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Cover Papers

Paper plays an important, and often subliminal role, in projecting the right image. It is usually the first physical touchpoint, and so creating the right impression is essential.

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Brochures and books are created to last. This means that the papers used to cover them need to be of high quality with superior strength and high lightfastness to retain the colour, impact and prestige of the project design.

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Strength and fold endurance are second to none

Fold endurance is the ability of paper to withstand repeated bending, folding and creasing. Papers and boards for document covers and book bindings are typically opened and closed repeatedly and need to be resistant to splitting or tearing.

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High lightfast colours for fade resistance

Lightfastness is a property of a colourant such as a dye or pigment that describes how resistant to fading it is when exposed to sunlight. High lightfast cover materials are resistant to colour changes and lightening.

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Solid dyed papers avoid white edges

The paper is coloured all the way through its thickness, each fibre is dyed, avoiding unsightly white edges on creases and folds that can occur with a surface-coated quality.


Snow White

A non-woven covering material with an embossed surface texture to emulate cloth.

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Other Papers for cover papers:

Pioneering materials to celebrate our environment.

Solid dyed papers and boards prevent white edges and break-white on folds and creases.

A premium collection of smooth uncoated papers available in a kaleidoscope of colours.

Specialist Paper Suppliers

Paper converting can often sit as a separate service to papermaking, with a complicated and lengthy supply chain limiting possibilities for the customer. However, the James Cropper Tailor Made service allows our clients to take their vision to the next level by benefitting from the fact that our papermaking and converting capabilities are all under one roof.

Textures and Patterns

The versatile surface of James Cropper papers can be made to take on forms that are as intriguing to the touch as they are beautiful to the eye.

Why not heighten tactility and add visual impact with one of the textured designs in the James Cropper collection?


James Cropper offers a choice of more than 30 different embossing patterns including textile weaves, leathers, rippling effects and intricate geometrics in grid, spot or linear formations to further enhance our premium papers and boards. We can also create a tailor made design for those wanting something truly unique.

To give increased clarity and depth to the textured finish, embossing patterns can be applied using a Hot Press heating method.

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Creative Effects

Whether it's bespoke embossing, laminating for effect or varnishing for technical performance that you are looking for, we are driven by the creativity of our clients and embrace every challenge.

We can duplex, film laminate or coat paper to create unique effects and textures quite unlike anything you'd get from print.

  • Laminating up to 5 piles in single colour or striking colour combinations
  • Papers from 70gsm to 3mm thick
  • Decorative film and foil options
  • Shimmering pearl effects
  • Custom inclusions

Water-based Varnish

Whilst a simple clear gloss or matt water based varnish can enhance the appearance of the paper, it also improves resistance to scuffing and finger-marking. A gloss varnish reflects back the light and makes the base colour appear richer and more vivid. A matt varnish gives the surface a satin look with a discreet sheen.

Technical Requirements

Technical Requirements

We go to great lengths to prove your papers lasting integrity.

Starting with the selection of raw materials to ensure the right paper grade and right choice of dyes and pigments are used to support your technical requirements; whether that is optimal colourfastness, rub or bleed resistance, wet or dry strength.

With safety and hygiene still being of high concern for people, particularly for items such as packaging, we can also reduce risk from bacteria or viral contamination with our PaperGardâ„¢ silver ion product production.

Adding lamination for rigidity or thickness and textures or coatings during the converting process for decorative effect, anti-counterfeiting measures or to aid scuff resistance; our paper experts can design your product with the end use in mind.

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Yellow Paper Production

Paper Heavyweight

The mill can produce papers from 70gsm to 450gsm on machine. In addition we have the facility to laminate multiple paper plies to create heavyweight boards up to 3mm thick in single or multi-colour combinations.

Our papers and boards can be produced in reel or short form.

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