Sappi North America Awarded for Global Sustainability

BOSTON, MA—September 27, 2022— Sappi North America Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper, packaging products and pulp, announces that its Ultracast Viva (UC Viva) has been named the Product of the Year in the Business Intelligence Group’s 2022 Sustainability Awards program. The Sustainability Awards honor the people, teams and organizations who have made sustainability an integral part of their business practice or overall mission.

UC Viva is a first-of-its-kind product that sets the standard for sustainable casting and release products. Amid a global movement to limit or eliminate the use of solvent-based casting systems, UC Viva is a revolutionary development showing that products developed for solvent-free systems can be reliable and high functioning. Using a proprietary process, UC Viva brings to market performance improvements that are more compatible than ever with green chemistry systems, including benefits from its increased reusability and easier handling with expanded temperature limits.

“Our team is thrilled to receive the prestigious Business Intelligence Group Product of the Year award,” said Mark Hittie, Director of Release Business Strategy, Sappi North America. “We designed Ultracast Viva to set a sustainability standard that all other casting and release papers aspire to, and this achievement is a testament to the success of that goal. We look forward to Ultracast Viva’s continued impact in the casting and release market.”

“We are proud to reward and recognize Sappi North America for their sustainability efforts,” said Maria Jimenez, Chief Nominations Officer, Business Intelligence Group. “It was clear to our judges that their vision and strategy will continue to deliver results toward a cleaner, more sustainable world.”

Created with a commitment to forward-looking sustainability practices and environmentally friendly manufacturing, UC Viva is the innovative answer for more responsible solutions to reduce pollution. Learn more about UC Viva here.

About Sappi North America, Inc. 

Sappi North America, Inc., headquartered in Boston, is a market leader in converting wood fiber into superior products that customers demand worldwide. Our four diversified businesses – high-quality Graphic Papers, Dissolving Pulp, Packaging and Specialty Papers deliver premium products and services with consistent quality and reliability. Our high-quality Coated Printing Papers are used for premium magazines, catalogs, books, direct mail and high-end print advertising. We are a leading manufacturer of Dissolving Pulp, which is used in a wide range of products, including textile fibers and household goods. We deliver sustainable Packaging and Specialty Papers for luxury packaging and folding carton applications with our single-ply packaging brands and for the food and label industries with our specialty papers. We are one of the world's leading suppliers of Casting and Release Papers with lines for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries.

Sappi North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 12,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 150 countries.

About Business Intelligence Group

The Business Intelligence Group was founded with the mission of recognizing true talent and superior performance in the business world. Unlike other industry award programs, business executives—those with experience and knowledge—judge the programs. The organization’s proprietary and unique scoring system selectively measures performance across multiple business domains and then rewards those companies whose achievements stand above those of their peers.


Christy Reiss
Senior Account Executive
Matter Communications
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Maria Jimenez
Chief Nominations Officer
Business Intelligence Group
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