Arkwright Advanced Coating - 10/5/2009
Arkwright Celebrates 200 Years
Arkwright Advanced Coating Inc, a global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of coated papers, films
and specialty media for digital imaging technologies, announced its 200th anniversary since the company was
founded in April 1809, and plans for its bicentennial year, celebrating the start of production in September, 1810.
In the spring of 1809, a merchant mariner, a surgeon, and an attorney formed in partnership the Arkwright
Manufacturing Company, and built one of the country’s first cotton spinning mills on the banks of the Pawtuxet
River. The business grew, expanded, modernized, changed owners, thrived in periods of economic expansion,
and suffered in periods of recession. Formally incorporated under the Arkwright name in 1871, it was, by the end
of the 19th century one of the leading producers of bookbinding cloth. By the middle of the 20th century,
bookbinding cloth was super-ceded by production of drafting and tracing cloth, which was followed by production
of drafting, tracing and diazo reproduction papers, and then films.
Continued modernization, technology evolution, and changes of ownership through the
second half of the 20th century made Arkwright one of the leading producers of coated papers
and films used in digital printing systems.
Arkwright was purchased by the Diatec Group, headquartered in Cles, Italy, on July 31, 2008, with a mission to bring the company into the 21st century, while building on the rich history of technologically advanced manufacturing. Diatec is an industrial
enterprise, operating more than 20 different coating lines in 5 European mills, with a long held strategy to establish
manufacturing operations in the United States. Acquiring Arkwright, with its 5 coating lines, converting machines,
research and development laboratory, experienced long-service employees, reputation for high quality, and
leading position in the digital imaging market place, more than fulfills the Diatec strategy.