Scientists at our Westbrook Technology Center bring a diverse set of skills and a unique depth of knowledge to the organization. Chemists, engineers and physicists along with polymer, environmental and materials scientists are housed together in a facility with two pilot-scale coating plants and extensive analytical and testing equipment. Supporting the Release Papers, Packaging and Coated Papers business units, their work spans a broad spectrum of near- and long-term projects. They develop and implement new products, optimize current product quality, and improve product cost in support of our three manufacturing sites; all critical activities to sustaining Sappi's financial success.
R&D for pulping is centered in Southern Africa; and, with the conversion of our pulp mill in Cloquet, we expanded technical support for the pulp business by adding Specialised Cellulose quality testing lab facilities and staff at the mill.