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Press Release - St Cuthberts Paper Mill acquired by F.I.L.A of Italy

St Cuthberts Paper Mill has been acquired by Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini (“F.I.L.A.”) who is based in Milan and listed on the STAR segment of the Milan Stock Exchange.

With revenues of over €275 million in 2015, F.I.L.A. has grown substantially over the past twenty years through strategic acquisitions and operates through 14 production facilities (of which two are in Italy) and 32 subsidiaries around the world. F.I.L.A. is an icon of Italian creativity globally through its colouring, drawing, modelling, writing and painting tools, thanks to brands such as Giotto, Tratto, Das, Didò, Pongo, Lyra, Dooms, Maimeri and Daler. 

St Cuthberts Mill (SCM) operates through its “Mill” production facility in Wells in Somerset and has had a long tradition of producing some of the world’s finest watercolour, print and digital papers sold internationally to a wide range of longstanding loyal customers. The Mill benefits from an enviable reputation for the quality of its products and the integrity of its customer service levels.

The sale follows F.I.L.A.’s exclusive agreement to purchase Canson (a world leading French distributor of paper to more than 100 countries) in October this year. The sale is a logical transfer of ownership into the F.I.L.A. family where SCM will be allowed to grow and expand its activities in an environment which, in technological and product terms, is more suited than its present ownership structure.

The sale after a period of profitable growth and successful investment in new plant and equipment is viewed as in the best interests of all parties including the Mill’s employees who will relish the new expansion challenges they face in the future.

There are significant opportunities for growth in the business which will continue under its present senior management to export to most of the 50 countries which F.I.L.A. sells into.

SCM has expanded its sales activities in recent times in the Far East and United States and remain the leading supplier of watercolour papers in the UK. F.I.L.A.’s ambition and support will permit penetration into new territories via expanded sales and diversification of the products to be manufactured within the production capabilities in Wells.

Alan Walker, SCM’s Managing Director, commented:

“We welcome F.I.L.A. as the new owners of this highly successful business. The long traditions of quality and service will continue into the future to an expanded audience all over the world. My team has worked hard and deserve the opportunity to join F.I.L.A. whose leadership credentials are demonstrated on a global basis. We all look forward to the challenges we will face as we expand our horizons”.

For further information or enquiries please contact:

Alan Walker
Managing Director
St Cuthberts Mill Limited
Tel office: 01749 672015 Mobile: 07800 951151

Massimo Candela
Chief Executive Officer
F.I.L.A.Tel office: 00 39 335 645 0107

14th September 2016

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