Two Epson inkjet printers with Neenah inkjet Kimdura label media achieve International Maritime Dangerous Goods BS 5609 certification, first BS 5609-certified solution to use color inkjet printing technology

LONG BEACH, California , May 8, 2012 (press release) – Epson America, Inc. and Neenah Paper, Inc. (NYSE: NP - News) announced today that two EPSON® inkjet printers with Neenah inkjet KIMDURA® label media for harsh environments have achieved International Maritime Dangerous Goods BS 5609 certification, a key standard for the Global Harmonizing System (GHS) being adopted for most chemical labeling around the world. The joint offering marks the world’s first BS 5609-certified solution using color inkjet printing technology, allowing chemical and pharmaceutical companies to print GHS labels for a fraction of the cost as compared to four-color thermal transfer or laser solutions meeting the same standard. In addition, manufacturers using this new solution will be able to reduce errors and labor costs while increasing productivity by moving labeling closer to manufacturing and shipping.

The certified inkjet technology solution includes two EPSON printers, the TM-C3400 and B-510DN models, used exclusively with KIMDURA® Ink Jet for Harsh Environments. “We currently offer BS 5609-certified labels for thermal transfer and laser printed labeling methods, and now we support two EPSON inkjet printers with our extremely durable KIMDURA® brand,” commented Michael O’Connell at Neenah Paper, Inc. “Inkjet technology provides a cost effective alternative to current solutions, and companies can deploy the same, standardized solution worldwide, with the global support of both Neenah and Epson.”

“Epson has been a global leader in the design and manufacture of color inkjet technologies for over thirty years and now we are the world’s first inkjet printer manufacturer to obtain this global certification,” commented Mike Helm, Director of Sales for Epson America, Inc., Business Systems Division. “The durability testing to achieve certification included adhesive performance, print performance and abrasion resistance, which validates the extreme reliability of the Epson / Neenah labeling solution. Customers in harsh environments can be assured of extremely durable labels.”

For more information about the newly certified inkjet technology solutions for GHS labeling from Epson and Neenah, visit Neenah’s website at or Epson’s website dedicated to color inkjet technologies at

About Neenah Paper, Inc.

Neenah Paper is a leader in premium image and performance-based products, including filtration, specialized substrates used for tapes, labels and other products, and high-end printing papers. Products are marketed under well-known brands such as CLASSIC®, Astrobrights®, ENVIRONMENT®, CRANE®, SUNDANCE®, KIMDURA®, Gessner®, JET-PRO® SofStretch(TM) and varitess®. Neenah Paper is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia and sells products in over 70 countries worldwide from manufacturing operations in the United States and Germany. Additional information about Neenah Paper can be found at the company's web site,

About Epson America, Inc.

Epson is one of the world's leading manufacturers of highly reliable point-of-service technology, including printers, precision printing mechanisms, digital image scanners and mobile printing solutions. Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Long Beach, CA, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. The Seiko Epson organization is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment, and for the third year in a row is part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index – an indicator for leading companies in economic, environmental and social criteria. Epson offers the most comprehensive line of POS printers, as well as the widest selection of ENERGY STAR qualified models available today. To learn more about Epson America Business Systems Division, please visit: You may also connect with Epson America Business Systems Division on Facebook (, Twitter ( and YouTube (

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