Achieve a New Standard of Excellence with the Right Media

Schools and universities require a high volume of signage throughout various campus locations. One key to a school’s success is choosing the right media that will convey the appropriate message at the right place, and at the right time.

Printing your own signage is a flexible and cost-effective way for your school or university to promote school spirit and safety protocols from the classroom to the football stadium. LexJet offers a complete line of HP products for all your signage needs. Looking for matte, gloss, permanent, temporary, or repositionable vinyl for your indoor and outdoor campus spaces? We have it all with the high-quality, consistency, and performance you expect from the HP brand.

High-impact signage comes alive with HP Prime Gloss CP.  Budget friendly with ease of installation and lay-flat properties. It’s an excellent solution for schools to create colorful displays throughout campus announcing special school events, dressing up boring walls, or displaying safety signs. This product is compatible with latex, eco-solvent, solvent, and UV curable printers.

When searching for outdoor vinyl that is dependable and affordable, two great solutions are HP Prime Gloss Air GP and HP Prime Matte Air GP. Both products feature gray permanent adhesive that provides opacity for maximum coverage and high image quality. These products are ideal for long-term permanent outdoor signs at school bus stops, outside buildings, or as directional signs guiding students and guests. The air release liners also enable fast, easy, and bubble-free installation. Both products are compatible with latex, solvent, eco-solvent, and UV curable printers.

HP Prime Gloss Air GR and HP Prime Matte Air GR both offer outstanding image quality and “pop”. The gray removable adhesives are opaque for maximum coverage, making them a great solution for featuring long-term removable school logos or visually enhancing windows that may also provide privacy, such as locker rooms. This vinyl is easy to install with a low-profile air release liner. HP Prime Gloss Air GR provides a glossy finish with durable print performance with over ten years laminated display permanence. HP Prime Matte Air GR provides a matte finish. Both products are compatible with latex, solvent, eco-solvent, and UV curable printers.

For campuses that have challenging surfaces that make installation difficult, the right solution is HP Grip Matte Polymeric Air. It is a high-performance, calendered vinyl with a high-tack, clear permanent adhesive designed for hard-to-stick surfaces like low-energy plastics and rough or powder-coated surfaces. It’s the tough solution that can handle your toughest challenge.

HP Clear Gloss Cast Overlaminate can withstand many demanding outdoor weather conditions, as well as cleaning. With this overlaminate, long-term applications like school bus or van graphics are built to stand the test of time with UV protection and maximum flexibility. Pair this optically clear laminate with HP Optimal Gloss Air GRP, an easy-to-apply vinyl for wall graphics and fleet graphics, and you have a winning combination. .

Additional powerful solutions are HP Gloss Polymeric Overlaminate and HP Matte Polymeric Overlaminate. These two products offer the extra bonus of being calendered vinyl for long-term indoor and outdoor signs and vehicle graphics with brilliant image quality, as well as being overlaminates for printed images with the utmost protection.

There are countless school signage opportunities to announce career fairs, tournaments, performances, and so much more! For all your education media needs, please contact a LexJet Customer Specialist at 800-4-LEXJET.

Transform Your Environment with Eco-Friendly Window Graphics

When visiting an office, retail space, or residence, the ambiance is felt by the lighting, décor, and general aesthetics of that environment. In architecture and design, decorative window graphics are recognized as a high-quality, beneficial, simple, yet dramatic way to transform any space, affecting the general ambiance and your visitor’s experience.

As the digital printing industry moves towards becoming more environmentally conscious, our eco-friendly window graphics from our friends at LINTEC offer solutions never before seen in our space. The two LINTEC 2 Mil Recycled window films can be used to enhance storefront décor or as wall coverings. These high-quality films are optically clear, made from 80% recycled PET materials, manufactured with 40% less energy, and offer excellent clarity, as well as dimensional stability.

Lintec Eco Film
The window films are compatible with the latest UV printing technology and offer a scratch-resistant coating to help prevent damage during the installation process. They’re ideal for displays in high-traffic areas that may be susceptible to physical contact.

