About Sylvicta

Past and Present

Sylvicta is manufactured by Arjowiggins, a global leader in natural translucent papers positioned at the forefront of a new era in paper manufacturing where sustainability is paramount.

Arjowiggins pioneered translucent paper manufacture in their mill in Kent, United Kingdom, where they first made paper in 1730.

Today we combine the time-honoured methods of over 250 years with modern processing technology in our mill in Quzhou, China. Derived from the Latin name for Forest, Sylva and the word Invicta, the historic emblem of the county of Kent, Sylvicta means the ‘forest that conquers’. 

Planet and Product

Convention says that food packaging should be functional and disposable. Sadly, the legacy of that conventional packaging will be around for thousands of years with the proliferation of single use plastic packaging. The plastic in our oceans bears a tragic testament to that legacy.

We set out to challenge convention for the good of the planet. Our R&D teams were given a unique challenge: to create a food-contact paper with high-barrier properties which challenged the ethos of conventional packaging.

The result is Sylvicta. A fully recyclable, compostable, and marine-degradable paper produced using only renewable raw materials. It is clean, naturally translucent, totally sustainable and can increase the shelf-life of the packaged product by offering the perfect barrier to oxygen, aroma and grease. It is approved for direct contact with food and has an aesthetic appeal. 

Purpose and Passion

We have created a product designed to meet the desires of the present, without compromising the needs of the future.

We recognise that the responsibility of business to society has changed forever.

We want to attract customers, converters and end-users who share our beliefs and empathise with our values.

Sylvicta bears the hallmark of honesty and integrity. It provides hope and optimism for packaging in our future. Sylvicta® and the Sylvicta symbol and logo are registered trademarks of Arjowiggins. 


Arjowiggins has a rich history reaching back to the 17th century, and today is a leading translucent paper manufacturer. From our Anglo-French roots we have grown into a translucent paper manufacturer with a global reach, marrying experience, knowledge and skill to the most advanced technology available, to serve customers large and small.

Sustainability and respect for the environment remain more than ever at the heart of Arjowiggins’ activities, through a wide range of ongoing internal and external initiatives. And we retain an intense focus on maintaining our position as a pioneer in the development of innovative, ground-breaking, sustainable alternatives to plastics in a range of applications.

Our Mill 

Our translucent papers are manufactured in our Quzhou mill in Zhejiang province, China, which was founded in 2003 and has been wholly owned by Arjowiggins since 2007.

The 130-strong workforce pride themselves on manufacturing translucent paper to the highest quality standards and servicing customers around the world, not only with Sylvicta but also the historic and renowned Gateway brand.

The mill places a high focus on Health & Safety and has been repeatedly recognized as a best in class industrial site for Health & Safety by the regional authorities.