Konica Minolta approves Hop-Syn XT Synthetic Papers for use on C12000 and C14000

Waterproof & synthetic substrates added to KM's approved media guide

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Konica Minolta announced the testing and approval of Hop-Syn XT Synthetic Papers for use on its AccurioPress C14000 and C12000 digital presses

Konica Minolta U.S.A. announced the testing and approval of Hop-Syn XT Synthetic Papers for use on its AccurioPress C14000 and C12000 digital presses. Both Hop-Syn’s 8 and 10 mil waterproof and durable synthetic substrates have been added to Konica Minolta’s Approved Media Guide.

“Hop-Syn’s XT substrate is the first synthetic paper to be approved for the AccurioPress C14000, the result of rigorous testing in our Japanese facilities,” said Dino Pagliarello, senior vice president, Product Management and Planning, Konica Minolta. “Our customers make huge investments with us in purchasing our presses, and deserve the utmost assurances that our partners’ products will perform as expected for their specific applications.”

Hop-Syn XT is an extra tear-resistant synthetic paper made from a unique mixture of calcium carbonate and polypropylene resin. The XT grade paper is manufactured with UV inhibitors and additional whitening agents to improve its sheet brightness and opacity up to 94%. With a high dyne level and smooth matte finish, Hop-Syn XT has the printing performance expected from a fine offset paper, but with the extra tear strength and weather resistant properties that allow print promotions to meet the most demanding environmental conditions.

Hop-Syn XT is available in a variety of roll widths, sheet sizes, and gauges, with a thickness range of 4mil up to 10mil, roll widths of 55” and 61” and sheet sizes 25”x 38” and 26”x 40″. Popular applications include POP displays, signs and banners, hang tags, shelf talkers, book covers, and outdoor product guides. Hop-Syn XT is also perfect for businesses requiring waterproof materials that can be cleaned with disinfecting spray or wipes, such as menus in restaurants.

“Knowing our products qualified for these new machines now hitting the market after extensive testing at Konica Minolta’s headquarters in Japan will provide owners with confidence in both reproduction quality and printability of our tear-resistant and waterproof Hop-Syn Synthetic Papers,” said John Risdon, account executive, Hop Industries. “Seeing our XT material printed at the introduction of the C14000 and C12000 at Printing United, and during subsequent demos at Konica Minolta’s new Customer Experience Center in Ramsey, New Jersey was an exciting opportunity and also a great learning experience.”

Konica Minolta’s formalized substrate testing process and media guide

Several factors, including increasingly higher production speeds, have necessitated closer inspection of substrates to assess their suitability for Konica Minolta AccurioPress digital presses. Papers must be well manufactured, run consistently, and generally meet the demands of the press from pick-up and registration through to toner transfer, fusing, and exiting the press for post-processing steps. Konica Minolta’s approval process includes testing on feed, fusing, jamming, registration, slipping, curling, and scratching. Approved substrates are added to the new media guide, created for commercial printers as a trusted resource for a wide variety of substrates.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

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