Ambiance and style aren’t the only features of digital window graphics made by LINTEC. Other key benefits include:

  • Enhanced privacy
  • UV protection
  • Additional space to expand your brand
  • Durability
  • Versatility
  • Scratch resistance
  • Easy installation

Opting for these high-quality, and eco-friendly window films is an ideal choice for your business’ sustainability strategy and the future of our environment.

To learn more about these innovative and eco-friendly products, their features, and how to add impact to your space, please contact a LexJet Customer Specialist at 800-4-LEXJET.

 

Defining Your Sustainability Strategy

LexJet understands our customers’ desire to offer eco-friendly business solutions and products for environmentally conscious consumers. As buyers become more aware of their daily impact on the environment, aspirations of becoming more environmentally conscious may shape their purchasing decisions, leading to searches for affordable, sustainable, and quality products. Having a sustainability strategy is an excellent step in the right direction for your business.


“50% of consumers rank sustainability as a top five value driver on average across categories, which means it is an important purchase criteria and is a key differentiator in the overall value proposition.” Global Sustainability Study 2021, Simon-Kucher & Partners


Environmentally Conscious Products

We provide multiple ways to help you become an eco-friendlier business, making it easy and hassle-free to recycle your empty ink and toner cartridges with our Ink Recycling Program. Since the launch of this program in 2021, we have received over 2 tons of cartridges for recycling.

LexJet also offers more sustainable media options, like a recycled canvas product made from 100% recycled water bottles under the Elements brand. Additionally, we carry photo papers, banner materials, fabrics, and films that can be recycled into various products.

Sustainability is also a priority for our other brands like HP, named by Newsweek as one of the 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World for the 7th year in a row. Another brand walking the walk is Kodak. In its 2021 Sustainability Report, One World One, Kodak announced a 55% increase in solvent recovery business (2016-2021).

Earth Day is a wonderful time to remind us of the crucial role we all play in reducing our carbon footprint. Becoming more environmentally conscious and understanding the demands of eco-friendly consumers may significantly impact your business’s profitability now and in the future.

To learn more about our eco-friendly products, contact a LexJet specialist at 800-453-9538 or browse our wide variety of eco-friendly products.

Now Available: ChromaLuxe Repositionable Wall Tiles

The world of photography just got repositionable.

ChromaLuxe Wall Tiles

Introducing ChromaLuxe Wall Tiles, an easy, repositionable way to showcase many of your favorite photos at once without damaging your walls. Available in three shapes: square, hexagon, or rectangle, you can turn your house into a personal art gallery.

With the characteristic ChromaLuxe vibrance, Wall Tiles have a rich and colorful white wood surface giving you a unique way to display personal photos, even when rearranging your living space.

ChromaLuxe Wall Tiles“The new ChromaLuxe Wall Tiles offer personalization to any space, and there are no special tools, nails, or holes required,” says Michelle Oczkowski, S-One product manager. “The repositionable adhesive gives you the chance to display those important memories in an endless number of ways.”

Wall Tiles is an excellent opportunity for photographers looking to add niche offerings to their portfolios. Your clients can document a lifetime of achievements with this new product, from children to graduation to bridal.

For more information, contact a LexJet specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit lexjet.com today.

ChromaLuxe Wall Tiles

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LexJet Customer Printing for Ukraine

Vlad Denko, a LexJet customer from Ukraine, currently living in Corning, New York, recently turned his print shop into a tool for Ukraine as it battles the Russian invasion. By printing and selling pro-Ukrainian stickers, Denko is donating all the money to support the Ukrainian troops fighting to defend their homeland.

At LexJet, we’re always looking for ways to support our customers. So, we caught up with Vlad to learn more about what he’s doing to make a difference from so far away and better understand how we can help.


LexJet – How are your friends and family back home?

Vlad – So far, none of my immediate family or friends that I personally know were hurt. But at the same time, I cannot state that everyone is safe down there. Some of them are sitting in the suburbs of Kyiv and making Molotov cocktails. Most of my and my wife’s family are in western Ukraine, which is a more or less safe area, but at the same time, we realize it’s only 10 minutes away from a missile flight.

Vlad Denko Printing for Ukraine

LexJet – How are you holding up? Are you able to communicate with those back home?

