Super Calendered paper is the most economical and competitive alternative to lightweight coated paper for magazine printing and publishing. It is commonly used for large-scale printing of publications such as catalogues, newspaper inserts and advertising flyers. It is an uncoated groundwood paper that has been calendered for smoothness and glossiness to give it a bright, shiny finish.
Magazine Printing Process
In paper manufacturing, calendering is the process of smoothing the surface of the paper by pressing it between hard-pressure cylinders or rollers—the calendars—at the end of the papermaking process. It is usually the last step of the process before the paper is cut to standard sizes.
Calendering produces a smooth and glossy paper called Super Calendered paper or SC paper.
Super Calendered paper is a relatively new paper product. It was created to provide a high-quality, economical alternative to lightweight coated papers. Super Calendered papers have a high gloss and provide a high-quality surface for printing colour photos and fine-line images.
Uses of Super Calendered Paper
The highest grade of Super Calendered paper is typically used in the magazine printing process. It is the most economical paper and a genuine alternative to Lightweight Coated paper.
Newspaper Inserts & Direct Advertising Material
Lower grades of Super Calendered paper graded as such, due to their opacity and thinness) are, in the main, used to produce newspaper inserts and advertising materials, such as leaflets or pamphlets.
Grades of Super Calendered Paper
The Super Calendered paper has several grades: SC A+, SC A, and SC B. Although all SC papers are high-quality options for magazine and catalogue printing, the grades differ in finish and opacity. The SC A+ and SC A grade paper have a superior gloss compared to the other grades; these are more opaque and therefore cost more. The lower grade SC B is suitable for catalogues, special interest magazines, and advertising materials such as newspaper inserts and leaflets.
PG Paper is a premium paper supplier, operating in over 55 countries across all 5 continents. We offer A and B-grade Super Calendered paper in 40-75gsm.
In addition to Super Calendered paper, we can provide customised solutions for all of your paper requirements.