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10 May 2012
The Ilford BioMedia range includes display films, paper-based products, boards and laminates. The BioMedia Display Film employs Ilford's coating technologies to create a universal microporous coating, which means that high-quality image results are produced across a wide range of commercial printing equipment including aqueous, eco-solvent, solvent and latex printers.
Ilford BioMedia products are recyclable in the stream for Resin Code 6, applying to products such as cups, utensils and compact disc cases, and is compliant with the EU REACH Regulation. BioMedia breaks down under anaerobic (no oxygen) landfill conditions thanks to a unique additive that accelerates the biodegradation process. The products have been tested and found to biodegrade by an independent laboratory according to ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standard D5511, which determines the anaerobic biodegradation of plastic materials. Ilford BioMedia products are suitable for industrial composting and are incineration-friendly. The products also require less energy during printing, as the media is optimised for low-temperature printing processes.
The products in the BioMedia range can be used for a wide variety of applications, including pop-up and pull-up displays, point-of-sale displays, posters, exhibition panels, internal cladding and graphic panels. As around 80 percent of pop-up banners are laminated, BioMedia offers biodegradable laminates as an alternative to PVC-based laminates, which are widely used and take 1,000 to 2,000 years to biodegrade.
The Ilford BioMedia range was launched in the USA at SGIA in October 2011 and in Europe at FESPA Digital 2012. Awards and nominations attributed to the BioMedia range include the 2011 SGIA Product of the Year Award in the Media – Vinyl category.
The Ilford BioMedia range includes:
BioMedia Display Film: A flexible printing substrate available in standard roll sizes and in 300, 400 and 550-micron thicknesses. Using a microporous imaging front layer, BioMedia Display Film is compatible with aqueous, eco-solvent, solvent and latex technology. It is suitable for indoor applications as a direct replacement for coated vinyl or polyester media and can be used in a variety of applications from pop-ups and point-of-sale displays to posters and exhibition panels.
BioMedia Display Film UV: Compatible with UV printers, the range is suitable for outdoor display applications including poster displays or banners. The product range is available in a range of weights and roll sizes to meet the different application requirements.
BioMedia Rigid Display Board: These direct-to-print boards are suitable for all UV print platforms and, at 750-micron, 1.5 and 2.7mm thicknesses, and offer durable replacements for traditional mounting boards. They are suitable for heavy-duty signage, internal cladding or displays.
BioMedia Laminates: For a biodegradable glossy, matte or satin finish, the BioMedia line comes in a 75-micron thickness. These have similar properties to traditional polyester laminates yet are fully biodegradable and can be used with a variety of substrates for indoor or limited short-term outdoor applications.
The Ilford BioMedia range is available internationally and can be ordered immediately. Commercial printers can contact their distributors for pricing.
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