paperguru.uk is operated by Stephen R. Hill, FInstSMM, FInstPPP, Paper Consultant & Environmental/Wildlife Conservationist, Paper Historian
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 with over 35 years in topday's 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, while James Cropper continues to flourish as one of only two multi-product mills left in Great Britain (the other a risk of closure).
As former Vice President (European Affairs) of Grade Finders, Inc., Pennsylvania 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, and five successive 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. If that directory was still in production today, with so many mills gone and well known merchants simply disappeared, it would be a very slim volume indeed! Thus, the visitor to this site will notice a very historical 'bent', and nothing contemporary.