HP ANNOUNCES A NEW MEDIA CERTIFICATION FOR WEB PRESSES

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HP announced a new media certification program for HP Inkjet Web Presses, helping customers save time by quickly identifying a range of substrates compatible with HP high-speed production inkjet systems.

The certification program aims at simplifying and streamlining choice points for customers, the media certification programme also encourages paper manufacturers to develop and qualify a wide range of affordable media for HP Inkjet Web Presses.

Aurelio Maruggi, vice president and general manager, Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions, HP said, Media versatility is one of the most common concerns of customers and prospects considering production inkjet equipment. The new media certification program builds on our overall media strategy, which also includes HPs unique bonding agent for production on low-cost, uncoated offset papers and our collaboration with leading paper mills on the development of inkjet optimised papers.

The HP Inkjet Web Press Media Certification Program process incorporates several procedures for evaluating inkjet coated, offset coated, inkjet treated uncoated, and offset uncoated papers.

After an initial screening, the substrate is subject to a more comprehensive evaluation of its performance within the press, including gamut, image quality, text quality, show through, durability, runability and flatness. Once a substrate is certified, the paper manufacturer receives a Certified for HP Inkjet Web Press badge that can be used for marketing and packaging purposes.

An updated media locator tool enables HP Inkjet Web Press customers to quickly identify media that suits their specific needs using intuitive search filters such as region, press and application.

The new media certification program builds on HPs strategy for expanding media versatility in the production inkjet market. HP Inkjet Web Presses are equipped with a unique bonding agent for printing on uncoated offset papers.

Additionally, HP works with paper manufacturers on the development of uncoated and coated paper solutions with ColorPRO technology that are optimised for HP Inkjet Web Presses. So far, more than 90 papers have been developed with ColorPRO, including SAPPIs new Jaz Gloss offering.

Designed for a range of applications, including direct mail, books and marketing collateral, Jaz Gloss is a new product that builds on SAPPIs existing portfolio of inkjet coated papers. Jaz Gloss is available in multiple weight options, and the paper is now available to HP Inkjet Web Press customers in Europe and Asia.

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