JAMES CROPPER’S COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILTY RECOGNISED
British master papermaker James Cropper scooped this year’s Green Award at Luxe Pack Shanghai and New York for its support of the Burneside Community Energy (BCE) project.
The project is a social initiative, which has seen the installation of a 250KW Solar PV Array on the roof of Cropper’s Burneside mill to generate clean, green electricity, and enables residents – many of whom are also employees – in the parish local to the business’ headquarters to benefit from investment in renewable energy.
The multi-award winning project, which launched in December 2015, has been praised as a sustainable eco-friendly solution, while James Cropper was commended for its commitment to green energy and the local community.
The installation generates 200,000 kWh of renewable electricity per annum – enough to offset the energy requirements of James Cropper’s specialist laminating and technical coating facility, or the equivalent of powering 50 UK homes.
Susan Wilson, group packaging director at James Cropper, presented the scheme to a panel of industry experts at both events.
Susan said: “We’re thrilled that the Burneside Community Energy Scheme has been recognised by Luxe Pack. It’s just one of many green initiatives that we’re proud to be involved in. There is an enormous appetite for sustainability in the industry at the moment, from manufacturers like us to end clients and everyone in between. We’ve made a strong commitment to proactively innovate in this area, from ensuring our pulp supply is FSC® regulated to installing the a unique reclaimed fibre plant with the capability of recycling paper cups at our mill in 2013.”
As well as the positive impact on the environment, the scheme delivers a five per cent annual dividend to investors, and an additional £50,000 for a community fund to deliver projects of social and environmental benefit to Burneside over a 20-year period.
Julie Tomlinson, part of the James Cropper sustainability team, commented: “With BCE we set out to generate greener energy in a way that doesn’t compromise the special ecology or superb landscape of Burneside and Cumbria and the project also rewards the parish and its investors with ethical energy and financial benefits. It really is terrific to see that our efforts are paying off already. It’s estimated that the initiative will reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by 1.91 million kilograms over the next two decades.
“The scheme will create an invaluable amount of environmental and social benefit for the community, ranging from help and advice for those in fuel poverty and support for young people and the school, to provision of community services and conservation and wildlife enhancement. It’s helping to create a positive, sustainable legacy for future generations in Burneside, while reducing our dependency on fossil fuels.”
The scheme profits will be generated through the Government’s feed-in tariff and from the sale of electricity to James Cropper PLC, as part of the manufacturer’s long-term commitment to supporting the community of Burneside and reducing its carbon dioxide emissions.
James Cropper has also recently been shortlisted for Insider Media’s Made in the Northwest Awards in its Green Manufacturer / Sustainable Manufacturer Award category.
KENDAL MANILLA HITS THE RIGHT BEAT FOR DESIGN LSC
The Off-Beat exhibition, which was on show at The John Rylands Library in Manchester until March 2017, showcased a range of examples of early self-publishing, including the print techniques and materials that the ‘International Underground’ of 1960s artists, poets, philosophers, actors and musicians used to publish their art and literature.
These ‘Little Magazines’, as they were known, were often printed in small low cost runs using a stencil-based forerunner of the modern photocopier known as a mimeograph, these were published to highlight the literary work of new and non-mainstream writers.
The exhibition was commemorated by design studio Design LSC, with a series of printed materials celebrating the Off-Beat’s raw and retro appeal. British Master Papermaker James Cropper, renowned for their unique skills in colour-matching papers to order, were approached to help produce the pack. The papers used to create the reproduction prints, postcards and bookmarks were selected from the mill’s ‘Kendal Manilla’ collection in a range of weights and ‘heritage’ colours.
Luigi Carnovale, Creative Director at Design LSC, said: “We often look to use papers in a way that challenges the norm. We chose Kendal Manilla because we felt it evokes a sense of that period, the colour working perfectly to complement the art and literature of the 1960s and 70s when academics and artists would take to the streets of London and challenge the order of the day. We wanted to push this idea further by using a ‘lost’ printing technique from that era –thermography – which resulted in a textured, high gloss finish.”
