AbitibiBowater introduces ECOPAQUE(TM) - A high whiteness UFS substitute that is innovative, cost-effective & environmentally friendly


May 12, 2008, 01:00 ET from ABITIBIBOWATER INC. - ENGLISH

    MONTREAL, May 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - AbitibiBowater - the global
 market leader in uncoated freesheet (UFS) substitutes - is pleased to
 introduce ECOPAQUE(TM), an innovative, cost-effective and environmentally
 friendly offset paper. ECOPAQUE(TM) is the first new product of the
 recently formed company.
     ECOPAQUE(TM) is the breakthrough high whiteness UFS substitute
 developed for the commercial printing industry. UFS substitutes are
 specifically engineered mechanical fiber papers offering better opacity at
 lighter basis weights than uncoated freesheet. This paper is manufactured
 chlorine-free and delivers a CIE whiteness of 120.
     An environmentally friendly product, this new paper uses 50% less wood
 fiber than freesheet at the equivalent basis weight. ECOPAQUE(TM) requires
 less virgin fiber than even a traditional freesheet containing up to 50%
 recycled content. The fiber used is harvested from sustainable woodlands
 that are certified to credible and globally recognized sustainable forest
 management (SFM) standards. ECOPAQUE(TM)'s "green" production process uses
 hydroelectricity, which reduces the amount of fossil fuel used and lowers
 greenhouse gases by 75%.
     "With 120 whiteness and a brightness of 90, ECOPAQUE(TM) is a true
 breakthrough for the printing industry," said Luc A. Ranger, AbitibiBowater
 Vice President, Commercial Printing Papers. "It's a win-win for our
 customers because they save money while helping the environment," added
ECOPAQUE(TM) in brief: ------------------------------------------------------------------------- - Breakthrough high whiteness UFS substitute - Uses 50 percent less wood fiber than UFS - Totally chlorine-free - Offers 60 lb caliper and opacity in a 45 lb paper, thus delivering more linear feet of paper per ton than uncoated freesheet - Lighter weight helps consumers reduce overall paper and potentially mailing costs - Available in 42.5 lb, 45 lb and 50 lb - CIE whiteness/ISO brightness: 120/90 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ECOPAQUE(TM) also provides significant cost savings for customers. Because this paper has the look and feel of a heavier basis weight UFS, a lower basis weight ECOPAQUE(TM) sheet can be used. For example, the 45 lb ECOPAQUE(TM) sheet has the opacity and caliper of a 60 lb premium
#1 opaque offset. This means less paper by weight is needed to print the same amount of copies, resulting in a lower cost per page. Its lighter weight also offers the potential to reduce mailing costs or allow more to be included in the mailing within their postal class rate. This paper is ideal for commercial printing jobs that traditionally use uncoated freesheet such as:
- Direct mail - Flyers - Forms - Instruction manuals - Book publishing - Newsletters - Financial printing - Workbooks - Inserts Versatile and recyclable, AbitibiBowater printing papers represent a cost-effective solution for many communications applications. AbitibiBowater was the first to develop and market mechanical fiber papers as a substitute for UFS. For more information about ECOPAQUE(TM) sales, visit www.ecopaque.com. AbitibiBowater produces a wide range of newsprint, commercial printing papers, market pulp and wood products. It is the eighth largest publicly traded pulp and paper manufacturer in the world. AbitibiBowater owns or operates 27 pulp and paper facilities and 34 wood products facilities located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Korea. Marketing its products in more than 90 countries, the Company is also among the world's largest recyclers of newspapers and magazines, and has more third-party certified sustainable forest land than any other company in the world. AbitibiBowater's shares trade under the stock symbol ABH on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange. Note to the media: Please click the following URL to access the ECOPAQUE(TM) logo: http://files.newswire.ca/716/EcopaqueLogo.jpg