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The variety of paper that can be used in printing various promotional materials is quite wide. Brands must however be cognisant that there are some papers that experience consistent demand and thus they are generally available in the local market. Unfortunately, paper production in Kenya stopped at the once giant manufacturing plant, Webuye Pan Paper Mills. Revival is just a pipe dream. We currently depend on imported paper.

Paper comes in various weights, colours, grades of whiteness, brightness and smoothness. You can explore more about these terms here. Below we highlight the common types, their applications and availability in Kenya.

Paper Type
Recommended Application
Plain Paper (also commonly referred to as Bond 80)
Available (coloured paper is also available)
General office printing
Ivory Board
Cards, book covers
Card Stock
Cards, book covers, carrier bags
Available in various colours
Files, covers
Art Paper
Available in gloss or matte finish
Magazines, annual reports, catalogues
Art Board
Available in gloss or matte finish
Magazine covers, cards
Embossed Papers (textured papers)
Various colours and textures available
Certificates, wedding cards
Perfumed Textured Papers
Various colours and textures available
Wedding cards, art and craft, decorations
Conqueror™, Royal, Classic
Available in cream yellow, white, and blue
Letterheads, Complementary slips
Bank Paper
Available in white
Bank stationery
No Carbon Required (NCR) Paper
Available in white, green, pink, yellow and blue; top middle and bottom variants
Business forms
Cover Board
Available as one side coated
Carrier bags, cards
Chip Board
Available in white, grey and brown
Covers, pads for loose-leaf
Available in off-white, pink, yellow
One colour posters, fliers, business forms
Self-adhesive papers
Available in gloss or matte
Stickers and other labelling requirements

Cover stock or pasteboard, is thicker than normal printing paper, but thinner and more flexible than paperboard. In Kenya, you’ll find sellers of paper referring to cover stock as coverboard. This normally implies that the paper has coating on just one side.

Bristol board is an uncoated, machine-finished paperboard named after Bristol City in England. More here…

Bond paper is similar to bank paper but has a weight greater than 50 GSM. It can be used as an alternative to plain paper at 80 GSM and is good for common stationery such as letterheads, complementary slips and even normal writing. More here…

Bank paper is a light and strong paper weighing less than 50 GSM. It is used  for certain stationery in banks, typewriting and correspondence.

Paperboard is a firm thick paper normally with a thickness of greater than 0.25mm or weight greater than 224 GSM. Its wide variety allows for wide applications such as book covers, post cards, business cards etc. More here…

Manila paper is cheaper compared to other card stock papers. It not as strong as paperboard and is lighter than paperboard. It is normally used for art and craft purposes and can be found in various colours. It can also be used to print covers especially for files and folders. More here…

Newsprint is a common paper which you might be interacting with daily in newspapers. It is low-cost and is suitable for one colour prints such as fliers and posters. It can also be used to make receipts as it can be found in various colours to separate the duplicate and triplicate. More here…

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