PDL, Papeteries du Léman

Bolloré Thin Papers began its operations in 1879, when Maurice and Jacques Braunstein set up a workshop producing cigarette paper.
They invented and patented a packaging technique of overlapping thin papers in a dispenser. This technique, and the Braunstein company itself, became so successful that a larger production facility was needed.
In 1920, the Thonon facility, comprising three paper machines, was built on the banks of the Léman river. From 1936, the site comprised 6 machines, employed more than 500 people, and produced 10 tonnes per day.
After developing several ranges of thin and ultra-thin paper for various end uses, including carbon paper, in 1998 the company decided to focus on opaque thin printing paper for the publishing and communications sectors, with a view to becoming the leader and specialist on the market.
The factory was renamed PDL, Papeteries du Léman, and the Bolloré Thin Papers brand was born.
PDL was sold by the Bolloré Group in July 2009, and the company then joined PVL Holdings, with a headquarters in Thonon-les-Bains.

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Site information

Capacity: 40,000 tonnes per year with an average grammage of 30,5 g/m²
Two paper machines producing lightweight printing papers
One paper machine producing speciality papers
240 employees
Exporting 74% of production to more 40 countries

Certifications ISO 9001 and 14001 : 2008, FSC®, PEFC and Nordic Swan Ecolabel


1080, rue des Vignes Rouges
74 500 Publier, France
Tél.: + 33 (0)4 50 17 05 00
Coordonnées GPS : 46.384508 / 6.512443

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