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The different types of paper

The different types of paper

A perfect printed product starts with choosing the right paper

| 05/01/2022 |

It is sometimes difficult to distinguish the types of paper and their weights, so when it comes to choosing one for your printed product, it is not always obvious! To help you, we have prepared a video to see things more clearly!

Weights, surfaces and certifications vary. Thus, it is more than 6,000 references that coexist in our printing plants at Corlet Imprimeur 360°. As our purchasing team says: “it is impossible to precisely quantify the number of existing references worldwide, there are far too many”.

So there are five different types of paper:

The uncoated papers

Their surface is not treated. It is therefore porous and has a textured structure. The absorption of the ink by the paper is fast. This gives a duller color rendering. This type of paper is ideal for the manufacture of books, documents or letterheads.

The coated papers:

Their surface is treated, making it smooth and with a matt or glossy finish. This allows for excellent color rendition. They are recommended for printing high quality images, magazines or brochures.

The recycled papers:

As the name indicates, these papers are 60 to 100% recycled and bleached without polluting chemicals. They are sometimes partially composed of virgin cellulose fibers. Indeed, even if 69% of the paper and cardboard consumed in Europe are recycled, the resources of waste paper are not sufficient to meet the needs. A paper fiber can be used 5 to 7 times before ending up as biofuel. This is why it is imperative to provide virgin fibers, on the one hand to be able to meet the demand. On the other hand to be able to guarantee the technical characteristics necessary for certain papers.¹

We appreciate this type of paper for its natural and authentic look. It is ideal for packaging and covers.

The ecological papers

Made from wood from certified forests. They are PEFC certified. These papers can be bleached or kept natural. They offer a 100% natural look to the printed product. This type of paper is ideal for printing catalogs, diplomas and posters.

The special papers

These are papers that have undergone specific treatments. For example, they can be embossed, laid or hammered. They give original visual and tactile effects and have an excellent resistance to shocks and deformations.

As you can see, the choice is vast. Our teams and our consultants, specialized in printing, will be delighted to assist you and remain at your disposal to help you. Do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here or by contacting your usual contact.

¹ source : Cepi – Annual Statistic 2010