paperguru.tk is operated by Stephen R. Hill, FInstSMM, FInstPPP, Paper Consultant & Environmental/Wildlife Conservationist
Stephen (Steve) Hill is a Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management; Fellow of the Institute of Paper, Print & Publishing; a former member of the (U.K.) Paper Industry Technical Association, and for several years a lay-member of the Technical Association for the Pulp and Paper Industries (TAPPI.) One of the founding members of the British Association of Paper Historians, he has also been accepted into the International Association of Paper Historians. With over 35 years in the paper industry (mostly in sales, marketing, and procurement rôles) for hand-made artists’ papers to humble (though very good) copier papers, plus graphical printing papers and boards, from mills in Scandinavia down to Italy, Steve's knowledge is now at your disposal.
Having sadly watched the demise of many mills that have lapsed into history from apparently active production, Steve is just as keenly interested in those mills whose ancestry has been built upon and currently flourish, e.g. Papeteries de Lana in France since 1590; Tervakoski, Finland 1818, and the list goes on. Particularly exciting are the 'Phoenix' mills that either closed completely or looked doomed to do so, then sprang back up again fighting with every fibre of their being. Others, like St. Cuthberts Mill in Somerset in England buck the trend and with new owners, look to go from weakness to great strength.
As a further sign of his being a paper 'anorak', Steve collects papers from old (and modern) mills, especially those with watermarks, and other paper mill and merchant related ephemera though his massive collection of swatches and so forth was decimated (literally reduced to just 10%) by flooding, and what was reputed to be the largest private collection of contemporary swatches & promotional items in the U.K. is, like so many paper mills, gone forever.
As Vice President (European Affairs) of Grade Finders, Inc. of Pennslyvannia USA, Steve was responsible for creating a European system of cataloguing papers and boards which then found its way to directory status with Grade Finders, with five editions in printed format,showing brands,classifications, technical information, as well as details of manufacturers & merchants for the whole of Europe. The sad and untimely death of founder Bill Subers, put an end to the publishing of those directories, though Bill's son Mark, who had become a key figure in the operation, hopes to re-start something with North American Press purely on the web. In Europe, Steve has similar plans in the long term for his new website paperfromabc2.xyz. No .com or anything else, .xyz is the address. Clever huh?
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