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Think about your ink

Jul 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Raymond J. Prince

I visited a plant that had many quality problems, in particular, slow ink drying, scuff issues, chalking, low gloss, burn out, excessive dot gain, ragged dot structure and a host of others. The pressroom was clean and orderly, prep was immaculate and pressmen seemed knowledgeable. So what was causing all the problems? After looking over the plant, I found the ink room and what a surprise 30 brands

Roll goals

Jun 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

For many years, roll sheeting was something most printers preferred to leave to their packaging counterparts. But as long perfectors have gained popularity, some printers are finding that sheeters do, indeed, prosper. In addition to dramatic paper savings, other advantages include enhanced versatility and better print quality. C. Clint Bolte, president of consultancy C. Clint Bolte and Associates

Profitable plastics

Jun 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Sixty years ago, James Wolff entered the printing industry as an apprentice. Today, Wolff is president of General Press Inc. (Natrona, PA). As with all journeys of this magnitude, Wolff has faced many challenges along the way. In recent years, faced with a marketplace rife with plant closings and consolidations, Wolff recognized the survival of his employee-owned company would be based on its ability

Paper & Ink Part 1

May 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Get a thrill The Thrill of Springhill Printers Contest is a chance to win a trip to Orlando or one of 56 other prizes by submitting your best projects printed on Springhill papers to International Paper (Memphis). There are two categories, Digital and Offset. IP will judge entrants on quality, creativity how the paper is the used. The best work will be featured in a future Springhill promotion. The

Green scene

Apr 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By AP staff

A vast amount of paper is consumed in the U.S. printing industry, and demand for recycled papers is on the rise. Early recycled paper grades faced criticism on myriad fronts. The paper mills have responded by advancing their technology to deliver high-quality recycled sheets. They are participating in environmental initiatives such as Forest Stewardship Council certification, while printers and publishers

Sweet sheets

Mar 1, 2007 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Digital paper options just in time for On Demand from: Neenah Paper, NewPage, Xerox, Enterprise Group, Mohawk Fine Papers, SMART Papers, International Paper, The Paper Mill Store, CTI Paper USA, and Domtar.

Grade Finders issues redesigned paper guide

Nov 1, 2006 12:00 AM,

Grade Finders (Exton, PA) recently asked its customers for recommendations to improve its paper buying guides. The results can be found in the 40th anniversary edition. The company switched to landscape format to fit all of the additional information. Grade Finders will be offering a complimentary Internet Edition to everyone who purchases the 40th anniversary edition. Titled the 2006/07 Competitive

Paper prices Still climbing

Oct 1, 2006 12:00 AM,

Coated and uncoated freesheet paper prices have continued to rise this summer to levels not seen for many years. But the current robust market conditions might not last, according to many observers. Uncoated freesheet prices are currently at a 10-year high in North America, and some producers plan a further round of hikes late in the third quarter. Both Weyerhaeuser Co. and Boise Cascade Inc. reportedly

Massive Media

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By AP Staff

Substrates for wide-format inkjet printers include glossy photo-quality stock, adhesive-backed vinyl, watercolor paper and a multitude of printable fabrics. Both printer and RIP manufacturers offer media, as do some papermakers specializing in acid-free archival media for fine art reproductions. Many users buy their inkjet printer and paper from the same vendor. Agfa, Canon, CGS, Creo, DuPont, Epson,

Global specialty paper usage growing fast

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 AM,

According to Intertech-Pira's (Surrey, England) The Future of Specialty Papers: Global Forecasts to 2011, global consumption of specialty papers will reach 23.7 million metric tons by 2011. Asia is the fastest growing region for specialty papers, forecast to reach 6.7 million tons in 2011. Within that region, China shows fast growth with its largest segments being specialty papers for flexible packaging

Ink, chemistry prices on the rise

Aug 1, 2006 12:00 AM,

Sun Chem hikes publication inks Sun Chemical (Northlake, IL) has increased its prices for all publication inks by nine percent. Additionally, surcharges will be applied to cover increasing costs in energy and freight. Despite our efforts to mitigate the impact of the rising costs in materials and fuel through active involvement with our supplier base and by driving internal efficiencies, raw materials,

Fiber space vs. cyberspace

Jun 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Andy Scott

Despite traditional print continuing to grow, more advertisers are looking to the Internet and other forms of e-advertising, such as PDAs. This was just one of the findings to emerge from the 129th annual PaperWeek conference.

Paper & ink roundup, part 2

May 1, 2006 12:00 AM, AP staff

The latest ink products from: Kustom Group, Sun Chemical, Van Son Holland Ink Corp., VUTEk, Pitman, Northwest Coatings, Roland DGA, Flint Group, Fujifilm Sericol, Kohl & Madden, Jetrion, Gans Ink & Supply, Toyo Ink Group, Eckart, Kirkwood Printing and GrCI.

Padgett Printing

May 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

We learned more about Padgett Printing's 103-year history as well as how the family-run business evolved from a struggling $8 million company in 1989 to a thriving operation with more than $29 million annual revenues in 2005.

Ready for action

Mar 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Jill Roth

HP's Graphic Arts Summit focused on new products, customer success stories and HP's strong involvement with the Sundance Film Festival.

It's easy being green

Mar 1, 2006 12:00 AM, By Charles Pickett

Discover new recycled paper options.

Whiter vs. brighter

Dec 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Mark J. Subers

Prompted by domestic competition and pressure from foreign imports, North American mills are improving brightness, opacity and whiteness specifications for coated and uncoated papers.

Papers for digital printing

Oct 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Tamara Pope

Once a paper or specialty media has been selected, it has to be stored, handled, conditioned and loaded properly to maximize performance and machine productivity. Here are some useful tips.

Paper update

Sep 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Sabine Lenz

Pricing, availability and some key trends.

Metallic FAQs

Jul 1, 2005 12:00 AM, By Sabine Lenz

Here are some questions we're often asked about metallic inks and papers.