New Water Transfer Printing Films and Training
TWN Industries, Inc., will feature the latest in its line of films that apply the water transfer printing process. This surface coating process is compatible with a wide variety of substrates including multiple types of plastics. It offers the ability to apply high definition designs that wrap seamlessly around the contours of products. For manufacturers who wish to utilize this technology but do not wish to bring it in-house, TWN has a network of high-volume Water Transfer Printing facilities it can recommend to process parts. The latest two film product lines are:
●Wonrate Vayel, developed in collaboration with Wonrate Gear. This is a distinct camouflage pattern featuring layered lines and jagged angles to create depth and texture. Combined, these design elements are said to help confuse prey and mimic pattern repetition in nature.
● Four new wood-grain films, developed in collaboration with Yuan Heng Tai (YHT) water transfer printing company. These are the latest addition to TWN’s existing wood hydro dripping films. Inspired by classic, distinctive styles of lumber, they target automotive and aerospace interiors and furniture.
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