Sunday, 25 November 2012

OUGD503 // Fedrigoni // History

History of Fedrigoni
The Fedrigoni family has a tradition in the paper world since 1717, when the San Colombano paper mill was set up close to the hermitage of the same name in Vallarsa-Rovereto.
The paper mill was sold in 1814 to the Jacob family following the Napoleonic wars.

Giuseppe Antonio Fedrigoni, after a long period dedicated to commerce in paper, began paper production in 1888 in the Verona Paper mill,that was subsequently expanded by his son, Antonio.
From 1931, Gianfranco Fedrigoni, assisted by brothers Renzo and Arrigo, gave new impulse to the development of the company.

The Varone paper mill was taken over in 1938 and the Verona Mill - completely destroyed during the Second World War - was rebuilt in 1945.
The Adamas Paper Mill was set up in South Africa in 1948 (later sold to Sappi in 1964); the Arco Mill was founded in 1963.
The three mills (Verona, Varone and Arco) were merged in 1979 to form Cartiere Fedrigoni & C. S.p.A. Since then, Group development has continued with special emphasis on the "converting" sector, with the creation of Arconvert in 1989 and the take-over of Manter SA (Manipulados del Ter SA) in 1993, on European distribution through the dedicated companies distribution companies in Germany (1987), Spain (1989), France and Great Britain (1993). As from the 1st January 2000: the Fedrigoni Group was re-organised, with the transfer of production and commercial operations to the new Fedrigoni Cartiere S.p.A. and buildings operations to Acquaviva S.r.l., while Cartiere Fedrigoni & C. S.p.A. itself became the Group Holding Company.

At the end of 2001, the Fedrigoni Group was awarded the tender issued by "Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato" for the acquisition of "Cartiere Miliani e Fabriano" (heirs to the century-old tradition of Italian paper-making) and its subsidiaries (Cartamano S.r.l., Miliani Immobiliare S.r.l. and S.I.C.M.A. S.r.l.).

As from April 2004, thank to an agreement with "Mantegazza Antonio Arti Grafiche Srl" Fedrigoni Group creates Fabriano Securities which will be active in the area of securities systems with the production of a complete range of products technologically advanced such as holograms security-threads, plastic cards, security prints.

Fedrigoni Asia began operations in April 2006 with head offices in Hong Kong. The company will handle sales of Fedrigoni.

History of the Fedrigoni Group

The history of our business dates almost as far back as the history of paper in Europe itself. Over the years, we’ve consistently been at the forefront of our industry, pioneering the techniques and processes that make paper the beautiful, versatile medium it is. It’s a tradition of sustained growth and innovation we’re proud to continue to this day. Building on the past. Delivering the future.

1264 - First record of the production of carta bambagina – an early form of cotton-based paper – in Fabriano, according to a document from the Historical Archive of Matelica.

1717 - Giuseppe Fedrigoni founds the San Colombano paper mill at Trambilleno (Rovereto).

1888 - Giuseppe Antonio Fedrigoni sets up the Fedrigoni paper mill in Verona.

1938 - Gianfranco Fedrigoni (Giuseppe’s grandson) takes over the Varone paper mill.

1945 - Shortly before the end of World War II the mill at Verona is completely destroyed by air bombing. Family and workers contribute their own money to help with the reconstruction, without waiting for state aid or the Marshall plan.

1963 - A third paper mill in Arco is set up to produce the first punched cards for IBM machines, ushering in the dawn of the computing age.

1977 - The first trial batch of Post-It™ notes is produced by 3M with paper from the Varone Mill.

1987 - The first European distribution companies are opened in Germany and Spain, followed in 1993 by Fedrigoni UK and Fedrigoni France.

1989 - Arconvert is founded to make self-adhesive products.

1993 - The Group takes over ownership of the Spanish adhesive paper firm Manter.

2002 - The Euro is introduced as a single European currency. The Group acquires ownership of the historic paper company Cartiere Miliani Fabriano, which is licensed to produce paper for the Italian Euro notes.

2004 - Fabriano Securities is set up, specializing in security and anti-counterfeiting systems.

2006 - Founding of the Fedrigoni Asia office. The converting plant of Castelraimondo in Fabriano is also set up.

2009 - The group sets up Arconvert Brasil, its first overseas production plant.

Fedrigoni - The Group

From bank notes to books, and from fine art paper to office stationery, paper is part of the fabric of our world. Fedrigoni Group has played a major role in shaping that world for more than 120 years.
Fedrigoni Group manufactures a wide range of fine quality, technically advanced paper and paper-related products and distributes them all over the world. We have five main companies, together representing 2,000 employees and spanning seven countries. Through our network of distribution partners, we deliver to customers in more than 100 countries.

