Synthetic paper, most commonly manufactured from petroleum derivatives, displays characteristics similar to plastic films and possesses numerous advantages over traditional paper. A report by Transparency Market Research pegs the value of the global synthetic paper market at US$212.7 million in 2013, growing to US$388 million by 2020 at a 7.0% CAGR during that period.
Synthetic paper today has become the go-to choice of printing and labeling solutions. Here are some key reasons why users across several industries are opting for synthetic paper.
Moisture and Water Resistance
Even the best laminated materials are sometimes prone to moisture and water threatens to leak through the toughest of barriers when it comes to paper. Synthetic paper steers clear from harm even when it comes in contact with water. Water-friendly uses of synthetic paper range from plant tags that promise to endure regular watering or labels on surfing or scuba diving equipment.
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Durability in terms of Tear Resistance
Items such as menu cards in restaurants, identity cards such as driving license, and runners’ bibs need to not only bear the test of time and wear and tear, but also need to continue to look presentable under extreme pressure or constant use. Synthetic paper is tear-resistant and is undeniably durable under the harshest of conditions.
Synthetic paper is perfect for brainstorming ideas or creative meetings because it is pencil erasable. Taking notes, creating a storyboard, making blueprints or maps, or simply doodling – synthetic paper offers users the ideal canvas that is not bulky and cumbersome like whiteboards.
Inexpensive yet just as Useful as Laminated Paper
Lamination is often a solution that spikes costs. The need for a smooth coated surface on printed projects is served by synthetic paper, especially since it suits the budget. Synthetic paper has all the required qualities that lamination offers: water resistance and durability, and that too while providing savings. This brings down the overall labor as well as production cost.
Reduction in Production Cost and Time
Building on the previous point, using traditional paper for different purposes such as making labels, printing cards, making brochures or menus, printed projects and posters, and signage, excludes the added cost, time, and effort of getting it laminated or coating it with a more durable and water- and tear-resistant material. Synthetic paper offers a wide range of benefits of vinyl or laminated materials while saving precious resources.
Apart from being water-resistant, synthetic paper can also endure all types of weather, be it harsh sunlight and heat, rains and thunderstorms, or strong winds and snow. The surface of synthetic paper can simply be wiped clean, without any color fading or tears. Traditionally printed materials, on the other hand, fail to stand similar tests of time or weather.
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Compatibility with Digital Presses
Printing product tags, parking passes, or medical charts becomes a breeze because synthetic paper can be run through commercial digital presses, providing a long-lasting color-durable print solution.
The top vendors dealing in synthetic paper include Tagleef Industries, Yupo Corporation, Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, Hop Industries, DuPont, Arjobex, American Profol, and PPG Industries.