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Printable is globally recognised for its high quality printed and coated industrial textiles. The unique characteristics of our coating have opened up new possibilities for outdoor and hard-wearing applications. Applications that couldn't have been realised in the past, either because quality could not live up to the requirements or because maintenance costs would run out of control as the fabrics would look shabby within years. Our coating, initially developed for truck-curtains, proved that high grade graphics and high grade resistance to wear and tear can coexist. Up to this day our 'recipe' for printed textiles is unrivalled when it comes to durability and the warranty on appearance.
It is not often that side-curtain technology is used on reefer trucks. However since the introduction of the Traxx™ system in 2006 we see an increasing demand for our printed products for this type of trailers. A good application example are the 280 trailers of the Carrefour fleet operated by the Jost Group. For this fleet we have printed the banners on a Frontlit material to be used in the system.
These giant beach chairs are a real eye-cacher and a load of fun! The beach chairs of (the original) Strandstoel XXL are used for promotion at festivals and events. The giant billboards offer great photo opportunities for brands and instant succes by promotion on social networks.
This beachside event tent in Knokke-Heist (Belgium) hosts the annual Cartoon Festival. The tent is printed by Printable. This tent not a typical example of our durability, since it will be used for only two months. Although... did you know that a lot of these materials are being recycled into other products that do benefit from our durable lifecycle for our printed textiles? A good example are the Clarijs ReCycle bags, but also outdoor furniture makes use of recycled prints. So who knows? ... you might find parts of this tent cycling around Knokke-Heist for years to come!
With more than 30 delivery trucks, Royal Roofing Materials is a common sight on the road. Being the second most important contact point with clients, after the website, it is no wonder that Royal Roofing materials has chosen the high quality Solidskin side-curtains. These side-curtains are the only full colour trailer curtains that will expose photography to the max: colours won't fade and dirt wont permanently affect the curtain.
For the 2019 edition Printable was selected to deliver the printed canvas for the giant main entrance area of Tomorrowland. Printed on both the outside and the inside, these massive, impressive tents create the first promise into this magical world. Besides the well-known high print quality, Printable offers services and high personal involvement in the preparation phase.
Did you know that most of the obstacles on the Wipeout tracks are fitted with our printed textiles? Obviously, these tracks are truly tested by weather conditions, water and algae, sand and dirt, physical stress and - euh humans if they manage to stay on the obstacle. It is a perfect sample of our PU coating withstanding the toughest conditions.
The Tour de France has started. The Grand Départ started in Brussels last weekend and was celebrated during that whole week. Printable printed the textile to create the eye-catching transformation of the 87 mtr. VRT Reyerstoren - celebrating Eddy Merckx. Of course we are happy to see that the beautiful yellow reflected on our Dutch cyclists 🙂 We wish the Tour de France a great edition!
PIA Automation opened their new plant in Bad Neustadt. A key visual aspect of the new building complex is the branded facade. The frontage showing the corporate identity and slogan 'We Automate Your World' on an 1.000 square meter mesh material that will be visible from a huge distance.
Not only trucks make use of our Solidskin canvas for the preservation of appearance during transportation. Also Clarijs uses our printed and coated canvas for their (cycle)bags and bakfiets covers. Like trucks these bags are subject to extreme use and weather conditions and need to withstand the test of time. Printable delivers their custom printed and printed serie productions with our renowned quality. Clarijs also creates bags from our leftover materials to create a more sustainable bag with surprisingly funny result.
For Soproréal, a production facility of L'Oréal, some of the outdoor machinery needed to be protected against dust and more hidden from the eye. With a subtle pattern printed on this hard-wearing textile, you would hardly notice this is a textile solution.
For the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham (NEC), Base Structures delivered a 3-Dimensional fabric facade and printed over-cladding that are part of the revitalisation and redevelopment of the centre. The new design has 37 pyramid translucent structures with specially sandwiched panels between the pyramids as a series of vibrant colour panels. These colours were carefully designed and also used in the corporate identity. Being part of the permanent installation, obviously, the perseverance of colour is very important to NEC. The unlimited 10 years warrantee ensures it will stay in perfect condition for years to come.
Parking garages are enormous buildings that are being build in an efficient way and with low cost structures in mind. Often placed in central areas in town, architects are struggling to balance cost against the appearance of the construction from the street. More and more we see that printed tensile structures deliver a solution for this dilemma.
