Papierfabrik Scheufelen's bvs coated art paper meets requirements of HP Indigo printing process based on HP ElektroInk liquid ink

LENNINGEN, Germany , May 14, 2012 (press release) – bvs coated art paper from Papierfabrik Scheufelen meets the require- ments of the HP Indigo printing process based on HP ElektroInk liquid ink.

By certifying bvs art paper from Lenningen-based Papierfabrik Scheufelen, HP Indigo has confirmed the paper's suitability for its digi- tal presses in the 3050, 3500, 3550, 5000, 5500, 5600, 7000, 7500 and 7600 series. Grammages of 100 to 300 g/m2 have been certified for bvs gloss and 90 to 300 g/m2 for bvs matt. The paper is due to be available on the market through wholesale partners from the third quar- ter of this year. HP Indigo-certified bvs paper will be offered in the 32 x 46 and 46 x 32 cm formats, labelled with the distinctive certification logo "HP Indigo – Certified Substrate".

The HP Indigo liquid ink process features excellent print properties. The quality of the four-colour printing comes very close to that of offset printing and in many cases is superior. Coated papers in particular are ideal for the HP ElectroInk process. The advantage lies in the tiny pig- ments, which enable extremely sharp image reproduction and can be transferred in thin ink layers onto the paper. The unique HP Indigo thermal offset printing technology transfers the initially liquid print im- ages onto the printing stock using a blanket cylinder. As the cylinder heats up, the print images solidify while printing is still under way and are dry when they leave the press. Heat and pressure fixing of the print image, and thus unwanted stress on the paper, as is normal with dry toner printing methods, is not necessary.

bvs doesn't just boast outstanding printability and runability. Thanks to its sealed surface and high degree of whiteness, this coated art paper meets the special requirements of digital printing.

Digital printing has undergone enormous development over the last few years compared to the offset market. The volume of digital produc- tion worldwide has increased almost sixfold in the last ten years, while offset printing has remained the same or has even declined (source: Pira, BVDM).

Forecasts suggest that digital printing will continue its vigorous growth. This is also demonstrated by the significant increase in the exhibition areas occupied by manufacturers of digital printing technology at drupa 2012, coupled with a fall in the areas taken up by offset press manu- facturers. Personalised marketing is a major market driver and indi- viduality is a must. Print products therefore need to be produced quickly, flexibly and cost-efficiently, even in short runs. That applies to the book-on-demand sector, short runs, products with rapidly changing content and one-to-one marketing. Exceptional print quality, particularly for image motifs and illustrations, can only be achieved with suitable paper.

Papierfabrik Scheufelen believes this market offers great potential. Ex- perience drawn from practice shows that premium papers from Scheufelen are also ideal for digital printing, particularly for HP Indigo. The phoenixmotion and heaven 42 brands also stand a good chance of obtaining certification.

It goes without saying that all paper grades from Scheufelen, art paper and premium, can be used in both liquid toner systems and all popular dry toner systems such as Xerox, Kodak-Nexpress, Konica-Minolta and Ricoh.

Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH + Co. KG
Scheufelen, founded in 1855, was acquired by Paper Excellence in May 2011. At the Lenningen site in Germany around 550 employees manufacture up to 300,000 tonnes a year of high quality, coated, wood free premium paper from FSC and PEFC certified pulp. The paper brands phoenixmotion, heaven 42, bvs and bro exist in a grammage range from 90 g/m2– 400 g/m2 and are available with matt, semi matt and glossy sur- faces. Typical areas of application include sophisticated business reports, image bro- chures, advertising brochures, high quality books, art prints and calendars. The Papier- fabrik Scheufelen sells its products worldwide.

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