Russian Wrap Masters 2018 – Moscow brings the wrap world together

Red Square, The Kremlin, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Tomb… all iconic images of Moscow Russia but none can compare to the smiling faces saying “Dobroye utro” (Good morning) every day as we walked into the Moscow Expocentre for the 2018 Russian Wrap Masters.

September saw the arrival of the 2018 Russian Wrap Masters Cup.  4 Days of wrapping competitions, demonstrations, training and international fun organized by the RWM team based out of Saint Petersburg.

Andrey Lobov (main organizer) tells us “Russian Wrap Masters is a dream come true for me. When I started Russian Wrap Masters I had no idea how difficult it would be.  The results have been so good that all previous problems went away when I saw the fire in the eyes of the wrappers. Russian Wrap Masters is also a special educational area where wrappers can see new tricks and styles from all over the world and we invite the best judges from all over the world.  We all really enjoy this special time, when wrappers from all over the country can join together. It is a time when friendship and support are main things. It is a time when you get energy for the next year. It is Russian Wrap Masters time.”

When asked about the future of the Russian wrap market, Klaudiya Kustova said “The Russian market has developed very well over the last 10 years from the beginning stage. The number of good masters, those who have opened their own wrap schools, and those who can teach beginner installers has grown. I think there will be a rise in the number of wrappers in the future and their skill level will also grow. I think more and more masters will take part in international competitions. We are already seeing this trend.”

The competition itself fielded a group of 22 professional wrap installers from all Russia and surrounding countries.  The competitor’s skills were challenged with wrapping Suzuki vehicles, using ORAFOL film, in multiple rounds and getting creative with wrapped sleds and cycling helmets.  All of the rounds were evaluated by a wide ranging team of judges specially invited by the Russian Wrap Masters Team… Aleksander Buchko (Russia), Igor Sulakov (Russia), Tadashi Kariya (Japan), Ivan Tenchev (Bulgaria), Jim Miller (USA) and Tim Evans (USA)

Pavel Dudnikov summed up the event best when he said “… the Russian wrap market has became more informed and filled with knowledge. It is about all aspects, knowledge about materials, tools, techniques of wrapping etc, with the market continuing to go in this direction. There are more and more wrappers with very high skill, who can compete with the best world wrappers and some who have already won some worldwide competition.”

At the end of the day, when all squeegees are down, the Russian Wrap Masters champion of 2018 went to Andreas Siemens.  Congratulations Andreas and enjoy a job well done!

 

A wrapped twelve story building… 3M headquarters made it happen.

Jeff Roosa, owner of DPI Graphics, was able to live a dream when he was selected to lead up an amazing coordinated wrap installation for 3M Headquarters in Saint Paul, Minnesota USA in August this year.  Together with his handpicked crew of, Matt Sorg, Carl Brewer, Sergio Yakobchak and Ben Anderson, the installation team worked 24 hours a day for three days straight in 8 hour shifts to complete the project.  To make matters even more interesting, the shape of the building required a custom powered scaffolding while the sheer massive size of the work required a highly detailed grid pattern to keep the hundreds of individually produced panels organized and efficient.

This monumental effort was scheduled to coincide with the 2018 3M Discovering Transformations Media Day.

Attendees of the event were invited to the 3M headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota for a chance to hear about industry trends, upcoming products as well as new and innovative technologies. The day consisted of a keynote presentation from Peter Elliot on “Impactful Transformations”, and a panel discussion with 3M experts. Guests had the opportunity to tour 3M’s Innovation Center and the Carlton Science Center, as well as participate in hands-on demonstrations with 3M products including Wrap Film Series 1080, Safety and Security Film, 3M Graphics Hub and Envision Print Wrap Film 480mC. Additionally, attendees got a front-row view of the new 12-story building wrap itself.  “Curiosity is just the beginning” was the wrap message as it coincides with the 3M mission to encourage everyone to begin to look at every surface as a canvas.

 

SEMA 2018 – After-Hours Party List

 

Where, oh where, will the parties at SEMA be?  If you have attended the Las Vegas wrap party extravaganza that is SEMA then you know this week is the industry’s wildest of the year.  To make it easy, here is a quick list of what is going on each night after the show.  There will be many private appreciation events happening but here is a nice selection of industry open fun!

