For many years we have been looking for and launching new products for artists, designers, stage designers and creators of advertisements. A wide range of colours, variety of formats, thickness and types of materials can unleash the creative potential and inspire the search for interesting ideas. Tuplex offers materials commonly used in the production of advertising panels, racks, signs, exhibitors, as well as elements of interior design and exhibition stands. Digital print media constitute a large segment, while displays and LED video screens are our latest products.
Oak is the most widely used hardwood. There are more than 60 species of oak , which can be separated into two basic varieties; white and red. The red variety is also known as black oak (a reference to its bark). Oak is a heavy, strong, light colored hardwood. It is ring porous, due to the fact that more and larger conductive vessels are laid down early in the summer, rather than later. Prominent rings and large pores give oak a coarse texture and prominent grain. Oak also has conspicuous medullary rays which can be seen as "flakes" in quarter sawed oak lumber. Oak is the most popular wood used to craft American and English country designs. It is also used for Gothic and William & Mary reproductions, as well as many transitional and contemporary pieces.
There are 115 species of maple. Only 5 commercially important species grow in the U.S. Two of the five are hard rock maple and sugar maple. Maple is so hard and resistant to shocks that it is often used for bowling alley floors. Its diffuse evenly sized pores give the wood a fine texture and even grain. Maple that has a curly grain is often used for violin backs (the pattern formed is known as fiddleback figure). Burls, leaf figure, and birds-eye figures found in maple are used extensively for veneers. The Birds eye figure in maple is said to be the result of stunted growth and is quite rare. Maple is used extensively for American colonial furniture, especially in medium and lower priced categories. It can also be stained to simulate cherry wood, which it resembles.
Mahogany, also known as Honduras mahogany is a tropical hardwood indigenous to South America, Central America and Africa. There are many different grades and species sold under this name, which vary widely in quality and price. Mahogany which comes from the Caribbean is thought to be the hardest, strongest and best quality. Logs from Africa, though highly figured, are of slightly lesser quality. Philippine mahogany has a similar color, but is not really mahogany at all. It is a much less valuable wood, being less strong, not as durable or as beautiful when finished.Mahogany is strong, with a uniform pore structure and poorly defined annual rings. It has a reddish - brown color and may display stripe, ribbon, broken stripe, rope, ripple, mottle, fiddleback or blister figures. Crotch mahogany figures are widely used and greatly valued. Mahogany is an excellent carving wood and finishes well. Mahogany is used extensively in the crafting of Georgian, Empire and Federal reproduction furniture. Mahogany is also used in styles ranging from Victorian furniture reproductions to Contemporary.
Cherry is grown in the Eastern half of the U.S.. It is sometimes called fruitwood. The term fruitwood is also used to describe a light brown finish on other woods. A moderately hard, strong, closed grain, light to red-brown wood, cherry resists warping and checking. It is easy to carve and polish. Cherry veneers and solids are used in a variety of styles. Cherry has been called New England mahogany and is often used to craft 18th century, Colonial and French Provincial designs.
Walnut is one of the most versatile and popular cabinet making woods. It grows in Europe, America and Asia. There are many different varieties. Walnut is strong, hard and durable, without being excessively heavy. It has excellent woodworking qualities, and takes finishes well. The wood is light to dark chocolate brown in color with a straight grain in the trunk. Wavy grain is present toward the roots, and walnut stumps are often dug out and used as a source of highly figured veneer. Large burls are common. Walnut solids and veneers show a wide range of figures, including strips, burls, mottles, crotches, curls and butts. European walnut is lighter in color and slightly finer in texture than American black walnut, but otherwise comparable. Walnut is used in all types of fine cabinet work, especially 18th century reproductions.
Very hard and has a dark reddish brown color. It is fragrant and close grained. It is hard to work and takes high polish. Used in musical instruments, piano cases, tool handles, art projects, veneers and furniture.
True teak is indigenous to Southeast Asia, but similar wood species also grow in Africa. Teak is a yellow to dark brown hardwood which is extremely heavy, strong and durable. Often strongly figured, teak may show straight grain, mottled or fiddleback figures. It carves well, but because of its high value, is often used as a veneer. Scandinavian modern, and oriental furniture styles are often crafted of teak.
