Paper-pulp based board vs rigid fluted plastics for outdoor signage
The outdoor commodity rigid sign market has long been dominated by trusty fluted plastics – a carry-over from screen printing days to flatbed UV digital production. Now there is an alternative for short-term outdoor signage, that offers several environmental and production advantages over fluted plastic sheets.
As good as polypropylene fluted sheets are, they do however suffer from ‘flute shadow’ – the lines that remain visible after printing. They can also experience ink adhesion issues, particularly when trimming and ink cracking occurs because the surface is not permeable. Then there is the recyclability aspect where most plastic fluted signs end up as landfill or are burnt in super-incinerators. Some manufacturers do offer a collection and recycle programme but it is energy-hungry.
Starleaton now introduces Outdoor Board from Swedish company Oppboga Bruk. CEO Ben Eaton describes it as: “The world's leading environmentally friendly outdoor display board,” adding: “When I first heard the claims for this paper-pulp based board that contains no PE at all, I was sceptical. How could it last outdoors in all kinds of weather if it’s made of paper and is not sandwiched between polyethylene? Then an Oppoga staffer immersed a printed sample into water, left it there for 15 minutes and pulled it out – it was perfect. Not even the board edges were compromised.”
100% FSC recyclable
The secret of Outdoor Board is that it is infused, rather than coated, with water-resistance. This makes it resistant to water with no plastic content, biodegradable and a real alternative to foam PVC, foam board, and polypropylene flute for outdoor use up to approximately 12 weeks. It is also FSC, 100% recyclable.
Eaton says: “The added benefit is that Oppboga’s Outdoor Board prints beautifully on both sides, with digital UV, offset or screen print, because it’s fibre-based and has a very smooth white surface. It can be die-cut, hole-punched, erected and hung with ease and is very robust indeed. At the end of the campaign, it is 100% recyclable and de-inkable – it already contains around 60% recycled fibre.”
Applications include: A-Frames, Real Estate signs, Election signs, Outdoor bill boards, Supermarket signs, indoors and outside, Hardware stores, Garden and horticultural centres, bus advertising and many more.
Outdoor Board is available now in 2440mm x 1220mm, sheets and by special order in sheet sizes up to 1700 x 3600mm. Because it is a solid, stiffer board, transport and storage space costs are lower. It lays and stays flat and is dimensionally stable. Plastic fluted sheets contain mostly air space and compress/deform more easily.
Starleaton will be featuring Oppboga Outdoor Board on its large PacPrint stand E30 in Melbourne from May 23-27. Samples are available on request.
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