Sappi garners prestigious Pulp and Paper International nominations


Brussels, 24 September 2012

Alfeld Mill grades Algro Nature and Fusion receive industry recognition


The creative, high quality and sustainable paper production capabilities of Sappi’s Alfeld Mill have received leading industry recognition with a number of nominations for the PPI Awards 2012.


Both Algro® Nature and Fusion®, manufactured at Alfeld Mill (Germany), were named as finalists for the awards event scheduled for November 12 in Brussels.


Algro Nature, a unique home compostable one-side-coated grade, was nominated in theAdvances in Innovation in Sustainable Packaging category.  As end users become more aware of the availability of environmentally sustainable paper, it has become increasingly important for mills to continue to improve the sustainability position of their products, and Sappi has dedicated significant resources to this effort. Sappi and its Algro Nature has teamed up with Innovia Films and its NatureFlex™ range to demonstrate the potential of laminate structures suitable for end users in the food, confectionery and beverage industries.  The results of this effort is a product that is technically functional and utilizing renewable resources that enhance compostability.


Fusion, the premium white topliner made from virgin fibres and designed for lamination onto corrugated board, was nominated in a new category this year - Advances in Innovation in Specialty Papers. This new category recognizes the growth in speciality papers as pulp and paper companies seek to set themselves apart and add value. Fusion is especially attractive for brand owners requiring high shelf impact for applications from displays to packaging for consumer electronics, bag in box and pet food...

Papermaking at Alfeld Mill, ISO 9001 and 14001 certified and Eco Management Audit Scheme (EMAS) registered, dates back to 1706. It is an integrated mill that produces both pulp and paper on site. Up to 48% of the primary energy it uses comes from renewable sources.

“We are delighted that Sappi’s creativity and commitment to developing grades that meet the performance and sustainable demands of the packaging and graphics arts markets are being recognised by such highly respected nominations,” comments Kerstin Dietze Sappi’s Marketing Manager New Business Speciality Papers. “Our customers have already found out for themselves how these products deliver high quality print and packaging, but this recognition will help us spread the word to an even broader audience.”

Sappi’s nomination success also includes Sappi Fine Paper Europe’s Jaz Silk, digital paperchosen as an Innovative Product of the Year (Graphic Paper). In the Promotional Campaign of the Year, Sappi Fine Paper Europe and Sappi Fine Paper North America were respectively highlighted for Houston, the digital universe of paper and printing knowledge and USA- eQ Journal 004: Taking the Guilt out of Paper?

For further information:
Marie-Ange Gérard
Marketing Communications Specialist
Tel: +32 2 676 97 42
Kerstin Dietze
Marketing Manager New Business Speciality Papers
Tel: +49 5181 77 266

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