Jaz Book, designed for color book printing
applications, and Jaz Silk, specifically made for direct mail and commercial
printing, both from Sappi Fine Paper Europe, are the latest substrates to be
recognized in Kodak’s Paper Rating Program. Testing shows that both papers, created
for high-speed digital inkjet web printing, provide outstanding image quality
on KODAK PROSPER Presses. The 4 diamond rating for each means that users
will experience consistent, high-quality results.
Kodak, a digital printing pioneer, has been working
with paper mills around the world for more than 25 years to test and develop
media that will deliver optimized results on KODAK Printing Equipment. The
relationship between Kodak and Sappi, the world’s leading producer of high-quality
coated fine paper, has been growing for more than four years. “Working
collaboratively is a priority for us. Together with Kodak, we have been able to
positively combine our experience and expertise with a great result—paper designed
to meet digital printing requirements,” noted Marco Eikelenboom, Sales and Marketing Director, Sappi Fine Paper
Europe. “The Paper Rating Program for KODAK PROSPER Press is very quantitative,
so we know what it takes to achieve the best results. Our customers benefit
because they don’t have to worry about matching a paper’s print quality
expectations with customer needs—they can focus instead on adding value to
their printed pieces and growing their businesses.”
Sappi’s Jaz Book is a lower weight digital paper,
available in 67 gsm, specifically created for full-color book production. As
such, it is an ideal choice for the education market. The high dimensional
stability of the paper along with high opacity mean that it has the right
characteristics for the job it has been designed to do. Sappi Jaz also allows printers
to get great quality on hybrid printing when using KODAK PROSPER Imprinting Systems and heat-set web offset.
Jaz Silk, a two-sided coated digital paper with real silk
finish and the look and feel of traditional offset-printing paper is also part
of Sappi’s Jaz digital paper range. It
is available in 90, 115, 130 and 150 gsm and has been developed for direct mail
and commercial print assignments.
Kodak collaborates with individual mills to develop
and optimize papers. Currently, more than 250 papers have been developed and
approximately 60 have been rated in the program. More papers are under
The Paper Rating Program relies on the collection
and analysis of quantifiable data to determine the performance characteristics
of any substrate. Kodak measures the image quality using a wide variety of
factors and then identifies that substrate using a rating system that ranges
from one diamond to five diamonds. The rating helps printers and publishers
make more informed decisions about the right combination of quality and price
when evaluating substrates for each of their print jobs.
“There are many variables in printing, so by
removing the uncertainty around the performance and economics of the media, we
can make the process a little easier. All testing is conducted under
standardized conditions, and Kodak simplifies the results into the five-diamond
rating system,” said Don Burns, Kodak’s Business Development Director for
Media. “Buyers can have confidence that they are making the right substrate
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Fine Paper Europe is the leading European producer of coated fine paper used in
premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising.
Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Sappi Fine Paper Europe is recognized for
innovation and quality. Its graphic paper brands include Magno, Quatro, Royal,
Galerie and GalerieArt ranges. Algro, Fusion, Leine and Parade are the brands
for speciality labeling, topliner, packaging papers and boards. Jaz is the
paper brand for digital printing.
Sappi papers are produced in mills
accredited with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification and EMAS registration for
all our mills in the EU. SFPE’s mills hold chain-of-custody certification under
the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and/or the Programme for the Endorsement
of Forest Certification (PEFC) schemes.
Sappi Fine Paper Europe is a division of
Sappi Limited (NYSE, JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg,
South Africa, with over 14,900 employees and manufacturing operations on three
continents in seven countries and customers in over 100 countries around the
world. Learn more about Sappi at www.sappi.com.