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Paper & Ink

Jun 1, 2009 12:00 AM


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Premium digital paper

Navigator Premium Office Paper from Grupo Portucel Soporcel (www.portucelsoporcel.com) offers the opportunity to win one of 333 Apple iPhone 3Gs in a global initiative that will run until September, 2009. To participate, buy a ream of Navigator, go to the Navigator website at www.navigator-usa.com, and enter with the promotional code printed on the back of the ream. This will be the fourth global campaign launched by the Navigator brand. More than 130,000 participants from all over the world played in 2008.

Navigator has been certified by Buyers Laboratory Inc. and offers high performance in digital equipment. The renewable eucalyptus-based paper's thickness and high opacity allow printing on both sides, and its smoothness allows a significant reduction in the use of ink and toner as well as an improved print quality.

Grupo Portucel Soporcel is constructing a new paper mill in its industrial complex in Setúbal, Portugal. With start-up planned for August 2009, the new mill represents an investment of 550 million euros, increasing total paper production capacity to around 1.5 million tonnes/year, which will make the Group the leader in the European UWF market and help it expand its position in the North American market.

Two-sided Tango

MeadWestvaco Corp.'s (Glen Allen, VA) Tango Advantage C2S (coated two-side) premium coated cover offers high brightness and an ultra smooth surface. As a global paper and packaging solutions provider, MeadWestvaco supports customized service programs and quick turnaround for its coated one side and two side grades. The full line of coated covers is suitable for a wide range of printing applications ranging from brochures to point-of-purchase displays, and greeting cards, calendars, book covers and lottery tickets. See www.mwv.com.

Ceramic inkjet expansion

Xaar (Cambridge, England) has added Esmalglass-Itaca Group (www.esmalglass-itaca.com), headquartered in Spain, to its list of Approved Ink Partners for the ceramic inks market. Esmalglass-Itaca is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the areas of ceramic pigments, glazes, frits and additives.

“We are very excited about this new partnership,” says Jill Woods, ink product manager, Xaar. “We are working together to approve new colors to strengthen the portfolio of approved ceramic inks. This supports our strategy to offer customers the widest choice of inks possible for use with the Xaar 1001 printhead. It is specifically the Xaar 1001 which has enabled us to enter into the ceramic ink market. The 1001's recirculating ink system keeps printhead nozzles fully primed and operational at all times and the ceramic inks from settling, which is important when jetting complex fluids such as ceramic inks.”

See www.xaar.com.

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HP Indigo certified cover sheet

FiberMark's (Brattleboro, VT) Hyflex Royal product lines are engineered to meet the demands of the HP Indigo digital press. The premium latex-saturated cover materials are suited to specialty text, turned cover and perfect bound applications, providing a canvas for vibrantly printed images. Hyflex Royal products are used for print-on-demand photo books, photo albums, spiral bound book covers, ring binders, presentation folders, high-end catalog covers, report covers, and casebound and paperback book covers.

This durable, supple sheet with Luster chrome finish is offered in 9 and 12 pt. thicknesses. Hyflex Royal can be purchased with unique, printable textures. Stocked in three sizes with additional sheet and roll size options available, this sheet has advanced fold strength with resistance to cracking, as well as good layflat qualities and ink adhesion. All digital products are environmentally friendly and can be FSC certified upon request.

See www.fibermark.com.

Recyclable Tyvek

DuPont Nonwovens (Wilmington, DE) has introduced DuPont Tyvek Vivia, a coated material for wide-format printing. DuPont Tyvek Vivia is recyclable in addition to resisting creases and offering superior durability for indoor and outdoor banner and sign applications. See www.graphics.dupont.com.

FSC certified coated digital paper

xpedx (Cincinnati, OH) has launched Endurance Digital, a sustainably produced, coated printing paper guaranteed for production-rated digital printing equipment including the Xerox iGen, Kodak NexPress and HP Indigo, among others. The new Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain-of-custody certified paper will be available nationwide in July 2009 and orders are being taken. xpedx has targeted the product for high-volume digital printers as well as commercial and in-plant printers.

The surface offers uniform color application and superior toner adhesion. Certified by RIT's Printing Applications Laboratory, it is a 91-bright sheet available in text and cover, gloss and silk, and a variety of sizes and weights.

See http://xpedx.com.

