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September 12, 2017


PRINT 17 in Chicago, IL is in full swing and Hop Industries invites you to visit their Booth #558 at the Expo. Learn about all the ways to use the durable Hop-Syn Synthetic Paper. Receive free samples of Hop-Syn printed by SwissQPrint and EFI inkjet printers. For more information, visit or call 800-524-0757.



September 1, 2017

The demand for durable substrates is growing. Today, print partners are choosing synthetic paper over corona-treated, die-extruded plastic such as PVC vinyl or polystyrene. The advantages are great, and the applications are numerous. In this article, we highlight why.


Printing on Corona-Treated Plastic
For decades, corona-treated, die-extruded plastic was one of the few durable substrate options, yet its non-porous surface and low dyne level creates multiple challenges. The plastic requires specialized equipment and inks that dry by oxidation or UV lamps. It also requires various press adjustments and ink changes. Printing on corona-treated plastic can burden printing companies with a high volume of waste and slowed production processes due to drying problems, offsetting, static issues, and overall product defects.


Today, printers are opting for tear-resistant polypropylene synthetic paper that offers multiple advantages over printing on corona-treated plastic.


Durability of Calendered and Clay-Coated Synthetic Paper
The key advantage of printing on either clay-filled or clay-coated polypropylene is its high dyne level combined with its microporous surface that allows ink to bond to the surface. This helps to speed up the drying process as well as protects the printed image from scratching and scuffing when exposed to harsh conditions or extreme environments. In comparison, printing on corona-treated plastics takes longer to dry and is more susceptible to ink scratches or scuffing when exposed to rough handling or sunlight discoloration.


A Wide Range of Grades, Thickness and Finishes for Multiple Applications
Synthetic paper has two distinct manufacturing processes that differentiate it from corona-treated plastics. The first is a calender manufacturing process that delivers a single layer, clay-filled construction. The calendered synthetic paper comes in multiple grades, finishes and gauge thickness, from .003 mil to .035 mil. It produces a more uniform gauge tolerance (+ or – 5%) over corona-treated, die-extruded plastic. Its clay-filled construction can be made with added elements to enhance its opacity, brightness, foldability, tear- and UV-resistance when exposed to harsh, outdoor environments.


The second manufacturing method produces a biaxially-oriented polypropylene film via a tri-laminated extrusion with a clay-coated emulsion. This method produces a smooth matte finish on both sides. The bright white clay coating produces a high dyne level that allows inks to easily bond to its surface for easy printing by offset, flexo and digital — UV inkjet and latex inkjet — without any pretreatment.


Multiple Grades with Better UV-, Tear- and Temperature-Resistance Over Corona-Treated Die-Extruded Plastics
Because calendered synthetic paper is made from a mixture of polypropylene and calcium carbonate, it can be made with different additives for a wide range of applications. These include high opacity for block-out window signs, low opacity for back-lit transit signs, high propagated tear and UV resistance that allow it to be used outdoors up to one year under direct sunlight without turning brittle or changing color. High temperature resistance from -50F° up to 220F° allows it to withstand extreme temperature changes without cracking or distorting.


With the ability to produce different grades with better physical properties, calendered  synthetic paper offers a wide variety of printing advantages over corona-treated die-extruded plastics. For example, clay-filled calendered synthetic paper has less static and a higher dyne level (44-46 dyne) over corona-treated polystyrene and rigid PVC vinyl. This advantage allows calendered synthetic paper to print and register at a faster speed allowing more efficient printing through both high speed offset and flexographic printing processes.


Based on its construction, calendered synthetic paper is popular for printing maps, manuals, menus, book covers, horticultural tags, lumber tags, outdoor posters, sewn banners, back-lit signs and block out window posters that need to hold up under harsh conditions.


Environmentally-Friendly and 100% Recyclable
Synthetic paper made from a combination of polypropylene and calcium carbonate is 100% recyclable under the polypropylene recycling code #5. As a recyclable material, it also stays out of the waste stream longer, saving valuable space in our landfills.


Unlike corona-treated plastic, synthetic paper is free of toxins, heavy metals and stearates that are detrimental to the environment. It uses very little water in the manufacturing process, which preserves Earth’s natural resources. When incinerated, it also generates no sulfur, nitrogen or dioxin gases.


In both the calendering and clay-coating manufacturing processes, trim waste is recycled back into the manufacturing process to produce 100% of the finished product without waste.


