Our history

The history of Lucart is a journey that started a long time ago, feeds on passion and gazes into the future.
A successful family and business history that is based on tradition, experience and
quality that is open to innovation. More and more, day after day.


The Pasquini brothers' Cartiera Lucchese
It all began with the foundation of the Cartiera Lucchese by the Pasquini brothers at Villa Basilica in the province of Lucca, a time-honoured paper manufacturing district in Tuscany. Brothers Alessandro, Eliseo, Fernando, Raffaello and Tarcisio began the production of straw paper and packaging paper which they would later perfect in the factory located within the sixteenth-century walls of the city of Lucca. The technologies of the time could still adapt to the ancient building that for centuries had been the most important mill in the city.


The first PM1 paper machine
The need for growth and investment led the Pasquini brothers to move production from the city to the plain of Lucca, where the Porcari plant was built, and is still today the Group's registered office, in 1966. The new plant allowed the installation of the first paper machine (PM1) that marked the first major technological leap of the Company. The plant, dedicated to the production of jumbo reels for flexible packaging allowed the company to increase productivity tenfold and expand the offer with high grammage papers.


The second PM2 paper machine
In 1976, the growing worldwide demand for flexible packaging paper convinced the family to invest again in the Porcari site with the installation of a second paper machine (PM2). The line would remain operational until 2018.


The third PM3 paper machine
The third paper machine (PM3) for the production of tissue paper was started in Porcari in 1983. It is still up and running very successfully today garnering a high level of interest in Italy and abroad. With the installation of this machine, Cartiera Lucchese became the European leader in the production of MG paper and flexible packaging paper.


Tissue paper production was kicked off
The time had come to diversify production by looking at the promising sector of paper for hygienic uses and the fourth paper machine (PM4) was launched in Porcari in 1987. The group thus entered the tissue paper market.


The Diecimo plant and the Lucart brand are established
1988 was a key year for the development of the company. After purchasing a plot of land of more than 240,000 m², the Group could think big and design a completely integrated site dedicated to the tissue paper market, from the production of paper to the conversion into a finished product for both the Consumer and the Away from Home markets, with modern paper technology. The Lucart brand was established.


Installation of two new paper machines
The tissue paper market was developing rapidly and the company started up two more paper machines at its new site in Diecimo almost at the same time. The PM5 and the PM6 machines were powered by a new methane gas cogeneration turbine, carrying over the technology already successfully tested at the Porcari plant.


Cartiera Lucchese France paper mill
Cartiera Lucchese France was founded in 1993. It was a commercial company that, in addition to managing the acquired customers, was tasked to prepare the ground for the production of paper beyond the Alps.


Deinking plant and PM7 in Diecimo
In 1996, the Group decided to differentiate its tissue paper offering from the competition and, taking advantage of the technology and knowledge acquired through the processing of flexible packaging papers from selected waste paper, and set up an array of systems designed specifically for deinking waste paper, producing high-quality recycled tissue paper and purifying process waste water. The new PM7 paper machine was capable of producing 60,000 tons of recycled and reclaimed paper a year.


EcoLucart was established
The new plants allowed the Group to launch EcoLucart on the Italian market. This absolutely innovative and ecological product line used recycled and regenerated paper as a raw material and Mater-Bi (a biodegradable corn starch material) as a packaging. Lucart was the first company in the world to replace plastic packaging with a completely biodegradable renewable material developed by Novamont.


Consolidation in Europe
1998 marked an important moment for the Group at a European level. It was the year in which Lucart Ibérica S.L.U., a commercial company for the management of Iberian customers, and Lucart France sas are established, followed by the construction of the Troyes plant in France, with the production and converting of pure virgin cellulose tissue paper for the Consumer sector.


EMAS environmental certification
Committed to bolstering and improving its environmental efficiency, the Diecimo plant requires and obtains EMAS environmental certification for environmental performance management. Hygenius Toilet, the first automatic cutting toilet paper dispenser, was launched the same year.


