Synthetic Paper Sheets for Offset Litho

Our Offset Litho  compatible Synthetic Paper range of materials offer an extensive selection of polypropylene paper-like films from 60 to 300 microns thick that are waterproof, tear resistant and 100% recyclable.  The material is suitable for printing by popular printing methods such as Offset Litho and is available ina wide range of custom sheet sizes. The use of  these Synthetic Papers ensures superb printing results with brilliant colours and excellent contrast definition. Our materials have been selected for their unique ability to satisfy the demands of a wide variety of applications.
Caliper µLumber TagsLoop TagsStick in TagsOutdoor NotepadsMaps/ManualsMembership CardsMenusPosters & BannersLightboxesFacestock for Labels
SPA100, 150
SYPH ( 2 sides coated)100, 120, 150, 180,200,230,260
SPC (uncoated)250
SPCT (uncoated)200
SPCD (uncoated)300

Please select for more technical details:

SPA

The excellent Tear resistance and durability of SPA 120 and 150 makes this the ideal material for banding of currency notes, cards, documents and printed sheets. These two products offer good ultra-sonic bonding properties and can be supplied in reels to customer specified widths and is available printed or unprinted.

Product Description
SPA is a calendared synthetic paper for use in the offset printing, flexo and screen processes. The material is durable, water resistant and versatile, it can be punched, stitched, glued and creased.

Typical Applications
Recommended for use in:
o Labels,
o Manuals,
o Posters,
o Brochures,
o Displays,
o Banding Tape,
o Maps.

Key Features
SPA is an uncoated material, but printable on either side. It has a very good tear resistance in one direction only and has excellent folding characteristics. The material is 100% recyclable and meets today's environmental requirements.

Sizes Available
SPA can be purchased in roll form or as sheeted material. Maximum width of 1300mm in roll form, and up to 2700 LM in length. Sheet sizes can be tailored to customer requirements upon request. Available in thicknesses from 100µ to 150µ.

Ink Compatibility

SPA has no coating and should be printed using oxidizing inks only. All Synthetic Paper products have a closed cell structure so 30-50% less ink is needed because ink stays on the surface giving a more vibrant image, but cannot be used with laser printers. Please read our recommended printing instructions for offset printing on our website.

SYPH

SYPH

Product Description
SYPH is an extruded synthetic paper with a print receptive coating on both sides, suitable for printing by all popular methods such as offset, uv, screen and flexo. The material is durable, water resistant and versatile, it can be punched, stitched, glued and creased.

Typical Applications
Recommended for use in:
o Labels,
o Manuals,
o Posters,
o Brochures,
o Baggage tags
o Maps.

Key Features
SYPH is a cavitated and extruded material, which is coated on both sides and has excellent tear resistance in both directions. It is also a food certified product. The material is 100% recyclable and meets today's environmental requirements.

Sizes Available
Can be purchased in roll form or as sheeted material. Maximum width of 1300mm in roll form. Sheet sizes can be tailored to customer requirements. Available in thicknesses from 100µ to 290µ.

Ink Compatibility
Standard litho inks. Oxidising and UV lithographic printing and screen printing process inks. When printing litho, the use of oxidizing inks will reduce drying times. Please read our Printing and Converting instructions for offset printing on our website

SPC

Product Description
SPC is a calendared synthetic paper for use in the offset printing, flexo and screen processes. The material is durable, water resistant and versatile, it can be punched, stitched, glued and creased. It has a card like feel to it due to its increased thicknesses.

 

Typical Applications
Recommended for use in:
o Labels,
o Banners,
o Loyalty cards,
o Posters,
o Horticultural tags,
o Book Dividers,

 

Key Features
SPC is an uncoated material, but printable on either side. It has a very good tear resistance in one direction only and has excellent folding characteristics with card like stiffness. The material is 100% recyclable and meets todays environmental requirements.

 

Sizes Available
Can be purchased in roll form or as sheeted material. Maximum width of 1300mm in roll form. Sheet sizes can be tailored to customer requirements. Available in thicknesses from 250µ to 500µ.

 

Ink Compatibility
SPCT has no coating and should be printed using oxidizing inks only. All Synthetic Paper products have a closed cell structure so 30-50% less ink is needed because ink stays on the surface giving a more vibrant image, but cannot be used with laser printers. Please read our recommended printing instructions for offset printing on our website.

SPCT

SPCT is a calendared synthetic paper for use in the offset printing, flexo and screen process. The material is durable, water resistant and versatile; it can be punched, stitched, glued and creased. this is a lighter material compared to other products.

Typical Applications
Recommended for use in:
o Labels,
o Horticultural Tags,
o Banners,
o Manuals,
o Menus,
o Posters.

Key Features
SPCT is an uncoated material, but printable on either side. It has a very good tear resistance in one direction only and has excellent folding characteristics, as well as a higher whiteness level and lower gsm compared to our other calendared products. The material is 100% recyclable and meets todays environmental requirements.

Sizes Available
Can be purchased in roll form or as sheeted material. Maximum width of 1300mm in roll form. Sheet sizes can be tailored to customer requirements. Available in thicknesses from 80µ to 200µ

Ink Compatibility
SPCT has no coating and should be printed using oxidizing inks only. All Synthetic Paper products have a closed cell structure so 30-50% less ink is needed because ink stays on the surface giving a more vibrant image, but cannot be used with laser printers. Please read our recommended printing instructions for offset printing on our website.

