DIPA Global B.V. (Lelystad, The Netherlands) has announced the launch of its new online platform of substrates for digital printing – Substrate Bank. The platform brings together print-media manufacturers and their products on a pure B2B industry platform “making the sourcing and specifying of substrates easy, fast and transparent,” said the company. Substrate Bank takes into account the intended usage to find and source products in a digital way. Users can easily source print substrates via industry-specific search criteria. After registration, they’re also able to connect with manufacturers directly – to request samples, ask for directions to the nearest distributor, ask about print settings, technical datasheets and more.
“We see the lines between industry verticals blurring as a result of technological developments and the typical entry barriers to digital print disappearing,” said Marco Stevens, Sales & Marketing Director at DIPA Global B.V. “This requires a modern strategy to connect with potential customers. Material specifiers from global brands and retailers have complex responsibilities. As campaign creators, they need trusted product information from reliable sources – for example, on environmental aspects and sustainability. These sources are shifting more towards information available online,” Stevens added.
Substrate Bank said it also strives for more transparency by bringing key information on brands online in one place, thus creating a reliable resource for professionals from different industries to select print materials and discover new brands. In the initial phase, the platform has already welcomed leading industry brands including Contra Vision, Xanita, Desardi, Digital Magnetics, Neenah, Dreamscape Wallcovering and Re-board Technology. In the next phase, more manufacturers are expected to join.