3M Collaborates with Wrapmate to Provide Print-Ready Customers to Graphic Professionals

Exclusive collaboration simplifies customer throughput and builds awareness of brand impact

ST PAUL, Minn. – September 10, 2019 – Business owners today are faced with a wide variety of challenges to stand out from the competition, including the growing emphasis on creating a recognizable and impactful visual identity. To support customers in achieving their vision, graphic professionals spend precious time creating vehicle wrap design mockups to help determine the look and feel that will best tell the brand story. This can be a time-consuming process that also runs the risk of creating design mockups that don’t always come to fruition.

3M is excited to announce a strategic collaboration with Wrapmate to help businesses improve their brand’s visibility through high quality vehicle graphics and ultimately help graphic professionals find more customers.

Wrapmate is an online platform where business owners can visualize their brand on a vehicle by simply using their business’s website address. Wrapmate uses the URL to scan the website for branded visuals such as logos and imagery and within seconds, a vehicle wrap design is created. This service helps business owners understand what a vehicle wrap would look like in a 3D environment and builds excitement by offering tools for the user to better understand the impact that vehicle graphics have on the awareness of their business.

“Our innovative technology combined with 3M’s innovative film products allow for a great dynamic between our two businesses,” said Chris Loar, Founder & CEO of Wrapmate. “3M is the perfect fit for a strategic collaboration. We couldn’t be more excited about working together to grow the graphics industry.”

Business owners can also take the next step of bringing the visual to life by working with Wrapmate, who will interface directly with experienced graphic professionals within the 3M network to complete the job. 3M™ Certified Graphics Installation Companies and 3M™ Preferred Graphics Installers within the Wrapmate Pro network can execute these print-ready jobs and get the opportunity to work with new customers to further build their brands.

“The collaboration between 3M and Wrapmate opens the door to new business opportunities for graphic professionals and saves them time so they can focus on creating impactful transformations,” said Troy Kilfoyl of 3M Commercial Solutions Division. “By joining forces with Wrapmate, we are hoping to provide a creative solution to make the vehicle wrap design process easier for graphic professionals and more engaging for businesses everywhere.” Graphic manufacturers can now spend more time focusing on doing great work and less time worrying about customer acquisition.

WRAP OLYMPICS 2019 WINNERS

Late, so late, to WRAPSCON 2019

I was late… really, really late this time.  My flight from Columbus started off just fine but a unwelcome surprise in Phoenix derailed the trip pretty quick.  “We regret to inform you that your flight to Long Beach has been canceled” is NEVER the text you want to recieve while sitting in the airport… CRAP.  Turns out that the airline had proactively re-booked me on another flight… YAY!  …But the flight was going to drop me off at a different airport. An airport an hour away from the convention center… CRAP again!

Still, after catching the new flight and grabbing an Uber driver willing to get me up the coast to Long Beach, I can make this work.  Forget checking in to the AirBNB and who cares that I was carting all my luggage and camera gear.  I told the driver to just drop me in front of the convention hall and let me jump out.  I finally arrived at WRAPSCON 2019! 

From the second I stepped on the floor I felt I was home.  I honestly know that I am one of the most fortunate people in the world to able to earn a living in the wrap industry.  As I am fond of saying, this is the only industry where people pay us to color and play with cars.  We have amazing designers.  We have super cool projects.  We have brilliant tools and gadgets to work with.  We have the best people in the world.  We have #wrapfamily.  

For those of who missed WRAPSCON this year you missed some great stuff.  Ruggs Kochevear and his amazing NBM team spent an entire year putting together a concentrated wrap experience for us.  Where else are you going to see industry greats doing demonstrations in practically every booth?  Where else are going to get Justin Pate and The Wrap Institute team giving talks and allowing anyone to try all the different films? The 3M booth was hustling alongside the KPMF, Orafol and Teckwrap teams. Hexis was running their super popular Wrap battle panels. Famous faces wrapping right in front of you from all over the world. Every single one of them willing to chat, show off a tool or discuss a technique… so cool.

Finally, let’s certainly not forget this year’s Wrap Olympics! A two-person team rolling head-to-head against another one. This unique competition format has the wrappers moving from cars to rough texture walls. Wrapping odd and difficult objects (a bowling ball AND pin this year). Live designing projects and working together to implement the film installation. We had some great teams from all over North America as well as Europe and Asia. The final winners by judges decision was the team “Aloha Hillbillies” made up of Shane Oliberos (Xero Wraps) and Charlie Trujillo (Lettering Express) who took home a massive amount of prizes.

As in year’s past the Wrap Olympic’s judging team was made up of Starla Miller (Miller Decals), Jen Carney (Carbon Wraps), Luis Tirado (WBC Graphics / BladeCage) and Keith Savage (Savage Wraps) and Adam Sumner (Wrapix Imaging) with the whole event MC’ed by everybody’s favorite bayou boy Kevin Kempf (PG Nola). A virtual ton of wrap industry knowledge and expertise in this group for sure.

So, late arrival aside, this year’s WRAPSCON was an event to remember and one you should NOT miss next year!

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.

 

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.

 

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.