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1282 1st Watermark (Italy) -- 1294 Surface Sizing -- 1391 Toilet paper used in China -- 1445 Book Printing -- 1670 Hollander Beater -- 1610 Paper is made in Japan -- 1774 1st use of recycled fibre -- 1783 1st Wove Wire -- 1789 1st Bleaching -- 1798 1st paper Machine Patent -- 1803 Donkin builds UK Machine -- 1805 Cylinder Mould -- 1819 Crompton makes Drying Cylinders -- 1843 Groundwood Production (Keller) -- 1851 Soda Pulping (Burgess & Watts) -- 1856 Corrugated paper patented -- 1867 Acid Sulphite Pulping (Tilghman patent) -- 1870 Corrugated cardboard box patented -- 1879 Kraft Process (Dahl) -- 1904 Offset Printing -- 1908 Coffee Filter & paper Cup -- 1910 Gravure Printing -- 1935 Coated Paper -- 1945 Continuous Stock Prep -- 1955 Continuous Pulping -- 1960 Process Control -- 1966 Twin wire forming -- 1978 Carbonless Copy Paper -- 1985 Tissue 1960 m per minute -- 2003 Tissue 2000 m per minute -- 2009 Tissue 2160 m per minute - Mexico -- 2010 Tissue 2200 m per minute - Germany


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PAPERCLASSROOM is THE technical learning resource for the paper industry.

On this site you will find details of the Level 2 and Level 3 Technical Certificates in Papermaking, as well as pre-prepared and bespoke courses.

In addition there is a section for the latest news, a photo gallery of students/classes, the usual industry related links and some revision tests for my students that you may wish to try yourself

Recent additions to the site are QUICKFACTS and QUICKTESTS. Quicktests can be just for fun or as an informal Training Needs Analysis, (TNA).

If you are looking for Management Training, Coaching, or Health & Safety, then you may wish to try Tim Watts Associates

For manual handling training, accident and incident investigation, risk assessments and audits then please try Jim Reeves Safety and Training Consultency Ltd.

The Machineman Development Programme offers machine operators, newly appointed engineers and technical staff alike the opportunity to learn about applied papermaking in a highly conducive learning environment. The four one-week modules, spaced at monthly intervals, are hosted by local mills. In addition, each week contains a one-day element devoted to an essential non-technical subject such as "structured problem solving", "contributing to effective team working" etc.
One mill is already benefiting from the closer collaboration of Machinemen and Engineers as they begin to remove the causes of some of the longstandng efficiency issues.

About the Author

After obtaining my PhD in 1982 from the Department of Paper Science in Manchester I have been working within the industry. or as a supplier, or as a trainer. The benfits of this broad range of experiences include;

  • An understanding of the way a mill operates, and how it works with customers and suppliers
  • An understanding of how suppliers operate, and how they work with their customers
  • An awareness of the need for high quality basic understanding of materials and processes, which wil improve both communications and problem solving abilities


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