Alternatives Banned in Europe
Choosing the right substrate depends on the type of print quality, durability and environmental image that customers require. Corona-treated polystyrene will generally be the lowest cost option, however, it is very brittle and easy to tear. It is also highly flammable and has very limited temperature- and UV-resistance. The substrate usually has either a very rough matte surface or a smooth glossy surface that is not uniform from side to side. Therefore, polystyrene is not the best choice for printing a durable image.


Another option is PVC vinyl, which may have better tear-resistance and print characteristics over polystyrene, but it normally requires a topcoat or corona treatment to anchor special inks to its surface. PVC vinyl will breakdown and become brittle over time. It also has a tendency to turn yellow when exposed to sunlight or even fluorescent light when used indoors.


Also, when PVC breaks down, it turns into hydrochloric acid if exposed to moisture. PVC vinyl is not a popular plastic for recycling due to its environmental implications and is therefore banned from retail packaging applications in Europe.


Print Shops Can Differentiate with the Right Substrate. Ask for expert advice.
Not all plastics are created equal. Being able to print on a wide range of synthetic paper substrates in a variety of grades is a huge differentiating factor for today’s print shop. When considering printing on corona-treated plastics, it’s important to know the substrates printing and physical properties, and if it will be suitable for high tear-, temperature- or UV-resistance, especially for an application where the image needs to hold up and be durable over a long period of time.


Technical support and expert printing advice are provided by the team at Hop Industries. Advice can also be provided by a wide variety of ink manufacturers, coating companies, and fountain solution manufacturers that are related to the offset industry.


To help select the right substrate, Hop Industries offers free test samples and expert advice on the various synthetic paper grade options for printing, folding, gluing, die-cutting and sewing, as compared to corona-treated die-extruded plastic. For example, ask a Hop synthetic paper expert about the right substrate for backlighting that will withstand high temperature and UV resistance when exposed to direct sunlight for more than six months. Printers can also ask Hop for expert advice about the best type of synthetic paper for digitally printing by UV inkjet, latex inkjet or other types of digital printing processes. For more information, visit or call 800-524-0757.


Written by Jack Smith, Sr. Vice President, Hop Industries Corporation


Jack Smith is the Sr. Vice President of Hop Industries Corporation. In 1993, he launched the Hop-Syn synthetic paper division of Hop Industries. Smith was instrumental in developing seven grades of Hop-Syn, from back-lit and blockout, to foldable and heavy gauge tear-resistant stock for the P-O-P and packaging markets. He has extensive knowledge in printing processes including, offset, flexo, screen, laser, UV and latex inkjet, as well as fabricating processes including, cold and hot melt glue, film lamination, injection molding, top coating and pressure sensitive coating. Smith’s technical knowledge and experience were fundamental in helping to tailor the Hop-Syn synthetic paper for niche markets.


August 21, 2017

Unequivocally, the biggest trend in wide-format printing is the growth of the UV inkjet and latex printing. Hop Industries, manufacturer of Hop-Syn synthetic paper, is also experiencing continued growth in this segment as brand manufacturers and large retail stores use the durable substrate for UV-printed P-O-P displays and outdoor signage. As this market segment continues to flourish, print partners can use Hop-Syn to take the lead. Here’s how:


Opportunities for Wide-Format Printers
Print partners can take advantage of the growing UV inkjet trend by engaging with their customers and sharing the benefits of using Hop-Syn synthetic paper for retail signs, in-store posters, banners, blockout window posters and back-lit displays. More environmentally-friendly than banner vinyl and polystyrene, Hop-Syn synthetic paper does not contain chlorine, stearates, heavy metals, or other harsh chemicals that are cancer causing or detrimental to the environment. The synthetic paper is 100% recyclable and produced under ISO 9000 standards.


Durable, Sustainable, and Made for UV Inkjet
Designed for UV inkjet specifically, Hop-Syn is a durable substrate that makes brands stand out, in terms of print quality and durability, as compared to pulp-based substrates and less environmentally friendly plastics such as vinyl and polystyrene. Its high dyne level and bright white finish prints sharp definition graphics with high-color density. Suitable indoor or outdoor displays, Hop-Syn also offers high temperature resistance (-60F up to 220F) and one year UV resistance against direct sunlight.


