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Ricoh Europe enhances Pro-Graphic media offering for improved print quality and productivity

Ricoh Europe is helping production printing clients further elevate their print quality with its newly upgraded Ricoh Pro-Graphic paper range designed specifically for use with Ricoh Pro™ digital printing presses and toners. The Ricoh Pro-Graphic media is available in grades ranging from 90gsm to 300gsm; in sizes A4, A3 and SRA3; and in wood free coated, gloss, silk and uncoated forms. It is also ideal for everyday printing.

Tailor-made silk, gloss and uncoated Pro-Graphic grades are enhanced using a new ingredient mix that assures offset-level high whiteness, optimal and consistent print quality.

They also deliver sharper contrast, vibrant images, and problem-free two sided printing with excellent runnability and image permanence, job after job. In addition, the Ricoh papers absorb less humidity from the environment, which enhances the print quality and feed performance on Ricoh Pro digital printing presses.

Strict performance criteria have been applied to the manufacture of these grades to ensure ideal print quality for everything from direct mail, brochures, catalogues, prestige magazines, books-on-demand and manuals to marketing and corporate communication material including letterheads, business cards and transpromotional documents. The performance criteria include blocking, feed performance, fusibility, optimum stacking, exceptional image quality and minimisation of paper curl. There is also a consistency across the range as a result of one paper making machine being used for coated and one for the uncoated grades.

Tried, tested and trusted to deliver

"Ricoh's Pro-Graphic media is rigorously tested in our printers to ensure optimum performance and outstanding productivity," says Graham Moore, Director of Business Development, Ricoh Europe. "As a result, we firmly believe the coated and uncoated papers in the Ricoh Pro-Graphic line-up offer the best quality on our systems in the European market today. Professional production printing operations that use these substrates will benefit from maximum uptime, enhanced productivity and improved output quality."

Environmental Sustainability

Pro-Graphic media is produced from sustainable sources to comply with Ricoh's stringent environmental criteria. Now FSC as well as PEFC accredited, it is manufactured by mills that use materials sourced from sustainably managed forests, have a low carbon footprint and hold ISO 14001 (1996) and EU Eco-Label (2009). In addition, the Pro-Graphic line carries the European Union Eco-Label. This designation helps identify products and services that have a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle, from the extraction of raw material through to production, use and disposal. Recognised throughout Europe, EU Eco-Label is a voluntary label promoting environmental excellence which can be trusted.

In the future, the vivid new packaging designs will carry the Clickable PaperTM logo on all size reams. Clients will be able to scan the Pro-Graphic logo with their tablet or smartphone, and be given a range of options including ordering new stock online and watching video material with innovative application recommendations.

"High quality, assured consistency and reliability will together support commercial and corporate production printing clients in meeting their efficiency goals. Pro-Graphic media will also support their evolving sustainability needs – which can be enhanced still further as part of our carbon balanced printing service and our wider expertise as a trusted partner in print and beyond" adds Moore.

www.ricoh-europe.com

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