Printer Papers

Goals

To identify the differences between inkjet printer paper and laser printer paper to inform the client’s knowledge of printer paper category market dynamics.

Early Findings

DIFFERENCES & SIMILIARITIES BETWEEN PRINTER PAPERS

  • The ink used in inkjet printers soaks into the paper, so the paper needs to be able to allow for this without significant bleeding of the ink. Conversely, the paper used in laser printers and copiers use toners that leave the ink on the surface of the paper.
  • Uncoated paper is typically used in both types of printers, although coated papers can also be used. When coated papers are used, the papers used in each type of printer (inkjet vs laser) have coatings with different properties. Paper coated for inkjets allows for the heavier ink coverage, while coated papers for laser printers use lighter, engineering copier toner coatings. As an example, using glossy paper created for a laser printer in an inkjet printer would create a printing that smears easily since the ink would not stick to the paper.
  • There are a wide variety of inkjet printers and a huge selection of different types of paper, and therefore, a wide variety of coatings used on the papers for varying printers. Four kinds of inkjet paper coatings include: aqueous, eco-solvent, latex, and UV-cure. Interestingly, paper manufacturers sometimes create their own “unique coating formulations for the specific printing requirements of different types of customers.
  • Many papers created for inkjet printers have a higher brightness since ink is see-through; this ensures that the “paper doesn’t interfere with the vividness of the printed image.”
  • Paper and special media used in laser printers has a higher heat-resistance level than paper created for other types of printers. An example would be a sheet of labels for laser printers which has a “wax backing paper covered to prevent the wax from melting.”
  • Some papers can be used in both types of printers and have special features. These often have a ColorLok seal with “chemical properties that separate the liquid from the colorant in ink, leaving the colorant on the paper’s surface and sucking the liquid away.” This helps enhance print quality in inkjet printers, while the lower dust and friction in these papers “extend the life of laser printers.”

HISTORY OF PRINTER PAPERS

  • The history of printer papers can be traced back to the history of the creation of paper and the creation of the printing press. Paper was first created in CA 3000 in Egypt from papyrus plants; ink came from lamp-black created in China. The first paper mill was established in 794 in Baghdad (present-day Iraq) during the Abbasid dynasty.
  • Papermaking was established in America in Philadelphia in 1690. That year, the first newspaper was published in Boston in the American colonies – Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestic.
  • In 1757, woven paper was created, while in 1805, carbon paper was developed. In 1851, paper made from wood pulp was developed.
  • In 1922, Germany established the first DIN standard for paper sizes, while in 1951, inkjet printer was developed. In 1957, dye-sublimation printing was developed, and in 1967, Xerox invented laser printers.
  • In 1975, the ISO standard (ISO 216) for paper sizes was introduced. In 1987, soy-based inks were first developed, and in 1993, the first indigo digital color printer was developed.

PAPER-RELATED TRENDS

  • According to one industry expert source, there are several trends related to paper, all related to seeking “the optimum balance between digital and analog in our working lives.” One continuing trend is seeing more and more “innovations in recycled, compostable, and natural material packaging.” Another trend is that the market will see a bigger push for coated paper sales as niche publishers continue to grow.

PROPRIETARY DATABASE

  • In addition to this public search, we scanned our proprietary research database of over 1 million sources and were unable to find any specific research reports that address your goals.

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