GF Smith has acquired the Naturalis fine uncoated papers brand from the administrators of Tullis Russell.

 

The company whose headquarters are based in Hull have been the United Kingdom’s leader source in Naturalis range. They have now bought the “full intellectual property rights” on a worldwide platform from the KPMG administrators, along with acquiring the reaming mill stock for an undisclosed amount.

The joint managing director of GF Smith has said the firm was deeply saddened by the loss of the long-established Tullis Russel Company. But are very happy in being able to acquire the high-end paper range.

“It’s been a lot of hard work, but we got there. Being privately-owned and independent, we could act swiftly,” John Haslam explained.

Haslam said the acquired mill stock involved a “considerable tonnage”.

“The rest of the stock will be with us later this week, so we can supply people straightaway. We now have a global list of customers and existing users of the brand, and we are talking to them about supply. We are looking to grow it from where it left off under the Tullis Russell banner.”

Naturalis will continue to be manufactured in the United Kingdom and to the exact same standards and GF Smith are keeping details of the mill close to their chests.

“We are just doing final tests,” Haslam explained. “The new mill will also be able to produce smaller volumes of special makings, for people who want bespoke sizes or special grammages.”

Naturalis is currently available in three versions: matt absolute white, smooth absolute white, and smooth vanilla. Grammages range from 120gsm to 400gsm.

GF Smith said the high-grade twin wire Naturalis range offered “exceptional print performance”. It is suitable for litho and digital printing as well as other processes such as letterpress and screen printing.

“We will probably look to extend the range as well,” Haslam added.

KPMG was called in to Fife-based Tullis Russell Papermakers at the end of April. The mill ceased production in May, and the administrators are now in the process of selling off its brands and assets.

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