Ecofriendly etching

Paperlux (Hamburg, Germany) etching is now available exclusively on Gmund (Gmund am Tegernsee, Germany) and LakePaper (a Gmund brand) papers. With this process, it is possible to translate logos, images and typography into pin-sharp, three dimensional etchings on fine paper, without hurting the reverse side. The sublimation method uses only light, eliminating the need for solvents. See www.gmund.com.

Premium synthetic for offset printing

Nekoosa Coated Products (Nekoosa, WI) introduces Synaps, a premium synthetic paper engineered by Agfa for offset printing. Synaps features a luxurious look and feel on a strong, durable sheet that prints with conventional inks on offset presses. Because Synaps does not require special inks and accepts a wide range of finishing processes, dries quickly and offers antistatic properties. It is waterproof, tear-resistant and weather-resistant.

“We are confident that we have found a great partner in Nekoosa Coated Products for the distribution of Synaps in North America, as they have a solid reputation for selling high-quality specialty paper products,” says Jo Vander Aa, new business marketing and application manager, Agfa Materials.

Synaps is available immediately in a wide range of weights and sizes, with sheet sizes as large as 59 x 81 inches, through Nekoosa's network of distributors in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

See www.nekoosacoated.com.

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New coated cover paperboard

The Tembec Paperboard Group's (Montreal) newest Kallima swatchbook features the latest additions to the Kallima Coated Cover Collection C1S and C2S web grades. Designed for heatset offset printing, the C1S and C2S web grades are offered in 8 pt. through 10 pt. (203 to 254 microns).

Kallima Coated Cover is up to the challenge of techniques such as foil stamping, embossing, diecutting, UV coating, film laminating and aqueous coating.

Tembec Paperboard Group has released a new FSC folder to raise awareness of the advantages of choosing an FSC-certified product. This folder provides interesting facts on Tembec's environmental initiatives: what it means to be FSC-certified, the future of the paper industry and the actual environmental situation. It is printed on FSC-certified Kallima C2S 9pt with soy inks and gloss aqueous coating.

See www.kallimapaper.com.

Bamboo benefits

Legion Paper's (New York) Legion Bamboo, a new fine art paper, complements Legion's collection of ecofriendly papers. Bamboo is a highly renewable plant resource that grows quickly in many environments.

Legion Bamboo is made from 90% bamboo and 10% cotton fibers to produce an extremely durable paper ideal for all printing processes including letterpress. It is a 265gsm sheet available in 27.5 × 39-inch (70cm × 100cm) and 27.5 × 19.5-inch (70cm × 50cm) sizes. Matching Legion Textured envelopes complement the classic warm tone of the bamboo paper.

See www.legionpaper.com/eco-friendly.

Ecofriendly inks

The newly introduced EcoTech process color inks from INX Intl. Ink Co. (Schaumburg, IL) offer a greener, more sustainable ink system. Proprietary ingredients in EcoTech's formula contribute to the enhancement of these renewable resource inks' performance. More than 61 percent of the raw materials content is from bio-based, renewable resources. Vegetable oils account for nearly three quarters of that percentage and EcoTech's VOC content is less than 5 percent. In addition, EcoTech process colors conform to ISO 2846-1 standards and are suitable for GRACoL G7 certification. The inks offer fast set and dry times, and a stay-open ink formula to reduce ink waste and the need for press washups.

“The users of these new enviro-friendly inks are seeing extremely fast startups with colors in balance quickly and with fewer wasted sheets,” says Chris Bonk, INX vice president and technical director, offset inks. “EcoTech inks are also living up to their promise in terms of sharp dot reproduction on a wide range of coated and uncoated substrates. They have very good gloss and rub resistance and provide excellent press stability, especially in light coverage situations.”

See www.inxinternational.com.

‘Value delivered’

Finch Paper (Glens Falls, NY) is expanding the Finch Casa Opaque product line. Featuring 30% post-consumer recycled fiber at an affordable price point, Finch Casa Opaque is now stocked for both digital and conventional printing. The new Finch Paper “Operator's Box” design, named for the growing number of digital press operators, allows easy opening and closing of the carton from the end. See www.finchpaper.com.

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‘Best of Show’

Millmar Paper's (West Caldwell, NJ) Xtreme Coated Cover's “For Xtreme Ideas Only” swatchbook won On Demand 2009's “Best of Show” in the “Innovations in Paper Usage and Substrates” category. The award and the awards show were presented in partnership with InfoTrends. The swatchbook was printed at POMCO Graphic Arts (Philadelphia).

