James Cropper has a rich heritage at the Burneside mill in Kendal, the gateway to the English Lake District, a World Heritage Site, with the mill being used for a variety of industries from grain to textiles and paper. As public demand for books increased the decision was taken to focus solely on paper manufacture.
James Cropper acquired the lease of Burneside mills, producing paper on one of the latest Fourdrinier papermaking machines first patented in 1801.
The paper mill was one of the first in the world to make coloured paper from the first synthetic dyes produced in 1856.
Housing built for the mill workers.
The Burneside mill was tragically destroyed by fire and work commenced immediately to rebuild.
Potter Fell reservoirs built to provide high pressure water for the mill.
By 1916 over three-quarters of paper made by James Cropper was being supplied to the British government for war office stationery.
Parsons steam turbine installed providing electricity for the mill and village.
First lorries for paper delivery purchased.
First production of red paper destined to be made into millions of remembrance day poppies for the Royal British Legion.
We are proud to still be producing papers for the remembrance poppies.
Research into non-cellulose fibre led to the formation of Technical Fibre Products (TFP). TFP's non-wovens are used most notably in aerospace, defence, energy, and consumer electronics.
Investment in converting capability for embossing, laminating and technical coating.
James Cropper celebrates 150 years of fine papermaking and invests in a new building for Converting.
Her Majesty the Queen opened a world ﬁrst recycling facility at James Cropper, giving a second life to paper cup material.
James Cropper awarded the Stationers' Company Innovation Excellence awards for breakthrough technology.
Community Energy Project brings environmental and social benefits to the community of Burneside, Kendal.
COLOURFORM™, moulded fibre packaging, the latest sustainable innovation from James Cropper starts trading.
James Cropper officially launched CupCycling™ the world's first in recycling used coffee cups and turning them into beautiful papers.
James Cropper signs the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Global Commitment to help brands rethink and redesign the future of plastics, starting with packaging.
James Cropper joins forward-thinking businesses at the Waste to Wealth Summit, and signs the commitment to deliver lasting prosperity for the planet.