Exhibition stands and displays use a wide variety of materials, to create heigh quality displays with longevity in mind. Each printed material can give a different look to the artwork and even change the colour appearance, based on the media.

Stoplight Media

A stoplight media is most commonly used throughout Pop Up Exhibition Stands and other display backdrops. The media does exactly what it says, and stops the light being able to shine through the panel, ensuring the artwork is bold and easy to see.

The flexible media is easy to roll and manipulate, making it easy to work with. Flexibility of the panels is important due to storing in a case and enabling transport. Matte laminate is often added over the top to increase product life and creating a scuff resistance finish. Adding a matte laminate also combats the glare from lights and won’t cause any shine or disruptions to your artwork.


Foamex panels are a popular choice among shell schemes and an alternative to the stoplight media, rollable panels. A rigid foam material which is supplied at the exact size of the shell scheme, all of which can differ in size.

Available with and without laminate and easily fixes to the shell scheme frame with hook and loop attachments.


Exhibitions are taking an eco-friendly turn and more recyclable display options are available.

4.5mm cardboard is now used to create unique backdrops and banners, creating a lightweight, planet friendly display solution. To keep in brand with the eco credentials zero plastic or laminate is used, resulting in a raw material display product.


Another eco-friendly solution, that offers thicker option in comparison to the cardboard displays. Xanita is a fibre board material, recyclable, reusable and incredibly strong.

The strength of Xanita is incredible and can see full backdrops, counters and even seating made from the same material. For a fully eco and recyclable display option, Xanita can be used raw with no edging or laminate.

However, in the event you’d prefer some protection to the artwork, laminate can be added. But also removed when it comes to recycling the product.


Stretch polyester fabrics are printed using a dye sublimation method, which gets the ink into the fabric rather than sitting on top of. One of the main attractions to fabric displays is the lightweight, easy to build structure, coming in handy when travelling.

Most, if not all, exhibition stands are made with panels, meaning artwork is tiled into multiple panels. This is where the Fabric Exhibition Stand excel with a seamless panel, as the seam is at the side of the stand and not split across the artwork.

Creating a custom display from a material that suits the event or your business ethos is easy. Alternate materials are available and can be used in a way to make your graphics look exactly how you’d like.

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