 

Tuesday, October 30th – Avery Dennison – Beer Park at the Paris Hotel – 6:30pm-8:30pm

  • Invitations are required so be sure to stop by Avery’s booth #12659 and try to snag your invite fast

 

Tuesday, October 30th – Wrappy Halloween – 8pm to Midnight – (IBOW, WrapperMapper, ColorReal, Car Wrapper, MagStrapz)

 

Thursday, November 1st – WWWrap Party – Paint is Dead and presented by Fellers

 

 

3M™ Expands Wrap Film Series 1080 Product Lineup with Four New Dynamic Colors

 

3M™ Expands Wrap Film Series 1080 Product Lineup with Four New Dynamic Colors

The expanded color portfolio offers customers more options to achieve desired aesthetics

 

  1. PAUL, Minn. – (October 11, 2018) – For car enthusiasts, the ability to customize their vehicles with unique colors or patterns provides the perfect opportunity to be unique and stand out in a crowd. Whether it’s installing a complete car wrap in Gloss Hot Rod Red or strategically placing racing strips in Matrix Black, there are unending aesthetic and design possibilities for every personality. While the tried and true classic shades never seem to go out of style, developing new colors to stay ahead of – and determine –trends allow 3M to answer industry demands.

 

Expanding the color palette of the Wrap Film Series 1080 family, 3M is proud to introduce four new shades to the 1080 lineup:

  • Gloss Flip Ghost Pearl
  • Gloss Silver Chrome
  • Satin Flip Psychedelic
  • Shadow Military Green

Wrap Film Series 1080 boasts an impressive portfolio with 100 color options. In addition to visual capabilities that make an immediate impact, the films are durable and maintain color consistency and brightness. Additionally, 3M vinyl wraps boast features that make installation quick and efficient, ensuring outstanding results every time.

 

“Through the addition of four new colors, we are able to diversify our Wrap Film Series 1080 film offerings,” said Janelle Pizzi, 3M product marketer. “It’s not just the colors that make our films best in class, but also the product quality. That’s why 3M vinyl films deliver both eye-catching aesthetics and outstanding performance.”

 

The Wrap Film Series 1080 product line brings together rich colors with complementary finishes that transform a car’s appearance. Most importantly, efficient installations with impressive results make it easy for car owners to refresh their vehicle quickly and get them back out on the road, looking better than ever.

 

For more information on 3M Wrap Film Series 1080, visit 3M.com/1080films and view all available colorshere.

 

Wraps VIP 2018… party by the sea

Can you really ask for a better combination than a wrap industry party, for wrappers, put on by wrappers, supported by wrappers… looking over the ocean?  For the third year the Wraps VIP party went off without a hitch thanks to the mighty efforts of Dan Nava, Chrissy Ross Walthour, the IBOW team, a healthy dose of willing volunteers and, of course, the top notch sponsors who made it all possible.

IBOW and DUB IR played host to the event that was the highlight of the week with a huge thank you to the “Big Kahuna” sponsors Orafol, Avery Dennison and 3M who generously supported the festivities while simultaneously going above and beyond with prizes and spirit!

The Wraps VIP event began as the brainchild of Dan Nava as a natural supplement for the 2016 WRAPSCON in Indianapolis, IN USA.  An industry veteran and wrap industry advocate, Dan, reached out to Tim Evans of WrapperMapper and pitched the idea of a fun, after-hours, wrap party specifically designed to let everyone just let loose.  Combined with the WrapperMapper “all are welcome” ethos we had a winner right out of the gate.

Each year the Wraps VIP event has changed to a new cool location.  From a cowboy bar in Indy, to a yacht cruising the Long Beach Harbor to this year’s ocean-side venue… really a spectacular time.

This year also saw the introduction of the 5 minute model-car speed wrap contest.  A super exciting and fun event where each of our volunteer competitors had 5 minutes, to create a cool design on a die-cast car.  Try doing that in front of a screaming crowd!  The final result was a lot of laughs, a lot of interesting designs and the top three awards going to Jim Miller (Miller Decals), Steve Carney (Carbon Wraps) and Kalee Conner (Who Did That !?!).

As an added treat we had Jeff Gregorio, host of the All Wrapped Up podcast, doing interviews with all sorts of our distinguished guests.

All-in-all, the Wraps VIP 2018 party was yet again another knock-out success!!!

