Lucart: 60 years of passion, commitment, respect for the environment and ethics

The history of the Pasquini family in the paper industry began in 1953, although their experience in the field can be traced back to the 1920s with an important production site in Villa Basilica, native town and paper production district of Tuscany.

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“Cartiera Lucchese dei F.lli Pasquini” was founded in 1953, marking the beginning of a long family history and tradition. In 1966 the Porcari (Lucca) facilities and current company headquarters were started up. With the installation of the first paper machine, the facilities begin producing jumbo silk paper reels for flexible packaging.

A foundational step in the company’s development was made in 1988 with the erection of the Diecimo (Lucca) facilities and entry into the finished products business through paper converting. This important accomplishment projects the Group in the consumer and professional markets. Diecimo is one of the major European facilities dedicated to tissue production and converting.

Strong of these successes, in 1995 the Group installs a deinking system for waste paper and is the first in the field of tissue to introduce a line of ecological products that use recycled paper as raw material. The themes of ecology and environmental protection become the bases of all production policies that will see their maximum expression in 2012 with the innovative and exclusive technology to recover the cellulose fibers present in Tetra Pak containers.

Towards the end of the 1990s, the group begins an expansion process beyond national borders: in 1998, the Troyes facilities in France (Lucart France) are erected that today produce and convert tissue in pure virgin cellulose for products destined exclusively for the consumer field. In the same year, Lucart Ibérica - sales company for the Spanish market - is founded. In 2007 the Group takes over Fato Italia (Torre di Mosto, Venice), leader in the production of colored, decorated tablecloths and table napkins for the Ho.Re.Ca. field and expands its product range with original, creative solutions for the table. In 2008 interest for foreign markets leads the Group to purchase a second facility in France, at Laval Sur Vologne. And so Novatissue, French market leader in the production and converting of ecological tissue paper, is born. In 2012, to consolidate its position on the Italian market, it finalizes acquisition of Georgia-Pacific Italia with its production sites in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (Lucca) and Avigliano (Potenza) and the famous Tenderly and Tutto Pannocarta brands.

From a small family company, Lucart has become a multinational commercializing its products worldwide. The company is currently run with the same commitment and passion by the third generation of the family that founded it. Today, the Group counts 7 production units in Europe, 11 paper machines, 59 converting lines, 340,000 tons/year of production, 1400 employees and a turnover of about 450 million euro, with an absolutely unique product variety and important brands both in the Consumer and Professional markets.

The commitment for the future is to continue on with the same passion and values that have accompanied and distinguished the company in the course of these first 60 years.

On May 31st, 2013, in the refined and exclusive Villa Bernardini, the Pasquini family, company managers, suppliers, customers and local authorities celebrated the important milestone attained.

During the event, Massimo Pasquini, the Group’s CEO, commented: “This evening’s event is a special moment not only to reflect on the company’s history. It must also constitute a spur to look ahead with confidence and create new objectives. This success makes us proud and deserves to be shared with all those who, in the course of time, have had the chance to get to know and appreciate our company”.

The President of Assindustria Lucca, Cristina Galeotti, expressed her congratulations for the company’s 60 years of activity: “Our Association is certainly proud to count this successful company among its members - a point of strength of the economy of the province that has been connected with us practically since its inception - for the extraordinary results achieved in these 60 years. And all the more so because this period coincides with the entrepreneurial events of a family who, in the course of three generations, has been able to create a development model strong enough to go beyond the limits of the province of Lucca and to stand out in the wider European scenario”.

“Congratulations then”, concludes President Galeotti “to the entire Pasquini family, the managers and all the collaborators of the Lucart Group, who see in this goal the best proof of their strong efforts”. *

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