Fraser Papers Inc.

Fraser Papers Inc.

October 01, 2007 10:04 ET

Fraser Papers Expands Specialty Print Offering with SFI Certified Custom Snowcote

Filmcoated Opaque Paper that Delivers Lightweights, High Opacity and Printability

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 2007) -

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Fraser Papers Inc. ("Fraser Papers" or the "Company") (TSX:FPS) announced today that it has launched Custom Snowcote, a filmcoated lightweight opaque paper that delivers opacity, strength and printability. Targeting book publishing, manuals, reference books, bibles, dictionaries and financial publications, Custom Snowcote is engineered with a pigmented coating that allows for sharp image and text printing as well as accurate four-colour reproduction.

"Knowing our legacy for product innovation in the lightweight arena, publishers have been asking for a high opaque paper that minimizes show-through, provides a yield advantage, results in sharp print quality and delivers the strength and consistency required for demanding applications," said Matt Nightingale, Director of Marketing and Business Development of Fraser Papers. "Custom Snowcote meets those needs and then some. Because of our high fibre-to-pigment ratio, we have higher bulk than non-filmcoated competitors. Additionally, we have built a service platform that meets the market need for quick turnaround on orders."

Available in 30 lb., 32 lb., 35 lb., 38 lb. and 40 lb., Custom Snowcote is a lightweight filmcoated freesheet paper manufactured alkaline for improved archival properties. It is made in Fraser Papers' Madawaska, Maine paper mill, which is certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative ("SFI") Standard. Additionally, Custom Snowcote can be made with post-consumer waste up to 20% upon request.

"Increasingly, our customers are focusing on environmental and social issues within the supply chain and are looking for like-minded paper manufacturers," added Jim Gehrman, General Sales Manager of Fraser Papers. "Custom Snowcote is SFI certified and labeled, assuring customers the fibre used comes from well managed forests. If customers choose to add recycled content, Custom Snowcote becomes one of the greenest papers on the market."

Custom Snowcote is part of a versatile line of the Company's opaque papers ( Custom Supreme, Custom Brite and Custom Plus - engineered for performance, SFI certified and available in a full range of brightness levels, shades, finishes and bulking characteristics.

Fraser Papers is an integrated specialty paper company which produces a broad range of specialty packaging and printing papers. The company has operations in New Brunswick, Maine, New Hampshire and Quebec. Fraser Papers is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol: FPS. For more information, visit the Fraser Papers web site at

SFI, Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit organization and is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Program. SFI, Inc. directs all elements of the SFI program included the SFI Standard, chain of custody certification, labeling and marketing. SFI, Inc. is overseen by a multi-stakeholder Board of Directors with representatives from environmental and conservation organizations, public officials, professional and academic groups, forest products industry, independent logging professionals and forest landowners. For more information about the SFI program, visit

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