Substrates
Roland has introduced the new HeatSoft SATIN (ESM-HTMS) to its existing lineup of media offerings. Roland’s HeatSoft SATIN is an inkjet-printable, polyurethane for heat transfer applications.

HeatSoft SATIN weeds easily and transfers to the transfer mask, without the use of a squeegee. With its semi-gloss finish, HeatSoft SATIN can be transferred to cotton, polyester and poly blend materials to create customized apparel and accessories with a desirable “screen print” sheen and a soft hand.

HeatSoft SATIN has also earned CPSIA certification, providing assurance that it’s safe for use in the production of apparel and products for children 12 years of age or younger. It is available in 75-foot rolls with 54-inch, 30-inch and 20-inch widths.
GMG of Tuebingen, Germany, has released its GMG ProofMedia studio OBA matte 150, which is the company’s first matte surface proofing media containing high Optical Brightening Agents (OBAs). GMG explains it has been developed for highly accurate proofing and the closest visual match of commonly used uncoated production papers.

In the past, explains GMG, it was problematic for design agencies, prepress and print companies to deliver a visual match between proofs and prints, even with good colorimetric measurement, as matte proofing media contains no or too little fluorescence.

GMG’s new OBA matte 150 media features fluorescent levels, according to the company, comparable to popular production papers, for visual matches to final production. This includes the FOGRA52 printing condition.

GMG studio OBA matte 150 not only contains high OBA, but also has a higher brightness level. As a result, the company explains OBA matte 150 provides a larger colour gamut in highlight areas compared to many other proof media. More specifically, it holds a paper tint of L* 97; a* 2,5; b* -10. The recyclable production is available in 17, 24, 42 and 44-inch widths.
Appvion Inc. has introduced additional sheeted versions of its Triumph High-Speed Inkjet Paper line, which includes products specifically designed for the latest generation of sheetfed, high-speed inkjet presses and the use of pigment- and dye-based inks. The new products include both treated and coated high-speed inkjet papers.

Appvion explains it employs a precision-cut converting process to produce Triumph sheets to ensure sizes and sheet edges are precise and consistent for printing runnability. “Our latest line extension give printers more opportunities to choose the high performance, consistency, colour vibrancy, reliability, and availability of our Triumph brand for all the ways they print high-speed inkjet paper,” said Ethan Haas, Appvion’s VP and GM, who oversees the company’s carbonless and specialty papers.
 
Triumph High-Speed Inkjet Papers have been qualified on major OEM (original equipment manufacturer) sheet-fed presses including Canon Océ VarioPrint i300, Delpax Elan, and Riso ComColor. Appvion explains its 9-point coated ultra brite-matte product has been chosen as a designated “house sheet” for its Canon Océ VarioPrint i300.
 
All Triumph High-Speed Inkjet Papers are made in the United States, with manufacturing operations in Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The company employs approximately 1,400 people and is 100 percent employee-owned. The paper is acid free, elemental chlorine free (ECF), and manufactured under ISO 14001:2004-certified environmental management systems. An FSC® Certified (FSC-C003368) version is available.
Huge Paper Inc. has launched what it describes as a first-of-its-kind magnetic substrates swatch book featuring the product line of Magnum Magnetics. Led by President Jeff Tapping, Huge Paper has long served Canada’s printing industry as an independent source of unique paper, magnetics and synthetics for digital printing applications, in addition to more standard commerical work.

The company’s new swatch-book collection of printable magnetics features samples of Magnum’s most-popular substrates, including pre-magnetized DigiMag in a range of weights, RubberSteel regular black and write-on white, and MessageMag magnetic adhesive substrate.

Huge Paper provides a range of magnetic substrates in the Greater Toronto Area, which can be applied in both digital and litho printing processes. Magnum Magnetics substrates are describes as meeting all North American safety standards including those for toys.

Magnum Magnetics is the largest manufacturer of flexible magnetic products in the United States including printable magnetic sheets and rolls used in a variety of industries and applications.
Drytac has released its Scrimless Banner product, a 15-mil smooth, double-sided PVC/PET blockout banner media for use with interior and exterior short-term graphic applications.