 

AVERY DENNISON “WRAP LIKE A KING”™ CHALLENGE NAMES 10 REGIONAL WINNERS FOR 2018

Mentor, Ohio, October 2, 2018 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today that 10 vehicle graphics installers from around the world have been named Regional Wrap Kings in the “Wrap Like a King” Challenge featuring Avery Dennison® Supreme Wrapping™ Film, the Conform Chrome and ColorFlow™ Series and MPI 1105 Supercast Digital film.

The following vehicle graphics installers were named Regional Wrap Kings:

  • North America East – “VooDoo S6 – SteamPunk SpaceShip” installed by Ryan Oyola and Mike Postilio of VooDoo Vinyl Wrap of Long Island, NY
  • North America Midwest – “Boba Fett” installed by Justin Baker, Lee Mies, Paul Lee and Kyle DeLoss Henkler from Auto Trimmers of Shoreview, MN
  • North America Central – “Republic Tattoo” installed by Eric and Frank from Graphics Guys of Austin, TX
  • North America South – “Mission Flyer 2.0” installed by MetroWrapz of Hollywood, FL
  • North America West – “Gold Rush Rally” installed by Antonio Ng of EMWRAPS of Seattle, WA
  • North America Canada – “The Warrior” installed by Ben Bieber of Canadian Wrap Masters of Georgetown, ON
  • Europe North – “Barnfind” installed by Mark Chamberlain from Funkeefish of Tendring, Great Britain
  • Europe Central – “Dynamic Truck” installed by Sebastian Kreuzer of SIGNal Wrapping of Schwäbisch Hall, Germany.
  • Europe South – “Formula-e Gen2” installed by Chaublet Sébastien from S&C Creative Agency of Guérande, France.
  • Eastern Europe & MENA – “Toyota Wrap Cruiser” installed by Martin Turecek from Wrap Style of Zlin, Czechoslovakia

“Having the responsibility of picking the finest wraps in the world is an exciting task as a judge in this challenge,” said Molly Waters, senior technical specialist, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions. “Each year we wonder how Wrap Like A King entries could be more ambitious, and every time, installers find a way to surprise us with new techniques and film combinations.”

A panel of international industry judges chose 10 Wrap Kings from North America and Europe. The 2018 Challenge judges include Justin Pate, co-owner of The Wrap Institute; Myles Kovacs, president and co-founder of DUB® Magazine; Jun Kinoshita, sales manager of Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Japan; Mark Richardson, director of Elite Wraps and Vehicle Graphics; Alain Carcat, technical sales support for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Europe; Molly Waters, senior technical specialist for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America; Peter Wright, technical marketing manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions Asia Pacific; and Marco Kimme, founding member and chairman of the German Wrapping Association. The regional winners will go on to compete for the title of Continental Wrap King, to be awarded October 15, 2018. Continent winners will then be judged for the ultimate “King of the Wrap World” title at the 2018 SEMA Show, October 30 – November 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The eight professional judges evaluated the submissions based on the following criteria: visual transformation (difference between the before and after pictures submitted), quality and skill level of installation, overall public look and appeal and uniqueness of the design.

“We continue to build a full lineup of automotive restyling solutions, and the creative entries from Wrap Like A King™ show what our talented customers can accomplish with them,” said Jeff Losch, marketing director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions. “These Regional Wrap Kings have each made something incredibly unique, and we are proud that our products were the starting point.”

Each Regional Wrap King won an initial prize package valued at close to $2,000. The prize pack includes personalized marketing materials, Avery Dennison product, SEMA passes and more. The $3,200 prize pack for continent winners includes personalized Wrap Like a King swag, $500 in gift vouchers, a Race Ramp product and a variety of promotional and marketing tools for the winner’s wrap shop.

The 2018 King of the Wrap World grand prize winner will be announced on Wednesday, October 31 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The King of the Wrap World extended prize package is valued at almost $5,000, with additional gift vouchers and exposure via the Avery Dennison website and web advertisements.

Wrap installers can learn more about Supreme Wrapping Film, digital Supercast films, official rules, judges and prize information via avydn.co/WLAK2018.

If you missed WRAPSCON 2018… you missed a lot.

