Mohawk partners with Kernow to become exclusive distributor of its Cobalt Coating Technology

Mohawk Fine Papers (North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty materials for printing), has announced a strategic partnership with Kernow Coatings Limited (a global leader in optimized, high-performance coatings for print, security, engineering and industrial substrates). Kernow’s proprietary Cobalt Coating Technology will now be available exclusively in Canada and the United States from Mohawk Fine Papers.

“Cobalt Coating Technology for HP Indigo represents a new benchmark for HP Indigo synthetics’ print performance,” said the companies. “Cobalt offers the next generation of durability and image quality specifically optimized for HP Indigo presses. Built on a well-established knowledge of digital print technology and expertly engineered by Kernow Coatings Limited, new Mohawk Synthetics with Cobalt deliver ultimate ink adhesion, built-in static control, and best-in-class runability.

Mike Madura.

“Mohawk’s partnership with Kernow Coatings is rooted in our common commitment to product innovation and excellence,” said Mike Madura, Vice President of Product Development & Management at Mohawk. “We’re excited to bring this new, premiere portfolio of HP Indigo synthetic products exclusively to the market. Mohawk Synthetics with Cobalt enable us to serve a broader range of needs for commercial printers and designers across North America using durable materials,”

Mohawk Synthetic Performance Polyester with Cobalt, manufactured as a solid, high-density polyester, is designed for durable and affordable print applications “without sacrificing on-press performance.” With a wide range of calipers in white, coloured and metallic films offered, the new the substrate portfolio enables new durable print applications using four-colour, white or clear ink. This “collection of unique materials” eliminates the need for laminating and is made up of synthetics that are tear-resistant, ideal for perforating and die-cutting, and offer built-in static control and excellent ink adhesion.


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.