Senefelder Misset, X-Media Solutions, tijdschriften, drukkerij, vellen offset, rotatie offset
Many of our customers lose track when they are confronted with the many different types of paper. Their confusion is further increased by printers, paper wholesalers and paper manufacturers scattering brand names around. That is why we present you with an overview of the type names we distinguish in the paper market. The list is headed off by the lower quality and therefore most economic types.

This is, in fact, the newsprint as it is used for daily newspapers such as the NRC, De Telegraaf and De Gelderlander. The most popular grammage is 48.8 grammes. The heaviest newsprint paper is 52 grammes. This paper is unpressed and less suitable for heatset offset. The printing result in full-colour is often disappointing. It has a very low whiteness and is more suitable for cold-set.

Improved Newsprint
As the name implies, this is an improved newsprint paper. In heatset rotation, reasonable printing results can be obtained with certain types. However, they still remain unpressed types where the printing ink will ‘sink into’, as it were. In short, it is hardly possible to achieve an attractive, glossy, even printing result with this paper type. There are a number of types that have more bulk. Also, the whiteness varies strongly: between ISO 60 and 75. The grammage varies between 45 and 60.

SC/Super Calandered
This paper was originally used for engraving and is still used in case of extensive print runs. Nearly all television magazines in the Netherlands are printed on this type of paper. By calandering the basic paper, whereby the paper is ‘ironed’ by means of hot rollers, an attractive, smooth and glossy surface is obtained. A disadvantage is the volume: the paper may feel somewhat ‘limp’. However, for mass media this is still the most economical choice. The quality of SC paper varies greatly. There are mediocre qualities available, but also very good ones. The grammage varies from 45 to around 60 grammes. The whitenesses may vary tremendously per factory: the maximum whiteness is ISO 80.

MFC/Machine Finished Coating
In the paper machine, a coating is applied to the basic paper. This coating serves to improve the surface structure of the paper. The coating consists of calcium carbonate and/or kaolin. The result is a paper type that is highly printable. A pleasant circumstance is the bulk of this paper. The standard bulk is 1.2, but it is also available with a bulk of 1.35 or 1.55.
The paper is available in various grammages from 48 to 70 grammes and is widely used for various well-known magazines such as Voetbal International, Elsevier, and many professional magazines. The advantage of the large bulk of the paper is that a nice and thick magazine can be produced, even if low grammages are used.

Woody MC/LWC
This paper is by far the most widely used type at Senefelder Misset. The main difference with MFC is that the coating is applied off-line. As a result, in combination with the calandering action, the surface is much smoother and nice and glossy. This guarantees a very good printing result. This type of paper is available in various whitenesses. We will always advise our customers to choose for Woody MC extra white. This type offers the best price/performance ratio and is available in satin, silk and mat. The most popular grammages start at 51 grammes and run up to 90 grammes (apart from exceptions). For many magazines, this is an excellent paper type with a good price/performance ratio, a high whiteness (ISO 85-87) and a good opacity. Popular brand names include: Royal Press 400, Terrapress or Norcote Super.

Practically wood-free MC
Those who demand a higher whiteness and opacity, a practically wood-free type is the ideal choice. Customers opting for this type are going for absolute top quality. Senefelder Misset prefers to use Novapress by StoraEnso. A beautiful paper type with a very high whiteness of ISO 96-100 (depending on the grammage) and an excellent printing result. The paper is available in the satin and silk versions. In case of lower grammages, we recommend this type rather than the wood-free type. Especially in case of a grammage of 90, the opacity is much better than with the wood-free type. Examples of magazines that make use of this paper type are Happinez and Misset Horeca.

Wood-free MC
The term wood-free is somewhat confusing. All above-mentioned paper types are manufactured on the basis of wood chips or sawdust. Around 25 - 30 percent of the mass of dried wood consists of lignin. For the production of the wood-free types, all lignin is removed and the paper is manufactured purely on the basis of cellulose (bleached Kraft). In rotation offset, the minimum grammage is 90 grammes with a maximum of 350 grammes (sheets). The wood-free types are characterised by a very high whiteness, a fantastic surface structure and an intermediate opacity in case of the lower grammages (90 - 100 grammes). Wood-free MC is available in the varieties satin, silk and mat.

Wood-free offset
This type is becoming more popular thanks to its particularly out-of-the-ordinary character. Because of the very high whiteness and coarse surface structure, this paper has a modern, classy look. Many customers also choose for this type because of the high ’bulkiness’. Because of the high opacity and great ink absorption, we recommend a minimum grammage of 90 gr/m2. This type is available in different qualities. We recommend the types Printspeed and Crown offset.

Auteur: Robert Busch