HISTORY & VALUES
From 1881, we have obsessively pursued tissue manufacturing perfection for more than 130 years. We'd love to take you through our journey.
Innovation in tissue paper with focus on environmental impact: from the tree to your door.
LC Paper 1881, SA is a family business located on the town of Besalú, in the eastern side of the Pyrenees. It belongs to Catalonia, a nationality inside of Spain. Since 2009, the company started a research and innovation process in the manufacture of tissue paper. A reengineering of the tissue paper manufacturing process has allowed us to achieve an energetic consumption of 2,100 kWh/t and a water consumption of 2.5 m3/t, a numbers that are unheard of in the tissue sector.
The new concept of linear manufacturing, where everything happens in real time, allows the development of new products and, at the same time, lets us produce custom-made orders. This is the background behind the OnePly® tissue paper, a monolayer product which reduces the need for raw materials, energy and water. On October 2014, LC Paper launched its deeply updated Machine 2, which now also produces tissue paper, thus reinforcing the company's vision of being a referent in the single-layer tissue manufacturing.
LC Paper continues to develop technology in the tissue manufacturing sector to meet the needs of today's customers and society and create environmentally sustainable products. Every product that lives our factory is certified with the Ecolabel and PSFC environmental policies.
From 1881 to today.
The origin of the paper mill took place in 1880, when a frenchman named Jean Grelon and a merchant named Sebastian Rosal decided to build a paper mill on the bank of the Fluvia river. Its construction in Besalu was not an isolated event, but the result of a trend of construction of several paper mills with continuous-manufacturing machines. This occurence happened as a consequence of the modernization of the paper mills that were in the Olot-Girona axis. This axis is still alive today and is the most important industrial hub of the surrounding region. The transformation of traditional paper mills in continuous-manufacturing mills was the most important exponent of the industrial revolution in the province of Girona.
LC Paper 1881 has always focused in the manufacture of paper, using recycled raw materials. In the beginnings, reused cotton tags were used. Next up, recycled paper from difference source was used as our primary source of material. Our third tissue machine (called MP3) is the first to use pulp in our history. Since 1973, we use a water treatment plant which was the second of its kind in the world. In 1989, we expanded this plant by designing a revolutionary physicochemical treatment for our outgoing water. Since 1992, we produced paper for office use with 100% recycled material. We phased out this product several years ago, focusing our current production on kraft and tissue paper, combining recycled sources and pulp.
In 1993, we introduced a cogeneration plant that was expanded in 1999 and upgraded in 2012. We produce 12 MW of electricity and 6,400 kg/h of steam. In 1999, LC Paper began using the Ecolabel tag by the European Union, which certifies the environmentally-friendly manufacturing process. Also in 1999, we built a new paper machine used for kraft manufacturing (called MP2). In 2008, we added a flexo printing unit in the MP2 for producing colored paper. In 2009 we introduced a new paper machine, called MP3, designed for the manufacture of tissue paper. The MP3 takes the gases from the engine of our cogeneration plant, which are used in the hood of the machine.