Self adhesive film manufacturer Drytac is set to open a fully interactive training academy in Fishponds, Bristol to showcase the companies products and how they can be used in a print production environment. 


The Drytac Academy will feature a broad range of popular wide format printing equipment such as a Roland TrueVIS VG-540 with Roland VersaWorks 6 RIP software; a Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 II using Caldera RIP software; and an HP Latex 365 and an Epson SureColor SC-S80600, both powered by an Onyx Thrive RIP software. The space also includes a complete finishing area with a laminator and Hot Press vacuum press.


The Drytac Academy will also serve as an exhibition space, showcasing how Drytac's products can be used in real-world display applications, such as retail store fronts. The company's innovations in adhesive-coated products include graphic films, window films, double-sided tapes, self-adhesive print media, label stock, industrial adhesives and heat-activated and pressure-sensitive laminates and mounting adhesives.


Course titles will be announced shortly, but topics will include: an introduction to digital media; business development; practical application skills; and creative design.


Gareth Newman has been appointed as Academy manager and as such is already asking the company’s printing equipment manufacturer partners what they think their customers need. “We're approaching training in a fresh, new way,” he says. “We want to identify what they want to know, what are they struggling with, and how would they like to be more creative with our products?"


In addition, the Drytac Academy will play a role in Drytac's R&D; with so many different technologies on hand, the development team can run tests and create samples quickly and easily in-house.