About Hahnemeuhle

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Hahnemeuhle

 

About Us

There are very few companies worldwide that can be proud of such a long company history like Hahnemühle’s. Founded back in 1584 as a paper mill in South Lower Saxony’s Solling uplands, Hahnemühle developed – strictly according to the spirit of its founding fathers – into a customer-oriented and innovative manufacturing facility.

It goes without saying that the products and manufacturing methods have changed to a certain extent since 1584. In the beginning, the product range solely comprised mould-made writing paper but later, artist papers and the Hahnemühle invented fine-art inkjet papers for digital print were added to the range. Furthermore, Hahnemühle papers have been used for decades in industrial production or manufacturing processes as well as in research laboratories. At the same time, several things have remained the same, such as our high quality standard that guarantees our customers the purest papers for art or technical applications. 

Our paper technologists are proficient in their trade. With high-quality pulp and by using formulations that are partly several centuries old, they produce traditional artist papers, FineArt inkjet papers and speciality papers for industry and filtration. We are – in the positive sense – perfectionists and reliable partners for artists, technicians and scientists. We produce papers according to their demands, work jointly with them on improving these papers permanently and develop papers for new market segments.

 

Historical Facts

Owner's history

At February 27 th, 1584 the Herzog of Braunschweig granted the right to build a papermill to paper making craftsman Merten Spieß. In the following time the "Reylingehäusische Papiermühle" - the first papermill in the surroundings of the mid mountains "Solling"- arose. The papermill was owned by the descendants of Merten Spieß for 185 years until August 1769. Then the mill was sold to the Andrae family, which owned it until 1884. In 1884 the mill was bought by L. Heinemann, who sold it only to years later in 1886 to Carl Hahne. Carl Hahne renamed the mill into "Büttenpapierfabrik Hahnemühle". In 1902 Hahnemühle was converted into a limited company (GmbH) and merged with Schleicher & Schuell, a company from Düren. In 1927 Schleicher & Schuell became the sole owner of Hahnemühle. At July 1st 2002 Hahnemühle was renamed as Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH. In 2004 Hahnmühle was demerged from Schleicher & Schuell and operates independently since then.

Product's history

Up to the end of the 19th century Hahnemühle existed as a small manufacturer with less than 15 employees. The main products were finest handmade writing and foolscap papers. Under the leadership of Carl Hahne the production of artist paper and high purity filter paper began and the mill grew up. In the 1920's there were more than 120 employees.

In the Industrialization era the production of artist papers became more and more. The first paper machine was a mould made paper machine, installed in the early 1920's. A Fourdrinier machine follows. Although the production became more and more mechanized, until the 1960's some of the papers were made completely by hand. In the 1970's Hahnemühle developed the first acid free and archivable machine made paper. In the late 1990 the first Fine Art Inkjet papers were developed based on traditional artist papers. The highly awarded Digital FineArt Collection is the worldmarket leading paper range today. Galleries, museums and collectors trust in papers "Made in Germany".

Today Hahnemühle is one of the last paper mills which produced high quality artist's papers and high purity filter papers for various purposes. Hahnemühle's Digital FineArt Collection is the world market leader in the high quality inkjet paper segment. It's a unique that Hahnemühle produces its paper at the same place for 430 years.

 

 

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