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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
    absorbent
    very strong
    soft
    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
    330-825-4958

to be very helpful in providing technical information.

Thomas McKinlay Vanderlinden
Bridgeport National Bindery
104 Ramah Circle South
Agawam, MA 01001
413-789-1981

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