“The print technique is rarely seen these days, but the highly calendared finish of Kendal Manilla makes it a perfect partner for thermographic printing. It’s a classic paper, but it still has a very modern appeal. The same effect could not have been achieved if, for example, we had used a more natural surfaced stock.”
Nick Shepherd, UK Sales Director at James Cropper, added: “Often considered the benchmark for stationery and filing, Kendal Manilla is typically used for files and indices, presentation folders and garment tags, so it’s great to see the paper being used in such an artistic fashion. The commemorative Off-Beat pack perfectly demonstrates how, when used in the right way, the paper can elevate the everyday into the inspirational.”
JAMES CROPPER APPOINTS UK STOCKIST FOR DOLCELICIOUS
James Cropper, British master papermaker, has appointed Fenner Paper as the exclusive UK stockist of its latest range, Dolcelicious.
The luxurious paper range is James Cropper’s first ever food contact-approved collection, being suitable for contact with dry, moist and fatty foodstuffs.
The range is available in 11 eye-catching colours, including Lemon Drizzle, Liquorice, Silver Spoon and Kiwi Fizz. The paper ensures a flawless finish, no matter how it is cut or folded, resulting in perfectly coloured edges, folds and creases.
Nick Shepherd, UK sales director at James Cropper, said; “Fenner Paper is a well-regarded speciality paper merchant in the UK, so we know that Dolcelicious is in fantastic hands. The company’s expertise, combined with its outstanding service, makes it the perfect partner to stock this range designed specifically for direct food contact.”
“Dolcelicious is designed to elevate the packaging experience for premium food and drinks brands. We’re confident that Fenner’s existing relationships with those desiring creative and distinctive paper solutions will help position it as the go-to range for high-end brands that want to stand out from the crowd.”
Justin Hobson, marketing director at Fenner Paper, said: “We specialise in finding the perfect materials and paper solutions for graphic designers so are continually looking for new products that really capture the imagination and make their mark.”
“We’re delighted to become the exclusive stockist of James Cropper’s Dolcelicious range in the UK. We’ll be stocking all colours in the range, which can be delivered nationally on a next-day basis.”
Dolcelicious is manufactured in the UK to meet Regulation (EC) 1935/2004 and ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001 Standards. In addition to meeting food regulatory standards, all papers in the range are FSC® certified, making them an environmentally-conscious choice.
For more information about the range visit www.dolcelicious.com. For samples or to discuss a project please contact Fenner Paper on (01732) 771100 or email email@example.com
JAMES CROPPER GOES BACK TO BLACK FOR PACKAGING INNOVATIONS
Prestige paper innovator James Cropper is set to take attendees of Packaging Innovations London to the dark side as it showcases its extensive range of black papers.
At the exhibition, taking place from 13 to 14 September at Olympia in London, the company will also shine a light on its Tailor Made service, which allows brands to develop unique, custom-made paper solutions.
James Cropper holds recipes for over 50 different shades of black, with four ready-to-order FSC®-certified black ranges available from stock and other blacks developed as custom projects.
Amongst those on show at the event include: Liquorice and Black Lentil from the Dolcelicious range, which are luxurious food contact-approved non-carbon papers made from pure fibre; Black Bowston, made from 100 per cent recovered fibre and often specified as laminating liner, as part of a complex for a folding box, or as an elegant alternative to grey board; and the Black from Vanguard, James Cropper’s leading colour range, which has a smooth finish ideal for promotional print.
Susan Wilson, group packaging director at James Cropper, said: “Our Tailor Made service offers a wide range of bespoke solutions, with clients able to choose everything from the individual fibres used to make paper to the ways they’re engineered, embossed and converted. Naturally, a huge part of this comes down to colour – something we’re internationally renowned for.
“Most people take this to mean our specialism lies in the colours of the spectrum – and imagine reds, blues, greens and so on. Of course, these are important, but when it comes to packaging, black paper is like a wardrobe essential, it brings an air of sophistication, class and has timeless appeal.”
Retailers at the exhibition looking to boost their environmental credentials are set to learn more about James Cropper’s policy on fresh fibre being sourced from sustainably managed forests, as well as its use of ingredients such as coffee cup fibre or post-consumer waste.
