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The Commission's questionnaires in this preliminary phase investigation requested comments regarding the differences and similarities between coated free sheet paper and kraft paper in terms of the Commission’s like product factors, including (1) characteristics and uses; (2) interchangeability; (3) manufacturing processes; (4) channels of distribution; (5) customer and producer perceptions; and (6) price. The following comments were received:

Coated Free Sheet Paper AND Kraft Paper

Characteristics and Uses


“None of the *** mills manufacture kraft paper. We consider kraft paper to be rough, heavy-weight paper serving primarily in packaging applications.”


“Kraft paper is used in the bag end-use market. It can be coated, uncoated, bleached, or unbleached (all kraft paper produced at *** mill is bleached). Coated free sheet is used primarily for catalogs, magazines and general commercial printing.”



“Kraft paper and coated free sheet paper are generally not interchanged. Kraft typically does not print as well as coated free sheet. Coated free sheet generally isn’t strong enough for bag applications.”


“None of the *** mills manufacture kraft paper. We do not view kraft paper to be at all interchangeable with CFS.”

Manufacturing Processes


“Kraft paper is made on the same equipment, although kraft paper is produced from pulp containing much greater amounts of softwood (primarily pine).”


“None of the *** mills manufacture kraft paper. Pulp for kraft paper does involve a chemical process, but the underlying raw material is primarily softwood fiber. On the other hand, pulp for CFS is produced using primarily hardwood fiber, which provides for a smoother paper surface as is required for CFS. We cannot further describe kraft paper manufacturing.”


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