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SHEET Materials Dibond demand still strong


Cherwell Sign Supplies has a number of years’ experience in supplying sheet materials, and have a large stock holding of Aluminum Composite, Foam PVC, Fluted Polyprop, Acrylic and Polycar- bonate in their warehouse in the midlands.


While new materials may enter the market- place each year, according to General Manager Jake Douglass, aluminum com- posite and Foam PVC still seem to be the major players in sheet material sales. “We saw the big shift towards Aluminum Com- posite a few years ago, especially with the usage in site hoardings,” he says. “This seems to have levelled out now, and Foam


PVC still seems to be the favoured material for high volume, short-term signage appli- cations and the price point is attractive to the printers in this regard.” He notes that pricing is also an area that has become more challenging, with a majority of sheet material or raw materials now coming in from abroad. “The weakness in the pound has forced wholesalers to increase prices to ensure sustainable supply,” he explains.


When it comes to perfecting the finish of aluminium composite, there are some tips and tricks to bear in mind. Having the right cutting equipment is important for signmakers when choosing the right material for the job.


Cutting Aluminum Composite can be chal- lenging and finding an alternative method if you don’t have a vertical wallsaw is impor- tant,” he says. “There are a range of less industrial vertical saws out there now, and even some of the guillotines can do a decent job. Foam PVC is always a far eas- ier option for cutting by hand.” When doing so by hand, using a sharp strong knife is always imperative. This provides the sign maker with much more accuracy than would otherwise be achieved when trying to use a scalpel, as the blade can bend and produce an unstraight cut. “The best way to de-bur Aluminum Composite is to run the back of a knife along the edge at a 45 degree angle back and forth a couple of times – this helps to take off the rough edge and swarf,” adds Jake.


Cherwell stock a wide range of sheet materials in their midlands warehouse.


www.cherwellsigns.co.uk Perspex® G-Lux for illumination with an edge


Perspex® G-Lux is a newly developed cast acrylic sheet optimised with diffu- sion technology, enabling sign makers to produce edge illuminated light guide panels without the need to engrave or print the clear acrylic sheet.


Available now from Perspex Distribution, this sheet offers a number of benefits for sign makers and fabricators looking to sim- plify fabrication of their illuminated displays.


“Developed to be edge lit by LEDs, Per- spex® G-Lux panels offer an excellent light output and even illumination without the need for etching or engraving the sheet, thereby removing a further fabrication process and reducing workshop costs,” says Luke Martyn, Marketing Manager at Perspex Distribution Ltd. “The built-in tech- nology also works to produce the desired illuminated signage using thinner sheets and thereby slimmer lighting units.”


Perspex® G-Lux is new from Perspex Distribution.


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The surface of Perspex® G-Lux is a clear gloss similar to Perspex® Clear acrylic and when illuminated offers optimum light output when used with a graphic or diffuser. Devel- oped to be edge lit by LEDs, Perspex® G-Lux panels offer an excellent light output and even illumination without the need for etching or engraving the sheet, thereby removing a further fabrication process and reducing workshop costs. The built-in tech- nology also works to produce the desired illuminated signage using thinner sheets and thereby slimmer lighting units. “Clearly one of the key trends in sign making over recent years has been the impact of LED lighting,” says Luke.


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