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It sounds so simple”?just buy some media for the printer. While acquiring paper for your desktop printer is easy, finding the right media to match your wide-format printer, inks, and specific job requirements may prove more challenging.

And the right media is critical to the job. Not only do you need to make sure that the substrate matches up well to your printer and inks, but it must also fulfill the job specs such as longevity, indoor/outdoor usage, frontlit/backlit, and low/high-res viewing.

Once a print provider finds media that works with its particular machines, it may opt to stick with those products”?so the results are reliable, presenting no surprises. Other print providers, however, may be on a constant search for a different look, a less-expensive media, or a special application. These print shops search for the new and different”?media that helps them stand out in their market.

Whether you”?re searching for a supplier of the tried-and-true, or you”?re seeking to be more adventurous, this month”?s source- list can help you. It includes manufacturers and private-label distributors of the most commonly used media in wide format:rollfed vinyl, paper, films, and self-adhesives. Note that we have only listed primary producers, manufacturers, and converters of media; we have not listed distributors/dealers who are simply selling another company”?s branded media. And, this list does not include rolled specialty media (see December 2005 issue for this sourcelist) or rigid media (see September 2006).

Aconda Paper ( Mural and Citylights outdoor coated papers for solvent printers.

Advantage Distribution ( Offers Advantage Inkjet vinyl and film for piezo and thermal inkjets.

Advantage Sign Supply ( Features Optima Opti-Jet media (paper, banner, vinyl, film) for aqueous and solvent printers.

AdventureCam Photography ( Its Proof Line Inkjet line includes wide-format vinyl and film.

Agfa ( AgfaJet Digital Printing Media paper, film, and self-adhesive vinyl compatible with Agfa printers as well as other wide-format aqueous and mild-solvent machines.

Ahlstrom ( Indoor nonwoven banner materials for large-format inkjet printers.

Alameda ( Offers paper, vinyl, banner, and film for aqueous printers.

Alizarin Coating ( Includes mild-solvent inkjet media, water-resistant inkjet media, and transparent film.

American Permalight ( Photoluminescent media for use with both solvent and UV-curable printers.

Applied Image Technology ( AIT ColorSolve and Quicksilver media are compatible with aqueous wide-format printers.

Arkwright ( Offers backlit films for solvent and mild-solvent printers and papers for aqueous printers.

Arlon ( Offers banner and pressure-sensitive vinyl film for solvent, mild-solvent, and UV-curable inkjet printers and thermal-transfer imaging.

Aslan Schwarz GmbH ( Offers digital printing film for solvent- and water-based inks, including PVC, films, vinyl, and self-adhesives.

Avery Dennison Graphics Division ( Media lines for wide-format inkjets include: Multi Purpose Inkjet (MPI) for solvent inks; Ultra-Violet Media (UVM) pressure-sensitive vinyl for UV-curable inks; Digital Banner Media (DBM) scrim for solvent printers; and Ink Jet Print Media (IPM) for use with water-based inkjet printers.

Baker International ( POP2 two-way, see-through media is compatible with electrostatic, inkjet, and thermal transfer.

Bayer Films America ( Several Makrofol textured polycarbonate films are compatible with UV-curable printers.

BBA Fiberweb ( Resolution media has a matte finish and super-white appearance and can be printed on with aqueous and solvent-based wide-format inkjet printers.

BF Inkjet Media ( Features a variety of banners, paper, and vinyls in the Signmaster, CapStone, and MuralMaster series of media for aqueous and solvent printers.

Big Systems ( BigJet media for aqueous thermal dye-based printers, WetJet media for thermal and piezo printers, and BigSol solvent/mild-solvent media.

Breathing Color ( Offers its Picturesque Collection of polypropylene and vinyl.

Bruin Plastics ( VCM (vinyl coated mesh) printable mesh for solvent printers.

CalComp Graphic Solutions ( Features Artisan products such as backlit film and banner vinyl for aqueous and solvent printers.