We pride ourselves on our close relationships with our customers, which allow us to provide unique services carefully tailored to their individual requirements. It’s this open dialogue with our customers, together with our innovative production and distribution techniques, that has made us a pioneering leader in the markets we serve.

Throughout our history, our business has been characterised by solid, sustainable growth. By painstakingly researching related industries, we’ve continued to make considered acquisitions that perfectly complement our strategic vision, allowing our business to flourish in existing markets while expanding into new ones.

There are 7 Sub companies:
- Arconvert
- Fedrigoni Cartiere
- Fabriano
- Fabriano Securities
- Fabriano Boutique
- Manter
- Sadipal

Headquarters and plant: Arco (Trento) / Italy

By 1989, the Varone Fedrigoni plant had acquired a wide range of expertise in adhesive paper. We decided to launch a separate company to develop this further, perfecting self-adhesive paper technology and allowing us to enter a growing market in this area. Arconvert was born. Twenty years of growth have seen the Arconvert plant expand to an area which today covers 50,000 square metres. The plant includes four coating lines for producing self-adhesive materials. Thanks to sustained increases in revenue and profits, Arconvert opened its Sao Paulo-based production company Arconvert Brazil Ltda in 2009.

- All-purpose self-adhesive paper and film in reel and sheet form
- Self-adhesive anti-counterfeit security paper
- Casting-release paper for the finishing of genuine and synthetic leather 

Fedrigoni Cartiere
Headquarters: Verona/Italy
Plant: Verona/Italy
Plant: Varone (Trento)/Italy
Plant: Arco (Trento)/Italy
Logistics: Buttapietra (Verona)/Italy

Since its foundation in 1888, Fedrigoni has specialised in fine paper for printing, editing, labels, bookbinding, packaging and paper products. While this remains very much at the heart of the business, the company continually creates new paper processes and technologies that satisfy the ever-changing aesthetic and technical demands of the market. Thanks to an advanced logistics system benefiting from 11 warehouse branches in Italy and seven abroad, Fedrigoni builds strong relationships with customers and provides them with highly tailored services, with very fast turnaround times. By collaborating closely with customers, Fedrigoni creates specially customised paper products along with the 2,500 standard items that are always in stock.

- Marked paper 
- Parchment and transparent paper
- Ecological and recycled paper
- High-density paper
- Cast-coated high-gloss paper 
- Pearlescent paper 
- Embossed paper
- Laid and watermarked paper 
- Paper for digital toner, laser and inkjet printers
- Wood-free offset paper in white and ivory
- Machine-coated glossy paper
- Pulp-coloured paper

Sales Offices: Fabriano (Ancona)/Italy
Converting: Castelraimondo (Macerata)/Italy, Rocchetta (Macerata)/Italy

Very few companies can claim a longer or more distinguished heritage than Fabriano. Dating back to 1264, the Fabriano mill’s fine arts papers were used and highly praised by Michelangelo. Fabrianese paper masters pioneered many of the processes now common in paper manufacture today, including the watermark and the technique of surface sheet gluing using gelatine. In 2002, Fabriano became part of the Fedrigoni Group, which backed it with significant new investments. The company is committed to renewable energy and makes extensive use of self-generated hydroelectric power. The production yield from the six continuous machines, one of which is dedicated entirely to producing bank notes and security papers, makes the company unique in the European paper industry and one of the leading players in its field worldwide.

- Office paper
- Security paper
- Bank notes
- Fine arts and scholastic design
- Editorial and graphic use
- Handmade paper

Fabriano Securities
Headquartes and Plant: Ospiate di Bollate, Milan/Italy

Fabriano Securities has more than 80 years’ experience creating special security features for paper as part of the security printing company Mantegazza Antonio Arti Grafiche. The company’s corporate branch in this sector was acquired by the Fedrigoni Group in 2004. Using specially developed technology, Fabriano Securities produces and prints anti-counterfeit features such as security threads, holograms and stripes (used in particularly in bank notes, including the Euro). All of the company’s products conform to the strict standards of the European Central Bank (ECB).

- Lithographic security printing 
- Applied security systems

Fabriano Boutique
Headquarters: Rome/Italy
Flagship stores: Florence, Milan, Rome/Italy, Münich/Germany

Since 2000, Fabriano also means design: useful and fascinating items in paper, for enjoyable visual and tactile luxury every day. Everything is designed in-house and manufactured in Italy by the best craftsmen using premium quality materials. Everything focusing around paper is designed and distributed to inspire designers and creatives world-wide. The products are on sale also through the bookshops of leading museums all over the world. Clients of specially designed solutions include important Italian and international institutions. 

- Luxury paper products
- Merchandising solutions for museums and exhibitions

Manipulados del Ter S.a.
Headquarter & Plants: Sant Gregori (Girona)/Spain

Founded in 1944, the Spanish company Manter produces self-adhesive paper and materials. We acquired the company in 1993 to take advantage of opportunities in a growing market and to create new outlets for special paper use. Today, advanced technological capacity and specialist knowledge have helped make Manter a global leader, particularly in the production of labels for the wine industry. Situated on an area of around 40,000 square metres, Manter’s new headquarters and plant were established in 2007.

