films are ideal for short-term applications.

    The right adhesion

    On slightly structured and more challenging surfaces, such as concrete, wood, or tiles, you need high-tack films that provide a strong adhesive strength. Otherwise, your floor graphics will be ruined quickly. High-tack films such as Neschen UV print ’n’ walk power-tack provides strong adhesive strength and adheres excellently to uneven surfaces without curling or loosening at the corners. The UV print ’n’ walk power-tack films are not only suitable for indoor use, but under dry conditions, you can also use them outside.

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  4. New flame protection certificates from AWTA for Design2Wall products 2515 and 2517

    New flame protection certificates from AWTA for Design2Wall products 2515 and 2517

    The Australian Wool Testing Authority Limited (AWTA Product Testing) awarded two non-woven wallpapers from SiHL after extensive tests with their flame protection certificate.  These products are now not only tested according to European standards, but also according to Australian and New Zealand standards.

    Non-woven design2wall FR210 (2517) and pre-pasted non-woven design2wall FR 2430 (2515) are high-quality non-woven wallpapers for printing with solvent, latex and UV inks and are characterised by high colour brilliance and dimensional stability.  The tough, scratch-resistant surface permits its long-term use in busy areas.  In addition, both wallpapers are PVC free, FSC certified and environmentally friendly.

    Thanks to the water-activated paste on the back, the printed wallpaper pre-pasted non-woven design2wall FR 230 (2515) can be stuck to the wall immediately after soaking in water.  The pre-dose of paste adheres to many different surfaces remaining easy to remove.

    Both products are already certified as flame retardant according to the European Standard EN13501-1.  Now AWTA product testing has also tested both products for heat and smoke release rates according to the methods ISO 5660.1-2015 and AS / NZS 3837-1998.  Both non-woven wallpapers were able to meet the requirements and are now certified as flame-retardant according to Australian and New Zealand standards.

    About SiHL 
    SiHL is the leading expert for printing media solutions in a fast-growing digital imaging market.  As a high-performing, international company, SiHL offers all-important technological expertise and in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of the industry.

    With its future-proof product solutions, SiHL strengthens its customers’ market position and makes a significant contribution to improving its customers’ and partners’ added value with innovative services.

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  5. Getting creative with print ’n’ walk printable floor graphic media from Neschen

    Getting creative with print ’n’ walk printable floor graphic media from Neschen

    For many years, Neschen’s print ’n’ walk portfolio has a solution for any application. While standard floor graphics media on the market need to be laminated for slip resistance after printing, print ’n’ walk products are immediately ready for use - a time and cost-saving solution.

    Getting a workout in Bondi Beach, Australia

    Could there be anything better than getting a nice workout in a location that is known for its beautiful beach and sunny weather? The customer project provided by Starleaton, Australia, takes us to Bondi Beach, Where Neschen’s print ’n’ walk took part in transforming the waterfront into an outdoor gym. For this project, print ’n’ walk was used on the workout stage, where the coaches will perform their workout routines.

    In no time, Neschen’s print ’n’ walk gave the workout stage a decorative wooden look. The durable anti-slip surface is an excellent choice for this purpose because it provides a secure workout surface for the coaches while giving the stage an eye-catching design.

    Images courtesy of Starleaton, Australia:

    As this example shows. Some of Neschen’s print ’n’ walk media's are perfectly suited for outdoor use. UV print ’n’ walk power-tack for example is a true all-rounder when it comes to applications on difficult surfaces: From concrete, wood, and pavement this high-tack film is a top choice. UV print ’n’ walk power-tack is excellent for eye-catching advertising at the point of sale, trade shows, showrooms or large-scale promotional campaigns. After printing with UV-curable inks, UV print ’n’ walk power-tack provides a R9-certified anti-slip surface. The film is perfectly suited for outdoor use under dry conditions.

