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Subject: Teslin Synthetic Printing Sheet

Teslin Synthetic Printing Sheet

From: Thomas M. Vanderlinden <tomv>
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 1998
Donia Conn <donia [at] pop__uky__edu> writes

>Does anyone have information on a new product called Teslin
>Synthetic Printing Sheet manufactured by PPG Industries, Inc.  This
>product is being marketed as a substitute for paper.

Teslin is a high molecular weight polyolefin filled with silica
(fumed, I would guess), and is an interesting material:

    very matte
    very white
    very opaque
    very strong
    very expensive
    prints wonderfully
    pleasing to the touch (at least mine)
    a sheet laminated with polyester on one side will take a coating
    of wet PVA on the other side with almost no curl.

We have not yet evaluated its "archival" properties. Our intended
application is a commercial one not normally constrained by
preservation considerations.

I would not characterize it as a substitute for paper, but rather as
a printable plastic film behaving in ways that paper does not. I
have found

    Thomas Leigh
    Teslin Technical Service
    PPG Industries
    Barberton, Ohio

to be very helpful in providing technical information.

Thomas McKinlay Vanderlinden
Bridgeport National Bindery
104 Ramah Circle South
Agawam, MA 01001

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