Pretex map paper, water & tear resistant
Pretex is a water resistant paper (fibre impregnated with synthetics) that not only performs well in the field but is excellent for high quality digital laser and highest quality offset printing.
It has been the preferred water resistant paper in European orienteering since 2007. Australia and New Zealand have warmed to Pretex since 2009 with over 92,000 SRA3 sheets (approx. 112,000 maps plus 3,670 chest and bike bibs) sold in Australia alone since 2012. MapSport Cartographic in conjunction with Stay In Control is the sole Australian importer of Pretex 50.120.
Pretex is probably the most environmentally sound synthetic as it emits no harmful substances when breaking down in waste.
Pretex is the only synthetic capable of digital and offset print that meets the ISOM 2017 foldability requirement.
SRA3 120gsm is the only version in stock. Pretex is whiter than Teslin and more foldable. Pretex is fine on offset presses and most modern production level digital presses. Nevertheless please read Learning about Pretex to ensure a good result.
Price of Pretex and despatch
Price is per ream of 500 and includes carton and packing charge which reduces by $10 per ream for 2 or more. Delivery, if selected, is via Officeworks Mailman @ $28.60 per ream which includes insurance of up to $500 and a protective outer carton. You need to select the same quantity of delivery items as you have reams.
You may, if appropriate, select Event Pickup or ‘unknown’ instead of Mailman delivery.
We, along with many orienteering clubs, believe Pretex is the lowest cost suitable synthetic in Australia. It costs only slightly less than is charged for use in Swiss orienteering maps despite freight & landing charges being 45% of our landed cost! We do look after our Australian orienteers.
Although orders for Pretex are taken on this website for some time yet, they are forwarded to Stay In Control for processing including invoicing. Jim Russell’s Stay In Control took on all Pretex business from 1 July 2018 so Ken Dowling’s MapSport Cartographic can focus on the introduction of OCAD 2018. Note that GST is not added to Pretex nor Mailman delivery as Stay In Control is not GST registered.
All orders are your responsibility from the time they are lodged with Mailman or your nominated carrier.
Printing on Pretex map paper
Pretex 50.120 is double side print capable.
Suited to production level digital presses and lower heat office digital laser printers (current compatibility chart available).
Orienteering, rogaining, trail and adventure maps. Racer bibs. Mountain bike race numbers.
Sport chest bibs and bike event numbers. A Pretex race bib production service is offered by MapSport Cartographic and Stay in Control. Various number formats, full personalisation down to the person’s daily start times, plus full colour sponsor logos are the norm. See the Services page for more information.
Other applications of Pretex include;
- geological maps
- charts and plans for outside
- carrier bags