Sappi North America Expands LusterCote® Packaging Line

BOSTON – Sappi North America, a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has announced the expansion of its LusterCote® packaging line. The addition of new heavyweight options provides press operators, brand owners and graphic designers with superior performance on a wide range of coated one-side (C1S) applications, including litho labels, envelopes, book dust jackets, set up boxes and point-of-purchase displays.

The new heavyweight LusterCote product is available in 70, 80 and 95lb. Each offers superior performance for Offset, Flexographic and Gravure printing, including wide-format, multi-color sheetfed presses. It also delivers excellent ink holdout with both conventional and UV curable inks as well as a wide variety of aqueous coatings. Downstream, LusterCote's strong performance on both rotary and flat-bed cutting platforms combines with excellent laminating qualities that are compatible with a wide-range of adhesives. In combination with LusterCote 55 and 60lb, the new grades also extend Sappi's offering for cut and stack labels.

"Since launching the LusterCote line last year, we've seen many innovative applications and gleaned valuable insight into unmet market demands that Sappi is poised to fill," said Mark Odgers, director of Packaging, Sappi North America. "Growth in Sappi's global Packaging Business is one of our top goals, so it is important to provide our customers with consistent, high-quality, products that offer more versatility and visually stunning results."

The new LusterCote products will be produced at Sappi's manufacturing mill in Cloquet, Minnesota, a fully integrated facility that generates over 80 percent of its energy from renewable resources. The wood fiber used by the Sappi Cloquet Mill meets the requirements of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® ("SFI®") Fiber Sourcing Standard and the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Controlled Wood Standard. The Sappi Cloquet Mill is chain of custody certified under FSC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification ("PEFC"), and SFI.

Sappi is committed to rigorous research and development for each of its products. Its Technology Center located in Westbrook, Maine, is comprised of chemists, engineers, physicists and material scientists with two pilot scale coating plants and extensive analytical and testing equipment, all designed to produce practical, design and print production-centric products on the forefront of innovation.

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About Sappi North America

Sappi North America, headquartered in Boston and a subsidiary of global pulp and paper group Sappi Limited, is a market leader in converting wood fiber into superior products that customers demand worldwide. The success of our four diversified businesses – high quality Coated Graphic Papers, Specialised Cellulose, Release Papers and Specialty Packaging – is driven by strong customer relationships, best-in-class people and advantaged assets, products and services. Our high quality Coated Graphic Papers, including McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are the key platform for premium magazines, catalogs, books and high-end print advertising. We are a leading manufacturer of Specialised Cellulose used in a wide range of products, including textile fibers and household goods, and one of the world's leading suppliers of Release Papers with our Ultracast and Classics lines for the automotive, fashion and engineered films industries. Our Specialty Packaging products, such as LusterPrint and LusterCote, represent an important asset in the food packaging and labeling industries. Customers rely on Sappi for high technical, operational and market expertise; products and services delivered with consistently high quality and reliability; and, state-of-the-art and cost-competitive assets and innovative spirit.

Sappi North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with more than 13,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at:

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