Canon USA ( Offers a variety of Canon wide-format media, including banner, film, paper, and vinyl.

Catalina Graphic Films ( Mojave and Sedona line for solvent and UV-curable printers.

Charrette ( Sentinel Graphix and DuraTex media include vinyl, banners, and films.

China Blue Sky Trade ( Offers synthetic paper, banner, vinyl, and film for aqueous, solvent, and mild-solvent printers.

Clear Focus Imaging ( One Way Vision films include ImageVue (solvent printers), ImageJetVue (aqueous dye- and pigment-based printers), and ClassicVue for Gerber thermal transfer.

Coburn Graphic Films ( Claritex line of polycarbonate film for solvent or UV-curable inks, as well as solvent-compatible Heavy-Metal Films, Diffracto Lite, and more.

ContraVision ( Features XR and perforated one-way viewable film for solvent or UV-curable printing.

Continental Grafix ( Has perforated one-way vision media for water-based, solvent, mild-solvent, and UV-curable inks as well as electrostatic printing.

Cooley Sign & Digital Products ( Digital product lines include CoolFlex, CoolGrip, CoolMesh, and CoolTrans, as well as Weathertyte, a coated awning fabric compatible with solvent printers.

Creative Banner Assemblies ( Titan banner vinyl for solvent printers.

Daramic ( Artisyn Synthetic Paper is a microporous, polyolefin-based, synthetic media, compatible with aqueous and solvent inkjet systems.

DaVinci Technologies ( Offers a range of banner, films, and vinyl for aqueous and solvent systems.

DCP Systems ( SecurFilm is both a polyester media and laminate self-adhesive product; it features an inkjet receptive (aqueous dye-based inks) coating.

Dietzgen ( Magellan line of inkjet-printable media, including film, paper, vinyl, and banner, for aqueous printers.

Digigraphics ( MiracleMedia for water-based, solvent, and mild-solvent printers.

Digital Art Supplies (DAS) ( Offers a range of banner, film, vinyl, backlit, and paper.

Digital Media Warehouse ( Rhinojet paper, cling, vinyl, and banner materials.

Domtar ( Offers inkjet-coated paper for wide-format printing.

Dotworks ( Offers Spotlight backlit, cling, and other media for wide-format printers.

Dong-A-Media ( Adam-jet media for solvent, water-based, and oil-based printers.

Dr. Graphix Imaging ( Offers media compatible with aqueous, solvent, mild-solvent, and UV-curable printers; includes DelSol solvent media line, TR51 Inkjet Media, Outdoor Inkjet Media, Bread & Butter Inkjet Media, Exotica, and Solvent.

Drytac ( Features Printable Eclipse media for water-based inks; also offers inkjet-printable floor vinyl called VersaJet.

DuPont ( Tyvek, Melinex, Teldar, and Mylar media are compatible with wide-format printers.

Eastsign International ( DingTec for solvent inkjet printers and Dingvinyl self-adhesive vinyl film for solvent and water-based inkjets.

Emblem ( Produces aqueous, solvent, and mild-solvent media lines which include vinyl, mesh, paper, and backlit.

Epson ( Features a variety of coated media as well as wide-format paper and vinyl.

FDC China ( Offers media for solvent and aqueous printers.

FDC Graphic Films ( Films and banners for solvent inkjets.

Fellers ( Jexar for water-based inkjets.

Ferrania Technologies ( Offers OptiJet paper and film.

Ferrari Textiles ( Ferrari Sign Media are designed for use with solvent, mild-solvent, or UV ink-based systems.

Flexcon ( Media lines for UV-curable and solvent inks include: BUSmark, FLEXmark, and seeTHRU sign.

Folex Imaging ( Folajet media line includes backlit, film, and self-adhesive, and is compatible with aqueous inks.

Forte ( Forte Rt inkjet paper is available in a variety of surfaces.

