EcoPaque Offset paper or EPO is the innovation of modern printing. Many might have heard or even read materials printed on EPO paper but the benefits of EPO might still be obscure to some. A lot of people might even still wonder why books and magazines should choose EPO paper instead of other types of paper. Since its emergence in the Thai printing industry 7 years ago, EPO paper has turned the other way around the idea that paper “thickness” equals “grammage.” The common misconception was that the thicker the paper, the heavier its weight, when, in fact, grammage is the unit that measures the weight of paper itself. What makes EPO different is that it offers the same level of thickness at a lighter weight.
EPO’s Key Benefits
- With the use of mechanical grinding or mechanical pulp technology, a special type of fibre called fines is produced. This type of fibre gives paper produced by it higher opacity than other types of fibre normally chosen. Compared with paper manufactured with different technologies, the strength of pine wood fines made with mechanical grinding absorbs ink more effectively, yielding delightfully colourful prints.
Light in weight but just as thick, the fibre obtained from mechanical pulping produces many kinds of fibres at once. All of which offer different usage benefits. Not all kinds of fibre are used to produce paper, but only some with exquisite qualities are handpicked. This gives EPO paper its well-known lightness in weight. Thus, EPO paper that is as thick as 80-grammage bond paper only carries 62.9 grams of weight per square metres, confirming its evident lightness.
Logistics cost gets cheaper as the paper weight gets lighter with EPO.