Vlad – We’re more or less okay. I believe the fact that we are busy with fundraising and making stickers keeps our minds occupied, otherwise we would probably go crazy just thinking about all of this. Whenever I have a free minute, I just turn on the Ukrainian live stream news, put on the headphones, and listen to what’s happening there. Fortunately, the internet is working well there, and we can communicate with our relatives. I usually call my dad twice a day at least.


Vlad Denko Printing for Ukraine

LexJet – Why did you start this campaign?

Vlad – Well, first of all, like every single Ukrainian that lives outside of Ukraine, I wanted to do at least something for my homeland. My first thought was to take all the available money we have and send it over. Shortly after the war started, I started getting dozens of messages from my clients and friends who live here in America, letting me know that they think about us and our family and offering help. So, I started researching how we can financially help Ukraine, looking at different charities, funds, and campaigns. I figured out that the foundation called “Come Back Alive” is one of the most established and effective. It has been running since 2014 and has an excellent reporting history. The QR link to the website is constantly posted on every Ukrainian national television at the time. The only problem is that if you’re donating from other countries, you have to go to the bank and make an international SWIFT transaction which costs from $40 to $75 and takes about an hour to do. So, I realized that most people wouldn’t be able to do that stuff, so I started thinking about how we can collect funds from people who want to help and transfer them to Ukraine. Since we are printmakers, we have an established website that we use for print orders, and it took me literally 5 minutes to set it up with a separate gallery. After that, I called a friend of mine, Vitaliy, who lives and works as a designer in Ukraine, and asked him if he could make me a handful of designs. His answer was, “Once I get out of the bomb shelter and if my home is not destroyed, I’ll be happy to help.” So, he did some of the signs, and I did the others, and in a couple of hours, we had the page up and running. I started sending the link to those who were previously over to help, and then it took off from there.



Vlad Denko Printing for Ukraine

LexJet – What has been the response so far?

Vlad – It’s exceeded all my expectations by far. In the first five days of the campaign, we raised $10,000. When the local TV station heard about it, they called me and asked if they could do a story. Since it aired, my phone has been ringing non-stop. People were asking if they could come over and buy some stickers and support Ukrainian soldiers. At one point, we had vehicles lined up on our street. People have been sending mail letters with checks. A number of local businesses reached out to us, asking if they could buy stickers in bulk and donate in return.


Vlad Denko Printing for Ukraine

 

LexJet – Where can people go to buy your stickers?

Vlad – You can buy these stickers on my website here.


Vlad Denko Printing for Ukraine Spinning
LexJet – What does the money support?

Vlad – All proceeds, not just profits, go to “Come Back Alive.” This fund specifically supports Ukrainian soldiers by providing them with everything but weapons. Helmets, boots, body armor, first aid kits, night vision devices, etc. Everything that can keep a soldier alive so he can return to his family.

Also, people can go to this link and see all the financial information about the fundraiser. We want to be transparent and financially responsible for every dollar we receive.


Vlad Denko Printing for Ukraine

LexJet – Besides buying your stickers, how else can people help the people of Ukraine?

Vlad – The most important thing is that people are talking about it and letting others know that they are aware, and they are concerned and that they support Ukraine. Both offline, by having a sticker on their car, using it as a conversation starter, and most importantly, online! We all know how social media algorithms work and that politics, both local and national, follow the trends and get constant reports about what people are buzzing around. So, every time somebody mentions on Facebook that they support Ukraine and it’s not acceptable what Russia is doing, it’s accumulating somewhere and putting extra pressure on those who make important decisions in our country.

LexJet – What does this show of support mean to you?

Vlad – Probably, to say that it means the world to me would be to say nothing. I’m flattered but, at the same time, not surprised with the amount of support that I’m getting from fellow Americans. This nation has a long history of helping those who are in need. It is good to know that people worldwide feel responsible and have the urge to help others.


Vlad Denko Printing for Ukraine

LexJet – What printer did you use?

Vlad – For this specific project, I’m using my true workhorse, the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 (the current model is Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2100). Who would have known five years ago when I was buying it from LexJet that it would be printing stickers to save Ukrainian soldiers!


LexJet Extreme Aqua Vinyl™ w/PSA

LexJet – What material did you use?

