From humble beginnings
Starting life as Sappi’s Research and Development (R&D) facility, the SSA Technology Centre was established at Enstra Mill – Sappi’s first South African paper mill – in 1959. Comprising eight chemists, the original laboratory team carried out routine tests on paper and conducted research into pulping, bleaching and effluent control.
By 2004, Sappi had grown into a global entity and the R&D Centre had outgrown its home at Enstra Mill. A new, state-of-the-art Technology Centre was built at the Innovation Hub in Pretoria – where Sappi is the anchor tenant. The SSA Technology Centre has become known as a centre of excellence in pulping and refining.