A clear winner from Contra Vision on show at SGIA

Contra Vision® see-through graphics transform windows and transparent surfaces, delivering high-impact advertising messages, security measures and privacy as well as attractive, decorative architectural effects.

Recognised the world over for its extensive perforated material ranges, Contra Vision has now launched the first in a range of unperforated printable films for window graphics applications.

Contra Vision® CL50YYR Ultra Clear is a premium-quality polyester film which, when applied to glazing, retains a distortion-free view through. The product’s high optical quality and UV print receptive surface make it ideally suited to the production of printed window graphics with see-through or see-past areas allowing a view, in or out, beyond the printed media.

Contra Vision® CL50YRR Ultra Clear is also suited to the production Contra Vision® Impress™ – see-through or one-way graphics without perforations.

The new Contra Vision® film features a 50 micron construction delivering best in class see-through qualities. Its adhesive has been developed with superior clarity and clean removal in mind – its solvent-based acrylic formula supports simple, clean removal up to six months after initial application and is suitable for wet application methods where needed.

The product is supplied with a 36 micron clear liner which makes the production of see-past graphics and Contra Vision® Impress™ one-way vision graphic much easier. The liner also protects the adhesive and helps retain its glassy-like, see-through qualities.

Durability is partly dependent upon the ink used but the film is rated to deliver stable performance for up to two years in most application environments where it’s likely to be used.

Contra Vision® CL50YYR Ultra Clear greatly enhances the design and output options available to printers, brands and end-user customers considering window graphics as part of their campaign or production output. Contra Vision, its experience and expertise in the field of see-through graphics, can assist in the development of novel applications and help in developing the appropriate specification for reliable, high impact window graphics production.

The product is available to view at SGIA, booth 1819, today!

Break-through perforated window film

Contra Vision hopes to revolutionise the window film market with the launch of Contra Vision® HD Performance™.   This break-through micro-perforated window film delivers bigger and better image impact and a much smoother see-through view than any perforated film available.

One-way vision window films that look like solid graphics have wide-ranging applications says Contra Vision. Any brand, specifier or printer that has ruled perforated window films out of contention with solid graphics because of image resolution or see-through experience issues can now revisit that decision and prepare to be surprised by the quality improvement delivered by Contra Vision® HD Performance .

Unlike any traditional perforated window film, the observer has to be close enough to touch Contra Vision® HD Performance™ to see that it’s perforated at all.  The product’s construction means that images printed on its white design side retain a greater amount of the fine detail that’s normally lost when printing perforated films.  Image impact which is normally associated with solid graphics is the welcome benefit.

Contra Vision® HD Performance™ has a great story to tell on the see-through side too. Because of the smaller holes and their more compacted arrangement, the see-through view is much smoother, looking more like a tint, even at close distances.

Contra Vision® HD Performance™ plays well with all modern digital inks and print hardware. It flatters higher resolution print hardware and print modes, yielding results that bear comparison with solid graphics in many application situations.

Contra Vision says it has engineered its next-generation perforated window film so that it’s easy to apply. Being a Contra Vision® Performance™ product, the film will tolerate demanding applications and removal is said to be clean, leaving no trace or evidence that the product was applied.

Contra Vision introduced the world’s first one-way vision products over thirty years ago. The company has continued to innovate and specialise in see-through films since and says that Contra Vision® HD Performance™ is the result of applying all its knowledge about perforated films to the task of product improvement and satisfying customer needs.  It is an exciting addition to the already unique and wide range of perforated window films in the Contra Vision portfolio.

If you are visiting SGIA in New Orleans this year why not visit us on stand 1819 and see the difference for yourself.

Standard perforated material compared to Contra Vision® HD Performance™

Contra Vision creates blooming marvellous window displays !

Blooming windows in Bermondsey.

vitrine gallery


For retailers and marketeers looking to create visual impact with high end window displays a recent Contra Vision project exemplifies what can be done.

Contra Vision® BACKLITE™ perforated window film makes a bold statement combining see-through graphics with an animated film to promote a designer perfume developed by artist Adham Faramawy.

The window dominates Bermondsey Square, in the heart of London’s contemporary art hub and will last until June 27th.

Artist Adham Faramawy has developed a multi-media piece combining graphics, animation and an olfactory sculpture.


