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Monadnock Using Michelman Coating in New Development

BENNINGTON, NH | Monadnock Paper Mills (MPM), a manufacturer of specialty papers for the technical, packaging, and printing markets, reports a new strategic development utilizing Michelman materials. Michelman is a global developer of water-based and functional print-receptive coatings. Monadnock has commercialized its next-generation of mill-applied coating solutions to satisfy what is says is the increasingly demanding performance standards for HP Indigo qualified print media.

Monadnock Astrolite Digital+ Cover for HP Indigo 17-pt vellum stock is described as a high-performance paper suitable for premium greeting cards and luxury packaging applications that require beautiful printing, a luxurious tactile surface, and superior fold characteristics. Made with the environment in mind, Astrolite Digital+reportedly offers the following benefits:

  • Forest Stewardship Council certified and carries the FSC Mix label ensuring responsible use of forest resources
  • Manufactured Carbon Neutral (VERs), using renewable electricity (RECs)
  • Manufactured under a certified ISO 14001 environmental management system
  • Fully recyclable in the mix-paper waste bin

Paul Ciccone, Monadnock’s VP of research and development, says, “Our challenge was to develop a high-caliper vellum textured substrate that is compatible with HP Indigo Electroink print technology. Combining Monadnock’s long history of technical/specialty and fine papermaking with Michelman’s new primer coating DigiPrime 1600 has yielded third-party certified, best-performing three-star results for runnability, photo-quality ink adhesion and blanket compatibility (>12k impressions) on HP Indigo digital presses.”

“We are happy to see that Monadnock has had success with our latest DigiPrime solution to create a new grade of high performance HP Indigo printable substrates,” says Jan Denies, Michelman Digital Industry marketing manager. “Michelman’s strategy has always been to expand the range of substrates and improve their performance for digital printing through innovative coatings chemistries.”


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