Sue added: “We’re looking forward to demonstrating the versatility of paper packaging and how it can be used to elevate the product within, while satisfying sustainability credentials. And when it comes to colour, more and more luxury brands are turning to the darker palette for their packaging, and black certainly offers great contrast to many types of printing foils, enhancing that premium effect and giving fantastic shelf appeal!”
James Cropper goes Tailor Made for Packaging Innovations
British master papermaker James Cropper is inviting brands to celebrate their uniqueness by unveiling its new ‘Tailor Made’ service at this year’s Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging exhibitions.
With over 170 years of experience providing innovative, custom-made paper products, James Cropper understands the need for brands to stand out and, this year, the Lake District-based business is placing particular emphasis on these credentials with the launch of Tailor Made. The service will be showcased at the exhibitions, which take place on 14 and 15 September at Olympia in London.
Susan Wilson, Global Packaging Director at James Cropper, said: “Creating personalised solutions to brands’ paper requirements has always been at our core but now, with Tailor Made, we’re taking our bespoke service to a new level. Being fully immersed in the world of premium and luxury, we know how important it is for brands operating in that sector to stand out and express their individuality through their packaging, and we’re here to work closely with them to facilitate that.”
The extensive variables available through the Tailor Made service range from the individual fibres used to the ways they’re engineered, coloured, converted and embossed. For retailers wishing to advocate sustainability, for example, ingredients such as coffee cups or post-consumer waste can be used, while unique shades of soft-touch papers can be developed for a sophisticated impression.
Susan continued: “The Tailor Made service allows brands to tell their story through paper and explore the endless creative possibilities presented by such a versatile product. We allow clients to focus purely on their vision and let their imaginations run wild – then we bring their ideas to life, utilising the experience, tools and expertise we’ve developed over almost two centuries. The result is a truly custom product that perfectly complements and elevates a brand’s offering.”
Packaging Innovations and Luxury Packaging bring together over 170 leading suppliers and over 4,000 packaging buyers to share ideas and forge working relationships. The two-day event will also feature a range of seminars and networking events.
Attendees will be able to browse a selection of James Cropper’s premium paper ranges and packaging solutions, while experts will be on hand to provide individual consultations.
James Cropper will be at Stand H14.
From Latte to Luxury
Susan Wilson, global packaging director at British master papermaker James Cropper PLC explains how paper coffee cups are helping brands go green…
There’s an ever-increasing pressure on companies to reduce their carbon footprint by providing greener products and services – and the packaging industry is no exception; indeed, it’s an obvious area to cut down on waste. With paper being one of the most sustainable materials available, its use is ubiquitous in packaging for a number of different types of product. However, we’re always looking for ways to make paper production even more environmentally friendly.
As keen innovators who are constantly searching for solutions to suit market and customer demands, James Cropper PLC has developed a number of new products and processes to improve sustainability. The investment in our reclaimed fibre plant, which was opened by the Queen in 2013, signifies our dedication and commitment to providing eco-friendly choices. The function of the plant is to recycle paper cups and use the resulting material to create fine papers that can be used to produce anything from beautiful brochures to luxurious packaging, such as carrier bags and gift boxes. Crucially, the quality of the paper is indistinguishable from paper products made from virgin pulp, making it a popular choice amongst brands and retailers for whom high standards and sustainability must go hand-in-hand.
Paper cups can’t typically be recycled amongst general paper waste due to their polyethylene coating, so we developed the technology to separate the two components and generate no wastage whatsoever – 90% of the cup waste is converted back into paper and the remaining 10% of plastic is recycled into other plastic products. The process is quick and clean and all chemicals used are neutralised by the end of the process.
At the moment, most of the material that is currently recycled is post-industrial waste, made up of off-cuts or defective items from disposable beverage cup production. However, we’ve recently started a trial recycling project with McDonald’s UK to process used paper cups and hope this can be rolled out further. James Cropper is currently processing around one and a half tonnes of material per hour, which equates to 10 million paper cups per week. Using post-consumer waste will present new challenges, due to the fact that paper cups, unlike off-cuts, have been used. However, we’ve invested heavily in the development of our recycling facility and our technical team control, and manage the process to ensure that the fibre quality is of the highest standard.
