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Paper & Ink, part II

Jun 1, 2010 12:00 AM

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New digital swatchbook

CTI Paper USA's (Sun Prairie, WI) new digital promotional piece uses dramatic 4-color imagery to show off CTI's eclectic collection of digital specialty papers. Brands featured include Aspire Petallics Digital, Currency Digital, Glama Natural Digital and Aspire Petallics Color Copy. The 4.125 × 5.25-inch piece displays high print quality on a variety of leading commercial digital presses, including the HP Indigo, Kodak NexPress, Xerox iGen3 and Canon imagePRESS.

The promotion demonstrates how CTI's collection of digital papers offers creative possibilities such as Glama Natural Digital's translucent paper: a tree frog hangs on bamboo as a tropical leaf printed on the following page shows through. For a copy, contact a CTI sales manager or authorized paper merchant.


FutureMark reduces its environmental impact

FutureMark Paper Co. (Alsip, IL), manufacturer of environmentally sustainable recycled paper for magazines and catalogs, announces two new initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of its paper production. FutureMark now uses a starch-based “glue” in its paper coatings in lieu of a petroleum-based latex. The substitution will yield an annual carbon emissions reduction equal to taking 8,000 cars off the road. The company has developed a fertilizer supplement out of the short paper fibers, inks and clay coatings extracted from the 110,000 tons of waste paper it recycles every year, diverting at least 30,000 tons of material from Chicago-area landfills.

FutureMark is dedicated to manufacturing paper in an environmentally sustainable way, recycling waste paper for its fiber source, instead cutting down trees. On average, FutureMark's paper products contain 85% to 95% reclaimed waste paper. FutureMark is capable of manufacturing high-recycled-content paper as a result of more than $200 million in capital investments.


Ecofriendly ink

Vs Zero ink is part of Van Son Holland Ink Corp.'s (Islandia, NY) strategy to add an ecofriendly option to the Vs Series ink line. Vs Zero ink yields high print contrast and high water tolerance. Characterized by high gloss, fast setting times, rub resistance and dot sharpness, it is engineered to ensure trouble-free printing with aqueous or UV coating. Vs Zero ink contains no petroleum solvents or mineral oils. It is a high-intensity ink that is GraCol 7 and DIN ISO 2846-1 compliant, offering printers the optimal preconditions to achieve DIN ISO 12647-2 compliance. The ink is formulated for straight printing and 4/4 perfecting.


Next Page: Inkjet wallcovering substrate

Inkjet wallcovering substrate

LexJet's (Sarasota, FL ) new bright white WallPro SUV commercial-grade wallcovering materials can be printed with low-solvent, solvent or UV-curable inks used with many popular models of large-format inkjet printers. Users reportedly can convert almost any type of photograph, painting, graphic design or montage into site-specific, decorative murals. LexJet WallPro SUV can be used to create indoor or outdoor art for temporary or seasonal displays.

The bright white, matte surface of these materials helps produce the wide color gamut needed to show more highlight and shadow details in an image, support smooth tonal gradations and reproduce corporate colors. Four WallPro SUV textures are available: Velvet, Canvas, Fresco and Pebble.


Low migration UV for high-speed inkjet

Agfa Graphics (Mortsel, Belgium; Ridgefield Park, NJ) announces the launch of UV-curable, low migration inks for the :Dotrix Modular LM high-speed, single-pass UV inkjet press. The :Agorix LM UV inks can be used for digital printing applications on primary and secondary food packaging substrates.

The new :Agorix LM UV inks use advanced photo initiator systems resulting in low odor, low migration and low set-off risks. The inks are formulated using Agfa Graphics patented “Complete Cross-linking Technology.” Agfa manufactures :Agorix LM inks adhering to strict industry standards. As a result, users of :Dotrix Modular LM with the :Agorix LM inks will be compliant with stringent EU & FDA food packaging regulations.

