Wrapping World

Wrapping World

The Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Graphics Center has created a full Roland DGA wrap for the team’s No. 33 Chevrolet, to be driven by rookie of the year contender Brandon Jones in the NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Sat., Feb. 27 in Atlanta, Ga.

As part of its increasing commitment to supporting young people in print, Hybrid Services has created the Mimaki Vehicle Wrap Lab (MVWL) at the country’s foremost motorsport engineering education establishment - Oxford Brookes University - supplying a Mimaki wide format printer, cutting plotter and software package in a partnership set to take wide format print to a whole new level in British motorsports.

Hexis UK has announced the immediate availability of V200WG1, a high opacity conformable gloss PVC print film that is ideal for fleet graphics. Able to resist low and high temperatures, and high humidity conditions, it can be wet or dry applied to both flat and slightly curved surfaces.

FESPA’s World Wrap Masters - in collaboration with partners Avery Dennison and Mimaki – is all set where wrappers will battle it out head to head to take the last place in the World Wrap Masters Series Final.

Banger and smash

January 05, 2016

When Esign Media’s team of 3M Approved Vehicle Wrappers were challenged by managing director Zak Pickering to come up with a wrap design project using 3M IJ180Cv3 (supplied by William Smith) for one of the firms company cars, he hadn’t anticipated that they would turn a brand new BMW 4 Series into a rusty, beaten-up old banger.

An ORAFOL decorated Boeing 757 recently created history by being the first commercial passenger airliner to land on a blue-ice runway in Antarctica. The aim was to research the potential for utilising conventional passenger planes for the blue-ice landings instead of the usual cargo crafts which have been used in the past.

It has been said I’m quite partial to the odd old motor or two, and I would be pretty crap at my job if I didn’t actually like the subject matter, but when presented with a rather lovely looking V12 XJS Jaaaaaaaag, I was a bit surprised that someone wanted me to bung a load of sticky-backed-plastic around it! To my mind the XJS is a bit of a Marmite car, some people love it, some don’t, but I think it is pretty much an iconic design.

3M believes its next generation of environmentally friendly wrap media, Envision 480 Print Wrap Film, looks set to outperform even some of its own industry favourites.

Spandex has introduced new diamond effect films to its ever growing portfolio of Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Films (SWF). The new diamond collection offers an ultra-metallic finish in five colours: white, red, blue and amber plus one limited edition - purple. The new films are available by the metre for next day delivery from Spandex.

Spandex has added the new two-tone ORACAL 970 Premium Shift Effect Cast film to its vehicle wrapping product portfolio. The film has a unique shade shifting effect where the colour changes depending on the viewing angle.

Large format specialist PressOn, based in Chatham, Kent has wrapped the next World Land Speed Record attempt car – BLOODHOUNDSSC - which was unveiled in London last month.

On 15 October 2016 Royal Air Force fighter jet pilot, Andy Green, will drive BLOODHOUND in Haskeen Pan, South Africa, in an attempt to break the current World Land Speed Record. The current holder of the Outright World Land Speed Record is Andy Green who drove ThrustSSC, a twin turbofan jet-DSC04003powered car which achieved 763.035 mph - 1227.985 km/h - over one mile in October 1997. This was also the first supersonic record as it broke the sound barrier at Mach 1.016. Following the attempt, BLOODHOUND will then be readied to set a 1,000 mph record next year.

To prepare the car for the press event, PressOn, thanks to its ability to wrap large and unusual objects (the former Royal Navy warship, HMS President springs to mind), was asked to wrap the body of the vehicle and the tail fin in vinyl.

Managing director Nigel Webster says the job at PressOn was pretty simple; wrapping the body of the car and a 2m high tail fin that provides stability at high speed. “The fin was put in place for the first time at the debut. We are now in discussion with the project’s organisers to find the best solution for displaying over 200,000 signatures of the sponsors who have contributed to the project on the vehicle somehow. We just need to find a printable solution that can survive the extreme temperatures the body and fin will reach during the World land speed record attempt.”

You can watch the video of BLOODHOUND being assembled and the PressOn team wrapping it below.

“To be asked to be involved in the world debut of BLOODHOUND was an incredible honour,” he adds. “The wrap itself was a very straightforward job, but the opportunity to work with the collaborators on the BLOODHOUND project is an unforgettable experience. It’s definitely one of PressOn’s highlights.”

The car will be painted for the actual record attempt as no known vinyl can withstand the heat temperature generated at 1,000 mph. That said, if you have one, drop us a line.



HEXIS Bodyfence is a 155µ ultra-clear self-adhesive polyurethane film specifically designed for the protection of vehicle bodies. It protects vehicle paint from chipping, scratches and minor dents, as well as insects, UV rays, and car wash brushes. The film is durable for up to 8 years under normal road-use conditions.

Avery Dennison is adding to its Digital Cast Films range with a new high performance MPI 1104 Cast Films Series for vehicle and building wrapping.

Northamptonshire based Core Motorsport Services provides design, development and trackside support services to both individual race teams and series organisers.

HEXIS has announced a new range of high gloss, mirror effect cast films, branded HX30000 Super Chrome, available in seven colours – red, purple, green, blue, titanium, silver and gold.

West Midlands based Sign & Graphics Services offers a full range of wide format print services to the retail, exhibition and sign and graphics industries, and in the process has established itself as something of a specialist in out-of-the-ordinary vehicle wraps including a number of complete double-decker bus wraps.

Avery Dennison has kicked off its summer ‘Wrap Like a King’ vehicle wrap challenge which runs until 30th September. Vehicle wrap installers from 42 countries around the globe can now submit commercial or colour change wrap projects which will be judged by a panel of industry experts such as West Coast Customs CEO Ryan Friedlinghaus.

Avery Dennison is to sponsor Team LottoNL-Jumbo cycling team for the next two seasons. The team has an extensive fleet of team cars, trucks and busses, which all need to be supplied with the team colours and various sponsor logos.

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