SPCD

Product Description
SPCD is a calendared synthetic paper for use in the offset printing, flexo and screen processes. The material is durable, water resistant and versatile, it can be punched, stitched, glued and creased. It has a card like feel to it due to its increased thicknesses.

Typical Applications
Recommended for use in:
o Labels,
o Banners,
o Menus,
o Posters,
o Book Dividers,
o Leaflet Covers,
o Manual Covers

Key Features
SPCD is an uncoated material, but printable on either side. It has a very good tear resistance in one direction only, has excellent folding characteristics and card like stiffness, as well as a higher whiteness level compared to our other calendared products, with a higher opaque density too. The material is 100% recyclable and meets today's environmental requirements.

Sizes Available
Can be purchased in roll form or as sheeted material. Maximum width of 1300mm in roll form. Sheet sizes can be tailored to customer requirements. Available in thicknesses from 200µ to 350µ.

Ink Compatibility
SPCD has no coating and should be printed using oxidizing inks only. All Synthetic Paper products have a closed cell structure so 30-50% less ink is needed because ink stays on the surface giving a more vibrant image, but cannot be used with laser printers. Please read our recommended printing instructions for offset printing on our website.

Printing and Converting instructions


PRINTING RECOMMENDATIONS

Synthetic Paper is paper suitable for printing by all popular printing methods: Offset, Screen, Flexo etc.

The following information has been produced as a guide to using this material.

SPH has very good tear resistance in both directions. The sheet is coated both sides to accept conventional inks. When printing litho, oxidising inks will decrease drying time.

SPA, SPC, SPCT has very good tear resistance in one direction only. The heavier weight sheets will offer good resistance in the other direction also. The sheet has no coating and should be printed using oxidising inks only.

PRE-PRESS
 Unwrap  just prior to printing
 Relative humidity of pressroom should be at 50-60%
 Make Ready on the same material that is being printed

LITHO DAMPENING
Do not use settings as you would for paper (where the fibres absorb the fount solution from the blanket). This does not happen when printing on plastic material
 Due to the low absorbency of SYNTHETIC PAPER material damping must be kept to an absolute minimum – excess water will greatly retard ink setting increasing the drying time
Do not use normal fount solution. Proprietary fount solutions contain wetting agents / buffers / hydro-carbons should not be used.
 pH value suggested 5.5-6.0
 A mixture of water and 10-15% isopropyl alcohol should be used. This will have the highest contribution in the reduction of drying time.

INKS
SPA and SPC grades require oxidizing inks
 SPH grade has a coating that will accept conventional inks, however, this will lengthen drying times considerably; oxidizing ink is recommended. If lightweight material is used with a heavy ink film requiring close register then use fully oxidizing ink to avoid the risk of distortion
 Screen inks with solvent thinners may distort the surface and should be tested
 Light fast inks should be specified for long-term exposure to daylight
 Use minimum ink – ink rests on the surface and is not absorbed as with paper
 For best results contact your ink supplier for further advice on printing on synthetics

DRYING
 Drying agents can be added to the ink or fount to speed drying times. Those added to the ink have given the greater improvement in drying performance
 Use a non-vanishing spray powder of 20 microns plus; it is recommended a smaller quantity of a larger size (30 micron) is used
 Keep printed stacks to a height not exceeding 200 sheets – it is suggested a racking system on a pallet is used
 Air the sheets to promote circulation
 When used forced drying methods heat must be kept to a minimum to avoid distorting the sheet. IR systems should not be used with oxidizing inks

GUILLOTINING/ DIE CUTTING
 Work must be fully dry before further processing
 Blades and cutters must be sharp
 Avoid acute internal angles that may cause a weakness to the material. Rounded shapes are better
Due to the synthetic nature of the material care should be taken to avoid the build-up of static

SYNTHETIC PAPER comes in many thickness varieties and widths. It can punched, stitched, eyeletted and glued. Self-adhesive is also available on request.

All Synthetic paper products have a closed cell structure so 30-50% less ink needed
because ink stays on the surface giving a more vibrant image.

SPH :- Extruded – 5 layers – core made up of 3 layers of foamed film and a film covering either side of solid outer layers. Coated to accept any offset inks, high opacity, brighter white, flexible, lightweight
SPA:- Calendered – single layer – no coating – only oxidising inks, UV or screen inks to be used. Heavier and more rigid than SPH
SPC:- Calendered – heavier grade, single layer, uncoated. Same surface as SPA.
SPCT : Calendered – matt surface treated, uncoated. Same surface as SPA and SPC.
SPCD: Calendered – matt surface treated, uncoated. The strength of SPCD is better than SPA, SPC and SPCT.
SPG:- Coated one side only for printing. Reverse for adhesion hence 60, 75 and 95 micron thickness. Mainly for label stock.

Note:- Cobalt driers added to the fount solution can result in a matt image. Care should be taken with sheets thinner than 100 micron as these can cause problems with grippers on the machine.

The above information is produced as a guide only. Testing prior to running a job is recommended.