Month: March 2017

March 29, 2017

100% Recyclable Hop-Syn Synthetic Paper is Printed with EFI’s Environmentally-Friendly LED Inkjet Digital Printer


March 29, 2017 — Lyndhurst, NJ — Hop Industries, manufacturer of the Hop-Syn synthetic paper, is pleased to announce a print campaign featuring the environmentally-friendly duo, Hop-Syn synthetic paper and the EFI® Quantum digital printer. The print campaign features three of Hop-Syn’s synthetic paper grades (XT, BL, and TO), which are designed for durable print promotions such as P-O-P displays, banners, blockout and backlit signs. The 100% recyclable synthetic paper was printed on the EFI Quantum, the company’s environmentally-friendly LED inkjet printer. Sample prints are available for printers, print buyers, and brands to see the quality of the output first hand. Visit Hop-Syn online to request a free print sample.


“Our goal is to help customers produce quality output that will give them a stronger competitive edge, while helping to meet sustainability requirements,” comments Ken Hanulc, VP of marketing, EFI Inkjet. “Hop Industries’ campaign, which shows Hop-Syn synthetic papers printed with EFI Quantum digital printers, shows how print businesses and print buyers can take a high-quality approach to achieve their goals.”


“This print campaign demonstrates to customers that high-quality, durable retail signage can be produced with minimal impact to the environment,” comments Jack Smith, Senior Vice President, Hop Industries.


Hop-Syn Synthetic Paper Grades and the EFI Quantum
For the environmentally-friendly campaign, EFI printed on the Hop-Syn XT, TO and BL paper grades. Hop-Syn XT is the most tear-resistant synthetic paper, and is used for banners, hang signs, P-O-P displays, and more. Hop-Syn TO synthetic paper is used for large format banners and window posters, and stops direct light from shining through. Hop-Syn BL is a translucent synthetic paper designed for printing backlit signs and displays. The EFI Quantum is available in 3.5- and 5.2-meter models, features 7pL drops, LED UV-curing, and an impressive collection of optional accessories, for versatile, all-in-one, high-quality printing.


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


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 (CaCO3), which provide 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.

March 24, 2017

Retailers of all sizes will be descending to Las Vegas to see Hop-Syn synthetic papers at GlobalShop Expo, March 27-30. Hop-Syn (booth #2060) is a must-see for the latest in retail signage displays. Here’s why.


At the Expo, Hop will share the latest trends in retail displays, and demonstrate its market-leading, durable Hop-Syn synthetic paper — the retail industry’s essential substrate for durable P-O-P displays that are environmentally-friendly. The company will feature the following grades at the Expo, including Hop-Syn XT, BL, TO, and G2. Visit booth #2060 for free samples or request them to be mailed to you. (If you mention this post, you will also receive a free gift!)


The Retailer’s Favorite Hop-Syn
Hop-Syn synthetic papers are becoming more integrated into seasonal retail campaigns and everywhere that durable paper is required: anti-theft packaging, PVC-alternative banner vinyl, P-O-P signage, backlit, and more.


Immediate Availability with Hop-Syn
Got a rush project that needs Hop-Syn? It’s readily available — within 24-hours — from Hop’s NJ warehouse for quick shipping to any U.S. location. Enter your information in Hop’s contact form, and you’ll hear from an associate immediately.

For more information about Hop-Syn synthetic paper or for free samples, visit or call 800.524.0757.



March 23, 2017

When did you join Hop Industries? What were some of the attributes that you appreciated about the company/products?

I first joined Hop Industries in May 2004 right after graduating from Montclair State University. I interviewed at many companies selling commodity, or “me-too” type of products that really did not spark much personal interest. When I interviewed at Hop and learned about their products and how they focused on a very specialized market segment of the printing industry, I jumped at the opportunity to join the sales team of such an up and coming brand in the market. I was shown several samples on how Hop-Syn was being used for applications such as menus, signage, tags, and packaging. Selling to these types of industries sparked a lot of interest and challenges to an emerging market segment of the printing industry.


