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Monadnock Paper Mills, Michelman Announce Strategic Innovation

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Monadnock Paper Mills Inc. (MPM), Bennington, N.H., USA, a family-owned manufacturer that produces specialty papers for the technical, packaging and printing markets, this week announced a new strategic development utilizing Michelman materials. Michelman, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 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 the increasingly demanding performance standards for HP Indigo qualified print media.

"Our challenge was to develop a high-caliper vellum textured substrate that is compatible with HP Indigo Electroink print technology. Combining Monadnock’s 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 runability, photo-quality ink adhesion, and blanket compatibility (>12k impressions) on HP Indigo digital presses," said Paul Ciccone, Monadnock’s VP of research and development.

Monadnock Astrolite® Digital+ Cover for HP Indigo 17 point vellum stock is a high-performance paper suitable for premium greeting cards and luxury packaging applications that call for beautiful printing, a luxurious tactile surface, and superior fold characteristics. Made with the environment in mind, Astrolite Digital+ is:

  • FSC 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.
"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. Michelman’s strategy has always been to expand the range of substrates and improve their performance for digital printing through innovative coatings chemistries," said Jan Denies, Michelman Digital Industry marketing manager.

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