NewPage Corporation

NewPage Celebrates Twenty-Five Years of UniTherm Thermal Transfer Label Paper Technology

NewPage Corporation announced the twenty-fifth anniversary of UniTherm, a family of pressure sensitive thermal transfer label papers designed and manufactured by its specialty papers product area. UniTherm is used in logistics and inventory control systems worldwide, supporting rapid capture and transmittal of thermal transfer-printed variable information and barcode data that is an essential component of modern track-and-trace shipment and just-in-time inventory systems.

UniTherm was developed in 1988 as a solution for item-level barcode labeling offered by new computerized shipping and inventory management systems. "Barcode labels revolutionized the movement and tracking of products in virtually all industries," said Ed Buehler, vice president, specialty papers for NewPage. "UniTherm has been instrumental in enhancing the velocity and accuracy of supply chain logistics."

Over the last 25 years, UniTherm has evolved, keeping pace with advancements in printer and printer ribbon technologies and the rapid growth of integrated global logistics systems.  "UniTherm created a new generation of label papers designed for reliable performance over time in harsh environments," said Buehler. "This innovation tradition continues today as UniTherm remains the industry standard for thermal transfer papers."

The UniTherm family includes basis weight offerings from 40 lb. (65gsm) to 50 lb. (81gsm) - each optimized for pressure sensitive thermal transfer printing.