Engineered to go Beyond

Premium quality, premium performance

As the original, market-leading expanded PVC board, SINTRA provides a premium surface with a bright white low gloss satin finish for high quality printing results, as well as superior durability for more demanding mounting or fabricating applications. Mold it, shape it, form it, cut it - add excellent dent & scratch resistance and you’ve got a solution for almost any project.

Material Composition

SINTRA is comprised of moderately expanded, closed-cell polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in a homogenous sheet with a low-gloss satin finish. Made in the USA.



Advantages with SINTRA®


  • The industry’s leading premium PVC board for more than 30 years
  • Consistent bright white surface and sheet thickness
  • Superior dent and scratch resistance
  • Lightweight yet rigid and durable
  • Heat formable for dramatic, 3-dimensional displays
  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Easily machinable using wood and foam board fabrication techniques
  • Available in a wide range of thicknesses & sheet sizes
  • Self-extinguishing; Class A Fire Rating (ASTM E-84) in gauges 3mm and less
  • UL Recognized


Recommended Applications

Below are some of the more common applications for which SINTRA® provides a solution. While these are frequent uses for our material, we love to see the unique applications designers & artists come up with!

  • POP / POS Displays Medium-term application life
  • Exhibits & Kiosks Medium-term application life
  • Interior Signage & Displays Medium-term application life
  • Exterior Signage & Displays Medium-term application life
  • Store & Interior Design Medium-term application life
  • Framing Medium-term application life
  • Hanging Signage Medium-term application life
  • Window Displays Short-term application life
  • Promotional Campaigns Medium-term application life
  • 3-Dimensional Displays Medium-term application life
  • Shop-Fitting Medium-term application life
  • Retail Fixtures Medium-term application life
  • Dimensional Letters Medium-term application life

Recommended Fabrication Methods

Thanks to over 40 years of manufacturing experience, we are able to provide general fabrication guidelines and best practices that have been successful with our materials.”

  • Mounting Cold mounting techniques only
  • Repositioning Vinyl
  • Digital Printing
  • Screen Printing
  • Painting
  • Knife Cutting 1-3 mm may be cut with a knife or blade
  • Saw Cutting
  • Routing
  • Die Cut/Punch May be die cut in gauges up to 5mm
  • Forming Curves

Gauges, Colors & Sheet Sizes


Gauges and Colors Stock Sheet Sizes
1mm - Bright White 48” x 96”
2mm - Bright White 48” x 96”; 60”x120”
2mm - Black 48” x 96”
3mm - Bright White 48” x 96”; 1Mx96”; 50”x100”; 48”x120”; 60”x120”; 2Mx120”
3mm - Black 48” x 96”; 48”x120”; 60”x120”
3mm - Gray 48” x 96”
3mm - Light Gray 48” x 96”
3mm - Dark Red 48” x 96”
3mm - Bright Yellow 48” x 96”
3mm - Dark Green 48” x 96”
3mm - Dark Blue 48” x 96”
6mm - Bright White 48” x 96”; 50”x100”; 48”x120”; 60”x120”; 2Mx120”
6mm - Black 48” x 96”; 48”x120”; 60”x120”
6mm - Gray 48” x 96”
6mm - Light Gray 48” x 96”
6mm - Dark Red 48” x 96”
6mm - Bright Yellow 48” x 96”
6mm - Dark Green 48” x 96”
6mm - Dark Blue 48” x 96”
10mm - Bright White 48” x 96”
10mm - Black 48” x 96”
12.7mm - Bright White 48” x 96”
12.7mm - Black 48” x 96”
Custom Sizes Available (MOQs apply)

Downloads


3A Product Brochure

3A Product Brochure

 06/01/2020 
3A Composites Product Guide

3A Composites Product Guide

PDF 02/13/2018 
Product Sheet - SINTRA® Collection

Product Sheet - SINTRA® Collection

PDF 10/20/2019 
SINTRA® - Retail Signage

SINTRA® - Retail Signage

 04/21/2020 
SINTRA® - Temporary Barrier Applications

SINTRA® - Temporary Barrier Applications

 03/30/2020 
Cleaning & Disinfecting Guidelines - SINTRA®, DIBOND® & LUMEX® G

Cleaning & Disinfecting Guidelines - SINTRA®, DIBOND® & LUMEX® G

 04/03/2020 
Application

Application "Quick Guide"

