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Smurfit Kappa aims to bring digital innovation to the corrugated industry with its new range of multi-purpose paper suitable for both digital and flexographic printers.
After having invested more than $500 million in Quebec since 2015, Kruger Inc. is about to begin producing new specialty papers. The half-billion dollars was to convert existing equipment, purchase new equipment, modernize some facilities, and diversify into new growth products, at the same time protecting more than 1,200 jobs in the Mauricie, Estrie and Lanaudière regions of Quebec.
Mondi has recently enhanced the portfolio of its paper brands Color Copy and Pergraphica in new digital formats to offer bulk-packed paper options, aiming to save printing companies time and money while increasing speed and efficiency.
Midland Specialty Paper & Film has launched two new stand-alone specialty paper and film catalogues for digital and offset specialty substrate needs.
Toyo Ink Brasil, a member of the Toyo Ink Group of Japan, is presenting an upgraded lineup of polyurethane-based surface and lamination inks for flexo and gravure printing. The company offers a range of systems, from general-purpose snack structures to high-end retort and hot-fill packaging applications.
Mohawk Fine Papers is introducing 43 new coloured papers with the launch of Keaykolour by Arjowiggins Creative Papers. The new portfolio of uncoated fine papers is offered in two weights (80 text and 111 cover), sized at 27.5 x 39.3 inches, in a natural vellum finish.
Plastic film manufacturer American Renolit Corp. (ARC) is introducing what it describes as more environmentally friendly non-phthalate versions to its range of digital printing films, suitable for indoor and outdoor printing applications.
Better Life Technology, LLC, which develops vinyl surface coverings, introduced a new BILD Print Media line aimed at sheetfed offset printing. The company explains its new product, which is sold through Veritiv, targets long-run printing for vinyl substrates.

BILD SF (Sheetfed) is designed for UV offset printing in a range of applications like counter mats, floor mats, pole wraps, end cap displays, temporary wall graphics and way finders, among others. BILD SF is a unique material, explains the company, in its ability to work with both rigid and flexible applications.

BILD SF, continues the company, is best suited for second surface printing to keep images protected, while also avoiding common product issues like cracking, bubbling, peeling or delamination. BILD SF is available in an introductory size of 28 x 40 inches, with a woodgrain finish.

“We are excited to announce the addition to our BILD Print Media brand. The product is so versatile, ranging in uses from retail for POP, on walls, in tradeshow booth design, and of course for many diverse custom designed flooring applications,” said Bill Rothe, VP of Sales, Better Life Technology. “BILD SF is unlike any other product on the market and we look forward to seeing how the graphic printing business benefits from it.”
CTI Paper USA has commercially released an expanded range of Kromekote ultra-gloss papers aimed at labeling and general printing applications. This includes a new embossed, pearlescent Kromekote Jade Text and Cover line for dry toner/laser and offset printing. A universal coating, according to CTI Paper, enables Kromekote to be used interchangeably across offset and production-rated dry toner/laser equipment. CTI Papers are available in Canada through a range of paper merchants such as Arirva.

The newly launched Kromekote Jade Text and Cover line brings highly reflective, embossed pearlescent textures to the brand for the first time. It is available in luxe surfaces – Brush, Wave, Linen and Pinweave – with immediate availability of folio, digital and cut-size sheets, plus envelopes.

“Printed pieces on Kromekote Jade deliver a beautiful, sophisticated elegance,” said John Kelly, President and co-owner of CTI Paper USA. “Ambient light refracts against the embossed surface and inks to deliver stunning, high-impact print.  We’re seeing interest in this unique, differentiated surface from printers of all sizes.”

New for HP Indigo presses, following the growing demand for heavyweights, is a 14- and 18-point Kromekote ultra bright-white board. CTI Paper now offers HP Indigo papers in a variety of weights and thicknesses, from 8 pt. to 18 pt. (350 gsm), the majority of which are certified by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

CTI Paper USA has also received certification for Kromekote on the Konica-Minolta bizhub press platform, while the company explains the paper line is engineered for digital presses from Xerox, Kodak, Canon, Epson, Oce and Ricoh.

“Kromekote’s universal surface delivers other important benefits to merchants and printers – increased simplicity of specification and use, and reduced inventory requirements,” said Kelly.

For offset and dry toner/laser equipment, Kromekote features an ultra bright-white universal C1S and C2S sheet in a wide range of weights and sizes. It is also available in an ultra bright-white C1S label in two basis weights.  

Kromekote products are acid-free, lignin-free, elemental chlorine free and, with the exception of foils, recyclable. In addition, Kromekote features offerings in brushed and mirror-finished gold and silver foils and five colours. Kromekote handles specialty finishing such as embossing, foil stamping, aqueous coatings and varnishes.
Flint Group at the start of July globally launched XCURA EVO as its new generation UV LED sheetfed process ink.

“EVO is short for evolutionary,” explained Trevor Amps, Global Product Management Director for Energy Curing inks. “This signals a step change from our world renowned XCURA formulations which, for the past four years, have served our customers very well as an industry leader. XCURA EVO is our next generation offer to the UV LED and low energy sheetfed market…”

XCURA EVO is created out of a new resin technology system that premiered in May 2017 with UltraCURA Sens Low Migration process inks and bases, with the goal of providing increased stability and performance consistency.

“We tested EVO on all the main presses and many formats, straight and perfecting, with and without IPA, highest production speeds and quality standards and we drew critical comparisons against our existing products and all of our main competitors,” said Dario Zarantoniello, UV Inks and Coatings Technical Manager who managed field trials of the new inks. “The customers noted better gloss levels, exceptional colour strength and sharper dots. They also commented on much better stability, as production speeds increased, offering tangible efficiency benefits.”

Flint explains XCURA EVO is the second global launch this year to be created with these unique formulations. Amps explained another main impact from EVO is the low waste generated based on strong transfer properties on all substrates.

The company also pointed out that all of its sheetfed energy curing products are  compliant with current raw material exclusion lists, National and International regulations and manufacturing best practice, as laid down by advisory bodies, such as the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA).
Catalyst Paper, headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., has launched Trident, a wet strength label paper produced at its Rumford mill in Maine. Trident is a full wet strength label paper for application on water bottles, craft beer, juice bottles, wine bottles and large format containers.

Available in 47 and 60 pound basis weights (lbs. per 3,300 ft2), Trident is sustainably produced with available chain-of-custody certification under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) standards.

“As we strive to expand our portfolio of value-added, paper-based solutions for our Specialty customers, we are excited to introduce Trident, our new wet-strength label paper,” said Brian Boland, Vice President, Specialty Papers & New Product Development.  “Not only does this launch further demonstrate our commitment to the label market, it offers a durable beverage label with excellent wet opacity, printability and labeling speed that will satisfy the needs of both converters and brand owners.”

The introduction of Trident follows Catalyst’s recent re-launch of Rumford Offset, and additional specialty products including Glide Graphics release liner base papers, the Leap family of lightweight food flexible packaging papers and the Bistro line of food service papers.
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.
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