Color Inkjet Printing: Inkjet’s Web Paper Pursuit
Burns advises that Prosper generally requires a treated paper, and, while ColorPro papers are likely to work on the Prosper, other papers may work better, and adds that a bonding system to include treatment of coated papers will be available in 2011.
For coated papers, Paul Bradshaw, senior vice president at Appleton Coated, notes that his company is "jointly developing high-speed inkjet coated media with HP, the first product being the Utopia Book Inkjet 45-lb. Matte Text." Bradshaw says that the Utopia Inkjet family, including Utopia Book Inkjet, does not require the use of the bonding agent, and that this can be a "significant cost reduction." He adds that Appleton Coated has also worked with Kodak to qualify this grade on the Prosper press.
Bradshaw explains that this is a book publishing grade, but points out that 60-lb. to 100-lb. text were introduced at Ipex in dull and matte finishes, and that gloss finishes and cover weights are "currently in development." He agrees that inkjet papers carry higher costs, and explains that the chemical additives add to the cost.
Even more important, these unique materials mean separate runs and, since volumes are still low, runs are short and costly.
An Eye on Costs
Bradshaw declined to comment more precisely on paper costs, but points out that as volumes grow, costs will come down and, even with higher paper prices, total economics are still favorable.
NewPage is working on glossy papers, and Dennis Essary, NewPage director of digital papers, showed me some beautiful books printed on NewPage 80-lb. Gloss InkJet with the HP T300. Essary notes that this sheet is specially formulated for the HP T300 and is available on an inquiry basis, adding that NewPage will look at other weights and finishes as market demand increases. He also declined to comment on prices for these papers.
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.