Paper News from PRINT 13: All About Inkjet
The biggest paper news during the PRINT 13 show was the announcement—unrelated to the show—by International Paper of the permanent closure of its Courtland, AL, mill. Courtland produces 765,000 tons of uncoated freesheet and 185,000 tons of coated freesheet. The closure will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2014. This represents about 8 percent of North American uncoated freesheet capacity. North American demand is declining at about 4 percent per year, with year-to-date operating rates at 91 percent. We can expect that this will temporarily balance, or even tighten, the market, but as demand continues to decline, more closures will be necessary in 2014 and 2015.
As to the show itself, digital remains front and center, and within digital, papers treated for continuous-feed aqueous inkjet, continue to be the buzz. Two new inkjet treated grades made their appearance at PRINT 13: Future Jet from FutureMark was running on a Ricoh InfoPrint 5000 inkjet press, while Enviro Jet from Cascades, was running on a Canon ColorStream 3900. Both papers feature high recycled content—Future Jet with >90 percent postconsumer waste on 45# and 50# matte coated; and Enviro Jet with 100 percent postconsumer waste on 20#, 24#, 28#, and 32# uncoated.
New to the North American market is Mondi’s line of pigmented inkjet papers from the Neusiedler mill in Austria. The Mondi line includes DNS high-speed inkjet for pigment and dye-based inks. The papers are pigmented, similar to a film coat, and the DNS CF grade has a coated feel while the DNS NF grade has a natural or uncoated feel. Basis weights range from 80 gsm to 160 gsm. The line also includes Nautilus high-speed inkjet with 100 percent recycled fibre.
In the field of uncoated freesheet, International Paper was exhibiting a broad range of papers, including Accent Opaque with ColorPRO Technology, 50#, 60# and 9-pt. reply card for HP T-series presses; and Accent Opaque with ImageLok Technology, 50#, 60# and 9-pt. reply card for pigment-based inks; and also Accent Opaque Dyemond for dye-based inks.
Jack Miller is founder and Principal Consultant at Market-Intell LLC, offering Need to Know™ market intelligence in paper, print and packaging. Previously, he was senior consultant, North America, with Pira International.
Known as the Paper Guru, Jack is the former director of Market Intelligence with Domtar, where he also held positions as regional sales manager, territory sales manager and product manager. He has presented at On Demand, RISI’s Global Outlook, PRIMIR, SustainCom World and at various IntertechPira conferences. Jack has written for Printing Impressions, Canadian Printer, Paper 360, PaperTree Letter and Package Printing, along with publishing a monthly e-newsletter, MarketIntellibits.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The College of the Holy Cross and has done graduate studies in Statistics and Finance.