About us

Sappi is a global diversified woodfibre company focused on providing dissolving wood pulp, specialities and packaging papers, graphic/printing papers, as well as biomaterials and biochemicals to our direct and indirect customer base across more than 150 countries.

Our dissolving wood pulp (specialised cellulose) products are used worldwide by converters to create viscose fibre for fashionable clothing and textiles, pharmaceutical products, as well as a wide range of consumer and household products. Quality specialities and packaging papers are used in the manufacture of such products as soup sachets, luxury carry bags, cosmetic and confectionery packaging, boxes for agricultural products for export, tissue wadding for household tissue products and casting and release papers used by suppliers to the fashion, textiles, automobile and household industries. Our market-leading range of coated and uncoated graphic paper products are used by printers in the production of books, brochures, magazines, catalogues, direct mail, newspapers and many other print applications.

The wood and pulp needed for our products is either produced within Sappi or brought from accredited suppliers. Across the group, Sappi is close to 'pulp neutral', meaning that we sell almost as much pulp as we buy.

Our industry is on the cusp of a period of unprecedented change – and we’re at the forefront of technological innovation. By investing in an ambitious programme of research and development, we’ll continue to unlock the true potential of sustainable renewable resources, with woodfibre at our core. This commitment means we can diversify our product offering and meet future demand in areas such as bio-energy and pharmaceuticals in this current carbon-constrained age.

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.

Our global activity extends to three continents, selling millions of tons of high quality products to customers all over the world.

There’s much more to Sappi than just paper. Our products find uses in thousands of applications, from paper and packaging to textiles and laminates.

Find out about the strategy behind Sappi’s global 2020Vision and our focus on growing as a profitable and cash-generative diversified woodfibre group.

Our senior team members are committed to leading us to success – find out more about their careers and extensive experience.

Built from proud roots in each of our regions, our history has seen us steadily grow into the global, progressive business we are today.

Discover the values that guide us in our everyday practices, inform our decisions and lead us in our strategic plans for the future.

We support the spirit of Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) and commit Sappi to significant planned and enacted transformation.

​Research and development
Technology is at the heart of our business – discover how we’re making breakthroughs and discoveries that enrich lives.
Related content

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.

Learn more about Sappi Trading and each of its international divisions.