Drytac - 3/28/2008
Drytac Corporation Acquires Advanced Finishing Solutions
Richmond, VA - Drytac Corporation is pleased to announce the acquisition of Advanced Finishing Solutions
(AFS), an OEM provider and distributor of aqueous/UV-curable coating machines and liquid coatings. This
strategic move will position Drytac to leverage the growing demand for liquid laminating among users of flatbed
inkjet printers, digital print-on-demand presses and photo printers, as well as operators of gicleé and fine art studios.
Advanced Finishing Solutions offers an extensive line of aqueous and UV coating equipment, with formats
ranging from 3.2 M (10.5 ft) down to models the size of a copy machine. The company markets its products
under such trade names as VERSA-Coater, PhotoMate, PressMate and DocuMate UV, Cyclone UV, AFC
Liquid Coaters, ENDURACoat and INSTACure liquid coatings.
As the world’s largest manufacturer of dry mounting tissues and Heatset® overlaminating films, Drytac is well
positioned to further increase the visibility of the AFS brand in North America, Europe and Asia. "The liquid
coater line enhances our position as a one stop post print finishing resource for the graphics and display
markets," says Marc Oosterhuis, President of the Drytac Group. "It will also allow us to expand into markets
such as screen printing and on-demand printing."
Jim Tatum, founder and former owner of AFS and graphics industry veteran, will continue to head up the liquid
products division for Drytac. "Drytac and AFS share a similar long term vision," says Tatum. "This move allows
us to maintain our current level of customer service as Drytac’s global infrastructure extends our geographic
reach." According to Tatum, existing AFS customers can expect continued seamless service, plus an
expanded product offering.