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James Cropper Merges Paper Divisons

James Cropper Merges Paper Divisons

Press Release July 2014

Customer Experience Enhanced as James Cropper Simplifies Paper Division

James Cropper is merging its two paper divisions, Speciality Paper and Converting, into one business to simplify and optimise customer service.

James Cropper is the new, simplified name for the speciality paper and converting business of James Cropper PLC, operating from the company’s traditional manufacturing and administration base in Burneside, Cumbria. Led by Commercial Director, Chris Brown, the move sees the sales and marketing teams merged into one, allowing more cross selling of the products and capabilities of those divisions.

The combined division grew sales by 7% to £71.5m in the year to March 2014, with operating profit of £2.5m, a 20% increase on the year before.

The merger of the two divisions coincides with a complete rebrand, stressing the company’s heritage and its commitment to innovation and customer service. The combination of the two allows the specialist paper product portfolio to combine the specialist colours, embossings, and surface enhancements with mount-boards, high-quality inkjet papers, display board and luxury packaging.

Chris Brown says: "By combining the converting and paper businesses under one brand, we invite our existing and future customers to task us with completing the most challenging production requests, from sales to delivery, on just one manufacturing site. Our mill has an unrivalled reputation for colour and scientific research into new paper finishes. The ambition is to offer customers a seamless service."

James Cropper PLC also incorporates Technical Fibre Products (TFP), suppliers of nonwoven, speciality fibre products to industries including aerospace, automotive and electronics markets. TFP remains a standalone business as it operates in very different market niches.

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For further information, interviews or images:

Rob Allen
E: rob@maintainperspective.co.uk
M: +44 7946 526 295

Julie Tomlinson
E: pr@cropper.com
T: +44 1539 818413

ABOUT JAMES CROPPER & TECHNICAL FIBRE PRODUCTS (TFP):

James Cropper is based in the Lake District, England’s first and foremost National Park, with a paper-making heritage that started in 1845. Since its inception the business has been carefully stewarded and nurtured by six generations of the Cropper family.

Today the business is renowned globally for its luxury packaging papers, which accompany many of the world’s most exclusive brands, while the world’s leading artists, galleries and museums use its framing and archival boards alongside its range of conventional artists materials. As well as paper products, James Cropper also manufactures nonwovens from carbon, glass and polymer fibres, which play a key part in production of composites in the automotive, energy and aerospace sectors.

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) is a leading nonwoven manufacturer, offering a broad range of high quality, technically advanced nonwovens which can be customised to meet specific application requirements. Established nearly 30 years ago, TFP primarily operates within the automotive, and aerospace composite markets while also providing effective solutions in the defence, energy, consumer electronics, industrial, construction and healthcare markets. Utilising extensive materials knowledge within polymers, particulates & speciality fibres together with high specification lamination, metal fibre coating and converting capabilities, TFP provide a wide range of customised solutions.

To find out more about the innovative production methods, product range, responsible manufacturing principles and history of James Cropper and Technical Fibre Products, please visit www.jamescropper.com and www.tfpglobal.com