Drytac explains the product is primarily suited for retail environments where sturdy, professional signage is required, adding that Scrimless Banner is dimensionally stable and has high tensile strength to keep graphics straight and taut. Its lay-flat, non-curl characteristics, explains Drytac, prevent graphics from looking wrinkled or worn, making it suitable for hanging banners or banner stand graphics.  

Drytac also explains Scrimless Banner, available in roll widths up to 63 inches, has a bright white surface that can handle heavy ink saturation for superior print results. The media can be printed single or double-sided and is compatible with solvent, UV and latex print technologies.

“Our new blockout banner media is an excellent choice for retailers who want their promotional displays to pop,” said Darren Speizer, Drytac’s VP of Sales & Marketing. “With Scrimless Banner, they can achieve vibrant graphics without sacrificing clear promotional messaging.”
Unisource Canada, a Veritiv Company, has announced the launch of Endurance, a private brand of paper products, for the Eastern Canadian market.

“Endurance is a well-known brand in the U.S. commercial print market, and we are now pleased to offer this premier product – known for its performance, quality, reliability, and value – to the Eastern Canada print and paper marketplace,” said Jason Alderman, Regional VP of Unisource Canada..  

Exclusive to Veritiv, Endurance is a coated paper brand that the company positions as providing high performance at an affordable price. The brand includes both coated paper and digital categories with matching text and cover and basis weights ranging from 60.8 lb text to 120 lb cover.

The Endurance line is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certified.
Finch Paper, during its 150-year anniversary celebration, launched three inkjet product families designed for book, direct mail, and transactional markets. This includes Finch Smartbook Jet and Finch Mailstream for printing high-speed inkjet, which expands on the company’s existing line of Finch Fine iD and Finch Inkjet Pi substrates.

Finch explains that paper manufacturers have been challenged with drying issues associated with lighter basis weights being used in the growing inkjet production of books. Finch has engineered new paper with a surface treatment to maximize ink density and absorption, which, according to the company, results in instantaneous drying on its uncoated Smartbook Jet 606 PPI (50 lb text), 750 PPI (45 lb text) and 830 PPI (41 lb text) grades.
 
Finch explains its high pages per inch (PPI) in the new product, combined with strong opacity and NASTA compliance, makes Smartbook Jet a well suited uncoated sheet for high-speed inkjet. The company also explains Smartbook Jet holds a silky-smooth surface for producing the full-colour images sought after by textbook publishers. Finch Smartbook Jet is engineered for pigment ink systems on Canon Colorstream, HP T-series, Kodak Prosper, Ricoh Infoprint, Screen TrueJet production inkjet presses.
 
Finch Mailstream is designed for transactional and direct mail printing. The Finch Mailstream family of products includes Mailstream DS, a treated inkjet product optimized for both dye- and pigment-based systems (DS refers to dual systems). It is offered in 20 lb/74 gsm to 9 pt. reply/209 gsm, featuring a premium blue-white shade for duplex printing. Its 20-lb bond has a 95 opacity.
 
Finch Mailstream XP96 is surface enhanced for inkjet and laser production environments. This cross-platform (XP) substrate holds a 96-bright blue white shade, well suited for colour logos and graphics. Mailstream XP92 is also surface enhanced as a bright white substrate for more universally compatible graphics.
 
Finch MOCR Laser is an untreated, 92-bright choice that rounds out the company’s new products for the transactional segment. Finch MOCR Laser is available in 20 lb, 24 lb and 28 lb.

For direct mail and commercial print inkjet applications, Finch Inkjet Pi is treated for pigment inks (PI) and well suited for what the company refers to as house sheet status. The company states Inkjet Pi does not require any bonding agents. Finch Inkjet Pi is available in a range of basis weights from 45 lb text to 130 lb text and 9 pt reply. It holds a 96-bright balanced Alpine White shade. Finch Inkjet Pi is suited for systems like Canon ColorStream, HP T-series and Kodak Prosper.

Based on what Drytac describes as an optimized adhesive coat weight and new formulation, the company’s Interlam Pro overlaminating films can now be used on most inkjet printed output, including pigment, (eco) solvent, latex, and UV.

Drytac explains the new development provides a strong bond, the elimination of tenting around raised inks and easy flow characteristics that minimize the chance of silvering when applied at room temperature or an optimum temperature of 110°F (43°C).  
 
