Purpose of the Course

Paper can have a huge impact on the cost and quality of a book, and understanding it is essential for everyone involved in production and design. This course looks at the production of paper and its various properties, the specific requirements for digital as well as litho paper, and the differences between US and European paper supply.

Benefits of Attending

Taught at a paper mill by industry experts, this course will help delegates to understand how paper is made, ensuring they are informed about its properties and the key drivers in choosing the right paper for their project / book.

Due to its practical emphasis, all the theoretical components of this course are accompanied by a practical demonstration in the paper mill. Each section has a problem-solving element, to enable delegates to gain a better understanding of the potential pitfalls and how to avoid them, plus how to spot those pitfalls if they do occur.

As well as touring the mill, we will also tour the nearby forest so that candidates can see forestry management in action.

As the mill can be very noisy and to ensure our attendees get the most out of the day, we limit the number of delegates for this course to 6.

Course Level 

This course is aimed at those who are or would like to be involved in the selection and buying of paper. It is aimed at those new to paper selection and purchasing, those who have learnt ‘on the job’ and those who would like a deeper understanding of paper making and selection.

Course Outline

The topics covered during this course will include:

  • How paper is made 
  • How to assess paper 
  • What to consider when buying paper
  • Paper and the environment 

Read the full course outline here.

The Trainers

Stephen Holman, Holmen Paper AB and Heather O‘Connell, Consultant. 
(Read about BIC Trainers, here).

Feedback for this Course

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Date & Frequency of this Course 

This course is not currently scheduled, for the latest updates, contact us or join the BIC Training Course mailing list.

To register your interest in attending this course on an unspecified date in future, please see the ‘Registration’ section, below.

Course Location

Holmen Mill, Sweden.

Course Length

This is a full day course + travel. 
The course will be delivered in 2 half-day sessions.

Due to the availability of flights, delegates will usually fly to Sweden on the morning of the course and will return to the UK in the afternoon of the following day, once the course has finished.

Travel Information

Please contact us for further information about the recommended flights, hotels / accommodation and other travel arrangements for this course. 

On the Day 

All of BIC’s full-day courses include refreshments and a full working lunch.

Dress Code

Please be aware that delegates will spend time in both the paper mill at Holmen Paper and the surrounding forest, so we ask that you should please dress appropriately, i.e. no open-toe shoes / sandals. 


BIC Members £420 + VAT
Friends of BIC £490 + VAT
Non Members £560 + VAT

NB: Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.

Discounted rates apply to BIC members only. Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check our members list here.


Register your interest in attending this course.

Once a date has been agreed for this course, registration will be carried out via Eventbrite. Payment on Eventbrite is accepted via VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact us. Please note that this process will incur a £25.00 administration fee.

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