Fortuna Digital Graphics ( Imacolor PP synthetic paper, vinyl, and film for aqueous printers.

Fujicopian USA ( Its FixFilm-IJ is a printable self-adhesive substrate (white or translucent) for aqueous inkjets.

Gavrieli Plastics ( Offers backlit, clear, and white inkjet film for aqueous printers.

GBC ( Wide-format media include SecurFilm all-in-one polyester media/laminate for aqueous printers; SurePrint Polyester and Vinyl for aqueous thermal and piezo printers.

General Formulations ( Concept Solvent and UV Inkjet media products include self-adhesive films and static clings; MetroMark and TransMark for outdoor advertising; and Traffic Graffic floor and carpet film.

Gerber Scientific Products ( ImagePerfect coated and uncoated media includes cast, calendered, banner, backlit, reflective, and translucent media for use on its printer.

Grafityp ( Grafiprint self-adhesive solvent, mild-solvent, and aqueous media lines.

Graphic Materials International ( GMI media for aqueous, solvent, mild-solvent, and UV-curable inks, includes banner, vinyl, film, window, wall, and floor media.

Graphics One ( GO media, including a PolyPro, which is compatible with dye and pigmented inks.

Gregory ( Gregory Trendfilm and Trendbanner media lines.

Hanwha Polydreamer ( Polydreamer frontlit for solvent printers.

Hawk Mountain Paper ( Several media lines (such as Merlin, Condor, Osprey, and Talon) for aqueous printers.

HebeiYuxin Plastic ( Offers PVC calendered media (frontlit, backlit flex, and self-adhesive), as well as Jade Dragon inkjet vinyl and paper.

Herculite Products ( Bantex Banner Media is vinyl for solvent printers.

Hewlett-Packard ( Offers a wide variety of paper, film, backlits, banner, and self-adhesive media for aqueous, solvent, and mild-solvent inks.

Hexis USA ( Features media for aqueous, solvent, mild-solvent, and oil-based printers. Media include vinyl, banner, polyester, and paper.

Hong Kong Startone ( Offers a variety of media for aqueous, solvent, and mild-solvent printers.

ICI Imagedata ( Offers films and synthetic papers compatible with a variety of digital-imaging technologies.

IJ Siam ( IJ Papers and Film media for large-format inkjets.

IJ Technologies ( DuraGraphix (aqueous and mild-solvent), Premium Edition and UltraGraphix (aqueous), SolGraphix (solvent and limited UV-curable), and First Source (for Iris printers).

Ilford Imaging ( Omnijet paper and film for aqueous printers.

Infiniti Digital Technology ( Orasign flex-face, vinyl, paper, banner, and film for aqueous and solvent printers.

InkJetArt Solutions ( Offers several InkJetArt media lines for aqueous printers including Micro Ceramic paper.

Ink Press Paper ( Offers a variety of film, vinyl, and paper.

InkTec ( Real Media film, banner, synthetic paper, PET, and backlit media for aqueous printers.

Innowave Solutions ( Innowave mesh, paper, vinyl, and banners for solvent inkjets.

InteliCoat Technologies ( Magic brand offers a wide variety of media for aqueous, solvent, mild-solvent, and UV-curable printers. Media range from paper and banner to self-adhesive and film.

International Paper ( Accent Opaque line for inkjet printers.

iVivid ( iVivid vinyl and banner media for aqueous inks; it also has vinyl and film for solvent and mild-solvent inks.

Japan Pulp and Paper USA ( Offers wide-format paper and film for aqueous inkjets.

John Boyle ( Friendly Mesh is an acrylic-coated polyester scrim for solvent and UV-curable printers.

Kanzaki Specialty Papers ( KS paper and film for inkjet printing.

Kapco Graphics Products ( KapJet media line offers vinyl, banner, and film for aqueous and solvent inks.

