​​A closer look at Sappi Europe

Formed in 1936 in South Africa, Sappi established itself in Europe through a series of acquisitions that started in the 1990’s in the UK, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Our acquisition of M-real in 2009 provided a 50% growth of our production capacity. In 2017, Sappi Europe generated 48% of group sales.

Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Sappi Europe is the leading European producer and supplier of coated fine paper, packaging and speciality papers. In Europe we have ten mills, 14 sales offices and 5,700 employees.

Our printing paper brands include Magno™, Quatro™, Vantage™, Royal™, Galerie™ and GalerieArt™ ranges. These products are used for high quality consumer magazines, catalogues, corporate reports and accounts, brochures, books, direct mail, calendars and marketing material.

Our packaging and speciality papers offer products to meet the requirements of packaging converters, brand owners, designers and print finishers in the area of flexible packaging, label papers, rigid packaging, containerboard, release liner and technical papers. Our speciality brands include Algro®, Leine®, Parade® and Fusion®

By applying our knowledge of fibres to sectors other than paper making, we have developed a technology to produce fibre reinforced composites (Symbio) as well as establishing a pilot plant to test a unique process to manufacture high quality cellulose Nano Fibrils. The products can be used in composites, food, coatings, barriers and as rheology modifiers.

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At the foundation of all our progress lies the Sappi Performance Engine which started blowing new life into our community from the beginning of 2013. This all inclusive philosophy has given all of us the confidence and courage to challenge and change for the better. Each year we progress steadily along the path to becoming an outstanding manufacturing company; this includes mastery not only over the well known disciplines which underpin efficiency, reduction of waste, service and customer care, but also the humanistic element of the engagement of all our people, no matter where they are, in giving the customer the best experience possible in our industry.

At Sappi, we believe that if we want to make sustainability a success, then we have to involve our people. We have chosen to be eco-effective, integrating the way we do business with our approach to the environment. Eco-effectiveness is a hands-on approach to sustainability involving everyone throughout the company.

Sappi papers are produced in mills accredited with ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 50001 and OHSAS 18001 certification and EMAS registration for all our mills in the EU. Sappi European mills hold chain-of-custody certification under the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and/or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification™ (PEFC™) schemes.

Sappi Europe is a division of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with over 12,700 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in more than 100 countries.

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