World’s first hemp paper for digital book printing from Hahnemühle

10-19-2021

For the Frankfurt Book Fair 2021, the German paper manufacturer Hahnemühle will present the world’s first hybrid printing paper made from hemp fibres. The new uncoated paper for book and brochure printing is specially designed for high-speed inkjet, analogue offset and other flexible digital printing systems.

“It is the first paper made from sustainable hemp fibres grown in Europe for environmentally conscious print products. It captivates with the authenticity and haptics of a paper made from sustainable hemp fibres. Hahnemühle Hemp paper delivers outstanding results in text, photo and image printing for authors, agencies, print providers and publishers,” says Heidemarie Hinger, Product and Business Development Manager at Hahnemühle.

Exclusive hemp paper for the book “H is for Hemp”

The paper was developed exclusively for printing the book “H is for HEMP”, an innovative hemp encyclopedia by photographer and author Maren Krings. “With my worldwide photo documentation and research on hemp, I want to encourage people to leave their comfort zone and get involved in proactive problem solving of our socio-ecological crisis. Finding a hemp paper to print my book was part of my commitment to make my own work more sustainable and to use hemp wherever possible. Hahnemühle’s hemp paper exceeded my expectations, offering a beautiful tactile and sensory experience and giving the book a fresh and completely new look. At the same time, it closes the loop of protecting native forests and finding alternative raw materials for paper making” says photographer and Climate Impact Storyteller Maren Krings.

Like all paper grades the new Hemp paper is produced with pure spring water which Hahnemühle is using since it´s founding days at the company´s sole production facility in a natural reserve. The water is fed into the nearby river after a largely closed paper machine cycle – free from chemical cleaning agents, biocides or preservatives. The energy used for manufacturing comes exclusively from 100% renewable sources.

H is for Hemp, Maren Krings, Hahnemühle Hemp, Hahnemuehle Hemp Paper
“H is for Hemp” Hemp Encyclopaedia by Maren Krings printed on Hahnemühle Hemp (hemp paper)

A hemp paper for high-speed inkjet, analogue offset and other flexible digital printing systems

Hahnemühle Hemp digital printing paper features an its inimitable structure given by wool felts directly in the production process, is acid-free, therefore highly resistant to ageing and vegan. It is available in two grammages as cover and content paper in 280gsm and 80gsm respectively. Hahnemühle Hemp is offered in up to 50inch (127cm) rolls. Recommended e.g. for HP Indigo sheet-fed digital presses and HP PageWide web presses. 

In addition, Hahnemühle offers the Cold Pressed Art Paper 250 for digital book printing, which has received the maximum quality certification of 3 stars from HP Indigo. This is the first certified FineArt paper worldwide for digital book printing. 

Together with its first-class paper technologists, Hahnemühle is constantly improving its products and developing new papers in-house to meet the highest demands of customers and the latest printing techniques and technologies. For example, Hahnemühle is also the inventor and world market leader of genuine Digital FineArt Papersfor exclusive photo prints, Digital FineArt and art reproductions. 

Hemp in use in the Hemp Encyclopaedia by Maren Krings
Book page of the hemp encyclopaedia “H is for Hemp” by Maren Krings on hemp paper by Hahnemühle for digital book printing.

About Hahnemühle

Hahnemühle FineArt has been producing paper since 1584. Today’s portfolio comprises traditional and digital FineArt papers for painting and printing and FineNotes Stationery products. Customer-specific development, production and finishing of life science solutions is also of great importance to the medium-sized company since 1883.

The paper grades are produced according to ancient recipes from high-quality cotton fibres, pulp or fast-growing plant fibres and pure spring water. As inventor and world market leader, Hahnemühle continuously refines its genuine artists’ papers for exclusive photo prints, digital art and art reproductions. The customised development and production of life science solutions is another focus.

All papers and life science solutions have class–leading quality attributes and excellent ageing resistance. Hahnemühle has a worldwide reputation as a ‘Brand of the Century’ . Products are available in more than 130 countries worldwide.

The company is headquartered in Dassel, Southern Lower Saxony; with offices in the United Kingdom, France, USA, Singapore and China.

With its “Green Rooster” initiative Hahnemühle has been supporting both regional and international environmental protection projects since 2008, including reforestation, animal welfare and environmental education programmes. The long-established company produces papers in a protected natural reserve under strict environmental regulations and makes an important contribution to environmental and climate protection around the globe.

For further information on the brand, history and environmental responsibilities visit www.hahnemuehle.com

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