Month: February 2017

February 16, 2017


Another great article about Hop-Syn synthetic paper — the alternative to banner vinyl. Read the article, ‘Options a Plenty’ in the February 2017 issue of Digital Output.


The following is an excerpt from the article:

Hop Industries’ most popular banner vinyl alternative is Hop-Syn XT. The synthetic paper is easily die cut and can also be grommeted and printed on both sides. It’s a single-layered mineral-filled polypropylene, which is produced using a calender manufacturing process. This finishing process creates a smooth white matte surface. The XT grade is UV resistant up to one year outdoor, and resistant to scuffs, weather, and tearing.



February 14, 2017

Print campaign demonstrates the compatibility of three Hop-Syn paper grades with swissQprint UV inkjet wide format printers

February 14, 2017 — Lyndhurst, NJ — Hop Industries, supplier of the Hop-Syn synthetic paper, is pleased to announce a print campaign with swissQprint, manufacturer of large format UV printers. The print campaign is designed to demonstrate the flexibility of the various grades of Hop-Syn synthetic papers with the swissQprint wide format UV printers. The Hop-Syn grades used for this campaign are Hop-Syn BL, TO and XT. Each grade is 100% tree-free, and is ideal for a variety of applications such as backlit displays, waterproof block-out promotions, and whenever a sharp image needs to create an impact. When using the pin registration of the swissQprint equipment, customers gain a competitive advantage because of the breadth of applications that it allows. Both companies will be mailing the print samples to customers in early February upon request.


“We are excited to work with swissQprint for this print campaign,” comments Jack Smith, Senior Vice President, Hop Industries. “Its UV printers are efficient and well-designed, and can easily handle the variety of formats that our Hop-Syn paper comes in, small- or large-format, sheets or rolls, standard or custom-sized. It’s a good fit for both our customer bases to see how the best print solutions work together.”


“The variety of sizes that the Hop-Syn substrate comes in is ideal for our swissQprint equipment,” comments Carmen Eicher, Vice President of Marketing, swissQprint. “swissQprint is pleased with the print quality results of the Hop-Syn synthetic paper, and with this print campaign, we can share the value with more of the print community.”


For more information or to receive print samples of the Hop-Syn and swissQprint campaign, visit or call Hop Industries at 800-524-0757.


About swissQprint

swissQprint is an independent joint-stock company based in Kriessern, Switzerland. The company develops and manufactures the high-end digital printing systems in Switzerland. The US subsidiary swissQprint America sells the swissQprint equipment directly in the United States. swissQprint is used by professionals to apply lettering and artwork onto a wide variety of surfaces. The company’s long-standing experience and specialization make it a driver of innovation in digital printing technology. Graphics businesses and industrial companies turn to swissQprint for well-engineered, practical solutions that promote real competitive advantage. Three swissQprint models cover various productivity levels: The Oryx 2 ranks as a professional starter model, with a maximum production rate of 700 ft²/h. The Impala 2 delivers output rates of up to 1938 ft² per hour. The Nyala 2 model produces at a maximum rate of 2217 ft²/h. All models are basically flatbed printers with add-on options, such as a roll-to-roll, a board, and a robotic feature that loads and unloads the printers with media. For more information, visit or call 224-802-2770.


About Hop-Syn

Hop-Syn® is a division of Hop Industries Corp. based in Lyndhurst, NJ. Hop-Syn is a synthetic paper constructed from polypropylene (PP) resins and calcium carbonate (Cao3), which provides extra durability and weather resistance over traditional pulp-based papers. Customers use Hop-Syn to print high quality graphics via offset litho, uv offset, flexo, screen, uv ink jet or thermal transfer equipment. Each Hop-Syn grade has unique characteristics to match the application, hence the phrase, “The Application Specific Synthetic Papers.” If customers need foldability for a map, there’s a grade for that. If customers need thickness for a POP sign, there’s a grade for that. If customers need translucency for a light box, there’s a grade for that. If customers need extra opacity for a block out window sign, there’s a grade for that. For more information, visit or call 800-524-0757.


February 10, 2017

Easy Printing, Tear Resistance, and Sustainability.

Tree-free Hop-Syn synthetic paper is emerging as the alternative to many traditional substrates, especially PVC plastic. More than just its environmental advantages, the Hop-Syn synthetic paper prints better than plastic and provides greater tear resistance. Jack Smith of Hop Industries, the manufacturer of Hop-Syn synthetic paper, shares some insight about how its substrate compares to other plastics.


Why should printers and brands choose Hop-Syn versus PVC-based vinyl for their printed promotions?