Our reclaimed fibre plant contributes around 10% of our total fibre requirement and we expect to see that amount to gradually rise in the next few years.
In the past, recycled papers have not been of a quality comparable with papers made from fresh fibre. However, the reason for our investment in coffee cup recycling was to develop a reclaimed fibre that is virtually indistinguishable from fresh fibre and, as such, the quality of the resulting product is not compromised. Only ‘virgin’ pulp is used in the manufacture of paper cups as they need to be approved for direct food contact. Therefore, papers created using this reclaimed fibre are of the very best standard – take our ‘Coffee’ range, for instance, which contains 50% reclaimed cup fibre and has a wide range of applications for presentation and packaging.
IN THE BAG
Making papers tailored to customer requirements, whether that be in terms of colour, texture or designed to meet specific environmental credentials is our speciality. For instance, we created a paper called ‘Carvetian Suede’ for a designer leather bag brand which imitates the real-feel of suede. This soft touch paper contains 40% post-consumer waste and has become part of our portfolio of FSC® certified paper collections.
Securing a sustainable supply and reducing the carbon footprint are now hugely important targets for all brands and businesses. The current sustainability movement in the retail sector – driven by consumer demands, changes to company policies and government legislation, such as the plastic bag levy – has seen many big brands invest in their green agenda with strategies for a 2020 sustainability vision, such as producing zero waste or sustainably sourcing 100% of point-of-sale packaging.
There’s enormous appetite for the use of authentic materials that demonstrate the integrity of packaging and other items such as catalogues, gift vouchers and garment tags – which are all part of the customer experience. In fact, for some brands, it becomes an important part of their image. However, it’s also imperative to maintain brand recognition and credibility.
In order to enhance their green credentials, retail businesses must consider clever ways to ensure they can meet environmentally friendly goals and, as a key part of the packaging resource chain, we’re committed to helping clients achieve these goals.
Paper and Fashion Unite on the Catwalk
British master papermaker James Cropper recently teamed up with influential fashion designer Edeline Lee to deliver the paper for the set of her Autumn/Winter 2016 show at London Fashion Week.
The heritage paper manufacturer supplied beautiful and tactile papers for the scenography of the show which took place at The Vinyl Factory and marked the designer’s second collection to be exhibited at the prestigious event.
Canadian-born, London-based Edeline has gained international recognition for her dynamic fashion presentations, which have the immersive quality of film and live performance. She has apprenticed in the studios of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, and worked at Zac Posen in New York and Rodnik in London, where she was head designer. She counts celebrities Alicia Vikander, Taylor Swift and Solange Knowles among her fans.
Speaking of the collaboration with James Cropper, Edeline said: “Over the years, I’ve learnt how every detail counts when it comes to creating luxury, which is why I wanted the paper for this set to come from a like-minded brand for which quality is paramount. All my designs are made by hand in England, so James Cropper, as an innately British company with an impressive heritage, was a perfect match.”
A chequerboard pattern was created using paper from James Cropper’s ‘Black’ and ‘Ambassador’ ranges, while height was achieved with shaped mounds of predominantly white shredded paper interspersed with bright accents from ‘Vanguard’ colours. The colourful and playful abstract paper shapes create a landscape behind the models that is anchored by the powerful black and white base to the scheme.
Susan Wilson, Luxury Packaging Director at James Cropper, said: “There is, of course, a potent link between paper and fashion design. Being involved in this beautiful project maintains our public support for initiatives that champion creativity and, more specifically, how integral paper is to artistic processes. Edeline Lee continues to push boundaries with her designs and presentations and we’re proud to have come together for London Fashion Week. The show was magnificent!”
The artist behind the scenography was Kyung Roh Bannwart, who Edeline previously worked with on her Spring/Summer 2016 collection. She employs various media, including sculpture, sound light and objects, to build structure and create an emotional and physical experience.
The paper used for the presentation was recycled, aligned with James Cropper’s dedication to sustainability within the paper sector. The company has invested significantly in its plant and technology, to both develop its range of recycled materials and to ensure its own production methods are as sustainable as possible.
