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Appearance & reality

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Gmund 925 paper is produced with a mixture of pure silver ions, boasting the first presentation of this effect in the paper industry. Silver's shiny look and metallic properties guarantee a well-balanced relationship between appearance and reality in Gmund 925, the company reports. Designed for presentations, its brushed surface emphasizes elegance and a technically skillful character. The palette

Ink purchase funds operational upgrades

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Fujifilm North America Corp.'s Graphic Systems Division (www.fujifilmgs.com) and Van Son Holland Ink Corp. of America (www.vansonink.com) announce a new program now available to Fujifilm customers who purchase Van Son inks for the first time. The Van Son Fujifilm Tech Advantage Program allows customers to use Van Son ink purchases from Fujifilm to help finance professional services such as G7 education

Successful first year for Twin Rivers

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Maine-based Twin Rivers (www.twinriverspaper.com) is celebrating its first year of business achieving accomplishments in the areas of energy reduction, productivity improvements, product innovation and environmental sustainability. Twin Rivers manufactured 380,000 tons of free sheet and hybrid-groundwood papers in its first year. Over the next year, the company plans to aggressively grow in select

Paper choices made simple

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Boise (Boise, ID) expands its comprehensive sustainability initiative, Choices, with the goal of providing professional guidance to help customers or consumers make informed, effective choices about the use of paper. Boise created Choices as an open forum to discuss corporate responsibility, profitability, bottom-line value and positive social impact. The program provides educational tools, ideas

Bulkley Dunton, xpedx to distribute Appleton's Utopia inkjet papers

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM,

xpedx and Bulkley Dunton are the exclusive U.S. distributors of Appleton Coated Utopia Inkjet papers, expanding a long-standing relationship among the three companies. The Utopia inkjet papers were co-developed with HP, and optimized for HP's new web inkjet presses, including the T200, T300, T350 and T400 presses. The papers can be used on other new-generation inkjet web presses including the Kodak

A sweet reward

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Tags for the Tell Tale Preserve Co., a new patisserie and delicatessen in San Francisco, received top honors in PaperSpecs Gallery's (www.paperspecsgallery.com) Design of the Month awards. Chef William Werner created the Tell Tale Society, which is comprised of people who sign up to receive a bag filled with seasonally influenced preserves, confections, cookies and cakes, both sweet and savory, each

Paper replaces PVC for gift cards

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Monadnock Paper Mills (www.mpm.com) launches Monadnock Envi Card Stock, The Un-Plastic, creating a renewable wood fiber alternative to PVC card materials. Envi Card Stock is recommended for gift cards, loyalty cards, membership cards, hotel keys and durable signage. It is durable, recyclable and prints using offset, thermal or digital printing techniques. It can be embossed, foil stamped and laminated,

Thrifty printers know their paper

Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By Katherine O'Brien

The ink (and often, bonding agent) contributes nearly 30% to the cost of an inkjet printing job, and the paper only contributes about 10%, or less, to the cost. Optimize absorption and ink-fastness for inkjet savings, advises this white paper from Finch. See Managing the Variable Characteristics of Inkjet Substrates for Profitability at www.finchpaper.com. Katherine O'Brien is the editor of AMERICAN

Gmund expands Astro Converters collaboration

May 31, 2011 12:00 AM,

Gmund Paper North America announces the further expansion of its collaboration with Astro Converters, Inc.

Mohawk combines competitions

May 25, 2011 12:00 AM,

Mohawk Fine Papers announces the combination of its three design competitions — the Mohawk Show, the i-Tonies and the Strathmore Graphics Gallery — into one annual event.

Flint Group announces heatset ink price increases

May 24, 2011 12:00 AM,

Flint Group North America has announced a 10% price increase on heatset web offset printing inks used in commercial and publication markets.

Van Son appoints managing director, technical services

May 18, 2011 12:00 AM,

Van Son Holland Ink Corp. has promoted James Thoele to managing director, technical services. In his new role, Thoele will assume the direct leadership of all of the company’s technical functions with an emphasis on establishing and maintaining relationships with clients from both a technical and sales level.

NAPIM issues ink supply cost update

May 16, 2011 12:00 AM,

The National Assn. of Printing Ink Manufacturers Inc. (NAPIM) has issued an update on the availability of critical raw materials used in the inks that printers’ purchase in all of the major printing processes – lithographic, gravure, flexographic and inkjet.

Sappi introduces digital print self-promo tool

May 5, 2011 12:00 AM,

Sappi Fine Paper North America announces the launch of its new “Digital Design Center,” a web application that allows printers to create custom marketing tools to promote their own digital printing capabilities.

Flint raises UV ink, coating prices in North America

May 3, 2011 12:00 AM,

Flint Group North America has announced a 7% price increase on energy curable inks and coatings used in sheetfed and offset web printing, effective May 1, 2011.

Inkjet canvas options offer versatility

May 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Every printer knows that great printing starts with quality materials. In Part 1 of this two-part series, AMERICAN PRINTER offers the skinny on the latest offerings in paper and ink. LexJet is diversifying its canvas line with neutral white/OBA-free and bright white inkjet printable canvas products, Sunset Reserve Matte Canvas and Sunset Reserve Bright Matte Canvas. They round out a diverse portfolio

Ecofriendly coated paper

May 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Unisource introduces PorcelainECO, a premium coated paper that is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certified and has a post-consumer waste (PCW) content of 10%. See www.unisourceworldwide.com.

Paper gets much respect

May 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

A companion follow-up to the Monadnock's popular Respect Nature promo Respect Design is said to be both an educational and provocative addition to the series. The promotion showcases bold images from nature and contrasts these with images of outstanding achievement in architecture industrial design and fashion. Respect Design offers several print demonstrations featuring high-resolution multi-color

Redesigned fiber paper allows superior images

May 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Rolland Enviro100 Digital is a 100% post-consumer fiber paper. Manufactured using local and renewable biogas energy, the paper is FSC-, EcoLogo and Processed Chlorine Free certified. Enviro 100 Digital offers an improved whiteness and brightness as well as a much smoother finish, which provides even more vibrant colors. As a complement to Rolland Enviro100 Satin for commercial printing, this paper

Premium papers make the grade

May 1, 2011 12:00 AM, By AP staff

Epson's Cold Press and Hot Press (available in Bright and Natural) are acid-free, 100% cotton papers that enable rich, deep blacks and a wide color gamut. These papers provide an elegantly textured finish for artistic expression and is said to provide extremely smooth finish for the finest detail. Velvet Fine Art paper features 100% cotton rag base, buffered and acid free and is coated with Epson's