Sappi Honored by RISI with PPI Award 2013 for Advances and Innovation

Mineral Oil Barrier (MOB) Paper Drew Special Recognition

Sappi Fine Paper Europe, the leading European producer of fine paper for packaging and graphic arts, today announced that it is the recipient of a prestigious RISI award. Sappi was recognised with an award for ‘Advances and Innovation in Speciality Papers’ for its flexible packaging papers with a functional Mineral Oil Barrier (MOB). The annual PPI Awards were launched in 2009 by RISI, the leading information provider to the global forest products industry. 

“We deeply appreciate the recognition RISI has given us with this prestigious award,” said Rosemarie Asquino, Sales & Marketing Director Speciality Papers Sappi Fine Paper Europe. “It is a validation of our continued efforts to deliver the most innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions to the packaging industries. We are especially pleased to have received the ‘Advances and Innovation in Speciality Papers’ award again, we were awarded last year with Fusion, premium white liner  in the same category. We believe our MOB solution will have a significant impact on the safety and sustainability of food packaging around the globe.”

Brand owners are increasingly seeking new packaging solutions that address concerns about migration of mineral oil and other contaminants into food from recycling board based packaging containing residues from printing inks and process chemicals. Sappi’s innovative range of flexible packaging papers with functional Mineral Oil Barrier (MOB) coatings solves the contaminant migration problem and still allows the environmentally sustainable use of recycled fibers in secondary packaging materials. The innovation concerns the development of a mineral oil barrier for packaging applications, in order to prevent penetration of the saturated (MOSH) and aromatic (MOAH) fractions of mineral oil into the food.

In addition, Sappi Fine Paper North America was also honored with a special award: “We would also like to congratulate our sister company, Sappi Fine Paper North America, for winning the ‘Promotional Campaign of the Year’ award for Ideas that Matter” added Asquino.

The PPI Awards are the only global awards dedicated to recognising the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector. It provides a platform that honors the leadership, vision, innovation and strategic accomplishments within the industry. An international panel of judges selects the finalists and winners for the PPI Awards.  RISI selects these judges based on their relevant expertise in the industry.



About Sappi

Sappi Fine Paper Europe (SFPE) is the leading European producer of coated fine paper used in premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Sappi Fine Paper Europe is recognised for innovation and quality. Its graphic paper brands include Magno™, Quatro™, Royal™, Galerie™, GalerieArt™ and Jaz™ ranges. Algro®, Fusion®, Leine® and Parade® are the brands for speciality labelling, topliner, packaging papers and boards. Sappi papers are produced in mills accredited with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification and EMAS registration for all our mills in the EU. SFPE’s 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 Fine Paper Europe is a division of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with over 14,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries, sales offices in 50 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at