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  6. Picture framing essentials from Neschen

    Picture framing essentials from Neschen

    Picture framing can be a challenge when presented with a variety of materials:  Valuable original artworks or historical documents require a different approach than photographs.  Nevertheless, every project deserves reliable solutions.  Discover our overview of picture framing essentials, ideal for the professional picture framer.

    Framing of original artworks, reproductions and photographs

    Decorative Aspect
    By framing a picture, its decorative effect is emphasised and the picture transforms into a focal point on the wall.  For best results, the material, size and colour of the frame should match the creative vision of its creator or the customer and should therefore be chosen carefully.  When selecting a frame, the whole interior design should be taken into consideration including the colour scheme and the layout of the room.

    Securing the artworks value long term
    The material of the frame should match the value of the picture.  A high-quality picture deserves a high-quality frame.  Secure the value of the artwork by professionally framing it with reliable materials.

    Protecting the picture again environmental factors
    To ensure that a picture is preserved over many decades, protection against natural and mechanical environmental influences should always be the main focus of picture framing.  Professional framing protects the artwork from moisture, dirt, dust and fingerprints.

    Picture framing with mats

    Enhancing the look of a framed piece
    The material, colour and thickness of mat/passe-parout gives the picture an individual note.  The choice of the mat's material and colour depends on personal taste, the colour scheme of the picture as well as the frame.  Mats are available with varying degrees of thickness and thus create different visual effects and varying degrees of depth.

    Visual staging
    Mats underline the look of the frame and draw the eye to the framed piece even more.  By Incorporating at mat, an image can be staged in a whole new way.

    Protecting the artwork
    A passe-partout creates a space between the picture and the glass of the frame.  The surface of the picture has no direct contact with the glass and is therefore better protected.  In addition, a passe-partout regulates the level of moisture within the framing by absorbing it and thus minimising its damaging impact on the picture.

    Products for the picture framer

    Self-adhesive takes and the passe-partout
    Filmoplast tapes are a high-quality adhesive solution that meets the high demands of museums and archives.  The product range includes a variety of self-adhesive tapes that meet the most diverse requirements in picture framing.  For example the product Filmoplast P and P90, with their slightly alkaline adhesive, are ideal for mounting pictures behind the mat with so-called t-hinge.  Filmoplast SH is excellent for creating a reliable hinge to mount the passe-partout to the mountboard.  Filmoplast T creates a dust-proof seal in the back of the frame.  To repair and restore paper, Filmoplast R is an excellent choice.

    Reasons for using Filmoplast tapes

    • Acid, solvent and phthalate-free
    • Resistant to ageing
    • Permanently elastic
    • Non-yellowing
    • No breakthrough after bonding to the substrate
    • Practical adhesive tape format in a handy dispenser box (including cutting knife)
    • No water required to activate the adhesive

    example of T-hinge

    T-hinge made easy with self-adhesive tapes: When choosing tapes, it is important that the products do not damage the picture.  Products such as Filmoplast P and Filmoplast P 90 therefore have a slightly alkaline adhesive.

    example of Filmoplast P / P90 usage

    Gudy® films for mounting onboard materials

    To frame a picture professionally, there are a variety of useful products and materials available. These also include the double-sided adhesive and paper-based products Gudy® 831 Fine Art smooth and Gudy® 832 Fine Art textured. In addition to framing pictures, they are also suitable for mounting on a variety of board materials. Coated with a solvent-free, ageing-resistant and permanently elastic acrylic adhesive, both products are excellent for mounting art prints, photos and art reproductions of nearly all kinds. While Gudy® 831 fine art textured is used for smooth, not heavily textured papers up to 300 g/m2, Gudy® 832 fine art textured creates a secure bond even when working with strongly textured papers.

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  7. High-tack films as wall covering - An all-round solution for interior walls

    High-tack films as wall covering - An all-round solution for interior walls

    So many different interiors, so many different surfaces. As an interior decorator, shopfitter or sign maker, you regularly face challenges when it comes to walls. Not every surface needs the same adhesion performance. In some cases, you have to deal with several types of surfaces within a single project – for example for the design of numerous shops of a retail chain. In this case, the application surfaces of the various shop interiors can vary widely and it may not always be possible to choose one and the same film. Not all films are suited for materials like structured walls (e.g. with a spack-spraying structure), concrete, chipboard or painted walls.