How have the synthetic paper market and related technologies changed in the last decade?

When I first started with Hop Industries, finding printers that printed on plastics or synthetic papers were few and far between. If I had to put a ratio to it, I would say that 1 out of every 25 printers that I would call on would have an interest in printing on synthetic papers. Many printers would not even consider printing on synthetic paper or plastic due the many changes on press and special inks that were required. As newer technology such as better ink formulations and fountain solutions emerged, and the rising popularity of UV technology, that ratio quickly turned to 1 out every 10 printers who would be interested in using our product by 2012. Today with the wide and grand format market on the rise, particularly with the UV Inkjet, 1 out of every 5 print shops would have interest in Hop-Syn. This ratio will continue to get smaller as newer technology emerges that adapts to printing on plastic substrates.


How are these changes impacting big brands?

With newer technologies, big brands have more options now than ever before to print on media such as Hop-Syn. Big brands can now print big runs and small runs on plastic media at more affordable prices due to the new technologies.


What advice do you have for companies that haven’t used Hop-Syn synthetic paper in their print promotions? Do print buyers need to specify Hop-Syn?

For companies that have not used Hop-Syn, I would recommend that they contact Hop and discuss their durable printing applications with one of our experienced sales professionals. Hop-Syn is known in the industry as the “application specific” synthetic paper, designed to meet specific requirements for high performance printing demands. Print buyers in particular do need to specify Hop-Syn. But before they can do that, we need to educate them on the quality our material has for their applications and the advantages over competing products in the market.


March 20, 2017

We like the Hop-Syn synthetic paper because there’s no limit to what we can do. It’s the easiest folding synthetic paper in the market.”

As one of the nation’s oldest map printers, Williams & Heintz Map Corporation knows how to keep customers coming back. In business since 1921, the family-run map printing company continually strives to produce high-quality custom maps with the least amount of impact on the environment. Thanks to Hop-Syn synthetic papers, they can accomplish both.


“We print maps for our customers — entrepreneurs, government agencies and map publishers — on Hop-Syn synthetic papers because they choose it,” comments Mark Budd, Treasurer, Williams & Heintz Map Corporation. “It’s a combination of the quality and price that makes it an easy decision.”



Environmentally Friendly Map Printing Specialists
Unlike traditional printing, map printing is a specialization. Budd comments, “There’s a special craft to producing, printing, and folding maps. It’s different than any other type of sheetfed work, and we regularly push the boundaries for our customers. We like the Hop-Syn synthetic paper because there’s no limit to what we can do. It’s the easiest folding synthetic paper in the market.” The staff also appreciate that Hop-Syn is listed under recycling code number 5, and can be recycled with polypropylene plastics. “Many customers include the recycling logo on the maps,” he adds.


Hop-Syn G1 paper is a synthetic paper manufactured by Hop Industries. The G1 grade is popular with map printers because it folds as easy as paper. Hop-Syn G1 is made with over 25% calcium carbonate filler, which gives it the market’s best foldability. The Hop-Syn substrate is also one of the fastest drying and scuff-resistant synthetic papers used by printers in the map industry.


Environmentally Speaking

The Hop-Syn G1 synthetic paper grade is 100% recyclable. Based on Hop-Syn G1 being made into a single layer substrate, from a mixture of polypropylene and calcium carbonate, it allows Hop-Syn to have the printing properties of paper, but with the durability, weather resistance, and waterproof properties of plastic. The environmental advantages of the Hop-Syn paper are especially important to Williams & Heintz, and are in line with the company’s sustainability initiatives. Its printing operation also uses no toxic solvent inks or dangerous UV processes. The company recycles its synthetic paper waste with a third party, which turns the excess scrap into functional items like park benches and potting containers.


