Mohawk and Arjowiggins Creative Paper Announce Alliance

COHOES, NY | Mohawk, supplier of fine papers, envelopes, and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, and Arjowiggins Creative Papers, Boulogne-Billancourt, France, supplier of creative and technical papers with manufacturing facilities in Europe and Asia, have announced an exclusive alliance in which they will share best-in-class manufacturing capabilities, facilities, technologies, sales, and marketing resources and expertise.

The companies report they share core values of heritage, innovation, operational excellence, craftsmanship, safety-focused manufacturing, environmental commitment, and social responsibility.

Under the terms of the agreement, Mohawk will have exclusive rights to manufacture Arjowiggins’ luxury packaging products, Delos and Butterfly, as well as rights to license, market, and distribute these and other select Arjowiggins luxury packaging products to design, packaging, and print professionals in North America.

Arjowiggins Creative Papers will have exclusive rights to manufacture Mohawk’s Superfine and iTone as well as rights to license, market, and distribute the product through selected merchants.

According to Thomas D. O’Connor Jr., chairman and CEO at Mohawk, “Today’s business climate requires successful companies to exhibit flexibility, agility, and adaptability to remain competitive and profitable. There’s been a considerable amount of consolidation in the North American and European paper industries, but there’s never been a collaborative effort like this on an international level.”

He adds, “Mohawk’s alliance with Arjowiggins Creative Papers is a groundbreaking move to grow our businesses through better utilization of our respective sales, operational, marketing and manufacturing assets, without requiring a lot of additional investment. Arjowiggins has long been a respected leader in the fine paper and luxury packaging markets, and this exciting collaboration will celebrate our companies’ unique strengths and allow sharing of best practices and technologies. Ultimately, this union creates the largest premium paper and luxury packaging manufacturing entity in the world.”

Says Jonathan Mitchell, managing director at Arjowiggins Creative Papers, “This unprecedented ‘transatlantic’ alliance is a real exchange of expertise in fine papermaking between two well established paper manufacturers. Mohawk’s i-Tone is arguably the world’s best technology for digital presses, so we are delighted to be able to offer this technology in our product portfolio, starting with Superfine. We are happy as well to develop our very strong packaging brands in the US market through this alliance with Mohawk. A worldwide collaboration on this scale will bring unique and far-reaching benefits, not only for our customers, but also for our companies.”

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