Keep Hop-Syn on Hand

Print partners can order any size quantity of Hop-Syn synthetic paper to keep in house or to store at Hop Industries NJ-based warehouse. Custom sizes are also easily facilitated with Hop Industries in-house converting services. Orders of stock inventory are shipped within 24 hours of being placed. Custom-sheets and roll sizes can take between 2-3 days.


Learn More at PRINT 17 and SGIA Expo

There will be a variety of inkjet equipment manufacturers exhibiting at PRINT 2017 and SGIA Expo, and Hop will be at both events. The company is giving attendees free samples of the Hop-Syn synthetic paper printed by SwissQPrint and EFI inkjet printers. Visit Hop at booth #558 at PRINT 17 and booth #4017 at SGIA Expo.


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


August 8, 2017


Big brands turn to their print partners for more than just a printed piece. They seek solutions to help grow their business and increase revenue, while satisfying sustainability mandates. That’s why recommending the right substrate is so important. For projects that require durability, such as banners, in-store signage, anti-theft packaging, blockout and backlit signs, Hop-Syn synthetic paper is the way to go. Here are some ways to let your customers know more about the attributes of this 100% recyclable synthetic paper.


Talk with Customers

Printers should talk with their consumer-brand customers about durable substrate options like synthetic paper that are environmentally friendly for retail store advertising, comments Jack Smith, Senior Vice President, Hop Industries. Using synthetic paper for P-O-P displays, banners, tag and labels, the life of the printed piece is extended over a longer period of time compared to pulp-based paper, and is less damaging to the environment than PVC-based vinyl.


With a wide range of thickness and diverse grades of synthetic paper, the applications of Hop-Syn synthetic paper are just a varied. Brand owners and their print partners use the synthetic paper for book covers, folded maps, large format banners, and much more.


Discuss the Environmental Advantages

When given the option, customers choose environmentally-friendly durable substrates like synthetic paper, especially when the price point is comparable to other plastics. Hop-Syn synthetic paper is polypropylene-based and code 5 recyclable, unlike alternatives such as laminated paper, banner vinyl, rigid PVC products that are not 100% recyclable.


Add it to Your Website

Let customers know that your print facility offers Hop-Syn synthetic paper for their durable print projects. In addition to meeting their high standards for durable substrates, Hop-Syn also satisfies their sustainability requirements. Hop-Syn can withstand harsh weather conditions such as rain and extreme temperatures ranging from -60 to 220F. It also doesn’t discolor from direct sunlight.


The Printer-Friendly Substrate

Printers like using Hop-Syn because it’s easily printable by offset, screen, flexo, and UV inkjet processes due to its smooth white matte finish. The substrate prints like fine offset paper but has the durability of plastic. Made in a wide variety of thickness, from .0025 up to .035 gauge, Hop-Syn synthetic paper comes in six grades, including XT, BL, TO, G1, G2, and DL.


Printers also like the easily availability of Hop-Syn, and the custom sizes made possible by the Hop Industries in-house converting services. Hop’s Lyndhurst, NJ warehouse stocks more than 1 million pounds of inventory, in both sheets and rolls, which can be shipped within 24 hours. Its in-house converting services produces custom sizes from 1″X1″ up to 60″X80″ of any grade of Hop-Syn.


Free samples of Hop-Syn are available upon request. To learn more ways to promote and sell Hop-Syn, visit or call 800-524-0757.


July 27, 2017


Easy to fold, diecut, score, and recycle, Hop-Syn G2 is a heavy hitting substrate for P-O-P signage, menus and packaging. Used everywhere by creative print and packaging firms, this heavy gauge synthetic paper knocks it out of the park. Here’s why.


Diverse Printing Properties and Applications
Few substrates have the diverse physical and printing properties of Hop-Syn G2, and customers are always finding news ways of using it. From book covers to retail packaging, Hop-Syn G2 is easier to recycle than paper and contains no cancer-causing chemicals or stearates found in other commodity plastics. Its unique calender manufacturing process uses a mixture of calcium carbonate and polypropylene resin, resulting in a single layered substrate. This process produces a bright white, high opaque, smooth matte finish that is easily printable by offset, flexo, screen, and UV inkjet printing, without requiring any pre-treatment.


Because of its wide range of gauge thickness, Hop-Syn G2 is ideal for finishing and fabricating processes such as folding, diecutting, and scoring, especially if printing quality and durability are considerations. With a high dyne level (44 dyne), anti-static finish, and a +/- 5% gauge tolerance, Hop-Syn G2 delivers the print performance of paper combined with the weather resistance and durability of plastic.


