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AbitibiBowater introduces ECOPAQUE(TM) - A high whiteness UFS substitute that is innovative, cost-effective & environmentally friendly.


MONTREAL, May 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AbitibiBowater - the global market leader in uncoated freesheet (UFS) substitutes - is pleased to introduce ECOPAQUE(TM), an innovative, cost-effective and environmentally friendly offset paper. ECOPAQUE(TM) is the first new product of the recently formed company.

ECOPAQUE(TM) is the breakthrough high whiteness UFS substitute developed for the commercial printing industry. UFS substitutes are specifically engineered mechanical fiber papers offering better opacity at lighter basis weights than uncoated freesheet. This paper is manufactured chlorine-free and delivers a CIE whiteness of 120.

An environmentally friendly product, this new paper uses 50% less wood fiber than freesheet at the equivalent basis weight. ECOPAQUE(TM) requires less virgin fiber than even a traditional freesheet containing up to 50% recycled content. The fiber used is harvested from sustainable woodlands that are certified to credible and globally recognized sustainable forest management (SFM) standards. ECOPAQUE(TM)'s "green" production process uses hydroelectricity, which reduces the amount of fossil fuel used and lowers greenhouse gases by 75%.

"With 120 whiteness and a brightness of 90, ECOPAQUE(TM) is a true breakthrough for the printing industry," said Luc A. Ranger, AbitibiBowater Vice President, Commercial Printing Papers. "It's a win-win for our customers because they save money while helping the environment," added Ranger.
 ECOPAQUE(TM) in brief:
 - Breakthrough high whiteness UFS substitute
 - Uses 50 percent less wood fiber than UFS
 - Totally chlorine-free
 - Offers 60 lb caliper and opacity in a 45 lb paper, thus delivering more
 linear feet of paper per ton than uncoated freesheet
 - Lighter weight helps consumers reduce overall paper and potentially
 mailing costs
 - Available in 42.5 lb, 45 lb and 50 lb
 - CIE whiteness/ISO brightness: 120/90

ECOPAQUE(TM) also provides significant cost savings for customers. Because this paper has the look and feel of a heavier basis weight UFS, a lower basis weight ECOPAQUE(TM) sheet can be used. For example, the 45 lb ECOPAQUE(TM) sheet has the opacity and caliper of a 60 lb premium #1 opaque offset. This means less paper by weight is needed to print the same amount of copies, resulting in a lower cost per page. Its lighter weight also offers the potential to reduce mailing costs or allow more to be included in the mailing within their postal class rate.

This paper is ideal for commercial printing jobs that traditionally use uncoated freesheet such as:
 - Direct mail - Flyers
 - Forms - Instruction manuals
 - Book publishing - Newsletters
 - Financial printing - Workbooks
 - Inserts

Versatile and recyclable, AbitibiBowater printing papers represent a cost-effective solution for many communications applications. AbitibiBowater was the first to develop and market mechanical fiber papers as a substitute for UFS.

For more information about ECOPAQUE(TM) sales, visit

AbitibiBowater produces a wide range of newsprint, commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products. It is the eighth largest publicly traded pulp and paper manufacturer in the world. AbitibiBowater owns or operates 27 pulp and paper facilities and 34 wood products facilities located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Korea. Marketing its products in more than 90 countries, the Company is also among the world's largest recyclers of newspapers and magazines, and has more third-party certified sustainable forest land than any other company in the world. AbitibiBowater's shares trade under the stock symbol ABH on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Note to the media: Please click the following URL to access the ECOPAQUE(TM) logo:

CONTACT: Product information: Luc A. Ranger, Vice President, Commercial Printing Papers, (514) 394-2206,; Media: Seth Kursman, Vice President, Communications and Government Affairs, (514) 394-2398,
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