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OcÚ North America offers GRAPHIC-AL line of aluminum composite materials

Four materials now available for creating rigid indoor and outdoor signage and display applications using wide format digital printing systems

Trumbull, CT, Mar. 14, 2012 – OcÚ, a Canon Group company and an international leader in digital document management and printing for professionals, today announced it now offers the GRAPHIC-AL™ collection of aluminum composite materials. This line is ideal for use with the OcÚ Arizona« Series UV flatbed printers and other wide format digital printing systems to produce indoor and outdoor signage and display applications. These materials will be demonstrated using an OcÚ Arizona Series printer – and final output will be on display – in the OcÚ booth #824 at the International Sign Expo, March 22-24, 2012, in Orlando.

GRAPHIC-AL is a collection of four aluminum composite materials (ACM) designed for indoor and outdoor signage and displays. The entire GRAPHIC-AL collection of ACMs may be modified by using a saw or substrate cutter and may be contour-cut enabling easy project adaptation.

While each GRAPHIC-AL product has unique specifications and ideal applications, the entire GRAPHIC-AL line is produced by continuous coil coating and laminating processes, making consistent coating quality and outstanding flatness the hallmark of GRAPHIC-AL materials.

GRAPHIC-AL DP substrate is a direct-printable composite material that offers high rigidity, excellent flatness, consistent smoothness and application versatility; it is ideal for indoor or outdoor signage and displays. It is composed of two skins of 0.005" thick aluminum and a foamed polyethylene core and is topside-painted with a coating of high-polymer polyester resulting in stable adhesion. GRAPHIC-AL DP material is an excellent substrate for flatbed printers and UV curable inks such as the OcÚ Arizona Series UV flatbed printers.

GRAPHIC-AL LT substrate is a lightweight, reversible material that offers excellent flatness and high rigidity. GRAPHIC-AL LT material is composed of two skins of 0.010" thick aluminum and a polyethylene core. Both sides of the material are covered with a transparent protective film. It is the ideal substrate for a number of applications including free-standing displays, kiosks, and interior and exterior signage. GRAPHIC-AL LT material is particularly notable for its exceptional workability: it is easy to cut, groove, bend and assemble with standard sign industry machines and tools. GRAPHIC-AL LT material is offered in a variety of colors, adding to its versatility.

GRAPHIC-AL HP substrate is a flat, rigid material coated with a high performance polyester paint that keeps its original appearance for a number of years. It is composed of two skins of 0.010" thick aluminum and a polyethylene core, making it highly rigid yet lightweight, with the ability to withstand significant outdoor wind load conditions. GRAPHIC-AL HP material offers exceptional workability: it is easy to cut, groove, bend and assemble with standard sign industry machines and tools. GRAPHIC-AL HP material is an ideal ACM for outdoor canopies and fascia signs and is often used in corporate identity applications and retail shops. Additionally, GRAPHIC-AL HP material offers a ten-year finish warranty.

GRAPHIC-AL OR material offers exceptional rigidity, excellent flatness and superior smoothness. Due to the thinner aluminum skin (0.005" thick) and a foamed plastic core, GRAPHIC-AL OR material is a remarkably lightweight material. GRAPHIC-AL OR material is suitable for both indoor and outdoor signs and displays and may be cut with a substrate cutter or saw making it an extremely adaptable product.

GRAPHIC-AL products are produced by ALPOLIC, part of Mitsubishi Plastics' family of companies and one of the world's leading manufacturers of ACM and metal composite materials (MCM) panels. ALPOLIC operates a production facility in Chesapeake, VA.

All GRAPHIC-AL material is available for order now. To order, customers should contact their authorized OcÚ Imaging Supplies dealer or call 1.888.503.2235.

About OcÚ
OcÚ is one of the leading providers of document management and printing for professionals. The OcÚ offering includes office printing and copying systems, high speed digital production printers and wide format printing systems for both technical documentation and color display graphics. OcÚ is also a foremost supplier of document management outsourcing. Many of the Fortune Global 500 companies and leading commercial printers are OcÚ customers. The company was founded in 1877. With headquarters in Venlo, The Netherlands, OcÚ is active in over 100 countries and employs more than 20,000 people worldwide. OcÚ North America is headquartered in Trumbull, CT, with additional business units in Chicago, IL and Boca Raton, FL. For more information visit

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