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Milling about— Global

Preface

With a rapidly shifting media landscape and declines in newspaper sales, it might seem logical to expect paper mills to be struggling. Not so in the case of northern England’s James Cropper, whose unique colours and specialist papers have ensured healthy profits.

Mark Cropper, Paper mill

With the advent of digital media, paper mills across Europe are struggling for survival. Yet at 166-year-old James Cropper in the north of England, things couldn’t be more different. With a turnover of £76m (€90m) in 2010, producing 45,000 tonnes a year, business at the family-run firm is booming.

People who usually associate high- quality paper manufacturers solely with smart stationery are surprised at Cropper’s reach across so many sectors. The UK government relies on the firm for its White Paper reports, the medical industry would be at a loss…

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