Watermarking at Stowford Paper Mill

The skill of watermarking paper was a major attribute of Stowford Paper Mill.

 

Throughout the mill’s 226 year history, its ability to provide high quality watermarks elevated its reputation and provided business opportunities worldwide. In the later years, having its own design and manufacturing capability greatly assisted the development and improvement of watermarking.

 

With its ability to manufacture small quantities of paper, enterprises of any size were able to contemplate the use of bespoke watermarked stationery. In the security paper sector, the provision of high quality watermarks enabled the mill to participate in high profile projects and indeed ‘world stage’ events.

 

Whilst the principle uses of watermarks are to bring identity to business stationery and provide authenticity to security documents, Stowford Mill used them in a variety of other applications.

 

Products ranged from light weight and soft feel laid watermarked diamond wrapping paper, for a leading Antwerp dealer, watermarked wine bottle labels for French producers, bespoke watermarked diary paper, one for a prestigious London based manufacturer, through to textured watermark picture mount paper which was laminated to card.

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In the late 1980s the paper mill embarked upon a special project to produce exceptional watermarks themselves, such was the importance of watermarking to the business at Ivybridge.

 

The principle method of producing high quality multi-tonal watermarks, was through the use of embossing plates bearing the watermark image. From an initial watermark design, heavy duty metal plates were engraved using specialised tooling in the purpose built workshop within the grounds of the mill. Each dandy roll could take up to 6 weeks to complete, as only a small area of wire mesh was embossed at one time. Often backing layers of mesh were required, which had to be snipped away in the areas of embossing and sewn together, before forming the layers into a cylinder to create a dandy roll.

 

The flexibility of having its own watermarking workshop enabled the mill to embark upon all sorts of projects. Trials were conducted with themed watermarks, to gauge market reaction, whilst another project experimented with heavy watermarked designs for manufacturing wallpaper. The same principles brought an internal innovation award within ArjoWiggins, using such watermark designs to make fashionable paper carrier bags and packaging materials

Bespoke Watermark

Some employees, for retirement gifts, were lucky enough to be presented with a couple of reams of paper bearing their own signature as a watermark, a truly unique leaving present.

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WATERMARKING

The skill of watermarking paper was a major attribute of Stowford Paper Mill.
Throughout the mill’s 226 year history, its ability to provide high quality watermarks elevated its reputation and provided business opportunities worldwide. In the later years, having its own design and manufacturing capability greatly assisted the development and improvement of watermarking.
With its ability to manufacture small quantities of paper, enterprises of any size were able to contemplate the use of bespoke watermarked stationery. In the security paper sector, the provision of high quality watermarks enabled the mill to participate in high profile projects and indeed ‘world stage’ events.
Whilst the principle uses of watermarks are to bring identity to business stationery and provide authenticity to security documents, Stowford Mill used them in a variety of other applications.
Products ranged from light weight and soft feel laid watermarked diamond wrapping paper, for a leading Antwerp dealer, watermarked wine bottle labels for French producers, bespoke watermarked diary paper, one for a prestigious London based manufacturer, through to textured watermark picture mount paper which was laminated to card.
In the late 1980s the paper mill embarked upon a special project to produce exceptional watermarks themselves, such was the importance of watermarking to the business at Ivybridge.
The principle method of producing high quality multi-tonal watermarks, was through the use of embossing plates bearing the watermark image. From an initial watermark design, heavy duty metal plates were engraved using specialised tooling in the purpose built workshop within the grounds of the mill. Each dandy roll could take up to 6 weeks to complete, as only a small area of wire mesh was embossed at one time. Often backing layers of mesh were required, which had to be snipped away in the areas of embossing and sewn together, before forming the layers into a cylinder to create a dandy roll.
The flexibility of having its own watermarking workshop enabled the mill to embark upon all sorts of projects. Trials were conducted with themed watermarks, to gauge market reaction, whilst another project experimented with heavy watermarked designs for manufacturing wallpaper. The same principles brought an internal innovation award within ArjoWiggins, using such watermark designs to make fashionable paper carrier bags and packaging materials