That's certainly the case here at ICG/Holliston, the oldest supplier of cloth cover material, and the industry leader. We offer publishers and printers the largest selection of cloth cover materials available anywhere.
And our dedicated sales, customer service, and technical personnel are available to work with our customers every step of the way, to ensure each and every cover project meets or exceeds expectations.
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Gary F. Sweeney, Market Manager
Today, if textbook cover material is to meet the needs of publishers and manufacturers, it must also satisfy a rigid set of manufacturing standards and specifications developed by the National Association of State Textbook Administrators (NASTA).
In consultation with the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Book Manufacturer's Institute (BMI), NASTA maintains a set of physical standards of quality and performance for elementary and high school instructional materials.
These include textbooks, related educational materials, bound, unbound, kit or package form, and technology-based materials. While these specifications are intended to guide the manufacturer, publisher, textbook administrator, and the general public, they also present a challenge to cover material manufacturers.
It's a challenge that's been met by our EPIC II brand graphic cover material. EPIC II has been specifically engineered to meet all NASTA specifications for Type II covers, classes A through E. A unique combination of latex coating and saturating yields a flexible, durable cover material that distinguishes this product from other offerings.
In addition to meeting NASTA standards, EPIC II also offers exceptional strength and tear resistance. This is crucial for textbooks, which must endure years of intense use, constantly being opened, closed, and abused by students.
EPIC II offers other outstanding characteristics textbook publishers and manufacturers can appreciate, starting with its exceptional whiteness and brightness. It also eliminates the requirement for film lamination. Even so, Kimberly-Clark recommends prepress trials, to ensure your requirements for specific projects are met.