Koehler Paper announces for Epson TM‐T88VI receipt printer test results on Blue4est

Blue4est paper can be disposed of as waste paper

Koehler Paper’s Blue4est thermal paper working perfectly with the Epson TM‐T88VI receipt printer
Koehler Paper’s Blue4est thermal paper working perfectly with the Epson TM‐T88VI receipt printer

Koehler Paper, a Koehler Group company, is hereby announcing that the Epson TM-T88VI receipt printer delivers first-rate results on Koehler’s sustainable and blue-colored blue4est thermal paper. Blue4est represents the latest generation of environmentally friendly receipts and, unlike the traditional receipts used at POS, can be disposed of as waste paper without a problem. In addition, its blue color makes blue4est thermal paper immediately recognizable as environmentally friendly for consumers. 

Koehler’s extensive qualification tests confirm superlative printing performance

Koehler Paper’s technical customer service tested the TM-T88VI receipt printer comprehensively for months. Willy Früh, director of the thermal paper division at Koehler, comments, “Our tests have shown that blue4est paper can be used with Epson TM-T88VI printers for perfect results.” Low power consumption and high performance combined with low operating costs make the Epson TM-T88VI receipt printer an environmentally friendly alternative for the POS receipt printer market. Together with blue4est paper, a sustainable POS printing solution.

Chemistry replaced by physics as the right choice for the environment

Koehler Paper is an industry leader in the field of thermal paper and started investing in the development of an environmentally friendly alternative to conventional POS printing years ago. The raw material for the paper comes from FSC‐certified sources. With blue4est, Koehler Paper has developed a thermal paper that works on conventional thermal receipt printers without the need for chemical color developers.

And this is because the company succeeded in replacing the traditional chemical reaction with a physical reaction instead, without the printout fading even when exposed to light or moisture. All of this makes the paper extremely durable so that it can be retained for up to 35 years in normal storage conditions. In addition, blue4est is the first thermal paper to be approved for direct contact with food. This is confirmed by the ISEGA certificate that was issued for Koehler Blue4est thermal paper in 2020, making it an excellent choice for food retail operations.

Epson confirms demand for sustainable solutions at POS

A large number of customers are already using blue blue4est thermal paper all over Europe. Epson Deutschland, business manager for business systems Maik Kollmann, explains, “We detected early on that customers wanted sustainable solutions at their POS as well, and with the TM‐T88VI, we’ve delivered a printer that makes it possible to print receipts in an environmentally friendly manner. Moreover, the Epson TM‐T88VI gets first‐rate results on the Koehler Paper sustainable blue4est thermal paper. We have the ideal printing settings ready for users, who can ask for them at any time from their Epson partner.” 

Additional printer generations are set to follow and will continue focusing on sustainable service lives and low consumption. They will be tested with environmentally friendly Blue4est paper during the development phase and be launched with a corresponding certification.

Epson will be at the “EHI Technologie Tage 2021” conference in Bonn on November 9 and 10, 2021, where they will promote their future‐proof receipt printer with Koehler Blue4est thermal paper.


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.

– Naresh Khanna

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