Lucart enters the Ho.Re.Ca. market
To complete the offer on the market, in 2007 the Group acquired Fato, the landmark brand for the Italian Ho.Re.Ca. market, and the two production plants in the province of Treviso and Venice. The Torre di Mosto plant concentrates the production of decorated, coloured and customised tablecloths and napkins made of tissue, airlaid and MG paper.


New acquisition in France
The growing interest in the foreign market led the Group to acquire a second plant in France in 2008, in Laval sur Vologne - today Lucart sas - taking over the tissue business of Novacare sas, a French company with a production capacity of 46,000 t/year of tissue paper. The plant's production is perfectly integrated with the Group's business model, being dedicated to the production of recycled and regenerated tissue paper.


Lucart Group was established
In 2009, the name of Cartiera Lucchese Group was changed to Lucart Group, to identify all the companies belonging to Cartiera Lucchese S.p.A.


Fiberpack®: let's go!
In 2010 a new plant - the only one of its kind in Italy - was built in Diecimo for the production of 100% ecological paper deriving from the recovery of cellulose fibres from Tetra Pak® beverage cartons. The ecological raw material that forms these new products was called Fiberpack®. With this project, Lucart consolidated its commitment to increasing environmental sustainability and protecting the environment, through innovative and exclusive production from a technological point of view.


New brands and certifications
Following the great success in Italy of the system that uses Tetra Pak® beverage cartons, a similar one was set up in France at the Laval sur Vologne plant in 2011. In the same year, the Group obtained the BS OHSAS 18001 certification which concerns the occupational health and safety management system. The EcoNatural, for the AwayfFrom Home market, and Grazie Natural, for the Consumer market, were launched also in 2011.


Acquisition of Georgia Pacific Italy
2012 was a pivotal year for the Group. With the acquisition of Georgia Pacific Italia srl, Lucart becomes the owner of the Italian plants in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (Lucca-Italy) and Avigliano (Potenza-Italy), as well as the administrative headquarters in Genoa, and acquired the Tenderly and Tutto brands in Italy and worldwide.


Merger in Lucart S.p.A.
All the Italian companies of the group merged into a single company called Lucart S.p.A. in 2013. The Tenderly and Tutto brands were relaunched the same year.


Entering Hungary
The Group acquired Bokk Paper Kft. in Esztergom, Hungary, in 2016. The leading independent Hungarian company in the Away from Home market for hygiene paper products, now Lucart Kft. The new Lucart plant in Nyergesújfalu was opened in September 2018 after two years of work.


The Altopascio Logistics Centre
As part of a plan to improve the logistics efficiency of the entire Group, Lucart acquired an area of approximately 24,000 m² of covered warehouses not far from the Altopascio motorway junction. A futuristic Logistics Centre dedicated to products for the Away from Home market is created on the hub and connected to the Diecimo site by a continuous service of ecological LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) powered shuttles, equipped with an automatic loading/unloading system based on RFID technology.

2018 (February)

Investment in Spain
Lucart finalised a strategic investment in the Basque Country, Spain, At the beginning of 2018 to bolster its market position in the Iberian Peninsula. The Group acquired three plants of the Spanish CEL Technologies & System Group near Bilbao, dedicated to the production and converting of tissue paper and the production of soaps and personal care products for use in the Away from Home sector.

2018 (November)

Start-up of the PM12 paper machine
The new tissue paper production line was successfully started up at the Lucart plant in Porcari at the end of 2018. The PM12 line replaced the PM2 which, since 1976, has been producing MG paper for the flexible packaging market worldwide.


Launch of paper packaging

In 2019 Lucart takes yet another step towards sustainability by creating packaging made of recycled and recyclable paper for the Grazie Natural and EcoNatural lines.


Investment in the UK
With the acquisition of Essential Supply Products Ltd (ESP Ltd), the UK's leading independent processor, Lucart bolsters its leadership in the European market for Away from Home hygiene products continuing the Group's development and internationalisation plan. 

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