Very few companies can claim a longer or more distinguished heritage than Fabriano. Dating back to 1264, the Fabriano mill’s fine arts papers were used and highly praised by Michelangelo. Fabrianese paper masters pioneered many of the processes now common in paper manufacture today, including the watermark and the technique of surface sheet gluing using gelatine.
In 2002, Fabriano became part of the Fedrigoni Group, which backed it with significant new investments. The company is committed to renewable energy and makes extensive use of self-generated hydroelectric power. The production yield from the six continuous machines, one of which is dedicated entirely to producing bank notes and security papers, makes the company unique in the European paper industry and one of the leading players in its field worldwide.
Production of the various different types of Fabriano paper takes place at four different plants:
This plant employs a workforce of approximately 271 people. The current structure dates back to 1977 with the start-up of a new production line featuring a Fourdrinier machine to run alongside the pre-existing cylinder machine production line. The factory occupies a covered surface area of 36,000 m² and boasts a Fourdrinier machine, three cylinder machines, a modern plant for producing cotton cellulose – the raw material used to manufacture the most important fine arts and security paper – and a ‘vat’ department where paper is produced by hand. As paper is produced here for Euro banknotes and other currencies, the entire plant is protected by an impressive security system that is certified by the European Central Bank. It is precisely for the production of the Euro that recent years have seen major investment in this plant. This investment has resulted in the development of a new cutting, sorting and packaging line for banknote paper, and of a machine required for the simultaneous continuous application of holograms and silk screen bands printed with colour shifting inks – security features used on the new European banknote.
This is the newest production plant: it has been up and running since 1993 and today employs 112 people, taking up a total area of 130,000 m², of which 45,000 m² are covered. The complex includes a cutting department developed with four sheeters and a packer, the packing line, an intensive centralised warehouse and a fully-automatic logistics and distribution centre.
The plant occupies a covered surface area of 15,500 m², employs approximately 145 people and is equipped with two Fourdrinier machines with a total production capacity of around 45,000 tons/year, three sheeters, a guillotine and four finishing machines. The layout and ink preparation department have been completely renovated.
The Castelraimondo plant, with its 35 employees, takes up a total area of 64,000 m², of which 15,000 m² are covered. The converting department covers a surface area of 5,400 m². It has a 4-corner line for packing pads (FA2-FA4-ECOLOGICAL-FA colour-Tiziano). It has a shrink-wrapping machine for packing coloured and white cardboards. It has a spiral binding and a perforating machine for pads. It has a ‘Minipack’ machine for packaging of blister-pack cut-size.