Sappi was formed in South Africa in 1936 to serve South African consumers with locally produced paper.
We have a tradition of innovating and developing new products to meet local demand for newsprint, uncoated graphic and business papers, packaging and speciality papers used and protect our customers’ products especially in the agricultural sector and speciality papers used in the convenience food, confectionery, cosmetic and luxury markets, and tissue products for household, medical and industrial use in the Southern Africa region.
We are also the world's largest manufacturer of dissolving wood pulp (DWP), which are used worldwide by converters to create viscose fibre for fashionable clothing and textiles, acetate tow, pharmaceutical products as well as a wide range of consumer and household products. Almost all of the production of our mills in South Africa is exported.
Sappi Southern Africa operates four mills and has a combined production capacity of 685,000 tons of paper, 665,000 tons of paper pulp and over a million tons of dissolving wood pulp per annum. The pulp purchased by our European business is effectively hedged by Sappi Southern Africa being a net seller of pulp.
Our headquarters in Johannesburg (South Africa), manages the sub-divisions of Sappi Forests, Sappi Paper and Paper Packaging, and Sappi Specialised Cellulose. A number of regional functions like finance, human resources, sales and marketing, technical and engineering as well as board functions are also based there.
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Sappi Forests owns or leases 479,000ha with approximately 27.4 million tons of standing timber. Contracted supply covers a further almost 92,000ha.
Sappi Paper and Paper Packaging operates three mills and has a production capacity of 685,000 tons of paper and 665,000 tons of paper pulp per annum.
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Sappi’s Research, Planning and Nurseries department enables the cost effective and sustainable supply of suitable forest resources to the business.
New developments in wood processing supports the move to a biobased economy that utilises materials that are renewable and biodegradable and that do not compete with food sources.
Sappi ReFibre is Sappi Southern Africa’s secondary fibre division and is responsible for the recycling of used paper and paper products.
See for yourself why we’re the world’s largest manufacturer and seller of dissolving wood pulp (DWP). Our DWP is the market leader as a raw material for viscose and lyocell.
Our global activity extends to three continents, selling millions of tons of high quality products to customers all over the world.
Sappi Europe is the leading European producer of coated fine paper. We have ten mills, 14 sales offices and 5,700 employees.
Our roots can be traced back as far as 1854 to the S D Warren Company. Today, we continue the legacy of innovation and quality as a preeminent producer of printing and packaging papers, release paper and dissolving wood pulp.