Sappi even stronger on sustainability following Ecoprint 2012

Brussels,17 October 2012


“The industry is serious about sustainability in print.” This was Sappi Fine Paper Europe’s take-home message following its participation in EcoPrint 2012 (, positioned as the world’s first exhibition and event 100% focused on sustainable print business.


With approximately 2500 visitors to the EcoPrint show in Berlin, it was clear that those attending brought knowledge and experience with them, and were present with a purpose i.e. to embrace sustainable development, and to obtain accurate and honest information about sustainability in the print industry. There is a real opportunity, and a need, for Sappi and the industry to continue to drive and promote sustainability, and to maintain paper’s image as a sustainable product. Faced with a myriad of alternative forms of communication to paper, collaboration, supported by clear and strong messaging, is essential.


Jens Kriete, Environmental Manager at Sappi said, “Credit goes to the organisers of the EcoPrint initiative which prompts and encourages collective thought and action on the key topic of sustainability in our industry.”


As Education sponsor, Sappi had a vested interested in the success of the event, and was delighted with the outcome.


Eric Van den Bruel, Marketing & Product Development Director said, “Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. We want to share our experience, and continue to learn from others hence our strong interest in the Ecoprint initiative. Working together we believe we can make a positive impact on our industry’s reputation.”


To understand more about Sappi’s strong position and track record on sustainability, we invite you to watch a short video narrated by Jens Kriete, Environmental Manager, Sappi Fine Paper Europe:


Notes to the Editor:

Sappi’s involvement in the EcoPrint show is part of a series of initiatives being run by Sappi, all with the objective of informing, inspiring and getting closer to people, both inside and outside the company. Sappi cares, and wants to engage with others to care together.

-       The Treehouse ( - the Treehouse partnership is a both a physical and virtual platform, for like-minded individuals and companies to come together to find ways to embrace sustainability in their daily activities.

-       We Care ( – Sappi’s new sustainability website focused on sharing knowledge and inspiring others to join and build momentum

-       Houston ( – Sappi’s technological platform designed to share paper and printing knowledge

-       What’s Next ( – Sappi’s paper magazine containing the latest information and trends on creative paper use.



About Sappi

Sappi Fine Paper Europe 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 and GalerieArt ranges. Algro, Fusion, Leine and Parade are the brands for speciality labelling, topliner, packaging papers and boards. Jaz is the paper brand for digital printing.

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 (NYSE, JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with over 14,900 employees and manufacturing operations on four continents in 9 countries, sales offices in 50 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at