Finch Debuts Smartbook Jet, Mailstream Papers for Printing on Production Inkjet Systems
GLENS FALLS, NY—April 21, 2015—Finch Paper today debuts Finch Smartbook Jet and Finch Mailstream for precision printing on production inkjet systems, making the announcement in concert with the company’s 150-year anniversary and long-standing commitment to the printing paper market.
Finch Smartbook Jet and Finch Mailstream expand the company’s digital line that already includes highly-acclaimed Finch Fine iD and Finch Inkjet Pi substrates. "As technology evolves, Finch continues to invest where we can add value to our clients," said Greg Maio, Finch vice president of sales and marketing. "We are the ideal partner for multi-press printing environments that need tailored product and/or service solutions to help them succeed."
The Finch Smartbook Revolution
Paper manufacturers have been challenged with drying issues associated with lighter basis weights in the burgeoning on-demand book segment. Finch has solved the issue with a specially–engineered paper formulation including a surface treatment to maximize ink density and absorption, resulting in instantaneous drying on its Smartbook Jet 606 PPI (50-lb. text), 750 PPI (45-lb. text) and 830 PPI (41-lb. text) grades.
The high pages per inch (PPI) achievement coupled with outstanding opacity and NASTA compliance makes Finch Smartbook Jet the ultimate uncoated paper solution. The silky-smooth surface of Finch Smartbook Jet provides brilliant full-color 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 a First-Class Product Portfolio for Transactional and Direct Mail
Finch is committed to developing new product solutions as technology continues to evolve. By collaborating with leading-edge customers and inkjet press manufacturers, Finch Paper has designed a portfolio of products specifically for transactional and direct mail printers to improve response rates with a lower total cost of operation. The Finch Mailstream family of products include:
Finch Mailstream DS is a treated inkjet product optimized for both dye-based and pigment systems (DS refers to dual-systems). Offered in 20-lb./74 gsm to 9-pt. reply/209 gsm, Finch Mailstream DS features a premium blue-white shade to accentuate color "pop" and sets a new standard for duplex printing—20-lb. bond has a remarkable 95 opacity.
Finch Mailstream XP96 is surface enhanced to optimize inkjet and laser production environments. This cross-platform (XP) substrate boasts a 96-bright blue white shade ideal for color logos and graphics.
Finch Mailstream XP92 is also surface enhanced for increased productivity and print fidelity. This cross-platform (XP) 92-bright white substrate is universally compatible to enhance graphics with minimal show-through.
The Finch Mailstream family of products feature:
- Highest available opacity
- Clean perfing, punching and inserting
- Guaranteed paper performance in MICR applications
- Broad range of basis weights including 7-pt. and 9-pt. reply card
- 10 percent and 30 percent postconsumer waste (PCW) fiber options
- Qualification on Canon, Kodak, HP, Ricoh and Screen inkjet presses
Finch MOCR Laser is an untreated, 92-bright choice that rounds out the offering for the transactional segment. Finch MOCR Laser is readily available in 20-lb., 24-lb. and 28-lb. with fast, flexible service in the Eastern markets.
Finch Inkjet Pi Dominates Direct Mail/Commercial Print Inkjet Applications
Finch Inkjet Pi is treated for pigment inks (PI) and well-suited for “house sheet” status at direct mailers and commercial printers. Finch Inkjet Pi features a wide range of basis weights—45-lb. text to 130-lb. text/9-pt. reply—and a 96-bright balanced "Alpine White" shade.
Most commercial inkjet presses that incorporate pigment inks are best matched with Finch Inkjet Pi. These include, but are not limited to: Canon ColorStream, HP T-series and Kodak Prosper. Additionally, Finch Inkjet Pi does not require use of any bonding agents.
Finch Digital Web XP is an untreated complement to Finch’s Inkjet Pi. Finch Digital Web XP is engineered for offset, laser and inkjet web printing and suitable for all downstream finishing applications. Its 96-bright smooth printing surface is a step-up from standard offsets—making a better impression for increase response rates.
Greg Maio, Finch Paper vice president of sales and marketing said, "Finch is proud to continue to serve the needs of the expanding digital printing marketplace. Our R&D team has produced a superior uncoated portfolio giving printers the ability to deliver better color with lower total costs for print-on-demand books, transpromo printing, and direct mail."
Finch Smartbook Jet, Finch Mailstream DS, Finch Mailstream XP and Finch Inkjet Pi are commercially available in a variety of roll sizes to fit specific application and print engine needs. Finch’s inkjet grades are also available with up to 30 percent postconsumer recycled fiber and FSC certification.
About Finch Paper
Finch Paper LLC is a leading, privately-owned and vertically integrated paper manufacturer specializing in high-bright, uncoated papers for North American printing and converting markets. Using advanced manufacturing systems, Finch produces a broad portfolio of opaque, text and cover and digital papers for multi-press environments, including recognized brands such as Finch Fine, Finch Opaque, Finch ThruPut Wove and Finch Inkjet Pi.
Finch Paper was the first integrated paper manufacturer in the United States to receive both the Forest Management and Chain-of-Custody certifications from the Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Finch is one of only a few paper companies that continues to manage forests. Finch papers are made using two-thirds renewable energy produced by on-site hydroelectric and cogeneration facilities and has been a responsible, sustainable New York State manufacturer for more than a century.
Source: Finch Paper.