Kentmere Photographic ( Product lines include K. Photojet, K. Crystaljet, K. ProJet, K. Opalite, and K. OpalJet for aqueous and solvent printers; new is K. Outlook self-adhesive window media for aqueous printers.

Keundo Technology ( SupraImage for aqueous, oil, and solvent printers; also SupraLon frontlit and backlit media.

Kimoto Tech ( Super KimoJet and KimoJet Graphic media for aqueous printers.

Kintex ( Features indoor and outdoor media for aqueous, solvent, and mild-solvent printers.

KiwaJet ( Offers solvent media for wide-format printers.

KK Label ( Paper, film, and vinyl for aqueous and solvent inkjets.

KN Color ( Inkjet media for water- and solvent-based printers, including synthetic paper and vinyl film.

Kodak ( Kodak Wide-Format Inkjet Media (paper, vinyl, and banner) for aqueous inkjets; also offers a line of proofing media.

LexJet ( LexJet and Sunset inkjet paper, polycarbonate, film, clings, banners, vinyl, and printable wallpaper for aqueous, solvent, and UV-curable inkjets.

LG Chem America ( LG Vizuon and Bannux products for wide-format printing.

Liberty Photo ( Inkjet Printing media line includes banner, vinyl, film, and paper.

Lintec of America ( Offers PET backlit and other film for aqueous and solvent printers.

Lockfast ( Features translucent inkjet media.

MacDermid Autotype ( SigmaGraf films for inkjet printing.

MacDermid ColorSpan ( ColorMark paper, film, and vinyl media for aqueous and solvent printers.

Mactac ( Imagin series of self-adhesive media for aqueous, solvent, mild-solvent, and UV-curable printers.

MatcoDigital ( Offers inkjet media including Flex-O-Face.

McSign Coating Technology ( McSign paper and film for aqueous printers; MAG media for solvent and mild-solvent printers.

Media Depot ( DotMaster line for solvent inkjet printers, including blockout, frontlit and backlit flex, and self-adhesive vinyl.

MediaStreet ( MediaStreet paper, vinyl, and film to match its aqueous inks.

Metamark ( Metamark Digital Media includes vinyl, polyester, and one-way vision film for solvent, mild-solvent, and UV-curable inks.

Milano Digital ( Milano Digital imaging product line for thermal/piezo, solvent, and UV-curable inkjets including film, banners, and vinyl.

Mitsubishi HiTec Paper ( Jetscript paper and film media for aqueous (dye- and pigment-based) and oil-based inks.

Mitsubishi Imaging ( DiamondJet paper and film as well as banner materials for aqueous printers.

M-Real USA ( Silver Jet Pro for aqueous printers includes backlit, transparent, and instant-dry.

Moab Paper ( Entrada paper for wide-format printing.

Mutoh ( Diamond Shield vinyl, banner, film, paper for its printers.

Nazdar Source One ( ImageStar media line offers vinyl and self-adhesives for aqueous, solvent, and mild-solvent printers.

ND Graphics ( PaperBrite backlit and paper for solvent and mild-solvent; and UltraMark vinyl for wide-format solvent printers.

Neo Inkjet ( LFP for aqueous printers and Solink products for solvent printers.

Neschen Americas ( FS, PVC, and Solvotex media for solvent and UV-curable printers.

Next Wave Media Solutions ( Aqueous wide-format media lines include BanJet, PermaJet, and PolyBan; also Bantex and Wallgrafx for solvent inkjets.

Noritsu ( Noritsu offers White, Backlit, Trans, Metallic, and Reflective Vision film for use with its printers.

Normandy Coating ( Film and paper for wide-format printing.

North American Euro Products ( Regma inkjet paper, vinyl, and film.

NTI Global ( Pearl Gloss outdoor banner media for solvent printers.

NuSign Supply ( Nu-Flex media for wide-format printers.