James Cropper supplies distinct, custom-made paper products to many of the world’s leading art galleries, designers and luxury brands – providing the paper for Selfridges’ signature yellow bags – and is a proud sponsor of other artists and exhibitions, including events at NYCxDesign, YSL at The Bowes and the fabulous ‘Paper Bar’ at London’s ICA for Thomas Pink’s Autumn/Winter 2015 collection.
Fashion, Creativity and Paper
Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal. The influential design of French fashion icon, Yves Saint Laurent is celebrated with the opening of the first such UK exhibition of his life and work at The Bowes Museum, County Durham. A 40 year career at the helm of his own famed label, which transformed contemporary womenswear, is explored through the designer’s archive and fifty of his most iconic garments.
James Cropper Paper has partnered with The Bowes Museum as sponsor of the lavish exhibition catalogue and provider of materials for the innovative exhibition design, which puts paper at the heart of the designer’s story.
From the notation of ideas and initial sketches to the swing tag that sells each item of clothing, paper is a regular companion in the journey of fashion design. Saint Laurent was no different, expressing early creativity in the meticulous execution of handcrafted paper dolls and drawing great inspiration from the work of artists and writers found in print as well as on canvas. The archive which remains following his death in 2008, and safeguarded by Fondation Pierre Bergé, allows future generations to map the designer’s career in drawings, patterns and specification documents.
The company’s paper plays a role as a backdrop to the exhibition itself. The remarkable exhibition design includes small reels of white paper, specially cut to length, hanging in the ‘Glass Cube’ and reels of a black board printed to create a timeline along the entire length of the gallery.
Uncoated papers in classic white and grey shades from the Vanguard collection also featured as VIP invitations, sections within the specially produced catalogue and also the exhibition guide. Members of the James Cropper PLC team, including Chief Executive, Phil Wild, were present at the exhibition launch on Thursday 9 July.
Chris Brown, Commercial Director, said: “Our support of this landmark exhibition maintains our public support for exhibitions and events that explore innovation in creativity and how integral paper is to art and design processes. Yves Saint Laurent is a monumental name in international fashion and, as suppliers of custom papers to many of the world’s most renowned fashion houses and cosmetics companies, we are proud to have come together with The Bowes Museum to celebrate his life and work.”
Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal is open at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham until Sunday 25 October 2015.
BLUE IS THE WALLPAPER* COLOUR
James Cropper collaborates with Wallpaper* Magazine.
With a reputation for offering great colours and great inspiration for designers, it was a welcome challenge for James Cropper to work with Sarah Douglas from Wallpaper* to bring to life the colour that she felt would best represent the Wallpaper* brand. Her discerning eye and exacting specifications have resulted in a new shade of paper, Wallpaper* Blue after a year-long collaborative process overseen by Chairman, Mark Cropper.
A palette of 12 colours accompanied the specialist fashion, art and design, architecture and travel publication’s 2013 redesign. Within this range of colours was an existing ‘petrol’ blue, which became the subject of further investigation by Douglas and Mark Starrs, an expert in developing colours in the laboratories at James Cropper.
Douglas says: “The new Wallpaper* paper colour may look at first glance like a dark, almost navy blue, but it also contains a surprising amount of yellow, which gives it added richness and warmth.”
Her attention to detail has been matched by Starrs and his team, which works with a range of techniques and testing methods to recreate not only the mill production processes, but check colour definition under a range of different lighting conditions that you might expect to view the final product.
Mark Cropper says: “Brands like Wallpaper* have impeccable design values at their heart and I believe that James Cropper’s versatility really shines during collaborations of this nature. Sarah challenged us and knew exactly what she wanted, but translating that vision in laboratory conditions takes a different set of skills and expertise. I’m very proud that we achieved something that Sarah and all at Wallpaper* are so pleased with.”
Wallpaper* Blue has already appeared as part of the publication’s stationery range, with plans for a series of notebooks.
MAKING HEARTS MELT
Chinese Chocolate Printing Craze Wrapped-Up in ‘Cocoa’. 3D printing has delivered spare parts to the International Space Station, concept cars and now delicious, personalised Valentine’s Day gifts. Few things can say ‘I love you’ like an image of your loved one perfectly printed in dark, milk and white chocolate, quite literally having the ability to make each other melt.