    When you have to deal with various substrates in single a project, it is always wise to test a small piece of film for its adhesive strength on the designated surface. If you want more certainty regarding the adhesion of your film, choose a film with a high-tack adhesion, such as solvoprint® performance wall-grip. This film features a high-tack adhesive that is suitable for various challenging surfaces, such as rough interior walls, smooth and dry concrete, chipboard, polypropylene or other difficult surfaces

    High-tack adhesive suitable for difficult surfaces

    The StickerCompany in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, regularly faces projects with challenging surfaces. Customers often ask whether their wall finish is suitable for applying stickers. This was also the case with a client, who wanted to add new signage to their business interior. The building featured many different surfaces, varying from varnished wood to structured walls with a spack-spraying finish. In order to get a clear picture of the situation, the StickerCompany asked for photos to be sent.

    This allowed Tinus Kouwenberg, owner of the company, to make a decision as to which film would be suitable. Because of their good experience with solvoprint® performance wall-grip, this choice was easily made. The material has a high-tack adhesive that offers an ideal grip on difficult to adhere to substrates, such as concrete, chipboard or structured walls.

    The design of the decals consists of fine details and line work, which was no problem for this film either. After the design was printed with a Canon Colorado, the signage was effortlessly cut into shape and then applied to various places in the building. Simply applying the film with the pressure of a squeegee sufficed to get a good adhesion.

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  8. Treat your images to an Innova Art media makeover

    Treat your images to an Innova Art media makeover

    Digital media and display specialist Innova Art will be displaying their extensive range of high-quality photo and art papers to the public as well as providing advice on how to get the most out of your digital photography at this year's Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham, 14th-17th March 2020.

    The award-winning Innova Editions® range represents the pick of Innova Art’s exceptional coated papers. This range includes traditionally mould-made, fully archival papers from the famed Italian paper mill Fabriano. Makers of high-end art papers since the 13th Century. Combined with Innova Art’s superlative inkjet coating technology, these choice papers fuse classic tones and textures with 21st century intensity and impact.

    There are more exciting options in the Innova Fine Art range. Why not try Innova Art’s Cold Press Rough Textured Natural White with its watercolour-like surface? Or the silky Smooth Cotton High White? Both are museum-grade papers developed to enhance and preserve your images over the decades.

    For drama, finesse and an unmatched tonal range, how about the Innova Photo Art range? Choose from a range of papers with Innova Art’s FibaPrint® coating technology. FibaPrint® Ultra Smooth Gloss – an award-winning digital fibre-based alternative to traditional baryta papers, or FibaPrint® White Matte, a super smooth matte paper with bright white tone.

    And that’s not all. If it’s endless variety you want, you’ll find it in the exhaustive Olmec™ range. From resin-coated inkjet photo papers in a range of surfaces to matte papers which are a great introduction to fine art printing. As the tried and tested route to achieving professional-quality inkjet prints, Olmec™ is always the right option.

    If you take beautiful photographs. Visit Innova Art at The Photography Show 2020 and discover everything you need to present them as artfully as your work deserves.

    The Innova Art team will be on hand for inspiration, from exciting display ideas such as the JetMaster®, GOframe and Pinchbook™ Photo Book ranges – simple, effective and oh-so-sophisticated solutions to 3D prints for desks, shelves and walls, homes, galleries or interiors.

    Online retail specialist will be there, providing in-depth guidance and demonstrations. And like every personal shopper, price is all part of the service.

    Give your images the love they deserve. Visit Innova Art on stand A1 at The Photography Show 2020, NEC, Birmingham, UK, 14th-17th March.