Adham has an interest in how artworks can inhabit a commercial form, which the window display promotes. There is a video of the installation of our material on the link below;


Adham commented ‘ I could not be more thrilled with the Contra Vision material’. The ease of application may belie the work gone into creating this project. This installation provides a perfect example of how retailers and point of sale specialists can create innovative window displays to highlight products or campaigns.

At Contra Vision we work collaboratively with artists, designers and clients to ensure the right products are chosen to deliver such eye-catching installations.




Wrap Artists award goes to Belgium!

Wrap Artists prize to Vink ImediasJust before Christmas Contra Vision delivered one of the Global Wrap Artists prizes to Imedias in Belgium for their winning entry in our 4th International Global Wrap Artists
The award for Best Creative Use of Contra Vision was won by Imedias for their beautiful building wrap of the Tour Batisam, which carried images of trees across a modern building; their prize being a limited edition glass sculpture by Sabrina Cant, internationally renowned glass sculptor.
An additional award was given to our long standing distributor in Belgium, Vink who supplied Contra Vision for the project .


 FESPA transforms American school bus to promote the possibilities of print

When FESPA wanted to continue its engagement with potential buyers of print, they approached Contra Vision, as  originators of see-through graphics to become an official print partner for the launch of the FESPA Print Inspiration Rally, an initiative to connect interior designers, architects and creative professionals with innovative examples of wide format print to inspire them to see print as a creative and effective solution to many briefs.

The bus prior to wrapping !
The bus prior to wrapping !

Print Inspiration Rally takes the form of an American school bus, with artwork designed by decorated by Spanish interior design agency Egue y Seta using wide format print examples to demonstrate the surprising and exciting effects achievable with print. Applications shown will include printing on glass, wood and metal, textile, soft furnishings, ceramics and many more. A host of manufacturers have contributed to the project including: EFI, Epson, Roland, Agfa and CMA imaging, as well as printers such as ARC.

FESPA approached Contra Vision in September 2014 for assistance and we have been delighted to donate the material, Contra Vision ® Performance™ in 40% transparency which has been used on the bus windows, the printing was done by long established print partners, Flying Monk.

Contra Vision supplied the material which allows for the graphics to be carried over the windows of the bus, ensuring the images are wrapped around the vehicle while maintaining vision out.

The bus transformed !
The bus transformed !

Importantly this promotes the power of see-through graphics and the role printers can play in offering innovative ways of assisting clients to promote their messages, not just across traditional formats but on whole vehicle or building wraps.

Print Inspiration Rally’s first stop will be ESMA’s Printed Interior Decoration event, from 26-27 November 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Here, Sean Holt, FESPA General Secretary, will host a presentation to launch the initiative, setting out the rationale behind it and how interior decoration is a growth area for printers. Visitors to the event will be able to join FESPA on board for a tour of the bus to explore the different printed applications.

After Printed Interior Decoration, FESPA’s Print Inspiration Rally will continue to tour various interior and creative events before culminating in Cologne, Germany for FESPA 2015, 18-22 May 2015.

Duncan MacOwan, Head of Events and New Media, FESPA, who spearheaded the project, comments: “Print Inspiration Rally is a fantastic visual illustration of print used to decorate materials and surfaces in ways designers and their clients may not have previously considered to transform any environment. As an exhibition organiser we know that the best way to see innovative opportunities and applications is up front and personal. Seeing is believing!

“We deepened our relationship with specifiers of print at FESPA 2013 in London with Creative Corner and we aim to continue this engagement with Print Inspiration Rally by taking outstanding examples of print directly to designers. Incorporating print projects sourced from our global print community also provides PSPs with an opportunity to capture the attention of potential buyers and illustrate their best work.”

Print Inspiration Rally is made possible by FESPA’s Profit for Purpose programme, which reinvests profits from FESPA events to support its global print community by nurturing demand for print and educating specifiers to print’s creative possibilities.

Roger Hill, Managing Director of Contra Vision commented, ‘ The team at Contra Vision are delighted to support this initiative and proud that FESPA sought out our material for this initiative, ensuring the best possible results for this important promotional vehicle. ’

To discover more about the Print Inspiration Rally, visit: www.rally.fespa.com

See who’s won our Global Wrap Artists Competition!

Contra Vision announces the winners of our 4th Contra Vision International Wrap Artists™ Competition at SGIA Las Vegas.