Chinese company, Wolfson have conquered the limitations of chocolate’s liquid tendencies to create a printer capable of producing fine images using nothing but the sweet stuff. This year they will be offering beautifully boxed, personalised portraits as gifts under the brand name ‘Euler’s Rose’. The company, founded by graduates of the University of Cambridge, returned to the UK in search of the ideal packaging for their innovative product, deciding on James Cropper’s Cocoa papers for the in-box wrapping – a paper itself produced by recycling the cocoa shells discarded during chocolate’s production.
Developed in collaboration with international cocoa trade supplier, Barry Callebaut and launched in 2013, Cocoa is part of James Cropper’s wide range of papers developed with sustainability-conscious customers front of mind. The ‘Cocoa Shell’ colour variant of the naturally pigmented stock for the chocolate photograph’s protective wrapper contrasts with the deep red tone of the outer box made of Colorplan Scarlet from G . F Smith.
The precarious science of printing with chocolate involves bringing the three shades of confectionery to temperatures between 34c and 38c, after which point they will become too runny to form an accurate image. Such devotion to honing this craft has been applauded by James Cropper.
Chris Brown, Commercial Director, said: “It took James Cropper’s development team numerous trials to master the ability to incorporate cocoa shell powder into a paper that was ready for printing, food contact and it’s numerous other uses, but the perseverance paid off. We’re delighted that similarly tenacious and innovative entrepreneurs in China have found such a good use for the papers, and hope those who give and receive these gifts find a lifetime of happiness together.”
The luxurious gift box with gold foil print says ‘Euler’s Rose’ – a name drawn from a fable concerning two lovers, re-united over such a chocolate gift – and the great physicist, Albert Einstein’s famous quote: “Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.”
THE COCKTAIL BAR FOR THOMAS PINK
James Cropper and heritage clothing brand, Thomas Pink joined forces to commission a stunning paper bar and set of paper drinking accessories, designed to stand as a centrepiece in the hallowed halls of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) during the London Collections fashion event.
Developed and built by Sam Robins of design studio, Flow Creation, the free-standing bar, made from two different weights of James Cropper’s White Kendal Manilla stock came complete with paper glasses, lamps and fine architectural detail to complement the historic setting. Constructed to stand at the heart of Thomas Pink’s, London-inspired Autumn/Winter 2015 collection launch on Saturday 10 January 2015, the collaboration called on the designer to evoke the crisp freshness of a new, white shirt while testing the qualities of the versatile paper stock.
Following deliveries of 315gsm and 180gsm papers to his Blackpool studio, Robins combined manual hand-working and paper cut techniques with computerised design and cutting processes to develop the bar and drinking paraphernalia. As well as working with Thomas Pink’s commercial team and both event and lighting designers for his cues, he looked to the ICA itself for inspiration, noting detail from the Corinthian columns and ornate cornicing.
Sam says: “Initially I was shocked by the size of the venue; it’s a really grand, imposing space. The bar has grown to 8.5 metres long as a result. Thomas Pink really let me develop the design and specifications with little intervention, simply asking that it did the job of allowing models to interact with it as an alternative to your usual catwalk fashion show. The paper has stood up to every test I have thrown at it, with heavier stock taking the burden of structural support and the lighter weight allowing for decorative elements. Many of the props are really quite large, but can stand without additional support.”
As well as creating lemon slices, martini glasses and even a paper-framed, 3D artwork of the Thomas Pink logo, ‘cheeky fox’, Robins has incorporated LEDs and RGB lighting tape into hidden parts of the bar to ensure it responds to thematic changes during the show. The only structural concession required of the paper, to give models confidence in using the bar naturally, was an MDF sub-structure for surface strength and ballast. To close the event, gathered VIPs of the fashion industry and press were handed pink pens and invited to leave messages on the clean, white surface.
Chris Brown, Commercial Director of James Cropper, said: “Our customers come to us for a product that is perfectly matched to their needs, and in this case our White Kendal Manilla was ideal for laser cutting as well as the purity of its colour. Kendal Manilla has become established as a benchmark in quality in the art, craft and stationery markets and has proved perfect for the intricate construction of this fun, visually stunning project.”
