Remington also recently added a Motocross Graphic Kit laminating film called Remy Glossy 12. “It’s a very thick vinyl laminate that may be used either indoors or outdoors,” Cowart said, adding the film’s thickness and rigidity make it ideal for Motocross or off-road racing decals that go on bikes, ATVs and jet skis, as well as any application calling for a high-gloss, thick laminating film.
Daige Inc. sells mainly to the sign industry. “The type of media they print on they need cold pressure-sensitive [lamination],” said president Ike Harris. “We have a niche in which we provide an affordable cold laminator. It has the features found on a more expensive cold laminator, but costs thousands less.”
The product Harris refers to is the Daige Solo, so named because it is designed for a one-person operation. Albertson, NY-based Daige brought out the Solo about 18 months ago, investing it with a heavy-duty motor, silicone-covered nip rollers and an automatic takeup for the liner.
“It’s used by any sign maker with an inkjet printer, and also by people in the graphics industry who want to mount prints to boards,” Harris said.
In sum, whether or not a shop embraces finishing and lamination as a service comes down to how interested they are in reaping all potential profits, Caruso said. “There are many shops who do not laminate, and could be leaving money on the table, because they’re not offering their customers and clients a way of enhancing their graphics,” he said.