Pine is a softwood which grows in most areas of the Northern Hemisphere. There are more than 100 species worldwide. Pine is a soft, white or pale yellow wood which is light weight, straight grained and lacks figure. It resists shrinking and swelling. Knotty pine is often used for decorative effect. Pine is often used for country or provincial furniture. Pickled, whitened, painted and oil finishes are often used on this wood.
There are 16 species of ash which grow in the eastern United States. Of these, the white ash is the largest and most commercially important. Ash is a hard, heavy, ring porous hardwood. It has a prominent grain that resembles oak, and a white to light brown color. Ash can be differentiated from hickory (pecan) which it also resembles, by white dots in the darker summerwood which can be seen with the naked eye. Ash burls have a twisted, interwoven figure. Ash is widely used for structural frames and steam bent furniture pieces. It is often less expensive than comparable hardwoods.
There are 15 species of hickory in the eastern United States, eight of which are commercially important. Hickory is one of the heaviest and hardest woods available. Pecan is a species of hickory sometimes used in furniture. It has a close grain without much figure. Wood from the hickory is used for structural parts, especially where strength and thinness are required. Decorative hickory veneers are also commonly used.
The American beech is a single species which grows in the eastern half of the United States.Beech is a hard, strong, heavy wood with tiny pores and large conspicuous medullary rays, similar in appearance to maple. This relatively inexpensive wood has reddish brown heartwood and light sapwood. Beech is often used for frames, a variety of bent and turned parts. Quarter sliced and half round cut beech veneers are commonly used.
Several species of cedar grow in the southern United States, Central and South America.Cedar is a knotty softwood which has a red-brown color with light streaks. Its aromatic and moth repellent qualities have made it a popular wood for lining drawers, chests and boxes. Simple cases and storage closets are also constructed from this light, brittle wood.
Indigenous to the Pacific United States, redwood trees grow to more than 300 feet tall and 2,500 years old.The best quality red wood comes from the heartwood which is resistant to deterioration due to sunlight, moisture and insects. It is used to craft outdoor furniture and decorative carvings. Redwood burls have a "cluster of eyes" figure. They are rare and valuable.
There are many species of birch. The yellow birch is the most commercially important. European birch is fine grained, rare and expensive. Birch is a hard, heavy, close grained hardwood with a light brown or reddish colored heartwood and cream or light sapwood. Birch is often rotary or flat sliced, yielding straight, curly or wavy grain patterns. It can be stained to resemble mahogany or walnut.
Light in weight, uniformly textured. It machines well and has low resistance to decay and nonresinous. Used for construction lumber, planks, doors, boards, paneling, sub flooring and crates.
Works easy and finishes well. Uniform in texture and nonresinous. Has low resistance to decay. Used in furniture, doors, frames, windows, plywood, veneer, general millwork and interior trim.
Strong and hard. Finishes well and has low resistance to decay. Has moderate shrinkage and light in weight. Used for masts and spars for ships, aircraft, crates, boxes, general millwork and ladders.
Plywood is a manufactured wood panel made from thin sheets of wood veneer. Plywood layers (called veneers or plys) are glued together, with adjacent plies having their wood grain rotated relative to adjacent layers up to 90 degrees.
All plywoods bind resin and wood fiber sheets (cellulose cells are long, strong and thin) to form a composite material. This alternation of the grain is called cross-graining and has several important benefits: it reduces the tendency of wood to split when nailed at the edges; it reduces expansion and shrinkage, providing improved dimensional stability; and it makes the strength of the panel consistent across all directions. There is usually an odd number of plies, so that the sheet is balanced—this reduces warping.
Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is an engineered wood product formed by breaking down hardwood or softwood residuals into wood fibres, often in a defibrator, combining it with wax and a resin binder, and forming panels by applying high temperature and pressure. MDF is generally denser than plywood. It is made up of separated fibres, but can be used as a building material similar in application to plywood. It is stronger and much denser than particle board.
The name derives from the distinction in densities of fibreboard. Large-scale production of MDF began in the 1980s, in both North America and Europe.
