APPLICATION QUESTIONS

Q1: What are the primary applications for PaperTyger products?
Major end uses are durable envelopes, insurance ID cards, maps, brochures, menus, certificates, licenses, book covers, law labels, and many more.


GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q1: What is PaperTyger?
PaperTyger is a complete line of tear and water resistant paper laminates. Products offered include premium high bright printing paper and papers for the envelope, tag and label book publishing. While offering comparable durability to synthetic papers, PaperTyger prints and converts like ordinary paper.

Q2: Is PaperTyger synthetic paper?
No it isn’t, synthetic papers are all totally plastic.  PaperTyger is manufactured with real coated and uncoated papers in a unique patented paper / film laminating process.

Q3: Is PaperTyger as durable as synthetic paper?
Yes, because PaperTyger products are made with an inner layer of plastic film.

Q4: Is PaperTyger easy to print?
One of the most significant advantages of PaperTyger products is the ease of printing. There are no special inks or set ups required and no prolonged drying times. Consistent and smooth printing surfaces result in exceptional graphics.

Q5: Is PaperTyger available in rolls and sheets?
Our products are made in master rolls of various widths and can be slit or sheeted to the desired width / size.

Q6: What basis weights and finishes are available?
Our products are available in basis weights ranging from 17# to 10.5PT (65gsm to 290gsm), and from translucent to high brightness white uncoated and coated papers.

Q7: Can PaperTyger be laser or digitally printed?
Yes, in many cases.  Appleton has done internal print testing and can provide that information with regards to specific papers and printers.

Q8: Does PaperTyger stay flat?
PaperTyger is laminated using a patented solventless or 100% solids technology. This laminating method requires no ovens to cure or burn off solvents and does not use water based adhesives, as a result our laminated papers are more stable.

Q9: Is PaperTyger compostable?
Oxo-biodegradable plastic does not degrade quickly in low temperature composting, but it is ideal for “in-vessel” composting at high temperatures. Compostability of plastics is really an irrelevance because compostable plastics are far too expensive for everyday use, and there are very few industrial composting facilities available. Moreover, as it is difficult and expensive to separate compostable plastics from other plastics, many industrial composters do not want plastic of any kind in their feedstock. Furthermore, it is know that compostable plastics produce methane gases.

Q11. What are the competing brands?
“Synthetic Papers” are referred to as that because they are plastic and essentially have taken the place of paper in various applications because paper isn’t durable enough. They include the following product names: Yupo, Polyart, Teslin, Kimdura, Valeron, Hop-Syn & Tyvek.

Q12: When would you use paper/film/paper versus a synthetic?
There are distinct advantages to printing paper especially for printers/converters that use predominantly paper as their main raw material. Synthetics typically require special inks, settings, plates and have prolonged drying times. Paper/film/paper is also a preferred choice for applications requiring durability where the product is not exposed to the elements for prolonged periods of time because of its printing and converting advantages and comparable durability.