PDF 10/20/2019 
Fabrication

Fabrication "Quick Guide"

PDF 10/20/2019 
Fabrication Guide - SINTRA®

Fabrication Guide - SINTRA®

PDF 10/20/2019 
SINTRA® SDS

SINTRA® SDS

PDF 03/16/2018 
SINTRA® Eclipse Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

SINTRA® Eclipse Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

 05/01/2018 
SINTRA® UL Certificate of Compliance

SINTRA® UL Certificate of Compliance

 10/16/2018 
SINTRA® Fire Characteristics

SINTRA® Fire Characteristics

 02/21/2018 

Videos


Graphic Display USA: Corporate Image Branding From the Inside Out

Graphic Display USA: Corporate Image Branding From the Inside Out

At 3A Composites USA, we recognize that corporate identity is essential to communicating and developing a brand image. As the industry leader for both interior rigid substrates and exterior cladding, our vast versatile product lines are the materials of choice for corporate identity.  

Products: SINTRA®,GATORFOAM®,GATORPLAST®,GATORBLANKS®,FOME-COR® VALUBOARD™,FOME-COR® ,FOME-COR® FOUNDATION,FOME-COR® QUICKSTIK,FOME-COR® SINGLESTEP,FOME-COR® JETMOUNT,FOME-COR WITH ENCORE TECHNOLOGY,DIBOND®,GATORFOAM® EXTERIOR,FOME-COR® CANVAS,LUMEX® G,SINTRA® ECLIPSE,DISPA®,GATORFOAM® PRO,SINTRA® Colors ,DIBOND® BUTLERFINISH® Brushed Metals,DIBOND® Colors,GATORFOAM® SELF-ADHESIVE,DIBOND® Specialty Finishes,SINTRA® VERS 
Mike Goldner of Artisan Colour on Corporate ID

Mike Goldner of Artisan Colour on Corporate ID

Account Manager and Graphic Consultant Mike Goldner, of Artisan Colour –a digital commercial print shop out of Scottsdale, Arizone, describes his experience using the 3A Graphic Display product line for Corporate ID applications. 

Products: SINTRA®,GATORFOAM®,DIBOND® 

Case Histories


Sculptor’s Lifelike I-Beam Mobiles Float Near Weightlessly with SINTRA® Graphic Display Board

Sculpted to resemble the massive and heavy structural steel girders used to construct skyscrapers, the I-beam  mobiles of J F Jones instead are designed to float near weightlessly above the viewer and to produce a smile with 3-D characters casually perched atop the beams.

3A Composites USA Broadens SINTRA® PVC Collection to Include Four Product Lines

The SINTRA® Collection of  moderately expanded PVC boards has been broadened by 3A Composites USA to meet a  wider variety of customer needs through four product lines: SINTRA, SINTRA Eclipse, SINTRA Vers (formerly e-pvc™)   and new SINTRA Construct.

Sintra Eclipse To Be Showcased At SGIA Expo For Easy Printing Of Graphics That Pop On Black PVC

3A Composites USA has expanded its PRO Series line of graphic display boards featuring enhanced printing surfaces with Sintra® ECLIPSE – a next-generation graphic display board designed for the easy production of graphics that pop on a black PVC board.

Sign Experts Use Standardized System To Turn Out Impressive Signage For Grocery Chain

HEB Grocery is a San Antonio-based chain that operates its franchise mostly in the Texas, Mexico area. The chain commissioned Ion Art to fabricate and install a series of multi-purpose signage materials for the brand in its San Antonio stores.

Agio Imaging Turns To Trusted Sintra PVC Board Brand For Interior Signage

All rigid substrates are not created equal. That’s the philosophy adhered to by employees at Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Agio Imaging, a large-format custom print solution provider, when determining the best rigid substrate for graphic displays. When PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is deemed the best solution for creating interior signage, Agio Imaging turns to Sintra® graphic display board by 3A Composites USA.

