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.

Avery Dennison Introduces New Colors of Film for Conform Chrome Series

 

Mentor, Ohio, May 15, 2018 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today the launch of three new colors, a new finish and a larger width for the Conform Chrome Series of vehicle wrapping film. The new vinyl films, intended for accent wraps, are available in 53” width, and they include Violet, Rose Gold and Matte Silver.

Similar to previous Conform Chrome films, these new colors can be applied to simple curves, and they feature patented Easy Apply RS™ adhesive. Conform Chrome Matte Silver is the first film from the series to feature a matte finish, and it is recommended for full wrap applications as well as accent wraps with mirror-like finishes for an authentic chrome look.

“The Conform Chrome Series allows wrap installers to bring their designs to the next level with sharp, eye-popping chrome accents and details, and the new colors give them even more potential design combinations,” said Jeff Losch, marketing director for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America. “These new colors also offer the same easy application and long-term removability customers expect from our products, while a wider size makes for seamless installations.”

Conform Chrome Violet, Rose Gold and Matte Silver bring the series to a total of eight films, all of which are recommended for use in combination with Supreme Wrapping™ Film and MPI 1105 to highlight mirrors, spoilers and simple curves. Conform Chrome films also offer repositionability and slidability provided by Easy Apply RS™ technology.

Samples of Avery Dennison Conform Chrome Series films are available from Avery Dennison representatives or vinyl distributors. Visit the Find a Distributor page on the Avery Dennison website to locate a distributor in your area.

For more details on Avery Dennison graphics products, installers can visit graphics.averydennison.com or contact Avery Dennison at 800-282-8379.

 

WrapGlove© – Revolutionizes an industry

For those in the vehicle wrap industry, our wrap gloves are basic, standard, critical parts of our daily job. When we do not have a glove close by it feels like we are missing our knife, squeegee or torch… simply not acceptable. What started years ago at APE Wraps® has morphed and grown into a worldwide phenomenon spanning countries, film brands, language and organizations. Gloves of multiple sizes, colors and brands continue to spread throughout the industry as a vital part of the wrappers kit.

The ability to protect the film while simultaneously turning our hands into an infinitely conformable squeegee has, quite simply, revolutionized the way wrappers world-wide perform at top levels.

Believe it or not, originally, the glove was not available for the general public and was intended for only internal use at APE Wraps®. However, it didn’t take long for industry friends and partners to start asking for them. After huge efforts by the family in identifying all the qualities necessary for a glove to perform as a durable, high quality tool the Original WrapGlove® was born. Today with more technology than ever before, the WrapGlove® brand has become an industry standard to decal installers worldwide. If you ask any professional installer “What are the top three tools in their Pouch”? One of them will most likely be the WrapGlove®.

The WrapGlove® was invented by Wastegate Technologies, Inc. (WTI). The WTI Company first and foremost is known for their custom show cars, concourse quality builds in the automotive industry. The family identified the need for gloves back in the 60’s and had gloves made for the use of protecting their concourse cars surfaces during and after the builds. Fast forward to 2007 where the use of the glove during the testing of some ultra conformable PVC films we found the glove had unintended attributes/qualities, by allowing the hand to glide smoothly across the surface of the film, unlike a bare hand that would drag and gouge the media. Fast forward 2 more years and WTI had produced the glove that in essence, is what our customers know today as the WrapGlove® Brand.

CAMBEA (Brazilian Car Wrapping Championship) for 2018!

 

 

 

CAMBEA (Brazilian Car Wrapping Championship) opens today and has a lot of exciting news for its 8th edition. This year, the stage for this event will take place at the ExpoPrint Latin America trade show, the biggest printing event in Latin America, from March 20th to the 24th.

The winner of the tournament will compete at the World Wrap Master Series, which will take place this year in Berlin, Germany.

CAMBEA PRO – Professional Series with MC Marcos Schott and judges Eduardo Stabel , Mirreile Van Der Jagt (Pro Wrap Netherlands) and Tim Evans (Wrapper Mapper)

There will be 18 teams fighting for a place on the semifinals on the 3 first days, having the task of wrapping the side and the hood of a car within 1 hour 30 minutes.
6 teams will earn the right to move on to the semifinals on the 4th day, and only 3 will make it to the final on March 24th with the goal of wrapping the entire car within 5 hours.

Besides the main car wrapping competition, CAMBEA is also an incredible gathering event for the industry!  Car wrappers from all over Brazil get to meet, talk and celebrate with fun competition and educational segments created and sponsored by CAMBEA.

One of them is the CAMBEA FAST, known for being fun and accessible, as everyone can join. The mission is to wrap the hood of a car in the shortest time possible and try to break the current record of 4 min 35 sec held by Guilherme Martins.

The CAMBEA Arena at ExpoPrint will also have the CAMBEA Lab, where people can learn unique wrapping techniques with some of the greatest specialists of the sector. The American wrap guru Justin Pate, considered one of the biggest car wrapping specialists in the world, will present his highly refined wrapping technique honed throughout his 20 years of wrapping experience.

The CAMBEA’s organizer ALLTAK will also present the world famous Joffrey Van Der Jagt, the Dutch artist from ProWrap and known as the free style wizard, will be in Brazil to turn cars into real artwork with wrapping techniques.

