A Primer on Selecting Alternative Book Papers
Some of the largest producers of synthetics are Oji-Yuka Synthetic Paper Company (Yupo), Arjobex (Polyart), Hop Industries (Nanya), PPG Industries (Teslin) and Transilwrap Company Inc. (MXM, Proprint).
But synthetic papers have characteristics that are very different from those of wood-based papers, and not all printers have experience with them. Some manufacturers, such as Yupo, certify printers, indicating confidence in those printers’ understanding of the stock and unique handling procedures.
It is important to remember that each manufacturer’s stock is unique. Each paper’s grain direction, type of coating, ink requirements and even drying times are characteristics worth considering when selecting a synthetic stock.
• Grain. Affects tear-resistance and folding.
• Clay Coating. Some synthetics have a clay coating which affects the ink lay, drying times and overall feel.
• Special Inks. Some stocks require special ink, whereas others use regular offset inks.
And like recycled stocks, synthetics are environmentally friendly in the fact that no trees are killed in the process of making them.
A lot can be learned from some of the “big boys” in publishing. Currently, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group USA and Warner Books all use groundwood paper in their hardcover books.
The reason for the usage is obviously to save money … and it can save a lot. The current dollar difference between 50# freesheet trade and 45# groundwood is anywhere from $6 to $8/cwt, and in some cases significantly more. Add that to the 10-percent yield advantage, and you can see the attraction: about 25 percent in savings. Publishers who use a 40# can add a 20-percent yield advantage netting a 35-percent savings.
Abitibi Consolidated, Bowater Incorporated and North Pacific Paper Corporation (NORPAC) are three primary North American producers of groundwood trade book grades, and there are differences in quality—i.e., opacity, shade and formation—between their sheets.
- American National Standards Institute
- ARJOBEX N.A.
- Bowater Incorporated
- Forest Stewardship Council
- Frye Publication Consulting
- HOP Industries Corp
- North Pacific Paper Corporation
- Oji-Yuka Synthetic Paper Co.
- Penguin Group (USA)
- PPG Industries
- Random House Inc.
- Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
- Transilwrap Co. Inc.
- Warner Books Group