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PRINT 05 Consumables & Press Accessories -- All Consuming Topics

October 2005
by Chris Bauer

Managing Editor

The press manufacturers’ “big iron” may have taken up mammoth amounts of floor space and received the lion’s share of headlines at PRINT 05 & CONVERTING 05, but not to be forgotten are the booths often found on the fringe of the McCormick Center’s halls. Here, there was plenty of news to be found from paper, ink and other consumables providers.

For example, while donning white lab coats, executives from International Paper announced that its entire range of uncoated freesheet papers for imaging, commercial printing, envelopes and forms would be improved to a new standard of whiteness and brightness. This technology increases the brightness from 84 on the GE scale to 92 and CIE levels of 135 and 145.

The company is making the enhancements to its Accent Opaque, DataSpeed, Hammermill, Postmark and Williamsburg grades. This innovation is the first in a series of technologies IP calls “VIP” Technologies for Vision Innovation Papers.

Mohawk Feeling Fine

On a somewhat-related note, after acquiring International Paper’s Fine Papers business, Mohawk Paper Mills has changed its name to Mohawk Fine Papers. Mohawk has initiated a 90-day operational plan to ensure the smooth integration of the two paper suppliers.

Mohawk also reported that it will be producing the entire Mohawk Color Copy line, as well as Beckett and Via, with wind power, expanding its use of alternative energy. In another announcement, the company introduced a proprietary process known as i-Tone applied to Superfine and Mohawk 50/10 products for use with HP Indigo printers.

Keeping with the digital printing paper theme, Stora Enso displayed its full product line-up, including Futura Laser, which has been engineered to run on both digital laser and digital offset applications. The grade is certified by the Rochester Institute of Technology for use with HP Indigo units.

Mitsubishi Imaging expanded its ink-jet media product line with GF6, a new semi-gloss proofing paper designed to be used with Epson’s UltraChrome inks. For fine art reproduction and high-end photographic printing applications, Mitsubishi Imaging now offers Diamond Jet 100 percent cotton paper.

At the MeadWestvaco space, Executive AV (Added Versatility) and Executive DC (Die Cut) envelopes were shown for use with automated production mail and small office inserting operations. The envelopes were developed in conjunction with several U.S.- and European-based inserting manufacturers.

Meanwhile, xpedx announced an improvement to its cut-size Vector Multi-Purpose business imaging papers line. xpedx has increased the paper’s brightness to 92, up from 84, which improves print quality and readability. The company also said that it expanded the Vector line to include new laser-cut sheets, computer paper and copier tabs. These join the line’s multi-purpose, coated laser and DI coated offset papers.


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