Munich/Brussels, June 24th 2011 - SCA Tissue Europe and Sappi Fine Paper Europe (Sappi) announced today, that following the successful joint sourcing of pulp which was implemented in May 2010, they will now extend this sourcing co-operation into the areas of chemicals, technical goods and other major spend categories.
“Strengthening the Sourcing Cooperation beyond pulp brings both companies the leverage and benchmarking opportunities that we need to control and improve costs; this will certainly contribute to the efficiency and success of both the Sappi and SCA businesses” stated Mats Berencreutz, SCA’s Chief Operating Officer.
“This is an important step in the partnership with SCA. It is an opportunity for both companies to further optimise their variable costs and to counter inflationary effects” continued Berry Wiersum, Sappi Europe’s CEO.
Supply markets are changing with increasing rates of speed as is the supplier consolidation process. High growth rates in China, increasing energy costs and exchange rate fluctuations have a significant impact on price and availability of products and services.
Approaching other major spend categories as part of the Sourcing Cooperation is the strategic way forward for SCA and Sappi. It will enable both companies to cement strategic supplier partnerships by embarking on specific programs to reduce cost and working capital, improve logistics and environmental performance and to drive innovation.
For additional information, please contact:
SCA Tissue Europe
SCA Hygiene Products SE
Terminalstraße Mitte 18 (MAC)
Manager Corporate Communications
Sappi Fine Paper Europe
Sappi Europe SA
Chaussee de la Hulpe 154
Tel + 32(0)26769784
NOTES TO EDITORS:
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 brands include Galerie, Royal, Magno, Tempo, Quatro, Era, Furioso, HannoArt, Mega, Allegro, EuroArt Plus, EuroBulk, as well as Cento and Tauro for the uncoated graphic papers. Algro, Leine and Parade are the brands for speciality labelling and packaging papers and boards. Top and Jaz are the paper brands 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 16,000 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 www.sappi.com.
SCA is a global hygiene and paper company that develops and produces personal-care products, tissue, packaging solutions, publication papers and solid-wood products.
Sales are conducted in some 100 countries. SCA has many well-known brands, including the global brands TENA and Tork. Sales in 2010 amounted to SEK 107 billion (EUR 11.3 billion). SCA has about 45,000 employees. SCA’s sustainability work is built around four long-term sustainability targets related to CO2 emissions, water treatment, respectful usage of wood raw material and code of conduct compliance. Learn more about SCA at www.sca.com.