How it’s made

Our goal

In order to anticipate and satisfy the needs of paper users and consumers, Arjowiggins Graphic has put innovation at the heart of its development policy.

Carefully selected raw material

The Greenfield de-inking plant rigorously selects the waste paper it re-uses, focusing exclusively on very high-quality papers :

  • Office paper
  • Archival
  • Papers with a low ink coverage

Thus ensuring that the recycled pulp produced is of a very high quality and extremely white.

Unique and innovative
pulp making process

The recycled pulp undergoes 3 separate cleaning loops specially designed to effectively de-ink the paper without the use of chlorine.

The result is an extremely white recycled pulp with the highest brightness and lowest dirt content on the market:

  • complete elimination of all contaminants and extraneous materials in recovered paper (staples, plastic, sand, dirt, dust etc.
  • removal of 99% of the ink and glue
  • preservation of cellulose fibre quality

Did you know ?

From 1 tonne of waste paper, Greenfield plant can produce as much as 650kg of recycled pulp

High quality paper making process

Founded in 1824, the Bessé Sur Braye mill is the main production site of Arjowiggins Graphic, situated to the south-west of Paris.

The production process is controlled by a hi-tech system of continuous real time measurements with computer-controlled adjustment. This is supplemented with strict and continuous checking by the machine operators, laboratory testing of the paper at all stages of production and statistical analysis of product and process data.



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Arjowiggins Papiers Couches / Bessé

High precision mill cut and an optimised wrapping

logo_new_cutting_lineArjowiggins graphic  invested in a new production line that is capable of producing new digital formats with optimum quality and a high level of productivity.

A state of the art digital cutting and wrapping line at Bessé-sur-Braye mill, ensuring very restrictive sheet specifications (max +/-0.5mm) and perfect squareness

  • Prevent the machine from shutting off due to short sheets
  • Prevent debris and related contaminates from getting caught in fuser, transfer belts or on paper, which will compromise image quality over time
  • Eliminate edge welding that causes jams
  • Ensures sheets squareness, which is critical to machine feeding appropriately and delivering consistent registration from page to page

The life cycle of recycled papers

The lifecycle of recycled paper can be repeated 4 to 5 times before the cellulose fibres that form a sheet of paper become too short for paper-making. The lifecycle highlights recycled paper as the greenest option for printed communications. The process makes environmental savings such as:

  • Using less energy
  • Using less water
  • Producing lower carbon emissions
  • Reduces the amount of waste to landfill or incineration
  • No wood required for the immediate production of recycled papers

Did you know?

Recycling creates up to ten times more jobs in comparison to sending waste to landfill.