The paper bar was recycled following the press launch alongside the PINK Drink/James Cropper branded paper drinks cups used to serve cocktails at the event. The Kendal Manilla stock contains up to 40% reclaimed fibres from single-use drinks cups. The reclaimed pulp originates from James Cropper’s own, pioneering recycling plant, which sees the formerly unrecyclable waste material given a new lease of life.
Sustainable Developments in Papers & Technical Fibres Seals 2014 Innovation Award Win
Ground-breaking processes including the recycling of carbon fibre and paper coffee cups have seen James Cropper claim an Innovation Excellence Award, supported by the Technology Strategy Board. The award was presented by the Stationers Company, the guardians of the British communications and content industries, including paper and printing sectors, to Chief Executive, Phil Wild at a gathering on Monday 30 June 2014.
Rising from a long-list of companies, James Cropper picked up the accolade for a series of projects which represent significant milestones in not only British, but the international paper and technical fibre trades.
The panel of judges, including Dr Gerry Flynn of the Technology Strategy Board, Master of the Stationers’ Company, Tom Hempenstall and BBC Global Business Correspondent, Peter Day declared the 170 year old British company the winner of the award for ‘Breakthrough technology that offers significant sustainable development prospects’.
The award ceremony was underpinned by speeches that recognised the seismic technological, economic and social changes challenging traditional industries, innovations like James Cropper’s landmark recycling process for many of the billions of paper coffee cups thrown away each year, were formally recognised by business peers. Sustainable product developments that see waste products limited or reused, including a chocolate wrapping paper that includes otherwise disposed of cocoa shells enhanced James Cropper’s claim to the accolade.
In addition to James Cropper’s paper business incorporating an integrated converting facility, James Cropper plc also includes TFP (Technical Fibre Products), a specialist producer of wet-laid nonwoven fibres that support the aerospace and defence industries. In October last year it was announced that TFP, an internationally recognised leader in glass, carbon and polymer nonwovens, had developed the capability to process recycled carbon fibre into a reusable composite, ultimately providing a viable route for the reuse of a widely used fibre previously considered as waste.
2014 has seen James Cropper establish a new, dedicated Technology and Innovation Division to stimulate a step-change in the pace and deployment of new technologies appearing in the company’s expanding portfolio. Underpinned by the company’s ethos of investment in the environment, expertise and high standards of customer care, the division is working to build on a series of award winning projects with further developments.
Producing Remembrance Sunday poppies is an all-year operation
Meet the company behind our Remembrance poppies
Report by Anna White, The Sunday Telegraph
With the spring bank holiday traditionally marking the start of the summer season, the cold, crisp autumn days usually associated with Remembrance Sunday may seem some way off.
But for James Cropper, the luxury paper manufacturer which makes the poppies for the Royal British Legion, the summer months are a key period in the annual production of the paper at the heart of the commemorative flowers.
The family-run business, founded in the 1845, has been producing the vibrant red paper used for the poppy petals since 1978, when the charity wanted to switch from fabric to biodegradable paper.
And the British company has been made to innovate over the years to keep pace with what is a forward-thinking charity, despite its historic roots.
In pursuit of perfection, the Royal British Legion paved the way for designer shopping bags and the decadent packaging seen in today’s luxury market.
With this year’s centenary marking the outbreak of the First World War, and the 70thcommemoration of the D-Day in the Second World War, the Poppy Appeal has shifted up a gear and will produce 25% more poppies than in 2013, taking the total to more than 45 million.
“The poppy is not a symbol of blood, politics or religion,” says Helen Hill, acting head of remembrance at the Royal British Legion. “It’s a way of remembering but also hoping for a better future”.
Smartisan T1 phone launch in Beijing is viewed by millions
Luo Yonghao, a former English tutor who found celebrity status through his witty commentary in lectures and on Weibo, China's Twitter service, has stepped into the hi-tech mobile phone market with the launch of the Smartisan T1.