Jack Smith:: Printers and brands are choosing Hop-Syn synthetic paper because it’s more durable, tear resistant, waterproof, and weather resistant as compared to other plastics such as PVC vinyl and polystyrene. Hop-Syn’s higher dyne level is for better ink adhesion. Plus, its bright white finish allows printers to produce sharper graphics with a higher color resolution, which enhances the printed image. The Hop-Syn substrate also meets brands’ sustainability requirements because it is more environmentally friendly and 100% recyclable, whereas PVC plastics are not.


What makes Hop-Syn more environmentally friendly than other plastics?

JS:: Hop-Syn synthetic paper contains no heavy metals, chlorine, phthalates or other carcinogens found in other plastics, which are damaging to the environment. The Hop-Syn substrate is made from polypropylene and calcium carbonate, and is 100% recyclable under the recycling code #5.


What makes Hop-Syn different than other synthetic papers?

JS:: Hop-Syn synthetic paper is produced by high speed calendar into a single layered substrate made from a unique mixture of polypropylene (PP) resin, CaCO3 (calcium carbonate) and TiO2 (titanium dioxide). The calendaring process allows Hop-Syn to be formulated into different grades that offer a wide range of physical properties and thicknesses from .003 up to .035 gauge, up to a maximum roll width of 72″. This patented formulation contributes to a unique combination of features such its bright white finish, high opacity, high dyne level, tear resistance, UV resistance (up to one year outdoors), and a wide temperature resistance from -60F up to 220F.


What are the advantages of calendering?

JS:: Hop-Syn’s patented calendering process gives it its distinct characteristics. Unlike die extrusion or blown film extrusion used by other synthetic paper companies, the calendering process can produce a more uniform gauge control of +/- 5%. This allows flexo, offset and UV inkjet printers to print Hop-Syn synthetic paper at faster speeds for higher production and a more consistent print image. Choosing the right grade of Hop-Syn can unlock the unique physical properties that enable more complex applications to be easily manufactured.


How is Hop-Syn used by brands?

JS:: Based on its diverse printing properties and wide range of gauge thickness, Hop-Syn is suitable for printing high quality retail posters, store signs, menus, ID cards, horticultural tags, maps and manuals, where the application requires durability and a lasting image that will hold up  in harsh environments. The substrate is a tear resistant, white opaque plastic, that is 100% waterproof. With a smooth matte finish and a +/- 5% gauge tolerance Hop-Syn synthetic papers offer the print performance of paper, with the weather resistance and durability of plastic.


How quick can printers receive an order of Hop-Syn?

JS:: We can ship within 24 hours. Our NJ warehouse stores over 1,600,000 pounds of inventory. We also offer in-house slitting and sheeting capabilities for custom sheets and master rolls.

For test samples, technical information, or a price quote, contact Hop Industries at 1-800-524-0757.


February 8, 2017

The ‘Attractive Substrate’ featuring Hop-Syn Synthetic Papers, among others, gains recognition from the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Label & Narrow Web. Read Steve Katz’s article.


The following is an excerpt from the article:

According to Jack Smith, his company’s Hop-Syn synthetic paper has advantages relating to improvements in printing process efficiencies. He explains: “Hop-Syn is manufactured by the calendering process, which can produce a more uniform gauge control of +/- 5%. This allows flexographic and offset printers to print Hop-Syn synthetic paper at faster speeds for higher production and a more consistent print image. “The calendaring process also allows Hop-Syn to be made in a wide range of thicknesses from .003 up to .035 gauge, and maximum roll widths of up to 72″.”


Hop-Syn synthetic papers are offered in a wide variety of paper grades, which are formulated from polypropylene (PP) resin with CaCO3 (calcium carbonate) and Tio2 (titanium dioxide) added to enhance its dyne level, brightness and opacity. “Although each grade of Hop-Syn may look similar in matte finish, the properties of each Hop-Syn grade are custom made to meet the opacity, brightness, tensile strength and elongation properties that the application requires,” Smith says. “This makes Hop-Syn more adaptable to different applications, which is why it is referred to as ‘The Application Synthetic Paper.’ Also, Hop-Syn is produced under ISO 9000 standards, and meet the environmental standards of CONEG and ROHS for North America.”


All Hop-Syn synthetic paper grades are 100% recyclable, waterproof, tear resistant, and temperature resistant from -60°F to 220°F.  Hop-Syn papers are ideal for multiple printing processes, including offset, lithography, UV offset, flexo, screen, UV inkjet and thermal transfer printing. “With in-house slitting and sheeting capabilities, combined with over 1,600,000 pounds of inventory, we have the ability to ship custom sheets and master roll inventory within 24 hours from the date of order,” Smith says. “For testing purposes, we offer free samples to evaluate the print quality and durability of any specific Hop-Syn grade for comparison to any other substrate.”