The technology provides Drytac’s standard finishes of Glossy, Matte, Lustre, and Emerytex (pebble-textured) to enhance colours and provide protection against scuffs and abrasions. UV stabilizers are added, Drytac explains, to prevent discoloration and degradation of both the film and adhesive.

Specialty finishes like Interlam Pro Anti-Graffiti allow for spray paint to be cleaned off the film without adverse effect, Drytac explains, making the products suitable for outdoor signage or retail advertising displays.

 

Agfa Graphics states it will launch four new media products at the 2015 ISA Sign Expo being held in Las Vegas this April. This includes Duratex 15-ounce PVC Backlit Banner, which is described as a smooth, translucent backlit banner media that is printed for indoor and outdoor signage applications. It is compatible with most solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV-curable inkjet printers.

Duratex Composite PVC/PET/PVC Blockout Film is a new media described by the company as non-curling and completely opaque for high-resolution single- or double-sided printing. It is designed for applications like display systems, retractable banner stands and scrolling displays.

The new Duratex Super White Foamboard is described by Agfa as one of the strongest and most-rigid products on the market. It is comprised of a 94 white point paper surface sandwiched with an extruded polystyrene foam core. The company states that it features strong ink adhesion and cutting performance, designed for point-of-purchase displays, retail display graphics and interior signs.

The fourth new product is called Duratex Foam PVC Board, which Agfa describes as a rigid foam PVC substrate for high-definition, wide-format inkjet printing in applications like high-end signs, POP displays and exhibition backdrops.
Drytac has introduced a new self-adhesive vinyl called Polar available in both permanent and removable adhesive versions for a range of applications.

Polar is an 80-micron (3.2 mil) polymeric printing vinyl that, according to Drytac, uses a high quality, grey cross-linking acrylic adhesive. The vinyl is available in both a matte and gloss finish with either the aforementioned permanent and removable adhesive.

Drytac also explains that Polar holds high opacity with a consistent printing surface and strong white point. It is compatible with most solvent, eco-solvent, UV and latex wide-format-inkjet printing systems.

The technology is also aimed at both indoor and outdoor work, such as general-purpose signage and construction barricades. The permanent adhesive version is recommended for applications requiring more than three years of use. The removable adhesive version is best suited for advertising graphics and point-of-purchase displays.

Drytac also recommends using an over-laminate with Polar, such as the Interlam Pro line of laminating films or, for specialty applications, Interlam Pro Anti-Graffiti. Polar is available in 54- and 60-inch-wide rolls.
Sihl has introduced a new fabric substrate called QuickSTICK AQ 3209 for use on aqueous wide-format inkjet systems. The new substrates builds on Sihl’s existing QuickSTICK 3208 for solvent, latex, and UV platforms.
 
Sihl describes the new QuickSTICK AQ 3209 as a printable, repositionable, woven PET that is also recyclable. The company describes it as an all-around solution for producing indoor graphics.

Sihl explains QuickSTICK AQ also allows companies to produce work without having the toxic smell associated with competitive vinyl based media. The new substrate is available in 36- and 50-inch roll sizes with 100-foot length and 2-inch cores.

Backlit film from Drytac is to be sold under a new brand name, Reveal, which the company describes as directly relating to its key selling features. The 7-mil printable matte PET film, according to Drytac, is comparable to a true durable transparency.

With Reveal backlit film, Drytac explains light is dispersed evenly and consistently and its white point yields strong colour saturation, tonal rendition and contrast. The substrate can also work with UV and latex inks.

Drytac explains Reveal can also be cut on automated cutting machines. Reveal is designed with anti-slip, anti-static treatment on the back of the film, making it suitable for indoor and outdoor backlit graphic displays.

Reveal is sold in 54-, 60- and 72-inch wide rolls, while 86-inch width is available by special order.

Drytac, during the SGIA exposition in Las Vegas, introduced its new ChalkMate specialty chalkboard film, which is a 5-mil UV printable PVC with a traditional black chalkboard finish.

Designed for use with standard chalk or liquid chalk markers, ChalkMate, which is available as either a permanent or removable adhesive (in roll widths up to 61 inches), can be installed on most smooth surfaces. The removable adhesive is built on Drytac’s ReTac technology.