Hop-Syn G2 for Quality Print Jobs
Hop-Syn G2 offers better durability and UV resistance in comparison to conventional plastics, and prints more like fine offset paper than plastic. G2 has an ultra smooth matte finish, excellent dimensional stability and superior ink receptivity for producing higher quality graphics. With 93% opacity for two-sided printing, G2 is temperature resistant from – 60 F up to 220 F, without distortion. This environmentally friendly alternative substrate to PVC is recycled under code # 5. Hop-Syn G2 comes in a variety of roll widths up to 63-inches, and sheet sizes up to 26×40-inches. Its thickness gauge ranges from 12 to 35 mil.


For test samples, technical information, or a price quote, please contact our sales department at 1-800-524-0757 or fill out the online form.


July 21, 2017

Two of the industry’s biggest events are coming soon, and the team at Hop Industries is looking forward to seeing customers at both! Hop will be exhibiting at PRINT 17, booth #558 at McCormick Place South Hall, in Chicago, September 10-14. Hop will also exhibit at SGIA Expo, booth #4017 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, October 10-12. Hop has free passes for both Expos. Contact Hop online or call 800.524.0757.



Celebrate PRINT!
Held every 4 years, this years PRINT Expo theme is “Grow Your Business,” and Hop Industries is helping customers do just that with Hop-Syn, the market’s best synthetic paper. At the Expo, Hop Industries will be demonstrating all its paper grades, which include Hop-Syn XT, BL, TO, G1, G2, and DL. Each synthetic paper grade is developed for specific applications such as P-O-P displays, banners, blockout and backlit signs, as well as hang tags, book covers, maps and more. The durable Hop-Syn substrate is a single-layered mineral filled polypropylene that is waterproof, tear resistant and 100% recyclable.


While at PRINT 17, be sure to join the fun at the first annual Celebrate PRINT! Located at the House of Blues Chicago, the free event will benefit Family Rescue, one of the largest domestic violence agencies in Illinois. Free shuttle buses will be available to this event, which will feature a notable Chicago eighties band Sixteen Candles.


Next Stop, New Orleans!
At SGIA Expo, Hop Industries will also demonstrate it’s full line of its Hop-Syn synthetic paper grades. Free Hop-Syn print samples will also be available at the Hop booth #4017. After visiting the Hop team, stop by the SwissQPrint and EFI booths to speak with the print experts about the print equipment used to produce the Hop-Syn print samples.

At both events, attendees are encouraged to pick up free Hop-Syn samples and speak with the team at Hop about their next print project. For more information, visit or call Hop Industries at 800-524-0757.


July 6, 2017

July 6, 2017 — Lyndhurst, NJ — Hop Industries, manufacturer of the durable Hop-Syn synthetic paper, today released helpful tips for finishing and fabricating on the various grades of Hop-Syn synthetic paper. The piece highlights numerous post-press options — from die-cutting, folding and scoring to drilling, sewing and grommeting — along with advice to help customers get the best results with the durable substrate. Contact a Hop-Syn synthetic paper expert at 800-524-0757 or contact us to request the free technical document.


“The finishing and fabricating tips document is a handy reference for packaging firms and print partners using Hop-Syn synthetic paper. For each finishing and fabricating technique, there’s ways to produce it with precision, and this document explains how,” comments Jack Smith, Senior Vice President, Hop Industries.


The Hop-Syn technical tips for finishing and fabricating is a valuable resource to get the most out of the synthetic paper grades while extending the life of the processing equipment. For example, it explains why to use a wax paper or carbon paper when drilling in short lifts and highlights the machine direction to get the best folding. It also gives the ratio of web speed to die pressure, and explains why maintaining accurate adjustment of die-to-anvil contact is important for success.


Hop-Syn synthetic paper is a single-layered mineral filled polypropylene that comes in six grades: XT, BL, TO, G1, G2, and DL. Each synthetic paper grade is developed for specific applications such as P-O-P displays, banners, blockout and backlit signs, as well as hang tags, book covers, maps and more.


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


June 21, 2017

Synthetic paper is a hot topic, and in the June issue of In-Plant Graphics magazine, Jack Smith of Hop Industries answers pressing questions about the durable substrate. For example, Smith addresses the myriad uses of synthetic paper, the growing market, and the price comparison to pulp-based paper.