Vlad – I am printing them on LexJet Extreme Aqua Vinyl™ w/PSA. LexJet provides the color profiles which create an excellent color match. After I print a 24×36 sheet, I let it dry for a few minutes, laminate it, and then cut the individual stickers out with a straight edge and Rotatrim Cutter. I’m thankful to LexJet, Canon, and everyone who is buying the stickers for their support.

The Top Five Digital Printing Trends for 2022

As the year kicks off, we took a look at some of the hot topics we expect to see over the next 12 months. So, what are we expecting in 2022? Let’s take a look:

Election Year Means Election Signage

No event requires more temporary signage than an election. From yard and large commercial signs to bumper stickers to direct mailers, the campaign season offers a bevy of applications that could keep commercial printers and print service providers busy through November.

Start planning now for the upcoming election cycle. HP Self Adhesive Vinyl and HP 15 oz Prime Double-sided Blockout Banner are easy solutions for yard signs, bumper stickers, and banners any time of year.

Sustainability Efforts Continue to Dominate the Market

Manufacturers are investing more into creating solutions that don’t just appear green but genuinely are sustainable. Consumers ask PSPs to provide alternatives, from recyclable materials to media made from recycled water bottles, even at a higher cost.

To get the eco-friendly applications into the hands of the consumers, manufacturers are creating ground-breaking solutions like Elements Andes Recycled Satin Canvas SUV. Other companies continue to improve their already strict sustainable guidelines. Earlier this year, Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World listed HP for the sixth consecutive time.

As more companies implement eco-goals by decade’s end, it seems the sustainability trend won’t be going anywhere for a while.

Increased Personalization

Printing is already a personal service, with the ability to customize everything from mugs to hats to reusable grocery bags. But now, as people continue to work from home or split their time between home and the office, they are looking to personalize their at-home workspaces.

According to CraftJack.com, 41% of people working out of a home office have purchased art and décor or printed pictures to improve their backgrounds, spending an average of $195.

Whether requesting custom backdrops, installing wall graphics, or adding custom wall décor, consumers are looking for ways to create a professional workspace out of their homes.

Diversification

One of the most over-used words of 2020 was “pivot,” but it was over-used for a reason. Many companies and people had to pivot when businesses started shutting down, and in-person activities and going into the office turned into virtual trade shows and working from home.

PSPs that branch out into other print-related areas experience continued growth, success, and customer loyalty. Learning new skills and diversifying portfolios has never been more critical.

Investing in New Equipment

One of the most challenging decisions to make as a business owner is spending money on new equipment. However, with recent color trends, exploding sustainability interest, an increase in larger customized projects, and diversified portfolios on the horizon for 2022, investing in new equipment may not be such a hard decision after all.

These days, buying a new printer isn’t just about replacing an old one. It’s about improving efficiency and output, in other words, increasing speed and reducing turn times. Printer manufacturers quickly improve equipment to meet sustainability goals and help consumers save money.

“There have been significant upgrades and improvements in digital printers in the past few years, and not just minor modifications or painting new colors on the cowling,” says Timothy Mitchell, Senior Director of Print Technology. “Ink technology advances across all platforms is tangible, and the result is better color gamut, greater durability, and the addition of specialty colors like white inks and metallics.”

Mitchell stresses the importance of reliability and improvement in performance as additional reasons to consider investing in capital equipment. “There have also been meaningful advances in productivity, reliability, and cost and job tracking across all platforms—along with increased versatility of the many types of media the printers can print on,” he says. “A current printer prints faster, with higher quality, on more media types, more reliably than any printer of 5 years ago.”

Looking at repair costs and part availability is are other vital factors when considering an upgrade. “It is important to keep depreciation in mind; sometimes it makes more economic sense to trade up the old truck than it does to keep rebuilding the old one,” says Mitchell. “The cost of those parts adds up fast, and in the end, you are just restoring an outdated platform at a premium price.”

There will be some challenges ahead but exploring ways to keep costs under control is the mark of a successful business. For information on how we can help you delve into these trends, contact a LexJet sales specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com today. We look forward to working with you in the year ahead.

From all of us at LexJet, have a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2022!