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Jul 1, 2007 12:00 AM
Roland DGA's (Irvine, CA) ESM-SGP2 solvent glossy paper is a high-quality coated paper for solvent inkjet printing. A medium-weight, 7.5-mil glossy paper, ESM-SGP2 reportedly offers good white point and gloss level. It is said to be suited to a variety of indoor applications, including signs, trade show graphics, posters, point-of-purchase (POP) displays, presentations and more.
Sappi Fine Paper North America (Boston) has launched its revitalized brand line-up, including the details of its new “brand family” approach. No longer using #1, #2 and #3 paper qualifications, Sappi has streamlined its product line-up and developed a strategy rooted in customer and product segmentation to make it easier to select the right paper for any project.
Roland DGA's (Irvine, CA) ECO-SOL MAX builds on Roland's award-winning eco-solvent ink, ECO-SOL MAX is designed for exclusive use with the company's VersaCAMM and SOLJET wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters. ECO-SOL MAX dries fast, is scratch resistant, offers a wide gamut and produces dense, rich colors. The ink is user-friendly, virtually odorless and supports a broad range of uncoated inkjet media.
“The Beachcomber's Companion,” created by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Woods Hole, MA), is a fun, educational guide for the trips to the beach, detailing aquatic life from squid to crabs and fungi to lobsters. More than 50 guide cards made of durable, waterproof YUPO synthetic paper feature original illustrations of marine invertebrates, an animal checklist and “cool facts.” The synthetic paper is washable and allows you to check off all the invertebrates found on the beach, then reuse the book. The Beachcomber's Companion is designed to survive tough waves and long summer days.
New Leaf Paper (San Francisco) has launched New Leaf Sakura 100, the first coated paper manufactured from 100 percent post-consumer waste (PCW) — most recycled coated papers in the United States reportedly contain only 10 to 30 percent PCW. The paper also is processed chlorine free, designated Ancient Forest Friendly and manufactured with 100 percent Green-e certified renewable wind energy.
SMART Papers (Hamilton, OH) has created compact print demonstration kits to help printers and designers ensure they're picking the right paper for the digital presses they use as well as the print job at hand. The kits feature high-end coated and uncoated papers printed on HP Indigo, Kodak NexPress and Xerox iGen3 digital presses.
The papers demonstrated are SMART Papers' flagship Kromekote
family of papers, as well as Knightkote Matte, Pegasus and Carnival
paper brands. The kits are available at no charge by calling (513)
869-5149 or visiting www.smartpapers.com/digital.
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Domtar Inc. (Montreal) has completed the previously announced transaction to combine with Weyerhaeuser Co.'s Fine Paper business and related assets, creating Domtar Corp. The new company manufacturers and markets uncoated freesheet paper and market pulp in North America.
Wolke Inks & Printers GmbH (Hersbruck, Germany) announces that its recently introduced m600 advanced coding system has won the “Innovationpreis 2007 Industrie der Initiative Mittelstand.” The m600 boasts state-of-the-art processors and integrated USB and Ethernet interfaces. The software package allows control of one or more m600 printing systems by means of the Ethernet Manager with Remote Control Function.
Tembec's (Montreal) Kallima Coated Cover C1S Plus combines a low-density formulation and backside coating said to offer users more paper for less money. Applications include annual reports, brochures, magazines, book covers, greeting cards, game cards, calendars, menu, directory covers and lottery tickets.
Bowater's (Calhoun, TX) Freesheet Hybrid category of products combines the strength and brightness required in freesheet applications with the improved opacity and bulk of mechanical finishes. In addition, the paper features a light coating that reportedly offers good ink holdout characteristics for better ink mileage and more clarity in print resolution. BowHybrid uses less wood fiber than traditional uncoated freesheet — an environmental benefit. It now is available in two finishes: vellum (mostly used for coldset applications) and smooth (mostly used for heatset applications).
At Graph Expo, Van Son will debut its new UV-curable printing
ink, SonaCure. An overnight ink with high gloss and excellent rub
resistance, SonaCure can be used with paper or foil, on coated and
uncoated paper and board, and lacquered or corona treated
substrates. It also has excellent adhesion and is suitable for
lamination. SonaCure may be applied for a variety of commercial
print jobs as well as printing self-adhesive labels, continuous
forms, credit cards and packaging.
