It's Not Fake ... It's Synthetic
Synthetic paper has grown in popularity for its durability and environmental advantages. This waterproof, tear-resistant plastic prints like its pulp-based counterpart, yet is 100% recyclable.
To help you learn more about synthetic substrates, here are the answers to some common questions.
What is synthetic paper?
Synthetic paper is a white matte plastic that is made from a mixture of polypropylene and polyethylene. It’s either produced by die extrusion with a clay coated finish, or clay filled when being produced into a single layered substrate by calendar extrusion. Based on each process the clay coating or filler increases the dyne level which makes synthetic paper easily printable by offset, screen and UV inkjet printing processes.
Is synthetic paper available in different grades and colors?
Yes, synthetic paper comes in a variety of grades and colors for a multitude of applications. For example, it can be made with extra or less opacity for blockout window posters or transit displays, respectively. It can come in light gauge label stock or heavy gauge board thickness (from .0025 up to .035 gauge). It can be manufactured to fold, conform to different shapes or stand alone for in-store signage where the material needs to hold its shape. UV-inhibitors can be added for outdoor applications, and a top coating makes it more suitable for digital printing.
Jack Smith is the Sr. Vice President of Hop Industries Corporation. In 1993, he launched the Hop-Syn synthetic paper division of Hop Industries. Smith was instrumental in developing seven grades of Hop-Syn, from back-lit, block-out, foldable, to heavy gauge tear resistant stock for the P-O-P and packaging markets. He has extensive knowledge in printing processes including, offset, flexo, screen, laser, UV and latex inkjet, as well as fabricating processes including, cold and hot melt glue, film lamination, injection molding, top coating and pressure sensitive coating. Smith’s technical knowledge and experience were fundamental in helping to tailor the Hop-Syn synthetic paper for niche markets.