Scottsdale Artist Uses Dibond As Substrate For Incredible Multi-Layered Art Pieces

Emily Randolph is a mixed-media artist who’s complex works are both colorful and captivating. Producing dozens of pieces annually, her works employ dimensional layers. The layers feature a variety of medias from dried flowers, textured glass, and pepples/stones. Randolph notes a single source of inspiration…happiness.

3A Composites USA To Showcase Full Lines Of Rigid Substrates For Corporate Identity Programs At GlobalShop 2017

3A Composites USA will be focused on creating identity from the inside out with its full lines of interior rigid substrates and exterior aluminum composite materials at GlobalShop 2017 to be held March 28-30 in Las Vegas.

3A Composites Materials Aid In Brand Consistency For Corporate Identity Programs

Corporate identity is an essential part of branding, reflecting a brand's image, consistency and loyalty. Branding in the corporate identity marketplace can be seen in signage, wayfinding and interior displays. The materials in which are specified for these applications vary due to several factors including durability, application duration, aesthetics and price point.

Game Boy Gets Supersized Using Sintra Expanded PVC Board

The joy of the late eighties came alive with a simple handheld video game device known as the Nintendo Game Boy. The 3.5” by 5.8” frame made the device the first handheld console in the Nintendo lineup resulting in a cult-like following and a wildly popular product for the video game company. A few decades later, and many new product releases, an engineering nerd with a dream, threw it back to the original game set.

Luxury Denim Brand On Display Utilizing Black Sintra PVC Board

The ad messaging for the premium denim brand, Diesel, turns heads with their “Be Stupid” campaign. The imaginative campaign called for elaborate displays using 3A materials, specifically black Sintra PVC Board to create a large, nostalgic VHS tape display.

3A’s Rigid-Substrates Help Create Large-Format Graphic Displays

PhotoWorksGroup, Inc., a large-format graphic solutions provider based in Charlottesville, Va., has been creating large-format graphics, exhibits, displays and signs for museums, universities, healthcare institutions, manufacturers and corporations for nearly 30 years.

Charlotte Museum of History Tells Stories & Preserves Area’s Past

A perusal of The Charlotte Museum of History’s web site yields a succinct yet significant explanation of exactly why the museum collects and displays artifacts. “Museums collect for various stated purposes,” reads the “About the Collection” opening statement “but in the end all the objects and documents serve the same purpose – to tell a story.”

The Importance Of High Performance Materials In Wayfinding

Wayfinding is an extremely important component of architectural design. Aisle markers, campus signs, terminal indicators and medical wing directions all provide a service in saving time but also create a “system” that is not only signage, but aids in the development of a brand by combining marketing, identity and design.

JetBlue Terminal Showcases Brand’s Identity With Interior Signage

JetBlue’s JFK terminal T5 was a very important project for the relatively young airline. It was their first terminal in which they had direct input in its planning and design. Architectural and design giant, Gensler, had the extraordinary task of designing a terminal that did not take away from the Saarinen design of the exterior.

Graphic Display USA How To: Cutting Sintra

Sintra® Material, an expanded PVC sheet product, can be cut using common methods for plastic materials. These methods include, knife cutting, sawing, and routing operations. Shearing with a guillotine shear is generally not recommended.

Sintra PVC Board Helps Create Historical Displays With Staying Power

The Richmond, Va.-based International Mission Board (IMB), an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, was formed in 1845 as the Foreign Mission Board and today serves virtually every country in the world. The IMB’s rich history and global reach are apparent in the décor of the headquarters offices, which feature several permanent displays.

Sintra Expanded PVC Board Made Into Comic-Con Convention Costume

Sci-fi enthusiast Cris Knight built a costume using Sintra expanded PVC board for the Comic-Con convention in Las Vegas. The character “Bender” from the popular animated television series Futurama, written and designed by Matt Groening, was the inspiration for the costume.