“These new :Agorix LM UV inkjet inks are available in CMYK and CMYK-OV sets. The orange and violet color stations considerably extend the color gamut offering up to with 90% reproduction of Pantone colors through the use of :Apogee ColorTune Spot and :Apogee ColorTune CMM,” says Guy Fransen, product marketing manager, industrial single-pass inkjet, Agfa Graphics. “:Agorix LM UV inks are designed to bring cost efficiencies to short- and medium-run digital printing on a wide range of primary and secondary packaging substrates including aluminium, PET, PE, PP, OPP and more.” UV curable inks do not contain solvents, and the new :Agorix LM UV inks have a long shelf life.

Samples were printed in Agfa's booth at Ipex 2010 (


New FSC certification

West Linn Paper Co. (West Linn, OR) announces its Capistrano product line is now available with an FSC-certified option. Capistrano FSC-certified grades are tracked through the chain-of-custody process to ensure that the pulp is acquired from forests that are well-managed in accordance with the FSC's principles and criteria. The FSC-certified products will be available in gloss, matte and dull finishes in 60 to 100-lb. text weights; 60, 65 and 80-lb. cover; and 7 pt. and 9 pt. reply card. In addition, West Linn Paper offers an equivalent recycled version, Nature Plus, with up to 30% postconsumer waste content and FSC certification.


New inks for HP 9000/10000 series printers

INX Digital Intl. Co. (San Leandro, CA) introduces Triangle, a new brand of HPS solvent inks for HP 9000 and 10000 series printers. Currently available in the Americas, Triangle inks offer media compatibility and chemical resistance. “Our advanced-formula inks are not only color compatible with OEM options, they provide higher resolution due to more accurate drop placement,” says INX Digital Americas president Ken Kisner. “The latter advantage stems from new pigment dispersion methods, which enable us to achieve unprecedented levels of uniformity and consistency in sub-micron particle technology.” The inks are nickel-free and do not require users to reprofile equipment to run HPS. Newly formulated HPS inks are chemically compatible with OEM and prior Triangle SCP inks. Triangle HPS inks are available in 1000 ml cartridges and 1-liter bulk containers through INX Digital's global distribution network.


Next Page: Synthetic substrates for HP Indigo

Synthetic substrates for HP Indigo

xpedx (Cincinnati, OH) is now the exclusive distributor of Tekra's Dura-Go plastic and synthetic substrates for HP Indigo commercial sheetfed presses. The line gives printers with HP Indigo presses the ability to print many jobs that once could only be printed on flexo printing equipment, according to xpedx. Applications include ID cards, door hangers, menus, tags, window cling, vinyl stickers and much more.

The Dura-Go line includes rigid vinyls, polycarbonate, polyester, polystyrene, static cling vinyls and a variety of label stocks. All are available from xpedx representatives, at xpedx stores and via The addition of Dura-Go enables xpedx to provide HP Indigo commercial press owners and operators with all of their paper and synthetic substrate needs from one source. “Printers can expect detailed knowledge and idea sharing from xpedx to help them grow their business in both paper and synthetics,” says Laura McCaig, digital papers marketing manager, xpedx.

xpedx also has added six new sheet sizes to its FSC-certified Endurance Digital product line. Now, 12 sheet sizes are offered ranging from 11 × 17 inches to 20.5 × 14.33 inches in text and cover, gloss and silk. Endurance Digital is widely used by commercial and in-plant printers on all production-rated digital printing equipment and has seen substantial demand growth in the last year, according to the company.


Greener synthetic sheets

GOEX Corp. (Janesville, WI) now offers Styrex 325 litho and Styrex 525 screen grade recycled polystyrene sheets, designed to offer a high-performing, cost-effective, recyclable alternative to 100% virgin polystyrene. Both grades are formulated with the same resins used in GOEX Styrex 320 litho and Styrex 500 screen grade plastic sheet, ensuring a smooth transition for you and your customers. GOEX recycles uncontaminated stock into new sheet product. Styrex 325 and 525 are available in gauges from 0.02 to 0.08 inch and in sheet sizes from 24 × 18 to 57 × 96 inches. Both grades are offered in standard white and a range of custom colors.