We love the paintings of Sebastian Krüger. These amazing paintings of famous people that are larger than life - and breathtaking to see in this size on the road. This Beatles version is the second trailer equipped with his paintings (the other one was the Rolling Stones, see below) and you can really see the amount of detail and work put in each of them.
This air trampoline in Appelscha is played upon by thousands of kids every year that will bend and fold the fabric. The coating stays flexible and will not crack, so no dirt can enter the textile and damage the print and make it look dirty. The special coating insures that the colours will be as powerful and attracting in the coming years as they are now.
Since the introduction of the new corporate identities of Zandbergen and Ambrosius in 2015, about two hundred trucks have been equipped with Solidskin side curtains. A conscious choice: besides Solidskin curtainsiders, other brands trailer curtains have been on the road to test their quality and sustainability.According to Erik Zandbergen, director and fleetmanager, Solidskin offers an unrivalled quality.
ELI Play is a supplier and manufacturer of surprising and versatile indoor playgrounds in-house. Printable contributes to this quality by supplying the printed and coated textiles for their equipment. The printed designs are of great importance to the experience of the playground. An easily overlooked benefit is the unique coating that protects the print and textile. This not only make ELI Play playgrounds fun, it makes it safer and hygienic.
AD Delhaize in Merelbeke (Belgium) is a nice reference regarding the use of architectural substrates that are needed in custom solid colors (with additional graphics if needed). Our on demand printing technique enables us to match any desired color, e.g. RAL colors, quickly produced and for any quantity without restrictions.
Printable offers an answer for architectural substrates that are needed in custom solid colors. Our on demand printing technique enables us to match any desired color, e.g. RAL colors, quickly produced and for any quantity without restrictions.
Van Houweling Transport recognizes the importance of the appearance of their car park as a tool for their reputation management. With Solidskin they can easily maintain their high quality appearance for years to come.
Partners HealthCare is a Boston-based non-profit hospital and physicians network that includes Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, two of the nation's most prestigious teaching institutions. After many years of being scattered across more than a dozen offices in and around Boston, Partners HealthCare’s administrative employees are coming together under one roof and that needed a huge parking garage. Printable was asked to deliver the printed substrate for the facade based on the proof of durability on image and resistance to extreme weather conditions.
Château de la Barbinière in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre is where design and refinement meet in an unspoilt countryside. The park of 13 hectares deploys its architecture in a natural and calm environment. Attached to the main building, ACS Production made this expansion with a textile facade. The design is in line with its surrounding. It is a clever solution to hide the technical/work area to visitors and keep the area looking pristine.
With a fleet of over 50 trailers, FLO Palettes - Groupement FLO chooses Solidskin curtainsiders. For over many years these trucks are a well known sight in France.
For Base Structures UK we have produced these unique sunshades for a private residence in the Middle East. In this production the print design is on the inside of the textile to create a unique experience and carry the interior design from the villa out onto the terraces on the outside. The outside of the textile is left white to reflect the sun and keep the terrace cool.
Some pictures from our partner TOLDOS URCA, S.L (Spain) for Estrella Galicia on this Kögel Trailer GmbH. The design is printed on our Solidskin curtainsider substrate. Solidskin is the choice of the strongest brands across Europe. The high quality print and deep blacks and varnishing effect really make the design stand out and it will for years to come.
We are super happy with the production of this curtainsider by Van Horssen Zeilmakerij for Prewelcon and Van de Sandt Construction BV. A very bright a colorful design. A perfect match for our high-quality appearance, our ability to match any colour and the long-term preservation of appearance when in use.
These giant interactive billboards are customised to fit the brand. Printable printed these robust covers for BigAirBag. Both companies share their pride on the high definition digital print, the use of innovate materials and durability of appearance. With over a 1000 installations worldwide in the past 10 years, the unrivalled quality and durability on these product has been proved.
Printable delivered the printed substrate of the textile facade for Cheops Technology located in the periphery of Bordeaux
Grupo Logístico Arnedo is the leading national transportation company in Spain. With their Solidskin curtain siders fitted by Toldos Urca, their fleet of 240 trucks is well protected against the harsh Spanish sun and heavy roads. The dirt-repellent characteristics also mean that the company can reduce the cleaning program of the curtainsiders.
The Charleroi Danse Theatre was installed in 2014 and these shots were made in 2018. The facade architecture textile is characterised by its printed surface. Printed on-demand, our substrates achieve the best hard-wearing resistance combined with freedom of choice in design and ideas this is the reason The Ateliers Jean Nouvel and MDW architecture chose for our membrame.
