American Printer's mission is to be the most reliable and authoritative source of information on integrating tomorrow's technology with today's management.

May 2008 News: Paper

May 1, 2008 12:00 AM

         Subscribe in NewsGator Online   Subscribe in Bloglines

High-definition papers

Boise Paper's (Bensenville, IL) line of HD:PTM high-definition digital printing paper includes HD:PTM Everyday Laser, Boise HD:PTM Premier Print, Boise HD:PTM Presentation Laser & Cover, Boise HD:PTM Color Copy & Cover and Boise HD:PTM Glossy Color Laser & Cover. All papers provide smooth texture, crisp edges and vibrant colors. They are laser and/or inkjet guaranteed, acid-free and carry a GE brightness rating ranging from 92 to 98 in a variety of weights and sizes. See
Circle 170 or visit

Sun Chemical wins two awards for environmental leadership

In Canadian PrintAction magazine's third annual “Environmental Printing Awards,” Sun Chemical (Parsippany, NJ) received two awards that recognize its commitment to providing environmentally friendly solutions. Sun Chemical's Liberty sheetfed inks received the gold as the “Most Progressive Environmental Product,” and Sun Chemical itself received a bronze as the “Most Environmentally Progressive Vendor.” The awards recognize “excellence in Canadian environmental stewardship across the print-based communications supply chain.”

Winner of the 2006 PIA/GATF InterTech Technology Award, Liberty ink reportedly reduces waste and shortens a printer's production time. Liberty utilizes proprietary chemistry to create inks that offer press stability and ultra-fast drying. See

Green ink technology

Kohl & Madden (Northlake, IL) has launched Earth series sheetfed inks, a low-VOC set of process inks with high levels of renewable raw materials such as linseed, soybean and other types of vegetable oils. With vegetable oil content ranging from 38 to 51 percent, Earth series inks produce 2 percent VOCs, reportedly an 80 percent reduction in average VOCs vs. standard sheetfed process inks.

Earth series inks are formulated to offer good lithographic performance, dot fidelity, high trap efficiency, extended stay-open properties and precise gray balance.

Circle 171 or visit

Sustainable linen paper

Mohawk Fine Papers' (Cohoes, NY) Beckett Cambric is now available with heavier weights, new colors and more cut sizes. Beckett Cambric I-Tone papers also are offered. These textured papers are FSC certified, carbon neutral and optimized to run on any digital color production press, including the HP Indigo. Cambric I-Tone papers are suitable for direct mail, business cards, pocket folders, brochures, report covers, invitations and specialty projects. The new line is offered in 14 matching shades in 24 writing and 80 cover, extra heavy covers, small quantity cartons and a 99 bright platinum white. Cambric also has 15 new shades. See
Circle 172 or visit

A color revolution

Wausau Paper's (Wausau, WI) is bringing more color into the print world through its latest promotion, “A Brave New World of Color.” The promotion showcases the company's line of Astrobrights papers. Astrobrights is available in 23 shades, as well as six pearlescent colors of Astrobrights Glisten and four bright colors of Astrobrights Textures hammered finish paper. See
Circle 173 or visit

Opaque paper certified for digital presses

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Printing Application Laboratory has qualified International Paper's (Memphis, TN) Accent Opaque for HP Indigo and Kodak NexPress digital production color presses. This includes Accent Opaque Smooth 50- to 100-lb. text and 65- to 100-lb. cover papers.

IP also plans to introduce 21 new items to the current Accent Opaque digital offering that will encompass the more popular digital-size sheets, including 12 × 18 inches and 14 × 20 inches. Accent Opaque boasts a 152 whiteness and 96 brightness rating. See

IP expands paper options with press-ready skids

International Paper now offers Williamsburg press-ready skids. The new skids reportedly provide greater convenience and easier handling.

The transition from Williamsburg standard stock skids to press-ready skids already has begun. The maximum height of these new skids is 45 inches to accommodate most presses, and they are pallet jack and forklift friendly with four-way entry.
Circle 178 or visit

Digital business papers

Xerox Corp.'s (Rochester, NY) High Yield business paper for digital printing is made through a green process, using 90 percent of the tree. The paper reportedly has 10 percent more sheets per pound. High Yield business paper also requires less water and chemicals and is produced in a plant using hydroelectricity to partially power the pulping process. This process reduces fossil fuel use and results in up to a 75 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.


Circle 177 or visit

Premium paper program for HP Indigo

SMART Papers (Hamilton, OH) has launched the i-Xpress for HP Indigo Paper Program. It offers HP Indigo press owners a wide selection of premium RIT-certified uncoated and coated papers including more than 200 colors, textures, finishes and weights. i-Xpress includes products from the entire range of SMART Papers coated and uncoated papers, including Kromekote, Knightkote Matte, Carnival, Synergy, Genesis and Passport. All papers within the i-Xpress for HP Indigo Paper Program are treated on both sides.