Space Foundation Launches Out-Of-This-World Graphics With GATOR, SINTRA and DIBOND Boards

The Space Foundation, a global nonprofit organization based in Colorado Springs, Colo., focuses on promoting space exploration and utilization through a wide variety of space awareness programs, industry events and space-related education programs – all in support of its mission: “To advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.”

Athletic Shoe Displays Mounted On SINTRA® Step Up For Shopping Center Opening

Designers at Vector Impresion Digital in Medellin, Colombia, stepped up to the challenge of creating 12 larger-than-life Reebok athletic shoe displays last fall with the help of Sintra® graphic display board. Twelve images of Reebok athletic shoes – each measuring approximately 14-feet by 5-feet – were displayed from September through November 2010 at all entrances to the Santa Fe shopping center in Medellin, inaugurating the opening of the new mall and highlighting its Reebok store tenant.

Detailed Mayan Pyramid Display Designed with SINTRA®

When 3A Composites USA launched its “Legends” marketing communications campaign in 2004, company executives reviewed a wide field of internationally recognizable graphic arts icons to be recreated in print advertisements with one of the company’s leading graphic display boards, including those in the Sintra®, Dibond®, Gator™ and Fome-Cor® board lines. Choices included everything from the Eiffel Tower in Paris to New York City’s Statue of Liberty and Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis transatlantic record-setting airplane.

Time Flies as Clocks Are Direct Printed on SINTRA®, DIBOND®

The clock was ticking as application specialists at Meredith, N.H.-based VUTEk Printing Systems prepared to exhibit the company’s new VUTEk® PressVu® UV 200/600 digital inkjet printer at the SGIA ’04 Specialty Printing and Imaging Technology Show last October in Minneapolis.

3A Composites USA Scales Legendary Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower remains one of the most well-known architectural icons of Europe, if not the world. Completed in March 1889, the tower, rising 324 meters into the skies above Paris, consisted of 18,030 iron pieces held together with 2.5 million rivets and weighing 10,100 tons.

Innovative Designer/Fabricator is Selective With Substrates

The custom designer/fabricator named Dillon Works! Inc. of Mukilteo, Washington, has a history of making innovative exhibits and signage, unique environments and unusual themed projects from all kinds of materials ranging from soft goods to metal. Yet, as manufacturers introduce more specialized types of substrates, the company’s owner and president, Mike Dillon, is just as likely to stick with familiar materials.

Sintra Material Screen Printed for New Balance® Display

"The client, New Balance, wanted 500 displays to feature soccer shoes in their own retail outlets, as they were introducing this product to the U.S. market," said Steve Mann of Henschel-Steinau, Inc., Point of Purchase Advertising in Englewood, New Jersey. "The client wanted a high-quality image to compete against other brands of soccer shoes."

Exhibits Lead to Sintra® Material Artwork

In 1995, when James B. Campbell started working as an exhibit designer for Channel-Kor Systems, Inc., of Bloomington, Indiana, he became intrigued with the properties of Sintra Material –– for fine art projects as well as exhibits.

Material Selection Helps Grow Exhibit Success

Skyline® of Eagan, Minnesota, became successful with lightweight, portable exhibits. Yet, the company saw a growing need to help their clients become successful at trade shows through a larger, more substantial presence, while retaining as much as possible the lightweight and economical qualities of smaller exhibits.

Sintra® Material Helps “Wave the Flags”

"I had used many variations of fabric banners and flags in past projects but wanted to provide my client, Breckinridge Middle School, with a unique display of flags," said Marc Waller, president of Thayer Design of Monroe, Virginia. For the atrium of the Roanoke, Virginia, school, Thayer Design created a display of flags representing 48 nations. The project was installed in the spring of 2000.

Sintra® Material Art at Milwaukee Art Museum

When Cheonae Kim was looking for material to make an artistic statement on the exterior of the Milwaukee Art Museum, she selected Sintra Material. At the request of the Museum, the material was donated by 3A Composites USA Inc., which manufactures Sintra Material in North America, and supplied by Commercial Plastics and Supply Corp., the nation's largest distributor of Sintra Material.