How does synthetic paper compare to alternative plastic substrates? Readers want to know, and Smith answers these questions and more as the use of synthetic paper proliferates at in-plant printers. Read the article to find out what type of work that the substrate is best suited, and the work that isn’t.


To learn more about Hop-Syn synthetic paper visit or call 800.524.0757 to speak with Jack Smith or one of the other synthetic paper experts.


June 16, 2017

Choosing the right substrate can either make or break an advertising campaign, and the experts at Hop Industries can help you get it right. Want to know where and when synthetic paper should and shouldn’t be used? Team members Jack Smith, William Latham and John Callandrillo each have their areas of expertise when it comes to synthetic paper. Here’s a breakdown:


Printing and Fabricating
Jack Smith, Hop Industries’ Senior Vice President is an expert in all aspects of synthetic paper, especially relating to printing and fabricating. For example, Smith advises that a variety of processes can be used to print on Hop-Syn, including offset, UV inkjet, flexo, thermal transfer, laser, latex inkjet. However, only a limited number of laser and latex inkjet digital printing models work well with synthetic paper. Consult with Smith and his team for expert advice about printing processes for synthetic paper. In addition, ask Smith about die cutting, folding, drilling, and gluing Hop-Syn synthetic paper for a wide variety of applications.


Applications and Specific Grades
John Callandrillo, an account representative at Hop Industries, gives expert advice about the various uses of Hop-Syn synthetic paper. There are six grades, and each have their specific purposes. For example:

  • Hop-Syn G1 is popular for folding maps and expanded content labels on packaging.
  • Hop-Syn G2 is the most popular heavy-gauge synthetic paper for printing menus, book covers, point of purchase signs and displays, and anti-theft packaging.
  • Hop-Syn XT is the most tear resistant synthetic paper that is popular for printing durable tag and labels, in-store posters and banners, waterproof charts and manuals.
  • Hop-Syn TO is the most popular grade for window posters based on its 98% opacity and bright white finish.
  • Hop-Syn BL is a 64% translucent white synthetic paper — the most popular grade for printing backlit for printing posters and transit displays.
  • Hop-Syn DL is clay coated smooth-matte BOPP film that offers a 95% bright white finish with high opacity. This grade is suitable for two-sided printing applications such as maps, manuals, posters, tags and labels.

Stock Inventory and In-House Converting for Diverse Needs
William Latham is a senior account executive at Hop Industries, and customers turn to him for many aspects about Hop-Syn synthetic paper, including stock inventory and in-house converting services. Hop boasts the largest inventory of stock paper in the North American market. More than 1.5 million lbs of Hop-Syn synthetic paper is ready for delivery to anywhere in the U.S. William also regularly helps customers with sheets and rolls that need to be made into specific size and quantity. The converting facility is also ISO9001-certified to meet all customers’ requirements for traceability.


For more information about Hop-Syn synthetic paper, contact Jack, William or John at 800.524.0757 or fill out the online form.


June 9, 2017

The uses of the Hop-Syn XT synthetic paper are seemingly endless when it comes to print promotions by big brands. From P-O-P displays and banners to hang tags and manuals, the Hop-Syn XT synthetic paper grade is the market’s most versatile substrate for durable, tear-resistant print promotions.


Environmentally friendly, Hop-Syn synthetic paper is constructed from polypropylene (PP) resins and calcium carbonate (CaCo3), which provides extra durability and weather resistance over traditional pulp-based papers. Across the U.S., printers are stocking the synthetic paper substrate in quantity because of its flexibility to be used for a variety of clients’ projects.


“Printers stock up on the Hop-Syn XT grade because it’s a multi-purpose, durable substrate.” – Jack Smith, Senior VP

“Printers stock up on the Hop-Syn XT grade because it’s a multi-purpose, durable substrate. It offers extreme durability for printing diverse applications,” comments Jack Smith, senior vice-president, Hop Industries.

Why Hop-Syn XT is so Versatile
There are several factors that contribute to the tremendous versatility of the Hop-Syn XT synthetic paper grade. It’s manufactured to give maximum sheet brightness and opacity up to 94% for two-sided printing. Its high dyne level, which is necessary for adhesion, and smooth matte finish also gives the XT grade the excelled printing performance.