A good example of our façade fabric. The Sense City climate chamber @ Université Paris-Est. Sense-City is a climate chamber that can cover two 400m² areas. On each of these areas, a portion of territory is built on, called a Mini-City, equipped with many sensors to study the performance of facilities and urban materials, monitor the city of tomorrow by sending appropriate information, study air, water and soil pollution
In 2010 Smurfit Kappa started driving with Solidskin side curtains. Seven years later more than 200 of these curtains are (still) driving and look great with their high-gloss finish and deep black appearance. Smurfit Kappa embraces the sturdy quality and cost reducing low maintenance of a Solidskin truck curtain.
We love our neighbours 🙂 Van Reenen in Barneveld is using our Solidskin curtainsiders. Over a hundred trucks have been equipped with our curtains for around 7 years now: a solid proof of quality. UV, rain, cold and mechanical stress haven’t influenced the colours. They still exactly match the truck's body paint colours. The subtle yellow hasn't faded and the curtains are clean and look fresh. And we guarantee that they will remain to do so for years to come!
The KU13-Store in Kulmbach opened in September 2018. Printed on our open weave substrates. This interior lights create a playful mix with the graphic designs on the textile facade.
We love this design of the facade of this school (Ecole Cour Lorraine) in Mulhouse France. The building has been fitted with our mesh fabric with a custom design printed on it. The textile facade blocks the sunlight and controls the climate inside without obstructing the view outwards. For more examples and information about our 10 year warranty on appearance.
It is an impressive sight to see them roll. ‘Stilleven met bloemen in een glazen vaas’ (Still life with flowers) by Jan Davidsz. de Heem, The Nightwatch of Rembrandt or 'Children of the sea' by Jozef Israëls. Since last year we have been releasing side curtains with famous masterpieces of the Dutch Rijksmuseum in The Netherlands.
After more than 8 years, SkyClean ordered new sets of side curtains. It was not really necessary but because of the fact that they changed their corporate identity and had an expansion of their fleet, SkyClean required the same proven quality which they are familiar with for so many years. As you can see, the white shows no dirt and is still clear in comparison to other side curtains that would not even make it through one year without visible and permanent wear and tear. Solidskin offers an unrivalled quality and this reference proves once again that we practice what we preach.
The Fricke - Saphir Building in Bockel, Germany was renewed in 2013 and holds a retail shop for their products. The vulnerability and the exposure to nature were key in this project. Long time relationships between printer, confectioner and producer of the technical textile, lead to the right solution.
A surprising application of our robust textile substrates: the Casino Pleinair in La Ciotat near Marseille. This outdoor casino has amusing roofs that look like casino tokens. The roofs are printed on a closed substrate and coated. Our unique coating is able to resist the Southern France UV radiance without discolouring for more than 10 years.
Producers of full-colour curtainsides for curtainsider or tautliner trucks regularly say that using UV ink is better for the environment, repeating without question the claims of their ink suppliers who play up the odourless nature of the ink. By doing so, they are manipulating the market with this deceptive (and illegal) information. The small print in the ink safety instructions states “Causes skin and eye damage[CL1] . May damage fertility or the unborn child”. As if the impact on humans doesn’t matter.
In 2010 the Fetim Group started driving with 70 sets of Solidskin side curtains. Seven years later these curtains are still driving and look great with their high-gloss finish and deep black appearance. Fetim embraces the sturdy quality and cost reducing low maintenance of a Solidskin truck curtain.
A full-colour curtain side is a perfect way to profile a product or service to the public. In order to create a convincing message and utilise the opportunities to their fullest, there are a few things to take into consideration when coming up with the design. Here are 8 points to consider when designing curtain sides for lorries.
We can hardly think of a better reference than being selected for our textiles for facade architecture of the Cité internationale de la tapisserie (Museum of Aubusson tapestry). Located halfway between Clermont-Ferrand and Limoges, this major centre for artistic craft and a skill dating back to the Middle Ages, the Aubusson tapestry was listed as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Poligenius Private Schule. Printable delivered the substrate for the sports hall of the Poligenius Private Schule. A prefabricated timber construction hall with all the advantages of the material: constructive, sustainable, economical, precise and lightweight. The light facade construction has a subtle pattern in the bright energetic green and text printed on the substrate. Overall the facade gives a powerful and pleasant appearance.