The paper industry in Europe looks set for a period of innovation which could lead to substantially improved performance of inks.
Sean Milmo, Ink World European Editor06.09.09
The paper industry in Europe looks set for a period of innovation which could lead to substantially improved performance of inks in publishing, packaging and other print sectors while also lowering cost for printers.
A lot of the advances will be achieved through close cooperation between paper makers and ink producers as well as with other suppliers in the printing chain, such as press manufacturers, plate and blanket makers and providers of fount solutions.
The paper sector has been going through a lean phase of inventiveness. When Sappi, the South African-owned company which is a leading fine paper manufacturer in Europe, recently launched a new paper called Tempo in the sheetfed segment, it claimed that it was the first significant innovation in wood-free coated paper for at least 10 years.
Possibly the last big breakthrough in the whole European paper sector was the introduction around the turn of the century of a type of newsprint paper which enabled a su
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