Another contributing factor to Hop-Syn XT versatility is its manufacturing process. It’s produced using a calendering process that delivers the tightest tolerance for gauge control and uniformity, resulting in a higher quality results.


Because of these factors, Hop-Syn XT is used by national restaurant chains for menus and big-box retailers for shelf talkers, among others. The XT grade withstands tears and scuffs, and is UV resistant outdoor for up to one year. This is ideal for banners, which is significantly more environmentally friendly than PVC-based vinyl and is comparable in cost. The XT grade is durable, and can withstand tear resistance in both directions.


Hop-Syn XT Availability
Because of the popularity of Hop-Syn XT, the grade is always stocked in the Hop Industries warehouse. The master rolls come in 55” and 61” width, and stock sheet sizes come in 25 x 38” and 26 x 40”. Custom sheet sizes are available up to 60 x 83”. Hop Industries’ in-house convertering services also makes it possible to provide customers with custom finish rolls, with a minimum width of 7/8”.


Print partners are invited to try free samples of the XT grade. For more information contact Hop-Syn technical sales at 800.524.0757 or fill out the online form.


May 23, 2017

An appetizing meal. A refreshing beverage. Undoubtedly, taste buds get tempted with illuminated advertisements, especially when they are printed on Hop-Syn BL synthetic paper. Advertisers use backlit displays to draw the attention of passerbys. To ensure that that the ads look as fresh as the items being showcased, Hop-Syn synthetic paper is the substrate of choice.


Images Standout Day or Night
Year round, regardless of climate or even extreme temperatures (-50°F to 220°F), Hop-Syn BL stands the test of time. It’s a rigid, UV-durable substrate that makes graphics pop. Hop-Syn BL is a white, translucent polypropylene sheet that displays brilliant color, day or night. These are just some of the reasons that ad agencies, big brands, and print partners choose Hop-Syn.


BL has the durability of plastic but the recyclability of tree-pulp paper. Resistant to impact and tears, Hop-Syn BL meets the highest standards in the sign industry. Print partners like its anti-static surface that makes for easy handling and processing, as well as its superb printability by multiple processes including flexo, offset, UV inkjet, screen and thermal.


Advantages and Applications
Economically priced against comparable substrates such as translucent polystyrene and rigid PVC plastics, Hop-Syn BL has numerous advantageous. The BL grade has a high dyne level -— necessary for ink adhesion — uniform pigment dispersion and gauge tolerance. It’s high heat resistance and micro-porous print surface also allows printed image to be more scuff resistant.


Due to the flexibility of the Hop-Syn BL grade, customers use it for illuminated backlit displays and more. Other applications include bus shelters and airport displays, transit signs, trade show graphics, fine art displays and more.


Digitally Printed Hop-Syn BL Samples
Recently, EFI and swissQprint produced samples of the Hop-Syn BL by their digital printers. To receive a free sample or for advice on your next print project, contact Hop-Syn at 800.524.0757 or fill out the online form.


May 16, 2017

Print partners are taking full advantage of Hop Industries’ quick turnaround of Hop-Syn synthetic paper orders. With a wide variety of inventory totaling more than one million pounds of the popular substrate on hand in Hop’s NJ warehouse, orders are shipped within 24 orders of being placed. For custom-sheets and roll sizes that need to be converted, Hop can produce these orders within a minimum of 2-3 days. Now that’s fast!.
Ready. Set. Print!
The immediate availability of Hop-Syn synthetic papers means that print partners can respond quickly to clients’ projects. Whether printing backlit advertisements, P-O-P displays, banners, window posters, and more, Hop-Syn synthetic papers are immediately available from Hop’s fully stocked NJ warehouse.


Hop-Syn comes in the following six synthetic paper grades G1, G2, XT, TO, DL and BL. The synthetic papers have the look and feel of pulp-based paper, but with the durability of plastic. Hop-Syn comes in both roll and sheet sizes, and in various gauges. Standard master rolls are available in 52.5-, 55-, and 61-inches. Standard stock sheet sizes are 25×38-inches, 26×40-inches, 28×40-inches. Hop’s in-house converting services make it possible to customize the roll and sheet sizes to meet customers’ specific requirements.
Reserve Your Inventory in the Hop-Syn Warehouse
Brand manufacturers and their print partners are welcome to visit the Hop-Syn warehouse to see Hop’s in-house converting and stock inventory. Print partners are also encouraged to reserve the Hop-Syn synthetic paper and have it stored in Hop’s warehouse for up to six months for guaranteed inventory of special sizes.


