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Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH
IndustryPaper manufacturing
Key people
Jan Wölfle, President & CEO Hahnemühle Group
ProductsCoated inkjet paper, artist paper, filter paper, life science apllications
> 38 Million. EUR (2020)
Number of employees
> 200 (October 2020)

Hahnemühle FineArt, Inc. is a paper manufacturing company in the Relliehausen district of Dassel, Germany. It is a significant producer of coated paper for inkjet printing, artist's paper for traditional painting and printing techniques, and filter paper for industry and research.


The company traces its origins to the construction of a paper mill by Merton Speiss on 27 February 1584 in Relliehausen at the source of a river in the Solling (a range of hills). The filtration effect from the Solling's sandstone had a softening effect on the pure spring water leading to paper of exceptional quality. This is but one of many such paper mills known to have existed in the vicinity of Dassel between the Weser and the Leine rivers, but it is the only one to have survived over the centuries.

On 30 August 1769 the descendants of the Spiess family sold the mill to Peter Johann Jacob Heinrich Andrae from Osterode for 4,500 Reichsthaler. Andrae suffered an early death, and the mill passed to his son. On 13 August 1884 Oskar Andrae sold the firm to H. J. Heinemann of Hannover who immediately began the construction of a new production facility. Unforeseen difficulties and costs forced Heinemann to give up the factory, and it was sold in 1886 to Carl Hahne who renamed the mill into “Büttenpapierfabrik Hahnemühle”. In 1902 Hahnemühle was converted into a limited company (GmbH) and merged with Schleicher & Schuell, a company from Düren. In 2004 Hahnemühle was demerged from Schleicher & Schuell and operates independently since then.

Paper making by hand in the founders' days of Hahnemühle paper mill

During the Second World War, the company created paper for the SS-Reichssicherheitshauptamt's efforts to produce counterfeit British banknotes as part of Operation Bernhard.

Today, the firm employs approximately 200 employees worldwide in the production of paper for painters, graphic artists, illustrators, bookbinders, photographers and printmaker as well as for the production of specialty papers in industrial applications (such as filter membranes for chemical and biological analysis). The paper factory is especially known for its high quality artist papers for painting and printmaking.

Hahnemühle is the inventor of Fine Art InkJet Paper with a special ink-receiving layer surface treatment suitable for today's inkjet printers. This is particularly suitable for high-quality photography, computer art, and painting and photo reproductions.

Green Rooster[edit]

In 2008, Hahnemühle introduced the Bamboo paper grade in its Digital FineArt and traditional Artist Papers product ranges. All Bamboo papers are made from pulp from fast-growing bamboo grass. In recent years, an entire product line has been created around this product: the "Natural Line". This includes papers made from other sustainable raw materials such as hemp or agave. Some key environmentally friendly factors of these selected plants are that they require minimal maintenance, grow quickly and don’t need any pesticides.[1][2]

With the introduction of the sustainable papers in 2008, Hahnemühle founded its "Green Rooster" initiative. Through which, the company supports regional, national and international environmental protection and environmental education programmes. These projects are supported financially with a share of the profits from Hahnemühle’s "Natural Line". So far, projects such as "Prints for Wildlife", "Wildlife observation in the Leinepolder area" and many more have been supported.[3]


  1. ^ "Natural Line: Hahnemühle FineArt".
  2. ^ https://www.hahnemuehle.com/en/artist-papers/bamboo.html
  3. ^ "Commitment - Green Rooster Environmental initiative: Hahnemühle FineArt".


  • Wolfgang Hein / Wilhelm Willemer: Neutral geleimte Papiere für wertvolle Objekte. In: Dauerhaftigkeit von Papier: Vorträge des 4. Internationalen graphischen Restauratorentages, veranstaltet von der Internationalen Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Archiv-, Bibliotheks- und Graphikrestauratoren (IADA)in Zusammenarbeit mit der Niedersächsischen Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen und dem Niedersächsischen Staatsarchiv Bückeburg 1979, Klostermann, Frankfurt/Main 1980.
  • E. Tacke: Urkundliche Beiträge zur Geschichte der Papiermühle Relliehausen während der Zeit der Papiermacherfamilie Spieß 1584-1789. In: Jahresbericht des Vereins für Geschichte und Altertümer der Stadt Einbeck und Umgebung 21 (1953/54), pp. 48–56
  • 425 Jahre Hahnemühle 1584-2009

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