Hahnemühle launches the first hemp paper for digital book printing

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German paper maker Hahnemühle has launched what it claims to be the world’s first hybrid printing paper made from hemp fibers.

The company showcased the new uncoated paper for printing books and brochures at the 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair last month. It is designed for high speed inkjet printing systems, analog offset and other flexible digital printing systems.

Heidemarie Hinger, Head of Product and Business Development at Hahnemühle, said: “This is the first paper made from sustainable hemp fibers grown in Europe for environmentally friendly printing products. It captivates with the authenticity and haptics of a paper made from sustainable hemp fibers.

“Hahnemühle hemp paper delivers exceptional results in text, photo and image printing for authors, agencies, print suppliers and publishers. “

The paper was developed exclusively for book printing H is for HEMP, a hemp encyclopedia by photographer and author Maren Krings.

She said: “With my global photographic documentation and research on hemp, I want to encourage people to leave their comfort zones and get involved in proactively solving the problems of our socio-ecological crisis.

“Finding a hemp paper to print my book on was part of my commitment to making my own work more sustainable and using hemp wherever possible.

“Hahnemühle’s hemp paper exceeded my expectations, providing a beautiful tactile and sensory experience and giving the book a fresh and completely new look. At the same time, it comes full circle in protecting native forests and finding alternative raw materials for papermaking. “

Hemp paper is produced with pure spring water that Hahnemühle has used since its inception in its only production plant located in a nature reserve. The water is injected into the nearby river in a largely closed paper machine cycle, free of chemical cleaning agents, biocides or preservatives.

The energy used for manufacturing comes exclusively from 100% renewable sources.

Hemp paper is acid free, vegan and available in weights of 280g / m² and 80g / m² and in rolls up to 50 inches. Hahnemühle said it is suitable for HP Indigo digital sheetfed presses and HP PageWide web presses.

Based in Dassel, in southern Lower Saxony, Hahnemühle also has offices in the UK, France, US, Singapore and China. The company has been producing paper since 1584 and its portfolio also includes traditional and digital FineArt papers for painting and printing, as well as FineNotes stationery products.


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