Whether you laminate application tape by hand or with a laminator, avoid trapping air bubbles between the vinyl graphics and the application tape. Bubbles and wrinkles in the application paper often result in bubbles and wrinkles in the applied graphic, regardless of the skill and effort of the installer. If you inspect the adhesive side of a graphic, after removing the release liner, you often can see the formation of wrinkles and bubbles in the adhesive. In the application process, you will just transfer these wrinkles and bubbles to the substrate.
Nekoosa Acquires Catalina Graphic Films
NEKOOSA, WI - Nekoosa, comprised of Nekoosa Coated Products, RTape Corp., and CET Films, announced today the acquisition of Catalina Graphic Films, effective as of March 1, 2018. Catalina Graphic Films, headquartered in Calabasas, CA with manufacturing facilities in Chicago, IL and Las Vegas, NV, is the leading manufacturer of pressure sensitive products used primarily for printed retail point-of-purchase advertising and promotion. Nekoosa is making the acquisition to support expanded manufacturing capability, product portfolio expansion, and a national manufacturing footprint.
“Nekoosa is proud to combine its 50 year legacy with the equal 50 year family legacy of Catalina Graphic Films, and create a truly special business that can service our customers with an incredibly broad portfolio of products, services, and capabilities,” said Paul Charapata, CEO of Nekoosa. “I am thankful for the strong support from Sentinel Capital Partners, as we are completing our first acquisition together just four short months into our partnership. This is a win for our employees and customers as we continue to live by our mission of consistently making new and exciting things happen for our business.”
Jeff and Alan Dworman, second generation owners of Catalina Graphic Films, will continue to work with the business to support the integration efforts and help drive growth for the combined organization. “We are thrilled to be partnered with Nekoosa, and are excited to help unlock the growth potential in the combined businesses,” said Jeff Dworman, CEO of Catalina Graphic Films.
“This acquisition is an exciting first step in our partnership with Nekoosa,” said Scott Perry, a partner at Sentinel. “Nekoosa is a leader in the markets they serve, and acquiring Catalina Graphic Films is a natural step towards expanding its leadership position.”
Nekoosa is a leading provider of specialty engineered papers and films for the graphics and commercial print markets. Nekoosa's expertise spans coating, converting, and custom plastic extrusion capabilities, with a product offering that includes application tapes, specialty synthetic papers, carbonless papers and capping films. Nekoosa is compromised of Nekoosa Coated Products, RTape Corp., and CET Films with U.S. facilities located in Wisconsin and New Jersey and a European facility located in Belgium. Nekoosa brands include Conform®, ApliTape™, PerfecTear™, SYNAPS from Agfa, MagneCote®, ClingZ®, and ClariCap™. For more information, please visit www.nekoosa.com.
About Sentinel Capital Partners
Sentinel Capital Partners specializes in buying and building businesses at the lower end of the mid-market in the United States and Canada in partnership with management. Sentinel targets aerospace and defense, business services, consumer, distribution, food and restaurants, franchising, healthcare, and industrial businesses. Sentinel invests in management buyouts, recapitalizations, corporate divestitures, and going-private transactions of established businesses with EBITDA of up to $65 million. For more information about Sentinel, visit www.sentinelpartners.com.
About Catalina Graphic Films
Catalina Graphic Films is a privately held manufacturing company with locations in California, Nevada and Illinois. Catalina continues to be the innovative graphic solutions leader and is dedicated to being the premier custom coater of Press Sensitive materials for the Digital, Offset, Screen, Industrial and Specialty markets. Catalina continues to value relationships with only the highest quality suppliers to meet increased company and customer requirements. The Company's products are sold through highly qualified distribution channels worldwide. For more information, please visit www.catalinagraphicfilms.com.