About

Who we are

International standards for creative and technical papers – since the 17th century

Arjowiggins is an independent paper manufacturer with a rich history reaching back to the 17th century. From our Anglo-French roots we have grown into a paper manufacturer with a global reach, marrying experience, knowledge and skill to the most advanced technology available, to serve customers large and small. Today, Arjowiggins is firmly established as one of the world’s leading producers of creative and technical papers.

Our portfolio of products includes:

The company continues to produce all of the iconic products that have built its reputation, including Conqueror, Curious Collection, Keaykolour, Pop’Set, Rives, Delos, Geltex, Gateway, Jetguard, Laserguard, and more recently Powercoat for printed electronics. Our papers are manufactured across four mills, in Europe (Stoneywood and Chartham in the UK, Guarro Casas in Spain) and China (Quzhou).

Sustainability and respect for the environment remain more than ever at the heart of Arjowiggins’ activities, through a wide range of ongoing internal and external initiatives. And we retain an intense focus on maintaining our position as a pioneer in the development of innovative, high added-value creative and technical paper products, available worldwide.

Heritage

Arjowiggins is first and foremost a story of people, of passionate individuals who for centuries have developed and nurtured the love of paper. From the pioneers of the 17th and 18th centuries who built the original paper mills to the men and women at the helm of the global 21st-century business, there has been an unbroken dedication to preserving the love and utility of high-quality paper.

1698

Foundation of Guarro Casas by Ramon Guarro at the Torre de Claramunt in Catalonia

1738

Foundation of Chartham Mill, in Kent, south-east England

1761

The Buckland Mill in Dover, also in Kent, commences operations

1770

Foundation of Stoneywood Mill near Aberdeen, on Scotland’s east coast. Alexander Pirie & Sons takes over in 1800 and converts the mill to make white writing paper

1888

The first sheets of Conqueror roll off the presses at Buckland Mill thanks to founder EP Barlow’s determination to provide a high-quality watermarked paper for the masses

1890

Just two years later the Buckland Mill is bought by Wiggins Teape, a London-based stationery business formed by Edward Wiggins and Henry Teape

1922

Wiggins Teape acquires Alexander Pirie & Sons including Stoneywood Mill

1930

Wiggins Teape acquires Chartham Mill and the Gateway emblem, which is then adopted by all Wiggins Teape paper mills, and can still be seen on-site

1939-45

Gateway tracing paper made at Chartham is used widely by pilots and engineering draughtsmen. Stoneywood suspends its papermaking activities and manufactures Churchill tank turrets

1954

In France, the merger of four competing paper mills leads to the formation of the first French papermaking group: Arjomari. The name of the group comes from the first two letters of the names of the four mills: Arches, Johannot, Marais and Rives

1968-90

Arjomari merges with Prioux-Dufournier, forming Arjomari-Prioux.
BAT industries acquires Wiggins Teape in 1970 and Appleton Papers in the USA eight years later.
In 1990 Wiggins Teape and Appleton Papers merge to become Wiggins Teape Appleton

1989

Guarro Casas is bought by Arjomari-Prioux

1990

Arjomari-Prioux and Wiggins Teape Appleton merge to form Arjowiggins Appleton

2000

Arjowiggins Appleton is acquired by Worms & Cie and the group shortens its name to Arjowiggins. In 2005 Worms & Cie becomes Sequana

2001

Arjowiggins’ distribution business is demerged as Antalis (part of Sequana)

2003

Foundation of Quzhou mill in Zhejiang province, China

2008

Quzhou mill is aquired at 100% by Arjowiggins
The entire range of Arjowiggins’ creative papers gains FSC™ certification (FSC™ C018501)

2019

The Creative Papers division of Arjowiggins becomes an independent company following a management buy-out led by Managing Director Jonathan Mitchell. The new company Arjowiggins Group Ltd is based in Aberdeen, Scotland.

2020

Stoneywood Mill celebrates its 250th anniversary

Management

Arjowiggins Group Ltd is a fully independent company, based in Aberdeen, Scotland, owned and managed by an experienced, eight-strong leadership team with the support of Scottish Enterprise.

The company was formed in October 2019 as a spin-off of the Creative Papers Division of the former Arjowiggins Group based in Paris. The management secured a buy-out of the division and took ownership of the company’s worldwide activities, comprising three established paper mills in Europe and one in China, as well as ownership of the iconic Arjowiggins brand.

Beyond the determination of the leadership team to secure the future of a strong and sustainable business with such a long heritage, the management buy-out was achieved with the support of the Scottish government, through its national economic development agency, Scottish Enterprise.
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The Arjowiggins leadership team is composed of:

  • Jonathan Mitchell

    CEO

  • Béatrice Baluteaud

    Group HR Director and General Manager Arjowiggins France

  • Charles de James

    Commercial Director Creative Papers

  • Christophe Jordan

    Managing Director Translucent Papers & Business Director Smart Papers

  • Angus MacSween

    Group Manufacturing Director and General Manager Stoneywood Mill

  • Jordi Sauras

    General Manager Guarro Casas and Business Director Creative Papers Latin America

  • Stephen Smith

    Group Finance Director

  • Thierry Soulabaille

    Supply Chain Director and Business Director Security Papers

Careers

Arjowiggins is and will always be a story of people, of passionate individuals who for centuries have developed and nurtured the love of paper. Our teams drive our business forward thanks to their creativity, passion, expertise and skills.

Our company’s reputation and reach are global but, with 800 people across locations in the UK, France, Spain, Italy and China, its human scale and the company culture – international, creative, responsive and collaborative – offer everyone the chance to leave their mark.

If you’re seeking a role in manufacturing, logistics & supply chain, research and development, or marketing and sales, check back here regularly for our latest opportunities, or use the application form below to send us your résumé.