Vinyl, Vinyl Everywhere
Vinyl Remains Ubiquitous Media Solution for Large Format Graphics
by Gretchen A. Peck
Part 1 of a 4-Part Series
There may be a lot of industry buzz of late about new, sexier substrates for large format print suppliers and their customers. To some, vinyl may seem old hat, a tried and true option for banners and other wide format print applications. But just because the digital print industry has a relatively long history—and intimate familiarity—with vinyl, doesn’t make it any less important to the print supplier’s business model these days. Vinyl remains an incredibly popular medium, and for good reason.
Vinyl has become a ubiquitous substrate in large format graphics. Today, it’s being used all across the nation in a variety of indoor and outdoor applications—posters, POP displays, floor and window graphics, tradeshow signage, billboards, murals, vehicle graphics, and more.
Why does the industry continue to love vinyl? Why do customers continue to demand it?
It’s a no-brainer. Vinyl is affordable, durable, and available in an array of colors and levels of opacity. There is a plethora of manufacturers that supply vinyl substrates to the wide format industry. It’s a readily available substrate from companies like Avery Dennison, FLEXcon, Roland DGA, Sihl, and many others.
Similar to the variations you’ll find in paper substrates, vinyl isn’t a one-size-fits-all medium. Printers may choose vinyl products in any number of weights and configurations, including very wide format rolls.