Also during SGIA, Drytac featured its redesigned JetMounter Fuzion XD roll laminator, which sells for $7,595 (US pricing). Available in a 63-inch laminating width, the JetMounter Fuzion XD features interchangeable, large-diameter non-stick silicone rollers; a heat-assist top roller with digital display for Celsius/Fahrenheit; a heavy-duty lift mechanism for precise; adjustable speed control up to 20 feet per minute; and four auto-grip supply or take-up shafts with adjustable brake tension on the operator side for roll-to-roll lamination.

Additional features on the JetMounter Fuzion XD include a centre release, fold down feed table with a lay-flat paper in-feed guide; latching storage compartment on each side of the stand; maximum nip opening of one inch; and heavy-duty lockable casters for greater stability and maneuverability. The model can also accommodate 10-inch diameter rolled material and is cTUVus and CE-certified.

International Paper launched a lightweight board called Alaska Plus based on the company’s recent project in Poland to modernize its Kwidzyn mill.

“Alaska Plus represents a step-change in light-weighting, with basis weights significantly lower across the range compared to other standard GC2 products,” stated Michael Krüger, Commercial Director Coated Paperboard and Recycled Specialties at International Paper. “Using the latest technology in board making, we have been able to lower the basis weights of this product, whilst keeping all other technical parameters stable.”

The modernization of International Paper’s Kwidzyn mill in Poland was completed earlier this year, resulting in a production process that consumes fewer resources, offers lower transport weights and produces less waste.

Alaska Plus is designed for pharmaceutical, healthcare and beauty-care packaging as well as for chocolate and all kinds of dry food applications. At this moment, three basis weights are available to customers currently in Europe. The full range of products, comprising seven basis weights, starting from 200 g/m², will be available in the comings weeks.

The standard Alaska GC2 board will continue to be available with unchanged technical specifications for a certain period of time in order to facilitate the transition to Alaska Plus.

Resolute Forest Products of Montreal has added two more superbrite grades, Hybrid and Alternative, to its lines of environmentally progressive papers, which also includes Ecopaque, Equal Offset and Resolute Max.

“We now offer five different eco-friendly grades in multiple configurations under our Align brand,” stated John Lafave, Resolute’s Senior VP of Pulp and Paper Sales and Marketing. “Customers have even more choice of paper grades that reduce fiber consumption and save money without sacrificing the quality of their printed product.”

Specific grades being added to the Align umbrella include Hybrid Smooth, Hybrid Vellum, Hybrid Envelope, Alternative Book, Alternative Offset and Alternative Opaque, which are produced at the company’s Calhoun mill in Tennessee. The new additions also include Alternative Offset and Alternative Book produced at the Alma mill in Quebec.

Align's Hybrid grades are described by the company as high-yield, opaque offset papers used for commercial printing, such as comics, direct mail, directories, envelopes, inserts and manuals. Align's Alternative Offset papers are suited for print applications like book publishing, financial printing, annual reports and direct mail.

Resolute states that its Align papers are made with up to 50 percent less wood fiber compared to free-sheet paper, and have an environmental footprint 35 percent to 85 percent smaller than the average free-sheet grade, including some containing recycled content. In 2013, Resolute also switched the Calhoun mill's energy source from coal to natural gas.

The thermo-mechanical pulping process used to produce the Align paper lines applies heat and mechanical grinding to wood fibers, which, according to Resolute, results in 90 percent of the wood fiber being used. The company states this process is vastly more efficient than the traditional chemical pulping process employed to make free-sheet from kraft pulp. In the chemical pulping process, the lignin, which Resolute describes as the organic glue that holds the wood fibers together, is removed, and only about half of the original wood fiber is used.

The Align brand's thermo-mechanical process keeps the lignin in the sheet, along with the cellulose and hemicellulose, explains Resolute, which provides the mechanical pulp with higher opacity and greater bulk. The lignin's presence also allows Align papers to be produced with only half the amount of wood fiber needed to make traditional free-sheet.

Resolute Forest Products owns or operates over 40 pulp and paper mills and wood products facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea, and power generation assets in Canada. Marketing its products in close to 90 countries, Resolute has third-party certified 100 percent of its managed woodlands to at least one of three internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards.

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