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The brand the biggest names in publishing trust.

Somerset is the premier high volume paper with renowned ink gloss for dynamic and vibrant imagery. Designed for optimal web strength and superior heft and stiffness, it's no surprise that it's the magazine paper publications know and trust.

Web Strength

Proprietary finishing process designed to ensure fewer web breaks, less basis weight variation and minimal complaints per thousand tons.

Heft and Stiffness

Delivering a higher quality feel than any competitive grade at the same basis weight—the feel of an extra ten pounds without the cost.

Environmentally Responsible

Somerset always features SFI® Chain of Custody certification ensuring that the fiber used to manufacture Somerset is sourced from responsibly managed forests and is Lacey Act compliant. Available with 10% of the fiber derived from PCW and either PEFC or FSC® Chain of Custody certification upon request. Sappi Fine Paper North America is a certified SmartWaySM Transport partner.

Exceptional Ink Gloss

Best-in-the-business ink gloss holds inks on the surface for more dynamic and vibrant images.

Clean Run

Proprietary coating and calendering minimizes picking and piling, resulting in fewer wash-ups.

Broad Choice of Weights and Finishes

Options are numerous with weights ranging from 45lb Text to 80lb Cover and a variety of finishes including Gloss, Satin, and Matte.


Three machines—all capable of producing a high volume of multiple weights and finishes—under one roof, making it an ideal choice for magazine paper. No one else can match this back-up assurance.

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Grades are run to weight and finish except where noted.
Surface Gloss Satin Matte
Format Rolls/Web
Type Performance Family
Coated fine paper (US)
Performance Family
Coated fine paper (US)
Performance Family
Coated fine paper (US)
Print process Heatset web offset printing
Heatset web offset printing
Heatset web offset printing
Basis weight text 45lb / 67 gsm
50lb / 74 gsm
55lb / 81 gsm
60lb / 89 gsm
70lb / 104 gsm
80lb / 118 gsm
90lb / 133 gsm
100lb / 148 gsm
45lb / 67 gsm
50lb / 74 gsm
60lb / 89 gsm
70lb / 104 gsm
80lb / 118 gsm
100lb / 148 gsm
45lb / 67 gsm
50lb / 74 gsm
60lb / 89 gsm
70lb / 104 gsm
80lb / 118 gsm
100lb / 148 gsm
105lb / 7pt. / 155 gsm
Basis weight cover 70lb / 7pt. / 190 gsm
80lb / 7pt. / 216 gsm
64lb / 7pt. / 173 gsm
65lb / 176 gsm
80lb / 9pt. / 216 gsm


Sappi Solution Gloss Satin Matte  
Rich, Tactile Sense
elegant, sophisticated luxury items; textured images; illustrations; textiles
Fine Detail
reproductions; hard, shiny objects,
metallic inks; solids and screens
Readability and Clarity
text combined with imagery; soft subject matter; low–glare requirements; financials
Accurate Color Matching
flesh tones; fine art reproductions; product/brand; replications
Warmth and Depth
images rich in warm tones (furniture, food, fabrics); earth tones; illustrations
Cool and Crisp
images using cool blue tones; high–contrast imagery; hard, shiny metallic objects; black-and-white photography
Heft and Substance
items handled by consumers; direct-mail; brand communications; point-of-purchase material; inserts
products requiring environmentally friendly paper; corporate responsibility reports; corporate communications; catalogs

End Use Applications

End Use Applications Gloss Satin Matte  
Books X X X  
Brochures X X X  
Catalogs X X X  
Direct Mail X   X  
Inserts X   X  
Magazines X X X  


The Sustainable Choice

It's not just about preserving our forests and resources—although that's extremely important. It's also about preserving the integrity of your communications. That's why Sappi has attained the highest levels of third party certification possible for a paper company.

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification means from the forest to the printer, this paper is produced following the most sustainable practices currently available.

* Available in limited quantity and by request

The SFI Program certifies that 100% of the raw materials used to manufacture this paper comes through our SFI certified procurement system. The SFI Standard balances the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with wildlife, plant, soil and water protection.

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification—an independent, nonprofit, non-governmental organization—works with forest managers, paper and timber companies and their external certifiers to assure that the world’s forests are managed sustainably for the benefit of future generations.