Sappi Europe extends its speciality base paper portfolio for direct thermal printing applications

Thursday, Sep 10, 2015

Sappi Europe announces the European launch of Algro Thermo™, its new premium quality base paper for the direct thermal printing market.  In weights from 100 – 193g/m², Algro Thermo offers a superior optical appearance for tickets, labels and other thermal printing applications. Algro Thermo is aimed at converters who add a thermal coating layer to its surface. With the option to pre-print text and images on both sides of the substrate with high levels of consistency, Sappi’s Algro Thermo bright white paper raises the bar on quality for applications such as tickets, vouchers and labels, enhancing parameters for this type of printing to support converters and printers alike.

“Sappi continues to develop the highest quality papers and to reach out to different markets,” says Kerstin Dietze, Marketing Manager for Sappi Speciality Papers. “The Algro Thermo base paper for specialist thermal coating is an additional product we have developed for the niche market of on-demand tickets. It is well suited for a wide range of applications, including point of sale systems and vouchers as well as labels for shipping and product identification. This outstanding paper enables sharper text, a smoother surface and dimensional stability for the ticket and labels sectors.”

Technical advantages for the converter and the printer

Algro Thermo is a unique base paper designed to be coated with a water-based thermal coating for direct thermal printing and excellent print results. A specially designed oil absorbing pre-coat layer enables the paper to show text and images with a sharpness not achieved with most other thermal substrates. It provides a no-bleed effect from the dye and no residue on the thermal print heads. By applying a reverse side special coating for the option of offset and other printing technologies, Algro Thermo can be pre-printed on both sides. Features which distinguish Algro Thermo from other papers are its superior optical appearance with its distinctive whiteness and smoothness.  This paper has excellent die-cutting properties and significant dimensional stability.

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