Larger format digital papers

SMART Papers has added 25 SKUs of larger format uncoated and coated sheets for digital presses and production-rated color copiers in sizes from 19 × 13 to 22.5 × 14.33 inches.

The larger format papers are in the Kromekote, Knightkote, Carnival and Pegasus brands and include new Carnival 95 Infusion 95-bright sheets, HP Indigo-compatible sheets in new sizes and basis weights and larger sizes for the Xerox iGen3.

Circle 174 or visit

Domtar sells paper lines to SMART Papers

Domtar Corp. (Montreal) has sold its text, cover and writing paper lines to SMART Papers (Hamilton, OH). See pg. 15.

Cougar is greener

Domtar's (Fort Mill, SC) Cougar premium uncoated papers have received Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. All Cougar branded products now are certified to the standards of the FSC and endorsed by the Rainforest Alliance. Cougar is made fully elemental-chlorine-free (ECF) and lignin -free, and is manufactured acid-free for longevity and archival quality. The paper is available in white and natural, text and cover weights, in smooth and vellum finishes. In addition to the paper's 10 percent post-consumer fiber content and SFI-certification, the recent FSC certification promotes Cougar to Domtar's EarthChoice family of products.

Circle 175 or visit

Ink goes green

Toyo Ink America's (Addison, IL) HyPlus 100 process series ink offers a high-quality, green printing alternative in the pressroom. HyPlus 100 allows sheetfed printers to replace inks containing petroleum-derived solvents with formulations for all four basic colors that are entirely free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It contains 100 percent solids for sharp dot and good coverage. See
Circle 176 or visit

Latex for indoor/outdoor performance

New water-based HP Latex Inks were engineered to produce odorless prints and offer high-quality, consistent performance on a broad range of HP and non-HP large-format media. The inks emit low VOCs, do not produce ozone emissions during printing and contain no hazardous air pollutants.

Coupled with HP Thermal Inkjet Technology, HP Latex Inks provide durable output, with outdoor prints achieving display permanence up to three years unlaminated; sharp, vivid image quality; broad outdoor and indoor application versatility; high productivity; and, a low total impact on the environment.

Circle 179 or visit

CTI calls for entries in new award program

CTI Paper USA (Sun Prairie, WI) announces the call for entries for its new Pearl Award. The new award recognizes the print design and honors designers who use their passion and talent to cultivate a design concept into print. Winners will receive a cash prize and award. Select entries also will be feature din CTI's online design gallery.

To qualify for the award, send your finest work designed on one or more of CTI's papers, including the brads Aspire Petallics, Aspire Petallics Digital, Bindakote, Constellation Jade, Glama Natural, Cureency and Splendorlux. Two Pearl Awards will be given annually. In addition to a custom award, the “Best of Show” winner will receive $500, and the “Design Excellence” winner will receive $250.

Deadline for entries is December 31, 2008. Download an entry form at

Heavyweight carbonless sheets

Nekoosa Coated Products' (Nekoosa, WI), Uniform 20-lb. heavyweight carbonless sheets use Ultimate Image technology for better clarity, crisp lines, solid color intensity and speedy image formation. The enhanced chemistry is fully compatible with the previous formulation. See
Circle 180 or visit

Glatfelter is going places

The 2008 paper swatchbook from Glatfelter (York, PA) celebrates the romance of travel and the books that go along for the ride. The swatchbook includes nine product lines and 22 tear-off sample pads. The book also includes an easy to use bulk chart and a short form chart for each product line. Three additional samples of environmentally responsible papers are included. See
Circle 181 or visit

Meet Aunt Pearl

“Luxury is everywhere, darling. You just have to bring it out.” So says Aunt Pearl, the quirky character who stars in CTI Paper USA's (Sun Prairie, WI) new paper promotion, “Pretty in Pearl.” This limited edition booklet features Glama Natural translucent printing papers, as well as Aspire Petallics, Bindkote, Currency and Splendorlux. Follow Aunt Pearl as she lives a life of luxury, glamour and intrigue captured by CTI's translucent and pearlescent papers. See
Circle 182 or visit

Two centuries of ink progress

Philadelphian Charles Johnson launched his ink manufacturing company on January 7, 1804. According to the 1894 edition of the “American Dictionary of Printing and Bookmaking”: “He was not a practical printer but succeeded in producing a quality of goods which pleased the trade. Prior to this time, ink was either made by the printers themselves or imported from England and Germany in skins.”

Johnson retired in 1827 and was succeeded by his son, Charles Johnson Jr. Charles Eneu Johnson, presumably the grandson of the founder, later took over — his name can be seen in many old INLAND PRINTER ads like this one. Johnson Printing Inks ultimately became a part of United Carbon Co.

Braden Sutphin Ink Co. (Cleaveland) claims bragging rights as the oldest family-owned ink company in the United States. Jim Braden founded the company in 1913 as the Braden Ink Co.; Al Sutphin was the first employee.