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“In general the majority of "customers" (either direct purchasing customers in the case of printers and publishers or influencers of purchase decisions such as corporations or advertising agencies) view coated free sheet to be a higher quality and superior product category. Coated free sheet by nature is used for more prestigious applications (annual reports, corporate collateral, high end catalogs and magazines, high impact direct mail) whereas uncoated free sheet is more often found in lower quality applications where color reproduction is not as critical. Large volume simple direct mail applications, xerographic reproduction, directories, envelopes, flyers, books (non coffee table), financial printing, newsletters, business forms and lower end catalogs and magazines are examples of uncoated free sheet in use.

Additionally, any printed communication requiring substantial four color reproduction would generally be viewed as most appropriate for coated free sheet. Uncoated applications lend themselves to black and white reproduction as the product is not capable of the ink holdout found in coated free sheets.”


“Coated free sheet is used for superior printing graphics. Uncoated free sheet is typically used for ‘personalized’ pieces and in manufacturing processes that are more productive on uncoated products.”



“In 2005, uncoated free sheet rolls sold for around $700/ton. During that same time period, two- sided coated free sheet sold for around $840/ton. One-sided coated free sheet sold for around $820/ton.”


“Pricing for the uncoated carbonless and thermal basestock, which is the vast majority of uncoated sales tonnage for *** is based on annual or multi-year contracts and has remained fairly stable or declined slightly over the period 2003 to 2006. Pricing for other uncoated grades *** sells is lower, or in the case of workbook and offset sold in 2003 and 2004, significantly lower ($200/ton) than coated pricing. *** is not in the ongoing business of selling offset, but some is sold on a spot basis through our distributors when demand for our coated free sheet products are soft and its pricing reflects that. By way of illustration, market pricing for 20-lb. offset is lower than market pricing for coated free sheet products by a range of 2%-15%.”


“In general, pricing of our coated free sheet products is higher than our uncoated free sheet products because of higher production costs and higher-end, end-use applications.”


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