Month: December 2016

December 22, 2016

For retailers and the printing community, the holiday season starts early. When most people are celebrating Independence Day, big brands and their print buyers are putting together their holiday POP displays and signage. Printer partners start scheduling the jobs, and the Hop-Syn synthetic paper gets prepped for printing. It’s within this realm that the industry’s wish lists are met: quality, low-cost, turnaround, and sustainability. The Hop-Syn synthetic papers fulfills these wishes, and then some.


Hop-Syn Satisfies The Industry’s Universal Wish List, And Then Some

      • High quality
      • Cost effective
      • 100% recyclable
      • Custom-sizing
      • In-house converting services
      • Quick service
      • Diversified product grades
      • Print partner facilitation
      • Knowledgeable team

“We have seen tremendous growth in the usage of Hop-Syn synthetic papers in the last few years,” comments Ted Lin, Vice President, Hop Industries. “The substrate is like no other, from how it’s manufactured to the service our customers receive from our top-notch sales team. We’ve become established as the go-to substrate for big brands, and it’s a recognition that we uphold each day, and with each customer we serve.”


Standards of Excellence

Hop-Syn satisfies the industry’s wish list for a number of reasons. Its synthetic papers are 100% recyclable and produced under ISO 9000 standards. Hop is the only synthetic paper company in the market to use a calendering process in its manufacturing. This process delivers higher quality materials with the tightest tolerance for gauge control and uniformity.

The Hop-Syn substrate also comes in largest variety of grades, including BL for backlighting, TO for high opacity, and XT for durability. Hop-Syn is also available in the G1, G2, and DL grades for easy folding, massive thickness, the brightest white surface, respectively. The Hop-Syn papers can be printed on multiple printing processes including offset litho, UV offset, flexo, screen, UV inkjet or thermal transfer.


One of the top reasons that the Hop-Syn synthetic papers fulfill the industry’s wish lists, however, are its people. Knowledgeable, helpful, and readily available, the Hop-Syn team is a stand out amongst the rest. The staff welcomes calls from anyone with questions about their next printing project.


For more information, visit or call 800-524-0757.


December 19, 2016

Got questions about which paper grade to use for your next print project? Want to know which printing process will save more money? Get answers to these questions and more by speaking directly with the Hop-Syn team. They are available to you for all your print projects.


Designers, print buyers and print partners can be rest assured that when they choose Hop-Syn synthetic paper for their print projects, they are getting more than just the most advanced,100% recyclable synthetic paper available. They are also getting the expertise related to printing promotions.


“We do more than just sell a substrate, we help to find solutions.” – William Latham

“We do more than just sell a substrate, we help to find solutions,” comments William Latham, Senior Account Representative for Hop Industries. At the recent Pack Expo, Latham helped to connect an attendee with a printer for their blister packaging needs. “It’s rewarding when we are able to help new customers find a printer that meets their specific print needs.”


Solutions based on Applications

Because there are several options for printing on Hop-Syn synthetic papers, the Hop team is readily available for advice and recommendations. For example, for packaging and anti-theft and applications, the Hop team recommends the G2 and XT synthetic paper grades. The team can help customers select the ideal thickness and facilitate in-house customized converting to ensure the papers meet the project’s specific requirements.


For rugged applications, the XT grade is the banner vinyl alternative. But not in all cases, such as extreme weather conditions. And this is when a quick call to the Hop-Syn representative is invaluable to determine when and where the XT grade should be used. Rule of thumb is that unless hurricane-weather resistance is required, Hop-Syn XT is a more sound alternative to banner vinyl because it’s free of plasticizers and phthalates, and can be printed with a sharper dot gain and with higher color resolution than the heavily embossed vinyl.


