Bessé-sur-Braye Mil - Recycled Papers

Besse Sur Braye

The Bessé-sur-Braye Mill was founded in 1824 and is situated to the south-west of Paris. With a workforce of 568 people and a capacity of 320 000 tons, Bessé is the main production site of Arjowiggins Graphic.

The mill principally produces high white recycled papers such as…

… as well as coated specialities and laminated papers. Papers are comparable to leading virgin fibre papers whilst maintaining the highest possible environmental standards.

The Bessé production process is controlled by a hi-tech system of continuous real time measurements with computer-controlled adjustment. This is supplemented with strict and continuous checking by the machine operators, laboratory testing of the paper at all stages of production and statistical analysis of product and process data.

Speciality papers produced at the mill include:

Key Details

Location France
Machines 2 paper machines, 2 coating machines, 8 cutting lines, 3 wrappers, 3 pallet wrappers
Annual Production 320,000 tonnes per year

Enviromental Certifications

  • FSC ®
  • FSC ® Recycled
  • ISO 14001
  • Reach Compliant
  • FSC ® Mix
  • PEFC
  • ISO 9001
  • ISO 50001
  • OHSAS 18001
  • Process Chlorine Free

Source Materials

  • Post-Consumer Waste
  • De-inked pulp/fibre
  • FSC ® Recycled fibres
  • FSC ® Mix fibres
  • Virgin Fibres
  • FSC ® certified virgin fibres

Print Finishes

  • Coated
  • Offset
  • Silk
  • Matt
  • 1 side coated
  • Uncoated
  • Preprint
  • Gloss
  • Inkjet

Environmental Information

The Mill is proud to have achieved ISO 14001, ISO 9001, OHASAS 18001, ISO 50001, EU-Ecolabel, Blue angel, FSC® and Food Contact certification. The mill’s production process is Process Chlorine Free (PCF).

Bessé makes a major contribution to the environment by manufacturing high quality materials from sustainable alternatives. For instance, Cocoon 100% recycled paper is a FSC® Recycled alternative to virgin fibre papers, with comparable whiteness and print performance. In addition, the mill manufacture recycled and wood-fiber based materials that look and perform like plastic, but without the environmental damage.

The advanced water treatment plant means that 95% of the water taken from the river is put back after use and cleaner than when extracted. 100% of the water treatment residue is used to make soil treatment for agricultural use.


Usine de Bessé - 17, rue du 8 mai 1945 BP3 - 72310 Bessé-sur-Braye - France
Tel: +33 (0)
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