Contra Vision sponsored an international competition to find the best see-through window graphics across our international markets and we are delighted to announce the winners.
We have had a range of exciting and creative entries which showcase how Contra Vision® Perforated Window Film or other see-through technology can be used across a range of media from creating stunning advertisements or signs to wrapping transit vehicles, entrance doors or partitions; effectively turning any area of glass into a giant billboard.
The entries covered five main categories, building wraps, vehicle wraps, transit advertising, best creative and a special category of innovative use, with an additional winner of the overall best application, chosen from the five category winners.
Our winners demonstrate the best applications worldwide and prove the truly international reach of the Contra Vision® range of products. Many thanks to all those who entered and our network of distributors and printers who enable us to keep developing and expanding the see-through graphics industry.

The winners are:
Best Vehicle Wrap

7 Eleven Tram, wrap artist winner

GSP Print Pty Ltd, Australia, for a complete tram wrap for 7 Eleven stores (space advertiser: APN Outdoor).
Best Creative Use

IMEDIAS, Belgium, for a stunning building wrap of a tower which carried images of trees across a modern building. Entered by Vink NV, Belgian distributor of the Contra Vision® range of perforated window film.
Best Innovative Use

GNR 2014 Ben Hines Sage ( permission )
AAA Signs, UK, who used Contra Vision® BACKLITE™ to provide the perfect screen for a digital projection of the opening ceremony onto The Sage building for the BUPA Great North Run in the UK. Entered by William Smith, UK distributor of the Contra Vision® range of perforated window film.
Best Building Wrap

Media City Projection 8 wwi forgotten
Craig Morrison, designer, for a building wrap at Media City Salford Quays UK, which enabled projected images of the World War One centenary commemorations (Customer – Quays Culture/Media City).

Best Transit Advertising Wrap

VGL heathrow pod
VGL, UK, for wrapping the transit pods at Heathrow Terminal Five with brand images relating to Marriott Hotels’ sponsorship of the transit system.
Overall winner.
From the above winners, the judges have chosen The Sage building projection as the best overall example of a wrap completed using Contra Vision® material. Congratulations to AAA Signs.
Each category winner receives a fabulous limited edition glass sculpture and the overall winner also receives a cash prize.
Thank you to all of our distributors, printers and clients who entered and our judges, Val Hirst, Managing Editor of Sign Directions and Sabrina Cant, internationally renowned glass sculptor.

Contra Vision Lights up the Tyne!

Ben Hines Sage              Great external shot of the Sage.

This year the Bupa Great North Run will see its one millionth finisher cross the line, a world first for an event of this kind.
To celebrate this milestone, on Thursday 4th September the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside and the River Tyne was transformed into a giant outdoor arena for the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony, marking the official countdown to the 1millionth finish of the race on Sunday 7th September.The spectacular opening ceremony featured live performances from Dire Straits legend and local hero Mark Knopfler, Sting, the Unthanks and Chase and Status.

The event was a multi-media spectacular, with fireworks, animations, giant sculptures and video mapping onto the iconic Sage building as captured in this stunning image by photographer Ben Hines. This is where Contra Vision® came in as The Sage has been wrapped in our material to allow for image projection on the night but also ensuring the building was usable during the run up to the event, by maintaining vision out. The installation was particularly challenging as the windows of The Sage are not rectangular and each one differs, planning was also essential due to extremely tight deadlines.

The site was surveyed by AAA Signs Ltd of Gateshead who also project managed production and delivery of the pre-packed kits for each individual window. The material was specified by AAA Signs who chose to work with distributor William Smith because of their extensive capabilities and material support.This was an extremely creative application of our material linking the benefits of see-through graphic technology with a dynamic visual and musical event.

The Newcastle Gateshead Quayside came to life with spectacular set pieces designed by Jon Bausor, a specially commissioned film and animation by BAFTA award-winning artist Tal Rosner, music composed by Ivor Novello-winning Dan Jones and performed by Northern Sinfonia, and performances by hundreds of volunteer performers choreographed by Nathan Curry; all combining to tell the spectacular story of the North East. Contra Vision is proud to have played a part in this. Tickets for the concert and event sold out weeks ago, however you can catch it on YouTube and also on BBC 2 on the evening of Sunday 7th Sept on the Bupa Great North Run highlights coverage. We will also post film of the digital projections shortly.

Below is an interior view of through vision maintained when the material was installed.

inside Sage with application  Sage with crowd