If you didn’t make it Long Beach California for WRAPSCON this year… you missed yet another great show.  As always, this wrap industry focused event was hosted by NBM (National Business Media) who brings us awesome publications like Sign and Digital Graphics Magazine and the annual WRAPS Magazine.  The much anticipated WRAPS Magazine “…covers the materials, technology, and production of all forms of wrap applications including vehicle, fleet, building, flooring, and rough-surface wrapping. Shop owners will find it an authoritative source of business information on market trends, how-to application tips, design strategies and out-of-home and vehicle advertising.

The WRAPSCON show was anchored by a variety of wrap focused vendors from Printers to wrap films, tools, training and suppliers with everyone pitching in to create a wrap-centric experience found nowhere else on the planet.  Ruggs Kochevar, Publisher – Sign & Digital Graphics and Wraps magazine / Producer – WRAPSCON @ THE NBM SHOW, said it best… “For all the moving parts that is WRAPSCON, I think we took a nice step forward this year.  WRAPSconnect, Meet the Masters and, of course, the Wrap Olympics were all big hits.  We saw international competitors, attendees and exhibitors alike.  We had a record number of teams in the contest as well as record sponsor participation.  I couldn’t be happier.  The thing about an event like this is there is always room for improvement and growth.  Plans have already begun for next year’s show.”

A major highlight was this year’s Wrap Olympics.  Just imagine a host of industry famous judges overseeing a sizable group of professional wrap teams vying for the top prize as Wrap Olympics Champion.  Speed wrapping handles, customizing helmets and rough wall installing were just a few of the challenges that each faced over the three day competition.  Ultimately the Japanese team of Tadashi Kariya (Design Lab Inc) and Keiichi Hasegawa (www.c17media.com) took the top honors winning a sizable pile of prizes from the sponsors.  Top notch job from “Team Samurai”

Our recommendation… sign-up for the Sign and Digital Graphics Magazine, make sure you get the WRAPS Magazine heading your way and start making plans for next year’s WRAPSCON.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WrapperMapper Job Board is here!!!

Looking for a new awesome wrap installer, a cutting edge designer or just some short-term project help?  WrapperMapper.com has just released the latest free industry connection resource!

 

Introducing the WrapperMapper.com JOB BOARD!!!

 

Wrap Shop employers can post their open positions by multiple common categories… Installer(s), Designer, Production help, Sales and Management.  Shops can also specify if they are looking for Full-Time, Part-Time, Freelancers, Interns OR have a Short-Term Project need.  A secure login dashboard allows tracking of job postings, which applicants have applied and exercise control over your own account settings.

 

Job Candidates can search for wrap industry specific job postings by several different criteria… location, employment type, duration, job description etc.  while also having the ability to apply for a specific posting right through the page itself.  Signing up as a searching candidate creates a secure dashboard allowing you to create your resume, upload photos and track what positions you have applied for.

 

All of this is completely FREE as we continue WrapperMapper’s mission to support & connect the wrap industry around the world.

 

Check out the new features of WrapperMapper.com Job Board right now!!!

AVERY DENNISON® “WRAP LIKE A KING” CHALLENGE OPENS FOR VEHICLE WRAP SUBMISSIONS

Mentor, Ohio, July 9, 2018 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced the opening of its annual “Wrap Like A King” Challenge. This year’s vehicle wrap competition will run July 9 through September 14, 2018, and it will again include Regional Wrap Kings, Continental Wrap Kings and the crowning of the “King of the Wrap World.”

Wrap installers from 53 countries across the globe can submit commercial, full print or color change wrap projects to be judged to win thousands in prizes. The prize packages for 2018 are worth a combined total of over $30,000, available to Regional Wrap Kings, Continent Wrap Kings and the “King of the Wrap World.” Over 150 installers entered the Challenge in 2017.

“Wrap Like A King is a strong representation of our commitment to the vehicle wrap community and its astonishing creativity,” said Jeff Losch, marketing director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions. “We aim to make the most efficient, appealing vinyl wrap products, and rewarding the most impressive wraps from our talented customers is a tradition that maintains our focus on where the industry is heading.”

Participating nations make up twelve geographic regions across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. Wrap installers in these regions will submit projects featuring Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping™ Film, the Conform Chrome series, the ColorFlow™ Series, MPI 1105 Supercast Digital film or a combination of car wrap films to be evaluated against their regional peers by a panel of judges.