Plexiglas® extruded sheet is a premium melt calendared sheet that can be used in a variety of applications such a POP displays, signage, framing, rear projection screen, and skylight applications, among others.
The materials allow for a broad range of design considerations that allow you the flexibility needed in your applications.
FOREX ® is an expanded PVC material, with a smooth surface with a closed cell structure and homogeneous. Perfectly flat surface has been specially designed for high quality applications. FOREX ® is a lightweight material with a hard surface, impact resistance. The matte surface and perfect flatness make this material ideal for screen printing, digital printing, painting.
It can be used both for indoor and outdoor. Being a water-repellent material, FOREX ® is weatherproof.
Rigid PVC sheets TROVIDUR from Roechling covers a wide range of applications, from the graphics to use in buildings or in different industries.
The overall quality of Trovidur include flat surface, impact resistance, moulding and further to specific qualities (such as resistance to UV radiation or various chemical agents) that make possible yet more applications
KAPA ® is a class of lightweight composite materials, with sides in plasticized cardboard and foam core.
Very low weight and a high degree of rigidity and dimensional stability. These advantages make it easy to process and install, both manually and by rolling. It is also suitable for flatbed digital printing.
Application is up to 100 degrees C in the long term, and up to 160 degrees C short term.
VIVAK - PETG
Vivak® are solid boards copolyester (PET-G) with a high resistance to impact and breakage, similar to that of polycarbonate. Upon request, the plates can be UV protected on both sides. The material combines superior thermoforming properties with excellent mechanical properties.
Available on request in bronze satin (transparent white) and fluorescent (green, red and orange).
HIPS® (High Impact Polystyrene) are covered with glossy or matte sheet, white or colored, with excellent thermoforming behavior and resistance to impact. The panels are recommended for indoor applications, but on request can be stabilized UV, respectively may be applied electrostatic treatment. They are used in the advertising industry but also for industrial applications.
FOAM-X ® is a composite material made of paper sheets with a light and rigid polyurethane foam core. Available upon request and black version.
The [panels are heat resistant up to 100 degrees C in the long term and up to 160 degrees C short term. Recommended for short-term applications.
COMPOSITE PANELS - ALUCOBOND
ALUCOBOND® is a composite panel consisting of two aluminium cover sheets and a plastic core. The superb properties of this material boost one’s inspiration and offer architecture a whole new range of solutions - whether your project is a residential or public building, a corporate headquarter, an office building, a trading or industrial complex - or if your organisation wants to create a new image-building Corporate Design - whether for petrol stations, car showrooms, banks or supermarkets.
Invented by DuPont in the mid-1960s, Corian®
is the original solid surface. Durable and practical, it can be used to create countertops, wall cladding, furniture, lighting and many other applications. The latest translucent, bas-relief surfaces and Acinella vanity bowl push imagination to another peak.
Made from natural minerals and high-performance acrylic, Corian® is non-porous, resisting stains and bacteria. Corian®
can be formed in almost any shapes. Available in more than 100 colors and all fulfilling the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) Standard 51, Corian® is safe for food contact AND food preparation.
also meets the international Greenguard standard, proving its low level of VOC (volatile organic compound) creates minimal impact to indoor air quality. With the exclusive 10-year warranty issued directly from DuPont and its quality after-sales service, users can rest assured.
washes light across single-sided and double-sided displays using FanFlare™ lens technology that optimizes the light inside the box. The result is uniform light without the stripes associated with fluorescent tubes. The narrow silhouette of the side mounted modules makes PosterBOX Slim
an excellent option for single-sided sign cabinets as shallow as 2 inches and double-sided cabinets as shallow as 4 inches. Stretch spacing is also built in, giving additional flexibility during installation, particularly in creative applications.
strip lighting system is the very thin, flexible solution for illuminating routed acrylic block letter, shallow channel letter, and back-lit halo letter applications. Strips are snappable every 1.7 inches with jumpers for easy flat bends and connections. Slim and versatile, sign builders will quickly discover how easy BendLUX
strips install to fit the contours of narrow or shallow letters.