Agfa has developed and launched a synthetic paper under its Synaps brand that includes an agent that antagonises the settlement and growth of bacteria and viruses on its surface.

The new Synaps XM synthetic paper for features an agent that remains active for the entire life of the synthetic paper and protects also print areas that are covered with toner ink. Its efficiency up to 99.99% has been proven through independent ISO 20743 and ISO 18184 tests.

Synaps is a polyester-based print media developed, manufactured and marketed by Agfa. It comes in two versions dependent on the print technology: for offset, UV inkjet and electroink (Synaps OM), and xerography or dry toner (Synaps XM). This new type of Synaps XM replaces the existing XM product range while fully preserving its print quality, antistatic process behaviour and printer compatibility.

Both Synaps OM and Synaps XM are available in a variety of thicknesses, whilst OM is also available as a self-adhesive product. The use of Synaps papers is driven by applications that require indoor or outdoor durability without the need for lamination, such as labels, tags, signage, posters and menu cards.