The 12 Regional Wrap Kings win almost $2,000 worth of personalized marketing materials, Avery Dennison product, SEMA passes and more. They will go on to battle for royalty on their continents, North America, Europe, North Asia and Australia/New Zealand, and the overall winner will be chosen by the judges as the best in show and crowned the “King of the Wrap World” at the 2018 SEMA Show, October 30 – November 2, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.

The 2018 Judges Panel includes:

  • Justin Pate – The Wrap Institute, USA

Pate is an Avery Dennison certified installer/instructor in the US. He leads the Avery Dennison North America hands-on car wrap workshop and certification program and is co-owner of The Wrap Institute.

  • Myles Kovacs – DUB Magazine, USA

Kovacs is the president and co-founder of DUB® Magazine, a US based magazine that focuses on the urban custom car culture and celebrities and their vehicles.

  • Jun Kinoshita – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, Japan

Kinoshita is the sales manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Japan. He introduced the Certified Wrap Installers training program to Japan and worked together with Justin Pate on the training course.

  • Mark Richardson – Elite Wraps and Vehicle Graphics, United Kingdom

Richardson, director of Elite Wraps and Vehicle Graphics, has been in the sign industry for 24 years and the wrap industry for 15 years. He is a trainer for Avery Dennison, running workshops in Northern Europe.

  • Alain Carcat – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, Europe

Carcat works in technical sales support for the south region of the Avery Dennison Europe customer base. He’s worked with Avery Dennison for 25 years in product management, sales and training in countries such as France, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

  • Molly Waters – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, North America

Waters is a senior technical specialist in North America with over 19 years of industry experience. Waters often visits sign and wrap shops around the region, talking with customers about the car wrap industry. She also frequently contributes to the Avery Dennison blog.

  • Peter Wright – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, Asia Pacific

Wright is a technical marketing manager and works with the industry’s leading installers, teaching vehicle wrapping workshops and promoting the industry.

  • Marco Kimme – German Wrapping Association, Germany

Kimme is a founding member and chairman of the German Wrapping Association (GEWA). GEWA created a wrapping standard for its members in Germany, and the association offers a qualification and examination system, as well as services to support installers’ daily operations.

The four continent winners will receive a four-night stay in Las Vegas for the 2018 SEMA Show, where the “King of the Wrap World” will be announced. The $3,200 prize pack for continent winners also includes personalized Wrap Like a King swag, $500 in gift vouchers, a Race Ramp product and a variety of promotional and marketing tools for the winner’s wrap shop. The “King of the Wrap World” grand prize package is worth almost $5,000, with additional gift vouchers and exposure via the Avery Dennison website and web advertisements.

Car wrap installers are encouraged to enter a vehicle wrap project using Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping™ Film or digital Supercast films at avydn.co/WLAK2018. Official rules, judge bios and prize information are also posted on the site.

For more information on Avery Dennison vinyl for car graphics and where to buy Supreme Wrapping Film, visit graphics.averydennison.com.

Meet The Trio Of New 3M Wrap Solutions

3M has three new products hitting the market! With more options to fit the specific needs of our customers, 3M™ Print Wrap Film IJ175Cv3 provides fast installations with low initial tack, and the two over-laminates give any wrap film a non-reflective, matte finish, good for walls, or a thin, glossy finish with high conformability for vehicles.

Here’s a look at the latest products:

3M™ Print Wrap Film IJ175Cv3 (see attached image)

  • Low initial tack for easy snap up and excellent slideability
  • Features 3M™ Comply™ v3 Air Release
  • Ideal for fast installation on vehicles, trailers and box trucks

3M™ Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8418G

  • A highly conformable wrap overlaminate for compound curves, excellent for vehicle and boat wraps
  • Provides a “glossy” wet paint look
  • Lighter weight compared to 3M™ Scotchcal™ Gloss Overlaminate 8518

3M™ Envision™ Matte Wrap Overlaminate 8550M

  • High performance, non-PVC, matte wrap overlaminate with a sustainability edge that minimizes reflection from lighting and sunshine
  • Great for textured surfaces, smooth walls and vehicle wraps
  • Offers excellent durability and stretches 150% with no primer or lift

To learn more or request a sample, please visit 3M.com/IJ180 and 3M.com/Overlaminates.