Personalized swatchbooks

NewPage (Miamisburg, OH) announces a customizable digital paper swatchbook. Users can order and personalize materials demonstrating variable-data capabilities to create one-of-a-kind books. The online tool provides the ability to upload company logos, customize covers and include a personalized letter for the recipient. Users can select from the entire range of NewPage digital papers to create a swatchbook and vary the message depending on the target customer or print application.


Next Page: Cost-efficient UV display substrates

Cost-efficient UV display substrates

Kodak (Rochester, NY) Professional UV-Curable Display Film and Paper offers solutions for print providers and specifiers seeking less expensive printing alternatives without compromising quality. Kodak now offers a wider range of UV curable substrates based on various quality, cost and visual impact characteristics.

These products enable the creation of point-of-sale and backlit display materials quickly, productively and affordably. Specific features and benefits of the new UV-Curable Display Film and Paper include high quality photographic base materials, batch consistency and photographic look. Consistent quality delivers maximum throughput and helps avoid rework.

The products are available in roll widths up to 72.5 inches (184 cm) and lengths up to 328 ft. (100 m). These sizes address users' specific finished-size requirements, minimizing media changeovers when printing.


These printers are golden

Sappi Fine Paper North America ( has announced the 10 gold winners of its 13th North American “Printers of the Year” awards for 2009-2010. There were approximately 3,000 entries. Each of the gold winning printers will receive $20,000 in design support of its marketing initiatives for the category in which it won, and will compete for Sappi's “International Printers of the Year Awards” to be held later this year.

The competition recognizes print excellence and innovation produced on Sappi papers in several categories. All entries were judged by a panel of print professionals on the overall impact of the piece, degree of difficulty in the printing techniques and technical excellence. The gold winners:

  • Annual Reports | “Infinity 2008 Annual Report,” Coral Color Process, Ltd. (Commack, NY)
  • Brochures | “Vision Action Reality: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 10 Year Anniversary Book,” Dynagraf, Inc. (Canton, MA)
  • Calendars | “2010 Millennium Employee Calendar,” RR Donnelley WE Andrews Plant (Bedford, MA)
  • Catalogs | “Shaw Living Area Rug Catalog 2009,” The Jones Company (Chattanooga, TN)
  • General Print | “The Multaq Visual Aid Flip Chart,” Digital Color Concepts (DCC) (Mountainside, NJ)
  • Magazines-Web | “Audi Magazine, March 2008,” RR Donnelley Atlanta (East Point, GA)
  • Magazines-Sheetfed | “MACO 10 Year Anniversary,” American Printing Company (Birmingham, AL)

“The gold winners of Sappi's North American Printers of the Year have not only demonstrated innovation and printing excellence at its finest but have also illustrated how print continues to be a vital and relevant medium to communicate to audiences today,” says Jennifer Miller, executive vice president, marketing and communications, Sappi Fine Paper North America.

For more details, including the silver and judges' award winners, visit

Premium recycled coated papers & board

Hamilton, OH-based SMART Papers ( has launched Knightkote 50, a new line of premium coated printing papers featuring the company's highest amount of post-consumer waste (PCW) fiber and recycled content, exceptional full color print fidelity, and performance in high-speed printing and converting equipment. Knightkote 50 is an FSC-certified, premium matte coated line. The new papers are available for immediate shipment.

SMART Papers' new Knightkote Matte Packaging and Folding Board now is available coated 1-side (C1S) and coated 2-side (C2S). The premium matte coated board is manufactured with 50% total recycled content including 40% PCW, and features a 92-bright, cool white shade, in calipers ranging from 7-point to 14-point.

Knightkote Packaging and Folding Board is specially engineered to handle foil stamping, folding, scoring, aqueous coating, varnish, embossing and diecutting. The C1S product, primarily for greeting card applications, delivers a smooth inside surface for imprinting and personalization.

Mohawk Fine Papers is the exclusive dealer and marketer of SMART Papers products including Kromekote, Knightkote Matte and SMART Digital premium coated papers to North American paper distributors.