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GMG (Tuebingen, Germany) has introduced ProofPaper semimatte 250, a 250-g/m2 paper with a semi-matte finish that reportedly permits printing of sharper inkjet droplets. The proof paper, introduced 18 months ago in widths of 13, 17, 24, 36 and 42 inches, now is available in 44 inches. It allows sharper dots, which prevents over-inking and blotchy build-ups by ensuring the ink is optimally absorbed in the paper. It also has a high brightness, neutral white point, no optical brighteners and a homogeneous coating with a better flatness.
Solution II is a tear-proof, water-proof, laser printable substrate from Global Sourcing Solutions (Mission Viejo, CA) used for documents exposed to harsh conditions, such as archival copies, ID/membership cards, horticultural tags, outdoor signs, clean room forms and military applications. I can withstand extreme temperatures, and recently was certified by NASA for all space flights and operating manuals worn on the cuff of space suits during space walks. Solution II also is used throughout Australian grocery chain Cole Myer for laser-printed signs in refrigerated deli cases.
The Cloth Envelope Co. (Traverse City, MI) successfully launched a Valentine's Day mailing with a custom screen printed design using ink that mimics thermography. Due to an increasing amount of requests for cloth envelopes with logos, the company developed a new process that allows for low volume runs. Besides a logo, a permit imprint, return address or a design can be screen printed. The design then can be incorporated into the mail piece itself.
The Cloth Envelope Co. is the only manufacturer of these cloth envelopes. Converted from 100 percent cotton, denim and lace, these envelopes are already USPS approved for single piece first-class, presorted first-class and presorted standard mail rates. Fifteen sizes, cloth sheets, custom sizes and custom printing are available.
Mindermate features a disposable wash-up tray liner that fits into a special support tray. The two are placed into the existing press wash-up tray. Distributed in the United States by L.A. Nyberg Sales & Mfg. (New Berlin, WI), the upper edge of one side of the liner's snaps into a modified ink wash-up blade that replaces the existing blades. Roller ink waste is collected into the liner and, when full, the liner is removed safely and cleanly for easy disposal.
Monadnock Paper Mills (Bennington, NH) now is a registered National EPA Performance Track Company. EPA's Performance Track Program recognizes, encourages and rewards organizations that demonstrate exceptional environmental performance. Key qualifications for becoming a member are establishing an environmental management system (EMS), exceeding regulatory requirements, involving the community and maintaining a record of sustained compliance.
Part 1 of this product roundup ran in our May 2007 issue. Find it online at www.americanprinter.com.
Several months ago, in response to a complaint by NewPage Corp., the U.S. Commerce Department imposed tariffs on two Chinese paper manufacturers. In an “Open Letter to Printers,” Mark Suwyn, NewPage's chairman and CEO, explained the company's actions.
“One of the principal reasons for our industry's poor financial performance is the illegal trade practices of producers of coated free sheet in China, Indonesia and South Korea. Our detailed analyses indicate that they are receiving substantial improper subsidiaries from their governments and are selling below their cost into the United States.”
Suwyn goes on to address two potential concerns: coated free sheet capacity in the United States and the impact of removing access to low priced Asian papers. “We believe there is substantial ramp up capacity, available at existing U.S. mills, as well as additional swing capacity that can switch from coated groundwood to coated free sheet and from uncoated free sheet to coated free sheet,” he writes.
As for the low priced paper question, Suwyn says, in part, “We recognize the printer's need for greater economy, but we do not believe that illegal dumping and subsidies are the answer.”
Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (PIA/GATF) recently characterized the tariff as, “Yet one more blow to domestic printers sure to be impacted by pricing and supply dynamics of the CFS paper market.”
According to Michael Makin, president & CEO, “PIA is a strong supporter of free and fair trade both at home and globally. As such, we believe that striking an appropriate balance between protecting the domestic producer and the end-user of an internationally traded product is critical. We hope that the full anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations weigh seriously the impact of the printing industry as it considers the economic ramifications of imposing tariffs on foreign sources of CFS paper, and that it determines such penalties are unwarranted.”