Hop is ISO-9001 certified to meet with all consumer manufacturer requirements for traceability. Hop is also REACH certified for meeting environmental requirements for North America and Europe.
Technical Support on Hand
A Hop-Syn expert is always available to answer technical questions about the substrate, whether it’s printing or any custom fabricating process. For more information contact Hop-Syn technical sales at 800.524.0757 or fill out the online form.


May 8, 2017

Sustainability and quality go hand and hand with Hop-Syn synthetic papers. This is why big brands use it for in-store signage. Its durability, quality, and sustainability meets — and exceeds — brands’ standards for P-O-P displays, banners, and more.


With a white opaque, smooth matte finish, Hop-Syn synthetic paper offers the ability to print high-resolution graphics using conventional offset as well as UV inkjet digital printing. Hop-Syn is a tear-resistant, waterproof substrate that is 100% recyclable. Visit Hop-Syn or call 800.524.0757 for free samples or more information.



May 4, 2017

There’s nothing like seeing printing in action. In this video, watch as the Hop-Syn XT synthetic paper is printed on the swissQprint wide format printer.


Request free samples of this print run!
For more information or to request free samples of the Hop-Syn and swissQprint campaign, contact a Hop-Syn sales associate at 800.524.0757 or fill out the online form.


For a Sharp Image that Creates a Big Impact
Hop-Syn XT synthetic paper is the most adaptable grade for brand owners and their print partners. Whether it’s used for indoor or outdoor applications, the Hop-Syn XT synthetic paper creates a big impact. XT is designed with extra tear-strength and waterproof properties to allow print promotions to meet the most demanding environmental conditions.


Hop-Syn XT is UV-resistant for up to 1 year, and is ideal for POP displays, signs, banners, shelf talkers, and more. The XT grade is printable by all process including conventional offset, UV inkjet, flexo, thermal, LED and screen.


Hop-Syn and swissQprint
Hop-Syn and swissQprint embarked on its print campaign in February 2017. Carmen Eicher, Vice President of Marketing, swissQprint commented on the campaign, “The variety of sizes that the Hop-Syn substrate comes in is ideal for our swissQprint equipment. She added, “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.”


May 2, 2017

Hop Industries’ booth at ICE USA was the place to be for converters this past week! Attendees met with Hop-Syn expert William Latham to learn all the ways in which the Hop-Syn synthetic paper is being used for tags, labels, and more. If you weren’t able to attend the show, call 800.524.0757 to speak with a Hop-Syn sales associate to learn more.


Hop-Syn Synthetic Paper for Converters
Waterproof, tear resistant, and 100% recyclable, Hop-Syn synthetic paper is the ideal substrate for demanding applications. Hop-Syn is available in a variety of grades and gauges. Hop’s in-house converting also makes it possible to order the Hop-Syn synthetic paper cut to size.


Fill out Hop’s online form to receive free samples of Hop-Syn synthetic paper or call 800.524.0757 for more information.


April 24, 2017


If you are heading to sunny Orlando for International Converting Exhibition (ICE), be sure to visit Hop Industries at Booth #658. The company will be demonstrating various grades of its Hop-Syn synthetic paper, the market’s go-to substrate for converting manufacturers.


Converters and their customers choose Hop-Syn synthetic paper because of the substrate’s unique attributes. Hop-Syn is a clay modified, or clay coated synthetic paper used in for pressure sensitive, offset, flexo, and digital printing. The company offers several synthetic paper grades, and two are most popular with converters: Hop-Syn XT and G3.


Hop-Syn Synthetic Paper Grades for Converters
The XT grade is extra tear resistant, and is made with UV inhibitors and whitening agents to improve its sheet brightness and opacity up to 94%. It printing performance is similar to that of fine offset paper, but with plastic durability, it can endure the most demanding environmental conditions.


Hop-Syn G3 synthetic paper grade is the most durable and economical tag stock that Hop offers. It’s single-layered, waterproof, and designed for demanding outdoor for tag and label applications at the lowest cost.


ICE attendees are encouraged to visit Hop Booth #648 to talk with a Hop sales associate about different ways to use the Hop-Syn synthetic paper. To schedule a meeting or for more information, call Hop at 800.524.0757 or fill out the online form.


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.