The Hop-Syn team can provide expert advice for a range of print projects, from point of purchase displays, signs and banners, to backlit promotions, fine art, transit displays, and more. Whether using flexography, litho, screen, UV inkjet or thermal transfer printing processes, contact a Hop-Syn associate for advice on any print project. The team is based out of Lyndhurst, NJ office. For more information, call 1-800-524-0757 or visit


December 12, 2016

bus-shelter-carnivalSometimes great vacations get their start from just an idea, and in most major cities, the seeds are planted in the least obvious places: transit stops and bus shelters. Ad agencies know that it’s here that the hints of sunny destinations can capture the attention of future tourists as they start and end their workdays. Agencies also know that the eye-catching ads have to work double duty. Day and night — illuminated or not — under all weather conditions, they must appeal to the masses. For demanding applications like this, designers turn to Hop-Syn synthetic paper BL grade for their backlit signage.


Hop-Syn BL is #1 Choice for Backlit Displays

Ad agencies, print buyers and printers all agree that Hop-Syn BL is the choice for backlit point of purchase signs and displays. In comparison to the alternate options, which are detrimental to the environment, the 100% recyclable Hop-Syn BL grade is a must for brands with sustainability mandates.


More than an eco-friendly alternative, Hop-Syn BL synthetic paper grade meets the highest standards in the backlit sign industry. The white, translucent polypropylene sheet is weather resistant and UV-durable. In comparison to alternate backlit substrate options, the Hop-Syn BL grade boasts a higher dyne level, heat resistance, and both uniform pigment dispersion and gauge tolerance. It’s micro-porous surface allows the printed image to be more scuff resistant.


When to use Hop-Syn BL

bus-shelter-sunglassesAdvertising or promotions that are illuminated should be printed on the Hop-Syn BL substrate. In the daylight, the Hop-Syn BL grade displays high quality images, and when backlit, it illuminates a brilliant color display. Other uses for Hop-Syn BL include menu boards, retail store or fine art displays,


Commercial printers appreciate the easy printability of the synthetic paper substrate, and its flexibility for all printing process including offset, flexo, screen, thermal transfer, UV or LED inkjet. It’s anti-static surface facilitates material handling and processing.


Free samples of the Hop-Syn BL synthetic paper are available upon request. For more information, call 1-800-524-0757 or visit


December 8, 2016

roll-on-calenderNot all synthetic papers are created equal. In fact, one of the differentiating factors of Hop-Syn synthetic paper is its manufacturing process. It’s the only synthetic paper company in the market to use a calendering process to manufacture its product line. Calendering delivers the tightest tolerance for gauge control and uniformity, resulting in higher quality materials.

Uniformity Equals Faster Print Speeds

Unlike die extrusion or blown film extrusion used by other synthetic paper manufacturers, the Hop-Syn calendering process can produce a more uniform gauge control of +/- 5%. This allows flexo and offset printers to print Hop-Syn synthetic paper at faster speeds for higher production and a more consistent print image. The Hop-Syn paper line can be made in a variety of thicknesses from .003 up to .035 gauge, and maximum roll width of up to 72″.

How it Works

Throughout multiple stages of the manufacturing process, steel rollers are used to shape the raw material of the Hop-Syn paper into the narrow- and wide-format rolls. Calender rollers subject the Hop-Syn synthetic paper material, in its semi-molten state, to thousands of pounds of pressure and heat per square inch. It’s at this stage that the paper gauge is measured.


A second set of rollers emboss a smooth matte finish when it passes through matte-engraved stainless steel rollers, pressed against matte rubber pressure rollers. arrow-in-calenderHop-Syn’s calendering process ensures an optimum profile so that the caliper of the synthetic paper remains uniform.


Hop-Syn synthetic papers are made into a variety of paper grades, which is formulated with CaCO3 (calcium carbonate) and Tio2 (Titanium dioxide) added to the base of polypropylene resin. Although the facestock may look similar in finish, the properties of each Hop-Syn grade vary in opacity, brightness, tensile strength and elongation. This makes the synthetic papers adaptable to different applications, which is why the papers are referred to as “The Application Synthetic Paper.”

The Hop-Syn synthetic papers are produced under ISO 9000 standards, and meet U.S. government printing office JCP-090 specifications. The synthetic papers are 100% recyclable, waterproof, tear resistant, and temperature resistant from -60°F to 220°F. The Hop-Syn papers are ideal for multiple printing processes including offset litho, UV offset, flexo, screen, UV inkjet or thermal transfer.

For more information, visit or call 800-524-0757.