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May 1, 2006 12:00 AM
The latest products, technologies and enhancements
Digitally optimized and combined offerings
Xerox Graphic Xpressions paper is a complete offering of digitally optimized white papers. Xerox (Rochester, NY) has taken its Digital Color Xpressions 98 product, expanded its weight offering to include 24-lb. bond, and combined it with other graphic arts-focused papers. They contain recycled post-consumer waste and support a full range of print applications.
Xerox Business Multipurpose 4200 and Xerox Premium Multipurpose
4024 have been combined. The brand now features one type of paper
in a 92 brightness, blue-white shade, and it has been renamed Xerox
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Incorporating the theme of “One Company, Two Brands,” Fox River Paper Co. (Appleton, WI) has released its Fox River and Gilbert chip charts. The layout and information content mirror each other while showcasing unique finishes and color palettes found within each individual brand.
The chip charts have a six- by nine-inch folded size and colors are arranged by grade line. There is a quick reference guide by color indicating available weights, finishes and recycled content, as well as detailed stocking information and price comparison.
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Upgraded magazine line
Sappi Fine Paper North America (Boston), a North American producer of coated fine paper, has made significant upgrades to its Somerset line. Touted as the first choice for magazines, fine commercial printing and catalogs, Somerset has a blue-white shade and reportedly exceptional printability.
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High-brightness uncoated paper
UPM (Helsinki, Finland) has launched UPM Smart, a high-brightness, uncoated groundwood paper. UPM Smart boasts good stiffness, bulk and opacity, making it well suited to large formats and low basis weights. It is a new option for magazines, catalogs and advertising material. Basis weights range from 32.5 lbs. to 47.3 lbs., and the paper is available for rotogravure and offset printing.
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Mohawk Fine Papers (Cohoes, NY) has released Dear, a Strathmore Writing System promotion designed by Chicago-based VSA Partners. The 24-page book contains print samples for identity applications, including engraving, embossing, letterpress and foil stamping, as well as a listing of envelope styles. Dear uses four-color process plus a variety of match colors and varnishes. Strathmore papers featured in the book include Writing Cover Bristol, Writing Text, Writing 25 percent Cotton (now part of the company’s Windpower Portfolio) and Script.
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Cast coated papers
SMART Papers’ (Hamilton, OH) new swatchbook, the Kromekote Collection, brings together all the weights, sizes, colors, foils, finishes and digital items of its “super-premium” line of cast coated papers.
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Paper buyer’s bible
Some paper buyers refer to Grade Finders, Inc.’s (Exton, PA), Paper Buyer’s Encyclopedia and Competitive Grade Finder as the “Bible of the industry.” The latest edition (and pocket edition) will be the first to include Grade Finders’ new target brightness specification for the uncoated classifications, as well as whiteness information. The new directories also will contain the latest merger/acquisition information and brand repositioning, including NewPage’s sale of its carbonless and specialty papers to Glatfelter, Nashua Corp.’s acquisition of Label Systems’ assets, and more.
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Earth-friendly digital paper
Wausau Paper (Wausau, WI) introduces Exact Digital, a new line of coated and uncoated presentation quality digital papers. The product line includes a full array of acid- and lignin-free papers. Available in the most popular digital sizes, basis weights range from 20-lb. writing to 80-lb. cover. Most items carry a 96 brightness rating and all are made with 30 percent post-consumer fiber.
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Lower your basis weights
Freesheet Hybrid, a high-bulk, high-brightness paper from Bowater, Inc. (Calhoun, TX), contains a blend of mechanical and kraft pulp and is lightly coated to minimize dot gain and maximize overall printability. Because of the high bulking characteristics, strength and surface, customers can move to a lower basis weight. It is available in 40- and 50-lb. basis weights.
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NewPage Corp. (Dayton, OH) has created a six-part reference tool titled “A Sterling Business.”
The Tools section includes a review of the Sterling Ultra production line using four-color imaging with spot gloss varnish, spot dull varnish. A no-varnish comparison uses a waterfall format, to depict the same image printed on six different papers within the Sterling Ultra line. The Applications portion showcases Sterling Ultra paper combinations, and the remaining sections show how customers can apply Sterling Ultra across an entire print campaign.
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Weyerhaeuser’s (Federal Way, WA) Cougar, Lynx Opaque and Husky Offset swatchbooks are called “Leave Only Footprints.” Plain and printed samples illustrate each grade’s product enhancements and new brightness levels. Paper features reportedly include superior formation and print uniformity. See www.cougaropaque.com.
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A taste of chocolate
“Chocolatté” is Neenah Paper’s (Alpharetta, GA) new Classic Linen brand promotion. The outer wrap demonstrates how the papers respond to imaging, metallic inks, die cutting and scoring. The wrap was designed using Classic Linen Double Thick Cover in Solar White, 130-lb. weight, die cut in a swirl pattern and printed using metallic silver, brown and copper inks. Inside is a chocolate bar wrapped in the paper to demonstrate premium boutique packaging. The brand boasts new digital sizes, and expanded 100-lb. cover and 130-lb. double thick cover weights.
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Recycled coated matte
Rolland Matte is a recycled coated matte with a brightness of 92 GE. Developed by Cascades Fine Papers Group, Inc. (Quebec, Canada), it combines good opacity for its category with whiteness and print quality. It contains 30 percent recycled post-consumer fiber.
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Paper delivery system
SPLOX “Speed Loading Box” from Boise (Boise, ID) is a paper delivery system that holds 2,500 sheets of high-quality multi-use paper. It was developed in conjunction with Boise customers to provide a revolutionary way to lift and load paper in production environments. This patent-pending box has an integrated handle that provides better ergonomics in lifting and carrying than traditional paper cartons. SPLOX provides comparable moisture protection ensuring top-notch performance in high-speed equipment.
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Domtar Industries (Montreal) offers Domtar EarthChoice. Under this brand, there are 13 product lines, all with FSC-certified fiber and a variety with recycled content including: Cornwall Coated Cover, EarthCote (magazine/catalog paper), Feltweave, Nekoosa Linen, Plainfield Opaque, Proterra, Sandpiper (100 percent post-consumer fiber), Skytone and Solutions.
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Digital press paper
Finch, Pruyn & Co. (Glens Falls, NY) has introduced a new addition to its line of uncoated digital printing papers: Finch Fine iD, optimized and approved for use on HP Indigo digital presses. Finch Fine iD delivers ink adhesion of 98 percent or better, and doesn’t require sapphire treatment. The paper is stocked in basis weights of 50-, 60-, 70-, 80- and 100-lb. text in 12 x 18-inch sheets, and in 80- and 100-lb. cover in 18 x 12-inch sheets. Roll items also are available by special order.
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Higher brightness paper
International Paper’s Coated and SC Papers business (Memphis, TN) has introduced Influence Plus paper with a higher brightness level and enhanced shade. The heavy weights boast 88 brightness, while the lighter weights offer 86 brightness.
Influence Plus can take heavy ink coverage, which allows the use of white space with minimal show-through, and accommodates special coatings and printing techniques. The papers are available in matte, soft gloss, gloss and rotogravure finishes.
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Avery Dennison Graphics Division North America (Painesville, OH) has released the first sourcebook for pressure-sensitive papers, labels and film for offset and digital printing. FASSON Pressure-Sensitive Paper Swatchbooks include each of FASSON’s lines: Crack ‘n Peel, FasTrack and PEARL, as well as digital labels and films/specialty pressure-sensitive papers.
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