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Mar 1, 2011 12:00 AM


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O-K Paper to distribute Xtreme Coated Cover

Millmar Paper, brand manager for Xtreme Coated Cover has an exclusive distributorship arrangement with Olmsted-Kirk Paper Co. The agreement will enable O-K Paper to offer Xtreme Coated Cover, a premium board grade with non-cracking properties. Xtreme has a unique flexible fiber structure that allows for folding with or against the grain, reduces the risk of paper cracking and is suitable for media kits, pocket folders, premium packaging, dimensional direct mail, and book covers. Xtreme is said to print well with offset and digital technology.

UPM expands cut-size range

UPM Office Recycled Premium is a high white paper made from 100% recycled fibers. The improved UPM Digi Color laser grade has a high whiteness level of CIE 172 and offers a wider range from 80-300 gsm. The Digi grade is available in size 364 × 660 mm for the Xerox iGen4 Exp format. UPM's copy paper range is available at 70 gsm, as Yes Light and Future Multitech Eco. The papers bear the EU Ecolabel as well as forest certifications PEFC or FSC.

Mohawk, Convertible expand photobook pact

Convertible Solutions, a subsidiary of Inter-State Studio and Publishing, and Mohawk Fine Papers have expanded their distribution agreement on Panoramic book block paper to include the countries of the European Union. The new agreement provides Mohawk with worldwide distribution of the products, which use Convertible's patent-pending TRU-Flat method for assembling lay-flat books.

Convertible Solutions preconverts the Panoramic book block paper with cohesives that simplify the creation of photo books. After printing, the pages are folded, stacked and pressed together to form a series of two-page spreads without a gutter or seam to interrupt the images. An additional printed Panoramic sheet can be wrapped around the book block to form a simple soft cover, or the finished book block can be casebound. The Panoramic paper features Mohawk's I-Tone digital surface treatment to optimize image quality and ink adhesion in digital presses. HP has certified the paper and cohesives for use in Indigo presses. Mohawk also is distributing Convertible's binding equipment for stacking and pressing the Panoramic books.

Carbonless sheet expands digital qualifications

NCR paper brand Superior carbonless sheet by Appleton has been qualified for use in all models of Kodak NexPress digital production color presses (including the NexPress SX series, debuting June 2011). The Printing Applications Laboratory of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) conducted the qualification.

Superior is the only carbonless paper qualified for both the Kodak NexPress and HP Indigo platforms. NCR claims Superior is 100% guaranteed to run clean and smooth on all types of printing equipment. The stock has a heavy basis weight and consistent caliper, and it provides an overall stiff sheet for dependable performance and runnability. It also offers improved all-around quality for all forms printing equipment. Superior is recyclable and made with vegetable oil-based capsules.

Multipurpose coated, uncoated & colored

Wausau Paper has created multiple enhancements to its popular Exact Index, Tag and Vellum Bristol grade lines. Enhancements of the white offerings within these lines include moving to a more visually appealing, blue-white shade with higher brightness for improved contrast. Vellum Bristol White grade now contains 30% post-consumer recycled fiber and carries the independent Green Seal certification, like Exact Index and Tag. All new white and color products in the Exact Index, Tag and Vellum Bristol lines are now also Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified to contain product from well-managed forests.

Paper consumption on the rise

According to the December 2010 “Recovered Paper Monthly Report” published the American Forest & Paper Assn. (AF&PA), the U.S. paper industry consumed 31.3 million tons of recovered paper in 2010, a 7% increase over 2009 consumption levels. Consumption in December was approximately flat when compared to the previous month. The United States exported 1% less recovered paper in November than in October. Year-to-date exports of recovered paper are down 2% compared to the same months last year. See www.afandpa.com.

Rocking' around the clock

Neenah Paper announces its winners of the 2010 “Your time to shine” design contest featuring Esse and Oxford papers. Entrants submitted hand-made clock face designs with samples of these papers, and the winning selections were reconfigured into iPhone and iPad applications.

Designers requested paper samples from Neenah's color palette within the Esse paper collection and/or the cloth-like textured finish of Oxford papers. Once the clocks were created, they uploaded photos of their work to the Neenah's “Against the grain” blog, where visitors could vote for their favorite design. The winners:

  • “Island Time,” by Kevin Brindley (Matthews, NC)
  • “Three Dimensions of Time,” by Rima Bueno (Minneapolis)
  • “Star Clock,” by Alex Silva (Rowland Heights, CA)
  • “Urovni,” by Natalie Motoska (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
  • “ESSE Squared Clock,” by Paul Claycomb (Addison, TX)

“Neenah Time” is the first combination iPhone and iPad application offered by Neenah Paper. The free application uses the clock function of the device to display an analog “paper” clock on-screen and lets the user change clock faces. Each clock face has a unique animation feature built into it and an optional sound effect is associated with each clock face. The app can be downloaded for free at the Apple App Store.

Xeikon teams with Yupo on label synthetics

Xeikon has tested and qualified synthetic substrates from Yupo Corp. of America for the Xeikon 3000 Series of digital label presses. These new qualifications offer more substrate flexibility to Xeikon users for their label and package printing needs. The qualified substrates are used to produce pressure-sensitive labels for a broad array of consumer products ranging from food and beverage items to household products. Yupo's synthetic substrates are extruded from polypropylene pellets at the company's manufacturing plant in Chesapeake, VA. These durable and versatile papers are super-smooth, enabling consistent printing and holding inks with a high level of precision. Available in translucent and super-white grades, Yupo's synthetic paper substrates are 100% recyclable and designed to stand up to demanding environments.

Synthetic papers for EP, offset & UV inkjet

Synaps XM, the latest addition to Agfa's portfolio of Synaps synthetic papers, broadens the application field to electrophotographic printing and copying. This polyester-based material, for use in dry toner printing systems, has been optimized for runnability and image quality on all major platforms. Synaps XM has a white matte topcoat that is said to provide excellent toner adhesion and ensure smooth transport in most printing systems. The Synaps portfolio now consists of Synaps OM for offset printing and UV inkjet; Synaps AP and AR pressure-sensitive self-adhesive substrate; and Synaps XM.

See www.agfa.com/synaps.

The Synaps production line in Mortsel, Belgium