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Success Story: The Canadian Pharmacists Association

22lb Supreme Opaque paper for digital inkjet presses transformed CPhA’s books

As the national voice of the Canadian pharmacists, the Canadian Pharmacists
Association (CPhA) provides leadership on key national issues affecting the pharmaceutical
industry and the health of Canadians. Founded in 1907, CPhA is the trusted source of pharmacist practice
resources required to ensure optimal drug therapy and patient care.


For more than 50 years, CPhA has been providing the industry professionals with the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), the Canadian standard for drug monographs, offering an unrivaled compilation of product monographs.

Throughout the years, CPS—a book that started as a single volume—has gradually transformed into a bulky two volume set. Despite a 30lb stock, the book has become too big and too heavy to handle. CPhA requested Webcom to find a solution that would equally address the functionality of the book and would present clear economic benefits.


Webcom was determined to find an innovative ultra-thin paper that could handle heavy ink coverage without diminishing the readability and clarity of the printed words. The paper needed to be compatible with digital inkjet presses which would facilitate shorter runs and drive economic benefits to their bottom line.

To complete this challenging project, Webcom partnered with a leading paper manufacturer in North America and ran a series of paper tests on its HP digital inkjet presses. What seemed impossible has turned into a new reality for Webcom and its customers, resulting in a successful launch of 22lb DI Supreme Opaque paper that literally pushed the limits of technology.

The high-quality formation and smooth surface of 22lb DI Supreme Opaque resulted in a brighter paper with less show-through, rendering a crisper text. Combined with its 1450 pages per inch bulk, it was an excellent choice for the high-page-count of CPS books.

CPhA was amazed by the CPS copies printed on 22lb DI Supreme Opaque. Webcom was able to successfully address CPhA’s concerns for volume and weight while  maintaining the high quality of print.

““CPS looks EXCELLENT! The text quality was preserved with the thinner paper and, in my opinion, it looks very crisp and clear. The ability to provide more content in a smaller volume will be a welcomed benefit for those who have to lift those books every day! I want to thank Webcom for taking the time and financial investment to introduce 22lb DI Supreme Opaque to its digital paper portfolio. The books look amazing!””

Senior Product Manager
Lyndon McPhail


  • High-quality printing
    22lb DI Supreme Opaque delivered crisp text reproduction with a high degree of readability. 
  • Improved user experience
    The functionality of the books has been improved. They became lighter and easier to lift, a welcomed advantage for those who use them every day.
  • Complete transformation
    Despite an increase of 348 pages, the new books boast a 32% reduction in spine width.
  • Clear cost savings
    Over 10% savings on freight.

Put our experience to work

  • Capabilities to support a whole title’s lifecycle

    Whether you need a few copies or a few thousands, we can deliver a balanced mix of digital inkjet and offset print.

  • Product customization

    We support niche markets with responsive turnaround and quick access to local distribution.

  • Diverse paper options

    Print on a wide range of paper types with custom finishes (from 20lb to 80lb).

  • Complete flexibility

    Advance reader copies, front and backlist reprints, and short and long runs when you need them.

  • Fulfillment & distribution

    Get your books to market quickly and dependably with direct shipment to your customers.

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