The Best of all editions

Marcelo Souss, the event’s founder, states… “We want to make this one the best CAMBEA of all times, promoting the biggest wrapping event in Brazil with the best of the national wrapping scene. Everyone is so qualified, and the professional level has gotten so high, that we had to make some changes in the tournament’s regulations. I traveled all over the country this year, and the expectations are as high as possible. The interest in our market has been growing more and more which motivates us to do all of our best to pass on all the experience and information by creating an even better educational, motivational and cultural event each year. The event is a “must” for those who work in the wrapping segment.”

 

Avery Dennison Announces New Business Boot Camp for Wrap Professionals – 2018

Mentor, Ohio, March 15, 2018 – Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced today the launch of a new workshop focused on how to successfully run a business in the vinyl wrap industry. The new Business Boot Camp classes were developed in collaboration with wrap industry pioneers Justin Pate, The Wrap Institute., and John Duever, Vinyl Images and Design. The Boot Camp is ideal for wrap installers who are interested in starting a business and wrap shop owners and team members looking for professional advice on how to improve efficiency and increase profits.

“At Avery Dennison, we are listening to our customers and developing the products and training they need to succeed,” said Bill Podojil, senior business director, Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions North America. “Wrap installers and wrap shop owners have told us they’d like to be more effective and efficient, while learning to upsell and enhance their marketing. Those topics and many more regarding day-to-day business operation are included in the new two-day Business Bootcamp.”

Pate and Duever will lead the classes with added expertise from guest speakers, including Dallas Fowler, Digital EFX, addressing wrap design and production, and Paul Roba, OEM relationship manager at Avery Dennison, teaching attendees about digital printing and lamination. Austin Smith, founder of the Paint Is Dead Network and president of #201WRAP, will speak about branding and marketing a wrap business as well as up-selling services.

The first Business Boot Camp for Wrap Professionals will be held May 18-19, 2018 at Car Wrap City in Dallas, Texas. A full course description and registration information are available at graphics.averydennison.com/bootcamp. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with the guest speakers and members of the Avery Dennison Graphics Team during a reception to be held in the evening on the first day of the class. 

For more details on Avery Dennison graphics products and training, installers can visit graphics.averydennison.com or contact Avery Dennison at 800-282-8379.  

3M Takes The Application Center On The Road With Its First Mobile Training Vehicle

3M Takes The Application Center On The Road With Its First Mobile Training Vehicle Graphics installers across the country can now get hands-on training close to home ST. PAUL, Minn. – (March 8, 2018) – Industry leader in innovation, 3M Commercial Solutions is thrilled to reveal the latest training center to increase expertise and precision across the graphics industry: the 3M Mobile Training Vehicle. This state-of-the-art Mobile Training Vehicle delivers hands-on installer training to central locations in towns across the country.  It extends the current 3M training capabilities even further, making quality education more accessible. The goal is to help more installers develop the skills and the confidence they need to bolster their reputations and grow their businesses.

The training vehicle is a 40-foot mobile application center fully equipped to provide training on the application of graphics and architectural films. Participants can expect to learn up-to-date and relevant installation techniques, industry best practices and 3M specific solutions.

“With the 3M Mobile Training Vehicle, we want to provide a convenient, comprehensive and hands-on education that the students can use every day,” said Kimberly Tostrud, Product Marketer with 3M Commercial Solutions. “One of the greatest benefits of the 3M Mobile Training Vehicle is the hands-on experience trainees will receive, with 80 percent of instruction time dedicated to product application by the students. The opportunity to gain application experience under the guidance of authorized trainers, who are expert installers themselves, provides students with a unique experience that goes far beyond watching a demonstration, workshop or listening to a lecture.”

Reece Supply Company in Charlotte, N.C. was one of the first 3M Strategic Authorized Distributors to experience the 3M Mobile Training Vehicle this February. “We had great feedback from those who attended the training class, and it was clear their confidence grew after they received the hands-on instruction,” said Vic Lawrence, Operations Supervisor for Reece Supply Company. “The entire 3M team was very professional, knowledgeable and eager to help in any way. It reminded me of a racecar pit crew at times.”

“The 3M Mobile Training Vehicle is equipped with different application surfaces for students to work with, including partial vehicles for commercial applications, a variety of wall types, fleet panels, floors, windows for glass applications, a classroom and more. Trainees will have the opportunity to practice with 3M products such as 3M™ Print Wrap Films, 3M™ Wrap Film Series 1080, 3M™ Knifeless Tapes, 3M™ DI-NOC™ Finishes and
3M™ Fasara™ Glass Finishes,” said Beau Hommes, 3M Application Development Engineer. “The training also offers the attendees an opportunity to utilize industry relevant tools to make their installations more successful.”

3M Commercial Solutions helps customers worldwide build brands by providing total graphics and light management solutions. 3M manufactures or certifies lighting solutions‚ graphic films and graphic protection‚ flexible substrates‚ as well as inks and toners used to create finished graphics that are consistent‚ reliable and durable. To learn more about the 3M Mobile Training Vehicle, contact your 3M sales representative.

For more information about the entirety of 3M’s installer training programs, please visit 3M.com/InstallationPrograms.