Eastern Paper Expands Offerings for HP Indigo Presses

Press release from the issuing company

NEW YORK--April 3, 2003-- Continuing its drive to become the "printer's choice" supplier of untreated papers for HP Indigo presses, Eastern Paper today said it has introduced two cover weight grades for its inspire(TM) uncoated paper line. Eastern Paper also said that one of the nation's best-known greeting card companies is among the first buyers of its new 80-pound cover weight stock. The papers will be used for short-run, digitally-printed greeting cards. The addition of the new inspire(TM) 80-pound cover weight makes inspire a full text and cover gradeline. A separate 12-point cover will be in stock within the month. Inspire is used by commercial and in-house printers and is available through North American paper merchants. U.S. patent-pending inspire(TM) is significant because it is the first and only uncoated paper that does not require special treatments to run effectively on HP Indigo presses. Inspire is fully archival and is priced similar to standard color copy paper. Printers including LaVigne, Inc., Worcester, Mass., Advantage Press, Saratoga Springs, NY., and Citation Graphics, Moorestown, New Jersey, have extensively tested inspire. They report ease of printability and trouble-free on-press handling/performance. They also cite other advantages including exceptional body and stiffness to enhance duplex printing, minimum one-year shelf-life, excellent ink adhesion and prevention of blanket memory. The printers report that all of this--coupled with lower total paper costs--results in higher overall job profitability and productivity. HP Indigo has also extensively tested the papers and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) has certified all inspire text weights and the 80-pound cover weight. Final certification of the 12-point cover is expected in weeks. Inspire is one of several gradelines in the Eastern Digital lineup. Other color and monochrome laser papers include eColor(TM), eCover(TM), eWriting(TM), Certificate(TM) Laser and Docupaque(TM). All feature 30% recycled content. Most digital papers today do not contain recycled content.