It’s in the Fold
Williams & Heintz prints a variety of maps, such as hiking trails and boating guides, ranging from the simplest 1-color map to complicated 12-color maps, from 3×5-inches to 47¼ x 63-inches. Because of their experience and capabilities, Williams & Heintz recently became authorized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to print paper nautical charts on demand.


“We like working with the Hop Industries sales team. Customer service is always excellent and very responsive. Hop-Syn’s in-house custom sheeting also makes it easy for us to provide our customers with maps that meet their specific dimensions, in a timely manner,” comments Budd.


For more information about Williams & Heintz Map Company, visit For more information about Hop-Syn synthetic papers, visit or call 1-800-524-0757.


March 10, 2017

Hop Industries, makers of Hop-Syn synthetic paper, in conjunction with Augusta, Maine-based J.S. McCarthy Printers are proud to be involved with Wreaths Across America’s annual tribute to U.S. veterans. Each year, Wreaths Across America works with J.S. McCarthy to produce the tags on Hop-Syn synthetic paper, which is chosen for its ability to meet extreme weather conditions.


Wreaths Across America, which started out as one man’s annual tribute, now represents a legion of volunteers that participate in the wreath-laying ceremony to honor our nation’s heroes in over 1,230 cemeteries nationwide.


Tags That Endure
J.S. McCarthy chooses the Hop-Syn XT paper grade for the Wreaths Across America tags because it stands up to the elements. Hop-Syn XT is an extra tear-resistant synthetic paper made from a unique mixture of calcium carbonate and polypropylene resin. It delivers the printing performance of a fine offset paper thanks to its high dyne level and smooth matte finish. The substrate is also 100% recyclable, and is ideal for outdoor applications like the annual Wreaths Across America initiative.


Remember. Honor. Teach.
Wreaths Across America provides several programs to honor U.S. veterans, including the popular “Thanks a Million” campaign which distributes cards to people all over the country to give veterans as simple “thank you” for their service. The organization also participates in veterans’ events throughout the year and is committed to teaching younger generations about the value of their freedoms and the importance of honoring those who sacrificed to protect those freedoms.


To learn more or to get involved with Wreaths Across America, visit


March 7, 2017


Yes, Hop-Syn is making waves! The synthetic paper leader is featured in another top industry trade magazine, PrintingNews, “Synthetic Papers make Waves in Wide Format, Packaging, and Elsewhere.” Industry veteran and author Richard Romano addresses how the Hop-Syn synthetic paper is fast becoming a mainstream substrate for wide format printing and packaging applications.


In the article, Romano writes, “The Hop-Syn synthetic papers are also popular for waterproof maps and menus, horticultural tags and plant stakes, and warranty tags for outdoor products, as well as POP displays, and are also turning up in more and more packaging applications.”


The Durable Substrate
Addressing the durability of synthetic paper, Romano writes, “The apt term “durables” is also used to describe these materials, since they’re hard to rip or tear. They are also waterproof and greaseproof, which is not only useful for outdoor applications, but also indoor ones such as restaurant menus, which are often subject to being spilled on and otherwise besmeared.”


Commenting in the article is Jack Smith, senior vice president for Hop Industries, manufacturer of Hop-Syn synthetic papers. Here, he explains the chemical makeup of the synthetic paper. “Synthetic paper is a white opaque plastic that is made from either polypropylene and polyethylene plastic that has been modified with a calcium carbonate coating or clay filler to enhance its dyne level for better ink adhesion and brightness for printing durable signs and posters by flexo, offset, inkjet, and laser printing.”


Is Synthetic Paper Environmentally Friendly?
Romano writes, “Being plastic, synthetic papers often get a bad rap for being environmentally unfriendly, but that isn’t necessarily the case.” Smith comments, “Most synthetic papers are made from polypropylene and/or polyethylene resin, which are environmentally friendly and contain no heavy metals, chlorine, phthalates, or other carcinogens that are damaging to the environment.” Click here to read the full article. For more information about Hop-Syn synthetic paper or for free samples, visit or call 800.524.0757.