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…  as the name implies is a paper with an extramatt finish. This is the first paper developed by Metapaper. The Lugo paper mill near Bassano di Grappa in Northern Italy manufactures EXTRAMATT.

It is anyone’s guess whether Grappa played a role in the development process or whether this paper is purely the result of hard work. The fact of the matter is: EXTRAMATT is the world’s roughest coated paper.

Moreover, it folds extremely well and was developed as the first premium art paper for HP Indigo digital printing and dry toner digital printing. Offset printing with EXTRAMATT also achieves fantastic results. However, due to the rough surface of the paper you do need to allow for a longer drying time.

With a very thin coating, EXTRAMATT has a significantly higher bulk (1.15) than machine coated paper. It is available in White and in 130 gsm, 145 gsm, 165 gsm, 300 gsm and 400 gsm.

In it's Coldwhite shade EXTRAMATT is by the way the world's whitest coated paper by measurement with a CIE Whitness of 160.

EXTRAMATT is manufactured on one of the smallest paper machines in Europe. Only small machines are flexible enough to produce such a rough paper. At 300 gsm and at 400 gsm, the paper consists of two layers (duplexing). The product is of course FSC®-certified.

In a recent print test we experienced and established a series of print parameters:
Wet densities were printed @ -0.05 D compared to another coated paper. Whilst drying densities decreased significantly more than on the comparison coated paper but not as much as the decrease measured on the uncoated paper.
The tone value increases were slightly higher than on the comparison paper.
Compared to ISO12647-2: 2013 PC1, the midrange is about 3% fuller. This results in the following target values for dot gain:
20% + 12%
40% + 18%
60% + 18%
80% + 12%
The total ink coverage is limited to 280%. The color space does not become noticeably larger with a higher total ink application.
The printing ink wicks away quickly and feels dry.
When applying additional finishing processes we recommend applying a protective lacquer to reduce the risk of abrasion and carbonization.
You can download the appropriate ICC profile for Extramatt Coldwhite here.



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