What is NCR Paper

What is NCR Paper, how does it work and what are it's uses?

We’ve answered these questions in detail below but in a nutshell, NCR paper allows you to make multiple copies of a written document, the pressure of the pen on the top sheet makes a duplicate copy on any NCR paper sheets underneath.

NCR Paper is widely used for things such as:
Invoices / Reciepts
Delivery Notes
Hire Agreements
Order Forms
Service Reports

In fact anywhere that two or more copies are needed. It is also perfect for agreements where a signed copy can be left with more than one party, for example hire agreements for anything from a car to a children’s bouncy castle.

From Carbon Paper to Carbonless NCR Paper
Years ago to make a copy of any particular document you would have needed a piece of carbon covered paper which was placed between two sheets of paper, the pressure of the pen on the top sheet would push the carbon onto the sheet underneath. The carbon paper would then have to be placed in between the next to sheets that were to be copied, a messy and laborious way to make duplicate documents.

That changed in 1953 when the NCR Corporation invented Carbonless paper, although carbon paper was still in wide use well into the 1980's. Its is commonly thought that NCR stands for No Carbon Required but its actually the initials of the company that invented it.

NCR Paper is usually glued along one edge into Duplicate Sets of two or Triplicate Sets of three. These sets are then usually glued together into books or pads for ease of use.

NCR Paper comes in various colours, the top sheet being usually white but middle and bottom sheets are also produced in Yellow, Blue, Pink and Green as well as of course White.

NCR Paper - How it Works
NCR Paper utilises a colourless microparticle application coating on the underside and a receiving coating on the top side.
When ruptured by the pressure of a pen the microparticles release colour formers which then react with the hitherto colourless coating on the top surface of the sheet below leaving an identical impression where the pressure has been applied.
The top sheet of a set naturally has only the underside application coating, the bottom sheet has only a receiving coating on the top side and middle sheet has both a receiving coating on the top side to produce an impression from the top sheet and an application coating on the reverse with which to make a further impression on the sheet underneath.


How NCR Works

In industry terms NCR Paper is identified by 3 sets of initials:
Top Sheet CB Coated Back
Middle Sheet CFB Coated Front Back
Bottom Sheet CF Coated Front


NCR Paper is also know as:
Carbonless Paper
Carbon Copy Paper
Duplicate Paper
Triplicate Paper
Multi-part paper


The Fastest & Cheapest NCR Paper Pads & Sets
At The Pad Printers we specialise in NCR Paper printing and its this specialisation that allows us to offer the best, fastest and cheapest service in the industry.

We use high quality 80gsm NCR Paper as standard and produce NCR in both individual Sets and Pads. You can get prices for NCR Paper printing from your own design HERE or why not take a look at some of our popular templates HERE. Whichever you choose you will find our standards of service and quality are second to none.