- Self-adhesive paper and film in reel and sheet format for graphic and wine industry use

Headquartes and plant: Celrà (Girona)/Spain

A division of Manter, Sadipal handles the production and distribution of 25 lines of technical paper and stationery products for creativity, hobbies, school and free time. The company has a 3,500 square metre plant and a strong presence on the Spanish and international markets.

- Paper products for school use
- Paper products for personal use

Environmental Issues
Fedrigoni never flags in the attention it pays to sustainability and respect for the environment: that attention starts with its raw materials, which it sources exclusively from suppliers who practice responsible environmental policies, and its production facilities, whose energy comes from cogeneration plants, and continues right through to the finished product and distribution.
The Group has dedicated many years to expanding its range of papers bearing FSC® Chain of Custody certification. By 2010, the company had achieved a percentage of no less than 85%.
The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®) is an international non-governmental organisation, founded by a group of environmental associations, indigenous communities and forest owners, with the common aim of improving forestry management by practising environmentally compatible and socially and economically sustainable policies. Established in partnership with Greenpeace, WWF and Friends of the Earth, its principles lead to product certification. To obtain process certification, a producer must guarantee the Chain of Custody (or chain of traceability), which means always being able to identify the forest from which the wood used originally came, at every stage in its use, especially in the many phases that lead to the creation of the finished product destined for the end user.
But even that is not enough: ever concerned to demonstrate its complete commitment to safeguarding the environment, the company already achieved recognition of compliance with the FSC® Controlled Wood principles for the remaining 15%.
What this means is a guarantee that even those products that do not bear the FSC®-CoC use no cellulose made with wood deriving from illegal logging, from forestry areas where the civil or traditional rights of the local populations are trampled on or from any forests whose high values of conservation are threatened by forestry management activities. All and any producers who process wood from areas that have been converted from forests into plantations with an annual type of yield or planted with genetically modified trees are strictly excluded from the company's list of suppliers: this policy, which the company has been pursuing for years, guarantees a very low environmental impact throughout the product's life cycle: from the quality of the air and water, the protection of the soil and the reduction of waste to energy saving, natural resource management, the protection of the ozone layer, environmental safety, biodiversity and sustainable forestry. 

FSC® is an international organization and has both an international and a UK website
Fedrigoni now offers over 100 products which are FSC® certified, the attached document will help you to identify which logo to use for each material. 

All the ecological certifications held by Fedrigoni papers demonstrate the Group's attention to the environment and to the safety of both the product and the related production process, which takes the form of:
- acquiring fibrous raw materials from suppliers who practice sustainable forestry management, verified by their holding independent forestry certification and obtained from processes conducted without the use of any chlorine, in particular from cellulose classified as ECF;

- wherever the product's quality specifications allow, using cellulose fibers of non-forestry origin that come from annual plants, such as cotton, hemp, kenaf, bamboo and linen, or from secondary pre-consumer and post-consumer fibers ;

- working in pH neutral environments, i.e. acid free conditions, which also comply with the requisites of the Long Life Standard ISO 9706;

- favouring the increasing use of mineral fillers and biodegradable additives with a natural origin;

- reducing, if not eliminating, the use of raw materials whose production generates significant environmental impacts;

- favouring in-house energy generating, both from hydro-electric sources and obtained from fuels and systems with a low environmental impact (co-generation with natural gas)

- Complying with legislation governing the use of colorants, the elimination of hazardous substances and the presence of heavy metals (lead, cadmium, mercury etc.);

- Using subsidiary and process chemical substances and preparations that comply with the prescriptions introduced by R.E.A.C.H.Regulation.

Fedrigoni's policy of working consciously to save and filter water in the course of highly specialised production processes demonstrates the company's firm commitment to practising an environmentally sustainable strategy that focuses on reducing water consumption, favouring recirculation within the process, optimising its papermaking processes and doing away with all possible sources of wastage. At the same time as total production increased by 48% in the period from 2002 to 2008, a complex agenda put into practice at several levels reduced fresh water consumption by 39% and the production of residual sludge from water filtering (COD) by 57%.
By introducing energy co-generation plants, Fedrigoni has achieved a significant reduction in its atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions, which puts it perfectly in line with the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol. Fedrigoni already started a combined and simultaneous process of generating electricity and thermal energy in-house as early as 1997, using nothing but methane as fuel and recuperating the heat generated as a by-product of electricity to produce steam and use it in other phases of the production process. In that same period from 2002 to 2008, while total production increased by 48%, energy consumption was cut by 32%, steam by 39% and CO2 by 48%.

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