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Monadnock Paper Mills introduces its new Astrolite PC 100 Velvet C2S line of coated text and cover papers for heatset web presses

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Monadnock Paper Mills introduces its new Astrolite PC 100 Velvet C2S line of coated text and cover papers for heatset web presses

July 29, 2020 - 02:03
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BENNINGTON, NH, July 28, 2020 (Press Release) -Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the United States, announced that its newest line of coated text and cover papers, Astrolite PC 100 Velvet C2S, is the only premium, coated 100-percent recycled sheet compatible with heatset web presses that is manufactured in the U.S.

“Commercial web printers finally have a premium coated choice for sustainable and quality-conscious brands,” says Julie Brannen, Director, Sustainability Solutions, Monadnock. “Velvet is not glossy – it offers a more natural aesthetic quality with coated results.”

In independent testing, Velvet demonstrated superior performance with no defects:

  • On an 8-color Rotoman AC press, the 80 lb. text weight printed up to 35,000 impressions per hour (1,145 fpm) without any web breaks and resulted in excellent print quality.
  • The product ran to standard operating densities without any major changes to fountain keys.
  • Velvet offered a good operating window for paper and ink tack build and will sustain up to eight colors down on each side.

Made with 100-percent post-consumer waste recycled fiber that is third-party certified and responsibly sourced, Astrolite PC 100 enables brands, marketers, and creatives to access a sustainable selection of papers for high end catalogs, magazines, fashion lookbooks, direct mail, college viewbooks, museum exhibitions and more.  The Astrolite PC 100 Velvet line offers a universal print coating optimized for commercial sheet-fed and heat-set wet offset HP Indigo (LEP) and dry toner (DP) presses. A range of sheet sizes will be stocked for quick and ready access to the design community.

Made with the environment in mind, as with all Monadnock’s fine text and cover papers, Astrolite PC 100 Velvet is FSC Certified (FSC C018866), manufactured carbon neutral (VERs) and made with 100% renewable Green-e certified wind-powered electricity (RECs) under a third-party certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.

“We’ve created a coating that stands up to the rigors of a broad range of printing presses and inks,” said Paul Ciccone, Vice President of Research and Development, Monadnock. “This heatset web qualification brings us to home plate with a winner for the environment and for our customers.”

About Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc.

Monadnock Paper Mills (MPM) provides and custom engineers a diverse range of products including technical/specialty papers, and premium printing and packaging papers for leading brands worldwide. The company’s ENVIPortfolio of products features fiber-based solutions that replace plastic for uses such as gift cards and tags. Its technical papers are used in medical and pharmaceutical packaging, construction, interior design, manufacturing and other specialty applications and markets. Working as a true partner with its customers, Monadnock’s technical expertise and agility result in products that lead the market in innovation and quality. With a passion for the environment and ingenuity, Monadnock turns ideas into reality.