Oce Display Graphics ( Oce Aqueous, Oce Pro-Select, Oce Options, and Oce Imaging Supplies Solvent Inkjet media for aqueous and solvent printers.

OK Sheet ( Solvent Print Media line includes a variety of self-adhesive vinyl.

Oracal USA ( A variety of materials for solvent and water-based printers; its new Inkjet Media with RapidAir is for use on flat or simple corrugated or riveted surfaces.

Outdoor Sign Supply ( Banner substrates compatible with solvent and mild-solvent prints”?including frontlit, blockout, canvas, pressure-sensitive vinyl films, and mesh.

The Paper Company ( Ability media for wide-format inkjets.

Parrot Digigraphic ( Parrot Signage Media for aqueous and solvent printers.

PerfectJet ( PerfectJet media for solvent and mild-solvent printers.

PerfectProof ( PerfectProof indoor and outdoor banner materials for aqueous printers.

Phil-Chem ( Wide-format synthetic paper, PET, and film for aqueous printers.

Photo-Tex ( Photo-Tex is a self-adhesive fabric paper for aqueous, oil-based, solvent, and UV-curable printers.

Pictorico ( Offers a variety of paper and films. OHP wide-format transparency film.

PlaLight America ( PlaLight-AD printable reflective material for solvent and water-based inks.

Plastiprint ( Eclipse static-cling vinyl for aqueous inks and Plasticling for solvent printers. Compatible with solvent inks, PlastiView is a see-thru window vinyl.

PoliSigns Supplies ( Offers a variety of wide-format media for solvent and aqueous inkjets.

PPG Industries ( Teslin is a microporous, polyolefin-based film for aqueous printers.

Premier Imaging ( Premier line of vinyl, film, banner, and paper media for aqueous printers.

Prepress Supply ( Vortex media line for aqueous printers includes paper, polypropylene, and vinyl.

Procedes Chenel International ( Drop Jet paper for large-format inkjets.

Qualimage ( UV Unique for UV-curable printers; Scrolljet for solvent and mild-solvent printers; and papers for aqueous and solvent inks.

Quality Media & Laminating Solutions ( Features paper, vinyl, and film for solvent, UV-curable, and aqueous printers.

Que Media ( Vinyl, film, and paper for aqueous, solvent, and mild-solvent printers.

Rayven ( Produces several lines for wide-format printing including vinyl, film, paper, and metalized paper.

RBT International Trust Media ( Offers several polypropylenes, paper, vinyl, and film for aqueous printers.

Ritrama ( Features self-adhesive vinyl and paper for aqueous and solvent printers.

R-Tape ( Offers Coburn Plus and Durable products for solvent inkjet and thermal transfer.

Read&Co. ( Read&Co. media for water-based, solvent, and mild-solvent printers.

Roland DG ( Media lines for aqueous, solvent, and mild-solvent printers include: banner, paper, vinyl, and film.

Roysons (, Dreamscape line of textured/embossed vinyl media for indoor and outdoor use and printable with mild-solvent and true-solvent printers.

Sansuy ( Sanlux media line for wide-format printers.

Scarab Graphics ( Scarab Graphics films and paper for aqueous inkjets.

Seal Graphics ( Inkjet Stoplight for aqueous printers; and Solvent Vinyl for solvent, mild-solvent, and UV-curable printers.

Sefar ( Offers Decoview and Decovision media compatible with solvent, mild-solvent, and UV-curable inks.

Shanghai Jutu Digital Technology ( JT-Flex and Solvent Self-Adhesive Vinyl for solvent printers.

Shanghai Naisi Inkjet Photo Paper ( Range of papers, PET, PVC film, and flex media for aqueous printers.

Shanghai NAR International Development ( Narflex for solvent inkjets”?from backlit and perforated vinyl to blockout and reflective.

SignGold ( SolGold solvent inkjet-printable media for use with solvent and mild-solvent printers.

