Sounding very much like the cat that got the cream, CTI Paper USA revealed last week that it has picked up the Kromekote family of cast-coated, mirror-smooth papers and boards from Smart Papers Holding LLC.
“As a company focused on value-added specialty papers, CTI Paper USA is the ideal supplier for the Kromekote brand representing arguably the finest cast-coated products, including C1S and C2S papers and boards that offer universal coatings for toner, laser and offset printing,” said CTI Paper USA President John Kelly in a statement. “The Kromekote brand has a rich history dating back to the 1930s and we are delighted to be the 21st century steward of this important industry brand.”
Introduced by Champion Papers in 1939, Kromekote is a smooth sheet that is the result of coating, drying and finishing in a single operation. Up till then, the glossiest sheets were rubbed with flint stones during finishing, according to an online history of Champion.
More recently, Kromekote was featured in the Mohawk line of products, touted for its “true-to-life photo reproduction” and compatibility with HP Indigo. But around this time last year, Mohawk transitioned its supply of cast-coated papers from Kromekote to M-real’s Chromolux brand.