On your marks, for Sappi’s Royal Challenge

Brussels, 24 September 2012

Reflecting one of the key characteristics of Sappi Fine Paper Europe’s Royal range of paper – ENDURANCE – Sappi is hosting the first ever competitive bike race for clients, customers and Sappi employees through the countryside,  surrounding its Nijmegen paper mill, on 13th October 2012 . This team event will kick off celebrations for the launch of  new Sappi | Royal publication paper range brochures


Marco Eikelenboom, Director Marketing and Sales, Sappi Fine Paper Europe said,“We’re very excited by this event. It’s another reflection of Sappi’s determination to get closer to its customers to be able to better understand and respond to their needs. Sport is a great and enjoyable way to engage and connect with people, as we have seen through our Sappi Cup table football tournament.”


The Royal Challenge race (http://www.sappiroyalchallenge.com/) will be a combined team time trial over a distance of 70 kilometres through the Nijmegen countryside, including a special route around Sappi's Nijmegen paper mill. Every racer's bike will be fitted with a professional timing device, and the team with the best average time will win. Former world champion Marc Wauters from Belgium will present the prizes which include as first prize, 10 tonnes of Sappi|Royal paper.


With a track record of over 30 years, Sappi’s Royal range heatset web offset printing paper is one of its best known products and is used for leading magazines, catalogues, inserts, flyers and commercial print. The new product brochures will be available from Sappi sales offices throughout Europe.


Notes to the Editor


About the Nijmegen Mill, The Netherlands:

Sappi’s Nijmegen Mill is one of Europe’s largest suppliers of coated fine paper in reels, specifically designed for heatset web offset printing.

Certifications: ISO 9001 / ISO 14001 / EMAS / OHSAS 18001 / PEFC CoC / FSC™ CoC / FSC™ CW / ISO 50001 energy management

Capacity: 240,000 tons per annum




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 www.sappi.com.