Sign Supply Store ( GT Eco-Solvent/Solvent Digital Print Media includes banner, film, and carpet.

Sihl Digital Imaging ( Inkjet-compatible lines include Solvit, DuraSol, SureStick, SureBet, OptiLux, TransSol, ClearSol product lines for aqueous, solvent, mild-solvent, and oil-based printers.

Snyder Manufacturing ( Advertex and Weatherspan Plus media is printable by solvent inkjets.

Sonoma Graphic Products ( Offers AW backlit films, paper, and vinyl for aqueous printers.

Soyang Technologies ( Environmental Flex, Eco-Solvent Flex, and Solvent Flex for solvent and mild-solvent printers, and papers for aqueous printers.

Spartech ( PETG sheet and more media for digital printing.

Stafford Textiles ( Grandform printable PVC for large-format solvent and UV-curable printers, including backlit, frontlit, mesh, and banner.

Stamoid/Ferrari Group ( Offers a variety of PVC canvas, frontlit, and banner, as well as other Precontraint and Stamoid Sign materials.

Star Flex ( Star Flex solvent-compatible backlit, frontlit, mesh, and blockout.

Summa ( Features white and clear vinyl for its printer.

3M ( Controltac, Scotchcal, and Scotchlite self-adhesive, graphic, and reflective film media lines for a variety of wide-format inkjet printers.

Tal Papers & Films ( TAL coated media for thermal and piezo printers.

TechNova Imaging Systems ( NovaJet media for piezo and themal printers using aqueous inks.

Tekra ( ProTek and Marnot hard-coated films are compatible with solvent and UV-curable inks; DuraView is for solvent printers.

Tiawan Calcom International Computer Graphic ( Variety of films, vinyl, and backlits for aqueous systems, as well as outdoor media for solvent printers.

Topkos ( MonaLisa media for aqueous printers.

Transilwrap ( Media lines include Transalloy, Transvy, TransFlex, Trans-Cling vinyl, and Pro Print for aqueous, solvent, and UV-curable inksets.

Typon Imaging ( Typon features TypoJet paper, film, and vinyl for aqueous, mild-solvent, and oil-based printers.

Ultimate Imaging Supplies ( Offers Ultimate-brand film, self-adhesives, vinyl, and paper for aqueous, solvent, and mild-solvent printers.

UltraFlex Systems ( Offers a variety of roll media that can be printed using solvent and/or UV-curable inks, including: Jetflex, Eclipse, SuperPrint, Ultrabanner, Ultima Supreme, Vulite, and Ultramesh. Also offers printable carpet.

Uniform ( Uniform vinyl, banner, paper, and backlit media compatible with solvent and aqueous dye and pigment-based inksets.

Universal Products ( Solutions line of vinyl, polycarbonate, banner, and window film for solvent, mild-solvent, and/or UV-curable printers.

US Banner ( Crown vinyl and mesh for solvent; Pearl media for solvent and mild-solvent inks.

Valeron Strength Films ( High-strength banner media for aqueous, solvent, mild-solvent, and UV-curable printers.

Value Vinyls ( Roll media compatible with solvent and UV-curable inks, including Ad-Flex, Grand-Flex, Poly-Flex, Freedom, and Wide-Flex.

Valloy ( Topaz media for aqueous and mild-solvent printers.

Vuflex ( Vuflex PVC for wide-format printing, including frontlit, backlit, and mesh.

Wonpoong ( AnySign AnyFlex solvent and mild-solvent media includes backlit, frontlit, banner, and blockout.

Yee Tien Chemical Enterprise ( Offers banner media for aqueous, solvent, and mild-solvent printers.

YuanYuan Enterprise ( Media for water-based and solvent printers.



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New Printvinyl Scored wide-format print media features an easy-to-remove scored liner for creating decals, product stickers, packaging labels, and more. The precision-scored liner, with a 1.25” spacing on a 60” roll, guarantees a seamless and hassle-free removal process.

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