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  9. SiHL present innovative new photographic and fine art products at FESPA 2020

    SiHL present innovative new photographic and fine art products at FESPA 2020

    From 24 to 27 March 2020 in Madrid, here Sihl will be presenting products from the areas of Advertising & POS as well Photo & Art, which are suitable for numerous application fields.

    New Canvas show at trade fair for the first time

    Innovative technologies in large format inkjet printing currently enable countless applications in the fields of advertising, point of sale and photo printing.  Time pressure is becoming increasingly apparent here: High productivity combined with the best possible printing results are crucial factors in success.

    With the new CASPAR CANVAS PRO MATT (3387) SIHL provides the opportunity to produce high volumes in top quality: As coated fabric made from 100% polyester, the Canvas has been developed primarily for applications with high print volumes, such as online print shops and for the area of advertising technology.

    The 1:1 weave structure lends the product a uniform structure and homogeneous surface for photorealistic presentations. The high tensile strength and dimensional stability of the material enable easy processing, even for large formats or with automatic framing machines. The splashproof Caspar Canvas is also distinguished by very good colour reproduction and does not exhibit any white-scoring. The type is suitable for all common inkjet
    printers with solvent, latex and UV inks.

    Sihl is looking forward to welcoming all visitors in Hall 7, Stand D90!

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  10. The future of interior design - personalised wallpaper

    The future of interior design - personalised wallpaper

    Whether in private homes or large scale commercial projects, personalized interior design has never been in such high demand as it is today. For interior designers, shopfitters and booth builders, printable wall coverings offer a cost-efficient way of giving interiors that eye-catching finish.

    Sensational promotion or long-lasting wall design

    When selecting the medium, it is vital to plan ahead. Whether long-term wall design in hotels and other interiors or short-term promotion at the point of sale – there are suitable wall coverings for any purpose. High-tack wallpapers offer powerful adhesive formulas, ideal for semi-permanent or permanent installations. For short- to medium-term campaigns, for example, at the point of sale, there are products that can be quickly removed without leaving any residue.

    The look of real wallpaper paired with the creative freedom of graphics films

    Whether opting for geometric designs, advertising messages or landscape photography, almost any design can be applied to printable wallpaper. This presents an enormous potential for interior designers. Depending on the product, the wallpapers feature textures just like regular wallpapers do, ranging from woodchip to linen. In terms of the compatible printing technologies, Neschen offers printable wallpapers for nearly all inks, ranging from UV-curing inks to latex and solvent inks. In the shopfitting industry, digitally printable wall coverings not only score with their versatility: Many wall coverings are ideal for public areas because they are washable, abrasion-resistant and durable. This makes them ideal for high-traffic areas such as shopping malls.

    Discover how printable wall coverings transform interiors

    Porto’s newest luxury hotel gives its guests a glimpse into a rich history: The Hotel Pestana Porto – A Brasileira is built in the famous A Brasileira Café, the first to serve coffee in a cup in the early 20th century. Renowned for the slogan „The best coffee comes from A Brasileira“, it has a special past. The 5-star hotel still features the buildings’ original architectural elements and boasts 115 years of history. The rooms‘ themes are all tied to the spices and products imported during the Portuguese maritime expansion during the 15th and 16th centuries. Digitally printable wall coverings are a perfect medium for these types of applications: The wall designs fully transform the look and feel of hotel rooms, restaurants, and retail areas while being cost-efficient. Since interior designers and shopfitters are free in selecting any design, printable wall coverings are more and more appreciated as a sophisticated design element for interiors.

    Neschen Wallpaper Performance LinenOn the walls of the hotel’s 89 rooms, Neschen’s wallpaper performance linen pays tribute to the interesting history of the hotel.

    A portfolio made for the designer of today

    Just as in many other sectors, the interior design market is both increasing in scope and specialism which in turn increases the demands and requirements of printable wallpaper.  Nechen have diversified their portfolio to include a range of textured and environmentally friendly printable wallpapers that are not only PVC but are solvent free.  Discover the Neschen portfolio online now.

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