Incorporated in 1994, TWN Industries has built a reputation based on an unwavering commitment to excellence. We have dedicated our lives to developing Water Transfer Printing technology that delivers high-value solutions to our surface coating customers. Reliable delivery and service, consistent product quality, and new technological innovations are the cornerstones of who we are and have set us apart from the competition.
Our mission is to introduce and expand the use of Water Transfer Printing technology for businesses both large and small. Our goal is to expand the versatility of the surface coatings industry by providing innovative patterns and new technology.
How We Got Our Start
TWN Industries was founded by Jerry and Jodie Metallo in the mid-nineties, when the conversion van market was running at full speed. This market was desperately searching for alternatives to the costly wood panels that adorned the interiors of vans and trucks during that time. Through creative thinking, combined with extensive research and the help of NASA, TWN introduced a high-tech, self-adhesive real wood veneer dashboard overlay. This product dramatically changed the way conversion vehicle interiors were decorated and set the stage for our future Water Transfer Printing endeavors.
Water Transfer Printing Under Patent
In the late seventies, a new surface coating technology referred to as Cubic Printing or Hydrographic Printing began to emerge. Cubic Engineering had a patent on this technology and charged substantial licensing fees during the life of this patent. These licensing fees prevented all but a few well-financed companies from having access to it. TWN Industries recognized that this process had great potential if they could unlock the technology, and deliver it to the market without the costly licensing fees and restrictive processing agreements.
TWN Industries Partners with YHT
Following the expiration of the original patent and in conjunction with Yuan Heng Tai research and engineering group in Taiwan, we began to unlock the previously secret technology behind Cubic Printing. In 1999, we partnered with YHT and introduced an improved method of this process, which is now referred to as “Water Transfer Printing”.
Today, YHT continues to print our Water Transfer Printing film. We work together to develop new ground-breaking film patterns that are held to stringent quality guidelines. With 17+ years of experience, YHT prints high-quality Water Transfer Printing film and has been a great business partner. Their facility produces film in an uncontaminated environment utilizing high-grade inks and PVA (Polyvinyl alcohol) films that are optimized for unique production requirements.
From our humble beginnings as an OEM supplier to the automotive industry, TWN Industries has grown to be a major player in all aspects of the surface coatings industry. In addition to the automotive market, we also serve the marine, sporting goods, medical, general industrial, consumer goods, and architectural markets.
The TWN Advantage
TWN industries is the only hydrographic film supplier that has a No Processing Policy. This means that instead of competing with you by offering the same decorating services, we instead focus on providing you with the materials and knowledge base to take those projects on yourself!
We provide film, equipment, supplies, and training to help you gain a competitive edge in the Water Transfer Printing industry. We work with small and large businesses alike.