Global business segments

To reshape Sappi’s future, our 2020Vision draws on the power of One Sappi as we expand beyond pulp and paper to unlock and commercialize the potential of woodfiber-derived bioproducts.

As a longstanding leader and innovator in our industry, we deliver customised solutions for your specific needs.

We don't just supply materials, we deliver sustainable and innovative solutions. Whether you are a brand owner, converter, printer or designer, our specialities and packaging papers give you the advantage you need.

Our market-leading range of products includes:

  • Dissolving pulp (DP) – Sappi is the world’s leading producer of dissolving pulp—a highly purified form of cellulose extracted from sustainably grown and responsibly managed trees using unique cellulose chemistry technology. The majority of DP is consumed in the viscose and lyocell industry where DP is converted to viscose and lyocell staple fibre, from there into yarn and ultimately textiles, providing naturally soft, breathable fabrics which are smooth to the touch, hold color and drape well. The fibers produced from DP also act as good blend partners in fabric with cotton and polyester. DP can also be processed into products that are used in food and beverages, health and hygiene, wrapping and packaging, pharmaceuticals and many more applications that touch our daily lives
  • Specialities and packaging papers – are playing an increasingly important role in an environmentally conscious world. Sappi offers products and solutions in many different segments including flexible packaging, label papers, functional papers, containerboard, paperboard, silicone base papers, casting and release papers (used by suppliers to the fashion, textile, automobile and household industries), dye sublimation papers, inkjet papers and tissue paper 
  • Printing and writing papers – Our range of coated and uncoated printing and writing papers cover varying visual and tactile qualities to ensure that whether you’re looking for a high-end product with extra wow factor, a comprehensive solution that caters to all of your campaign’s requirements, or a paper that helps you make a saving on distribution costs, then we have the solutions, and
  • Forestry.

Sappi is also investing in various biochemical technologies:

  • Biomaterials and bio-energy – we’re further diversifying our business to derive additional value from wood, by extracting biorefinery products and producing energy from renewable resources, and
  • Nanocellulose – using wood pulp, we are pioneering low cost cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) production with a unique patented process in line with our intention of seeking new growth opportunities in adjacent and new markets.

We have manufacturing operations on three continents and sell our products in more than 150 countries. This geographic spread of our operations allows us to optimize global knowledge of market developments, operational best practices and technological advancements.

    Through the power of One Sappi — committed to collaborating and partnering with stakeholders — we aim to be a trusted and sustainable organisation with an exciting future in woodfibre.
    Steve Binnie, Chief Executive Officer, Sappi Limited
    Headquartered in Brussels (Belgium), Sappi Europe is the leading European producer of coated graphic papers as well as packaging and speciality papers.
    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 pulp.

    Sappi Southern Africa operates five mills and has a combined production capacity of 86,000 m³ of sawn timber, 660,000 tons of paper, 645,000 tons of paper pulp and over a million tons of dissolving pulp per annum.

    Sappi Trading operates a network for the sale and distribution of our products outside our core operating regions of North America, Europe and South Africa.

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

    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.
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