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Canon Introduces Two New Media For Imageprograf

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

BOSTON, March 4, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leading provider of digital imaging solutions, has added two new large format papers in two different weights for the Company's ever-expanding line of imagePROGRAF large format printers - Canon Premium Glossy Paper and Premium Satin Paper. Both new substrates will be available in light weight (200gsm) and heavy weight (280gsm) stocks. The light weight stocks provide an excellent economical option for Point-of-Purchase posters and proofing images, while the heavier stocks provide a higher-grade option for fine art and photography prints. With the addition of these four new media options, the Company's large format substrate portfolio is larger than ever before, and growing as new Canon-branded media is introduced each year. Canon will be debuting the new media at the Canon booth #1416 during the AIIM/On Demand Expo in Boston.

Canon Premium Glossy and Premium Satin Papers
Canon's new Premium Glossy and Premium Satin large format substrates are ideal for high quality photography, fine art and high-end graphics printing. Both new papers provide a high white-ness factor that is also less susceptible to light. A fluorescent whitening agent is often used to increase visual whiteness in media substrates, but fluorescent agents may react to ultraviolet rays, causing the print's white space to change drastically under different lighting conditions. Canon's new Premium Glossy and Premium Satin papers do not use these fluorescent agents and achieve their high-grade white appearance through the use of high white pulps. The new Canon substrates also incorporate Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF) pulps promoting environmental friendliness. ECF is a bleaching agent that eliminates persistent, bio-accumulative toxic substances from paper mill waste water.

Canon's Premium Glossy paper incorporates a two-layer surface structure. The top layer is a thicker resin-coated, increasing the smoothness of media surface and reducing light reflection. The smooth top surface layer reduces light diffusion (ie; fluorescent light), and enhances the natural gloss appearance of the paper. The second layer promotes ink absorption allowing the top layer to remain glossy and helps prevent ink from bleeding.

The new heavyweight 280gsm Premium Glossy and Premium Satin papers are available in 17x22 inch cut sheet and rolls from 17 inches up to 60 inches wide. The new lightweight 200gsm Premium Glossy and Premium Satin papers are available in rolls from 17 inches up to 60 inches wide. All of these new Canon papers are expected to be available in early April through authorized Canon dealers.

Postal Perfect Reply Cards
New to the Specialty Print Media Line-up, Canon introduces Postal Perfect Reply Cards - a new solution for customers looking to create customized mail pieces with a pre-populated reply cards. The new paper weight meets USPS standards so that the reply card can be dropped in any US mail box. The Canon Postal Perfect Reply Cards are approved to work on many Canon devices, including imagePRESS digital production presses and many Color imageRUNNER and imageRUNNER devices. The new cards are available in two weights both of which are acceptable for the U.S. Postal Service. In accordance with U.S. Postal Service standards which requires reply cards to be between 3.5x5 and 4.25x6 inches and at least 7pt., Canon offers the Postal Perfect Reply Cards in both 7pt. and 9pt. in order to accommodate different sized reply cards. Once printed this paper can be trimmed and scored to produce ideal reply card mailers.

Canon Postal Perfect Reply Cards are acid, chlorine and lignin free which promotes the archival quality of the media while lignin-free increases the paper's strength and allows it to remain whiter longer. These environmentally friendly papers contain 50 percent recycled fiber content with 30 percent post consumer fiber and are now currently available through authorized Canon dealers.




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Richard Romano

Richard Romano, Section Editor/Senior Analyst
Richard has written about communication, graphics hardware and software trends for the past 15 years.

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