5,500 fans of Luo Yonghao attended a three hour product launch event at the China National Conference Centre in Beijing on 20 May 2014. Youku the online video portal that provided a live webcast, reports it was the most-viewed online tech-related event ever in China. 10 million people watched the Smartisan founder introduce the T1 to the world.
Mr Luo described the phone as “the easiest-to-use smartphone in the Eastern Hemisphere” with “the best screen” and “the fastest mass-produced mobile CPU.”
Smartisan mentioned their network of reputable suppliers at the event. Among these were the Ammunition Group design house, which includes former Apple designer Robert Brunner, and James Cropper who supplied a Natural Obsidian paper for the phone packaging.
Mr Brunner has said that he wanted to work with Smartisan because of the emphasis the Company placed on design, and for their ambition to “bring great design to the Chinese market.”
The Smartisan T1 is on sale from early July.
2014 Luxepack Shanghai In Green Award for James Cropper Cocoa Paper
James Cropper’s representatives at Luxepack Shanghai have returned home with the first ever Luxepack Shanghai In Green Award, achieving the highest level of industry recognition for eco-friendly packaging innovation for the second time in six months.
Presenting their Cocoa Paper, a product which contains 10% cocoa shell content, an otherwise wasted bi-product of chocolate production, the 170 year old luxury paper and packaging specialist caught the eye of jurors including Damien Parenteau of Chanel China and Qilian Wang, President of Richun Tea Ltd. The award follows their In Green Award win at Luxepack Monaco in October 2013 after showcasing the world’s first recycling process for plastic-lined paper coffee cups.
Produced at the request and in collaboration with Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, the Cocoa Paper not only satisfies a recycling need that avoids burning or otherwise degrading organic waste, but results in a strong and naturally coloured fibre suitable for food packaging.
James Cropper wins the 2013 Luxe Pack in Green Award
Industry acclaim for coffee cup recycling as James Cropper takes Luxepack award
Finding a way to save 2.5 billion paper cups from landfill has been applauded by the paper packaging industry with James Cropper returning from Luxepack Monaco with the trade exhibition’s annual ‘In Green’ Award, recognising the most innovative, eco-friendly paper production development of 2013.
The prestigious award, decided by a panel of six judges including Michel Fontaine, President of the French National Packaging Council went to the 168 year old British company in a ceremony held on Wednesday 23 October recognising the development of a ground breaking method of recycling previously unrecyclable paper cups.
The Reclaimed Fibre Plant, opened in July at a cost of £5 million, leads the way in sustainable paper production. Separating the 5% polythene lining of paper cups, ubiquitous on high streets worldwide, from the 95% of reusable high quality fibre content has been lauded as a landmark development for the paper industry.
Sophisticated Natural black carton wins 2013 PROCARTON ECMA Award
A sophisticated carton for La Morella Nuts, created from a Natural black cartonboard by James Cropper, won the 2013 PROCARTON ECMA Award for Confectionery.
Exquisite products made from nuts are sold by Barry Callebaut under the brand La Morella Nuts for demanding retail clients as well as for further processing. The brand unites unique know-how on growing, harvesting and processing nuts which is reflected by their superior quality. Du Caju Printing developed a carton for Barry Callebaut, the world’s number one in all things chocolate manufacturing, that combines the best of both worlds: chocolate bars with perfect crunchy nuts.
The packaging is part of a range of communication measures designed to be brand ambassadors for the traditional craftsmanship at La Morella. Hand-drawn figures depicting each phase of production have been replicated on a printing die which has been deeply embossed in a Natural black board from James Cropper. Details in foil printing create depth and contrast. This sophisticated carton lets the product speak for itself, while at the same time telling the story of natural origins and perfect craftsmanship.
This was a deceptively simple pack that utilised matt black cartonboard to enhance the look. This was further highlighted by quality printing and all over embossing that gave the carton a pleasant and appealing feel. The design of the embossing also cleverly reflected the texture of the chocolate and nut confectionery inside.
Emotions other than simply vision are necessary to make a pack truly appealing and feel or touch is one that is being increasingly used to ensure consumer appeal. Confectionery is a very competitive market and the Judges felt that this carton offered various elements to give it the best chance of attracting consumers at the point of sale.