The swatchbook demonstrates the impressive qualities of this two-sided, cross-platform sheet, inviting users to test the stock through interactive folding games that showcase its versatility and flexible fiber structure. Xtreme's printability, performance, and cost efficiency are central themes of the promotional piece. The swatch book features many advanced processes, finishes and diecuts while providing samples that allow users to compare the results in both digital and offset environments.

Available exclusively through Millmar Paper, Xtreme Coated Cover is a two-sided sheet with gloss coating on one side and silk on the other. Its flexible fiber structure that allows for folding with or against the grain. Order a swatchbook at www.xtremecoatedcover.com.

Inks for wide-format inkjet

Sun Chemical (Parsippany, NJ) launched two new inks at FESPA 2009 (www.fespa.com) in Amsterdam. ESL (EcoSol Light) and Ultima for wide- and superwide-format digital printing are aftermarket inks that form part of the Streamline product line. Streamline consists of high quality solvent-, oil- and water-based inks for a variety of wide-format and superwide-format printers. The inks are formulated to have similar color and physical properties to the original manufactured inks, so existing color profiles and printer settings can be used.

The ESL inks have been developed specifically for Roland printers. The Ultima inks have been formulated for Mimaki JV33 wide-format printers and are compatible with Mimaki SS21 inks.

See www.sunchemical.com.

New synthetics for KBA presses

KBA North America (Dallas) is teaming up with FLEXcon (www.flexcon.com), a global manufacturer of pressure-sensitive films and adhesives based in Spencer, MA, and Megami Corp. (www.megamiink.com/en), a Japanese ink manufacturer based in Itasca, IL, to test and qualify 38 different synthetic substrates that can be printed on an offset press.

“We collaborated together in an effort to introduce polymeric substrates and UV printing to the offset industry and facilitate growth,” says Chris Travis, KBA director of technology. “We printed the test sheets on our new Rapida 106 41-inch sheetfed press. The results will let our customers use new, exciting substrates that they didn't think possible.”

Finding the best combination

FLEXcon's testing proved its primers alleviate the difficulties of printing on low-surface-energy materials, while providing consistent print quality. “We want to inform the offset industry of the collaborative work we have been doing together — a press manufacturer, an ink manufacturer, and a substrate manufacturer — and offer our customers new products that have performance attributes, rather than just serving as printed media. These new substrates adhere to windows, floors, carpets, countertops and vehicles,” says Dennis Brunnett of FLEXcon. “Our current offset product line includes 23 products, soon to be more, which are available in custom sheet sizes up to 80-inches, and shipped within 48 hours.”

The goal of the three manufacturers was to test ink adhesion with different primers on films like vinyl, polyester, polypropylene, polyethylene, diacetate, cling-vinyl, holographics and styrene, in an effort to find the best combinations.

More inks to come

Megami tested three of its inks: UV Megacure PV-2, UV Megacure MAC PST4, and UV Megacure FA. “The result of the testing provided conclusive evidence of superior ink anchorage to the breadth of samples tested,” says Terry Murakawa, president, Megami. “Currently we have six different inks for UV applications but by this summer we plan to develop and introduce more inks for these types of applications and set up our own distributorship.”

See www.kba-usa.com.

UV inkjet merger

Collins Ink Corp. (www.collinsink.com) has acquired the UV curable inkjet and optical disc coating business of Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc. (Columbus, OH). Hexion's UV curables group produces UV inkjet and optical disc coatings for the graphic arts and industrial market. The acquisition includes intellectual property, laboratory and manufacturing assets, as well as key personnel.

Collins Ink — in its 19th year of formulating, manufacturing and selling inkjet inks — operates out of an 83,000-sq.-ft. development and manufacturing site in Cincinnati, OH. Collins supplies ink for thermal, continuous, and DOD inkjet, and has supply agreements with Eastman Kodak and HP.

‘Vendor of the Year’

Huston Patterson Corp. (Decatur, IL) officials recently honored La Crosse Litho Supply (La Crosse, WI) as its 2008 “Vendor of the Year,” from a field of 400 Huston Patterson vendors. La Crosse Litho Supply is a leading graphic arts distributor in the upper Midwest with a growing national customer base.

“This decision gets more difficult every year,” said Huston Patterson president and CEO Thomas W. Kowa. “La Crosse Litho always is looking out for our best interest. I admire their innovative thinking and exceptional service. With the economic challenges facing our industry, we need vendors like La Crosse.”

See www.experiencetheevolution.com.