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How does synthetic paper differ from conventional paper?
What is YUPO®?
Is YUPO® recyclable?
How do I dispose of YUPO®?
Can YUPO® be used with photocopiers or laser printers?
How long has synthetic paper been in use?
What environmental steps is Yupo Corporation taking?
What about YUPO®'s recycling initiatives?
What are some uses of YUPO®?

Q How does synthetic paper differ from conventional paper?
  A Whereas conventional paper is made primarily from wood pulp, most synthetic paper is manufactured using oil-based synthetic resins (plastics). As a result, synthetic paper possesses characteristics resembling those of plastic film, but looks almost indistinguishable from regular paper. Synthetic paper outperforms regular paper in terms of moisture resistance (almost no structural deterioration or deformation when wet) and durability (resistance to tearing). In addition, it is extremely resistant to chemicals and oils and has an exceptionally smooth surface finish.
 

Q How long has synthetic paper been in use?
  A In May of 1968, amidst worries about the future of pulp resources strained by the sudden increase in paper demand in a rapidly expanding economy, and with an eye to the future potential of petrochemical research, Japan's Science and Technology Agency published their "Recommendations towards the Development of a Synthetic Paper Industry", launching a synthetic paper boom in the related business community.
Dozens of firms took up the research and development of synthetic paper, and many began commercial production, but with the first oil crisis in 1973, most were forced to pull out of the industry.
Since then, not only in Japan but worldwide, synthetic paper companies like ours have pioneered the functional application of synthetic paper in a continually expanding marketplace, and synthetic paper is now being actively used in a wide range of fields around the globe.
 

Q What is YUPO®?
  A "YUPO" is a registered trademark of Yupo Corporation, and is a brand name covering our entire line of synthetic paper products.
The idea for the name "YUPO®" came from using the "P" from "paper" to unite the names of our parent companies, Mitsubishi Petrochemical (Mitsubishi Yuka in Japanese, now Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation) and Oji Paper Company (Now Oji Holdings Corporation).
*When using the YUPO® name, please refer to our trademark usage guidelines.
 

Q What environmental steps is Yupo Corporation taking?
  A Our Kashima plant has been certified ISO 14001 compliant, and we are putting into place other positive environmental initiatives. Additionally, absolutely no toxic substances (such as lead, hexavalent chromium, mercury, cadmium, BHA, phthalate ester) or other environmentally high-impact materials are used at any point in the manufacturing process.
 

Q Is YUPO® recyclable?
  A Yes. YUPO® is made from polypropylene (PP), a "grade-A student" among recyclables, and can be recycled in a variety of ways. Because it is made from the same polyolefin resin used for shampoo bottles and the like, YUPO® labels can be recycled without having to be peeled off the bottle. And once melted down and molded, these materials can be reused in recycled products such as plastic flower pots and pegs.
 

Q What about YUPO®'s recycling initiatives?
  A The scraps from the factory manufacturing stage are reused as raw materials.
 

Q How do I dispose of YUPO®?
  A While YUPO® does not release any toxic substances when incinerated, please follow your local municipality's guidelines for plastics when disposing of it as household waste. For commercial disposal, it must be treated as industrial waste.
 

Q What are some uses of YUPO®?
  A From posters and other point-of-purchase materials to printed maps and menus, not to mention packaging, stickers, labels, document forms, flyers, and ballot paper, YUPO® has found a home in a broad range of fields. For more examples, please refer to the introduction to applications page.
 

Q Can YUPO® be used with photocopiers or laser printers?
  A No it cannot. Exposure to the high temperatures generated by conventional copy machines, etc., can result in deformation of YUPO® that may cause unexpected problems. Please refrain from such use.
 
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Where can I get a sample of YUPO®?
What sizes is YUPO® available in?
Where can I buy YUPO®?

Q Where can I get a sample of YUPO®?
  A Please direct inquiries for samples to this site.
 

Q Where can I buy YUPO®?
  A While we do not sell our products directly, we are happy to put you in contact with our distributors, so please don't hesitate to inquire. At present, we have subsidiaries in the United States (Virginia) and Europe (Düsseldorf), and, with Asia supplied by Japan, our sales organization spans the globe. If you let us know your location, we will gladly put you in touch with the relevant distributor.
 

Q What sizes is YUPO® available in?
  A YUPO® products are available in both rolls and sheets. While sheets are available in both standard and custom sizes, rolls are basically only available in custom sizes, so please be careful when ordering.
 
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Can YUPO® be used with inkjet printers?
What should I keep in mind when printing with YUPO®?
Is YUPO® recommended for use as a shade for lighting equipment?
Does YUPO® require special ink?
What should I keep in mind when processing YUPO®?

Q Can YUPO® be used with inkjet printers?
  A Yes, we have various YUPOJET® grades that are designed for printing on wide format inkjet printers. Please choose the grade best suited to your printer.
 

Q Does YUPO® require special ink?
  A Yes. With only a few exceptions (SUPERYUPO® and other coated grade), YUPO synthetic paper requires specially formulated inks. For more detailed information, please refer to the Printing Overview page.
 

Q What should I keep in mind when printing with YUPO®?
  A Please be sure to consider ink, drying time, advance preparation, use of spray powder and the like. For more detailed information, please refer to the Printing Information page.
 

Q What should I keep in mind when processing YUPO®?
  A Please be sure to take care when cutting and folding during the manufacturing process. For more detailed information, please refer to the Processing Information page.
 

Q Is YUPO® recommended for use as a shade for lighting equipment?
  A YUPO® has a low heat tolerance. When used with lighting equipment, it must be kept well away from high temperatures. Please inquire.
 
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