SMART Papers Wins Full FSC Certification for Knightkote(R) Matte Premium Coated Printing Papers

January 22, 2009
    HAMILTON, Ohio, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ --


— At 30% Post-Consumer Fiber, 50% Total Recycled Content, Knightkote
Matte Has Highest Recycled Content For Coated Papers Produced and Sold By Any
North American Papermaker.

— SMART Papers Produces Highest Number of FSC-Certified Coated and
Uncoated Brands in North America; Super-Premium Kromekote, Knightkote Matte
and Nine Premium Uncoated Brands Manufactured To FSC specifications.

— Knightkote is Specified By Companies and Designers For Value-Pricing,
Print Performance And Environmental Preferability. Applications Include 7-pt
and 9-pt Reply Cards For Direct Mail, Packaging, Marketing Materials, Other
High-Visibility Print Pieces.

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SMART Papers’ Knightkote(R) Matte, long respected for its high recycled
fiber content, is now fully Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified.
Corporations and graphic design professionals have immediate access to the
company’s extensive lineup of environmentally responsible matte-coated
printing and packaging papers.

Knightkote Matte is manufactured with 50% recycled fibers, including 30%
post-consumer fibers. That is the highest recycled and post-consumer fiber
content in a premium coated paper produced and sold by any North American
papermaker. New FSC certification gives Knightkote further industry-leading
positioning and makes it a top choice for corporations, higher education and
other non-profits that need environmentally responsible printing papers.

SMART Papers, North America’s largest manufacturer of premium cast coated,
matte coated and uncoated printing and packaging papers, offers the most
extensive selection of FSC-certified brands including Kromekote(R),
Genesis(R), Synergy(R), Pegasus(R), Solutions(R), Skytone(R), Proterra(R),
Feltweave(R), Nekoosa(R) Linen and now Knightkote(R) Matte. Several brands
are available with 100 percent post-consumer fibers.

The growing collection of FSC-certified papers underscores SMART Papers’
longstanding commitment to sustainability in its premium papers and
manufacturing operations. Recently the company broke ground on a $30 million
energy production facility to be powered by 100% cellulosic biomass fuel,
primarily wood waste. By late 2009, all of the company’s products will be
fully carbon neutral and produced fossil fuel-free.

“We will continue striving to exceed customer expectations when it comes
to environmental stewardship,” said Doug Gruber, Senior Vice President of
Sales and Marketing for SMART Papers. “With the addition of Knightkote, SMART
Papers expands its offering of premium FSC papers manufactured with high
levels of post-consumer fiber.”

“Sustainability is a choice,” added SMART Papers Chairman Tim Needham.
“We’re offering the choice of having it all-the broadest range of high
quality, value priced, environmentally preferable FSC-certified printing

He cited the company’s investment toward 100% fossil-fuel free production
now underway at its Hamilton, Ohio, manufacturing center. No other North
American printing paper manufacturer is currently transitioning all of its
operations to fossil-fuel free production.

Knightkote Matte: For Environmentally Responsible Print Projects

Knightkote Matte is available in two shades-a cool white and an elegant
creme. It comes in two unique embossed finishes and a comprehensive selection
of text and cover weights, including a high-yield return card and a 130 lb.
heavyweight cover.

In addition to offset printing, Knightkote Matte is guaranteed to perform
on digital presses from Xerox, Kodak and HP Indigo as well as a large variety
of production-rated color laser equipment produced by all top OEMs worldwide.

Uses for Knightkote Matte include corporate print collateral, brochures,
direct mail advertising, books, magazines, premium bag, carton and other
packaging applications.

                             About SMART Papers

Hamilton, Ohio-based SMART Papers is the largest North American
manufacturer and marketer of environmentally responsible, premium cast-coated,
matte-coated and uncoated text, cover and writing papers. The papers, used
primarily in offset and digital printing as well as high-end packaging, are
marketed in North America, Europe and Asia.

Brands include Kromekote, Knightkote Matte, SMART Digital, Pegasus,
Carnival, Synergy, Passport, Genesis, Magna Carta, SMART Brights, Feltweave,

Nekoosa Linen, Nekoosa 25% Cotton, Nekoosa Bond, Skytone, Solutions and
Proterra. Many of the papers contain up to 100% post-consumer fibers and all
are chlorine free.

All pulp used in papermaking is certified by one or more of the following
third-party organizations: the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the
Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the Programme for the Endorsement of
Forest Certification (PEFC) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

SMART Papers supplies branded and specialty papers for a wide range of
applications including corporate brochure and identity programs, annual
reports, consumer labels and tags, high-end consumer packaging, stationery,
greeting cards, invitations with matching envelopes, direct mail, security
papers and more. Please visit www.smartpapers.com, call 800-443-9773 or
contact your local paper merchant for more information. Customers may also
order papers in any quantity at www.smartpapersstore.com.


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