Global business segments

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 packaging and speciality papers and graphic papers give you the advantage you need.

Our market-leading range of products includes:

  • Pulp - Our pulp segment predominantly comprises two product categories, namely, dissolving pulp and high-yield pulp (HYP). Occasionally, excess kraft pulp produced at Cloquet Mill, Somerset Mill and Ngodwana Mill is sold externally
  • 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 to make textiles, such as viscose and lyocell, where DP is converted to viscose and lyocell staple fibres. From there, the fibre is spun into yarns and ultimately textiles, providing naturally soft and breathable fabrics which are smooth to the touch, hold colour and drape well. The fibres produced from DP also act as good blend partners in fabric with cotton and polyester. Man-made cellulosic fibre, however, far exceeds cotton and polyester when it comes to sustainability. What consumers want are goods that are renewable, biodegradable and have superior resource efficiency. This is where man-made cellulosic fibres differentiate themselves versus the alternatives. 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
  • Packaging and speciality papers – We offer a broad range of paper-based sustainable solutions as an alternative to fossil fuel-based, non-renewable packaging in many of our product segments. Legislative changes and growing consumer pressure are forcing brands to re-think their packaging choices. Governments, retailers, brand owners and their consumers are demanding paper-based packaging solutions that are biodegradable, recyclable, compostable and provide the functionality of plastic-based materials. Sappi offers products and solutions in many different segments including casting and release papers (used by suppliers to the fashion, textiles, automobile and household industries), containerboard, digital imaging papers, dye sublimation papers, flexible packaging, functional papers, label papers, paperboard, release liner, technical papers and tissue paper 
  • Graphic papers – Our range of coated and uncoated graphic papers cover varying visual and tactile qualities designed to meet specific needs, whether a high-end product with the extra wow factor, a comprehensive solution that caters to numerous requirements or a paper that is more budget-friendly, 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 optimise global knowledge of market developments, operational best practices and technological advancements.

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 93,000 m³ of sawn timber, 690,000 tons of paper, 624,000 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 Southern Africa.

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

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Take a look through Sappi’s Q3 FY22 financial results for the period ended June 2022.