Better formation and additional end use for the Munken
14 March 2013 –
Achieving the best possible printing result requires the best possible paper. This fact is always at the
core of Arctic Paper's development of popular paper qualities within the Munken Design Range.
In the constant pursuit of the perfect Munken quality, a new wire shaker unit was installed during the
winter at Arctic Paper Munkedals. This investment has made it possible to produce paper with an
improved formation which in turn provides even better end-results when printing
'Formation' is the term used by paper manufacturers to describe how the paper appears when
looking at it through light source. The more uniform the distribution of fibres, the better the paper. In
order to achieve this, Arctic Paper Munkedals has supplemented the machinery with a 'wire shake
unit', a new component of the paper machinery which moves the pulp in all directions while forming
it into a sheet of paper. Conventional paper machinery has only uni-directional movement, while a
wire shake unit shakes the pulp sideways as well; in roughly the same way as traditional handmade
sheets are made.
This extra movement creates a paper sheet which is more homogenous as the fibres are distributed
evenly. The end result is paper which has a higher visual printing opacity, the surface of the paper is
more even with an overall general improvement on printability.
The new wire shaker improves all six qualities in the Munken Design Range, but the most
improvement can be seen in the higher grammages. It is primarily in higher grammges where it is
difficult to obtain even formation using traditional methods. For printers, the most noticeable
advantage is that it is easier to print large full tone areas with an even result. Also, as fewer dots are
missed, images appear cleaner and the paper generally has a higher printing opacity.
Improved pre-printing quality
On 1 May, we also launched another small change to three paper qualities within the Munken Design >
Range. These are Munken Polar, Munken Lynx, and Munken Pure in the 80 and 90 g/m2 which now
have a slightly higher bulk and a slightly lower moisture content which makes the paper better suited
for pre-printing and laser printing.
The reason behind the change is that these grammages have become increasingly popular for digital
printing and pre-printing applications. For this reason, Arctic Paper has developed them further with
these purposes in mind. This change also means that the paper is even better suited to the use of a
combination of different printing techniques, such as combinations of offset printing, laser printing,
pre-printing, and digital printing.
"This represents two further steps in our efforts to optimise the Munken Design Range", explains
Martin Folkelind, Marketing Manager of Arctic Paper. "Arctic Paper Munkedals' new wire shake unit
improves quality throughout the entire Munken range, while pre-printing customers will see that their
needs are being met even better than before. We are confident that our customers will appreciate
this difference and use Munken in even more areas."
For more information, please contact:
Annika Andreasson, Market Communication Project Manager, Arctic Paper, tel. +46 (0)31-63 17 31
About Arctic Paper: Arctic Paper S.A. is one of the leading European manufacturers of bulky book paper and graphic fine paper. The
Group produces high quality coated, uncoated wood-free and uncoated wood-containing papers. The Group's
product portfolio consists of the brands Amber, Arctic, G-Print, Munken, Pamo and L-Print. Production takes
place at Arctic Paper Kostrzyn in Poland, Arctic Paper Munkedals and Arctic Paper Grycksbo in Sweden, and
Arctic Paper Mochenwangen in Germany.
The total annual production capacity of the Group's four paper mills is 815,000 metric tonnes. The Group
currently employs 1,600 people across Europe and has sales offices in 15 European countries.
The Arctic Paper Group has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since October 2009 and since December
2012 on NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm.
About Munken: Teasing the senses – pleasing nature
The Munken papers are high-quality uncoated fine papers. It is environmentally friendly and the ideal choice for
companies wishing to convey a genuine natural impression in their printed material. All Munken standard
products are available as Forest Stewardship Council (FCSTM)* and Promoting Sustainable Forest Management
Munken Polar Rough, Munken Polar, Munken Lynx Rough, Munken Lynx, Munken Pure Rough and Munken Pure
are our 6 woodfree design grades.
The Munken book paper range includes Munken Premium White and Munken Premium Cream, which are
exclusive woodfree papers for books that last for generations.
Munken Print White and Munken Print Cream are two excellent book papers produced using an optimised blend
of woodfree and woodcontaining pulp.
*) FSCTM – The mark of responsible foerstry. www.fsc.org. FSC-C022692