Technical Innovation Awards

Technical Innovation Awards

The internal Technical Innovation Awards (TIA) underscore our view that innovation is not an end in itself, but an integral aspect of our business.

It’s a way of operating that provides sustainable, competitive advantages and ensures we grow, flourish, and progress. Each year, three regional winners and one global winner are identified – providing the entries reach our exacting criteria.

Recent examples of global winners include:

  • The development of a new, more environmentally friendly lipase enzyme to control extractives at Saiccor Mill.
  • The design of a completely new ‘three layers in one headbox’ for paperboard packaging that combines good printability with high bulk and good creasability. This step-change technology was successfully applied to the rebuild of PM6 at Maastricht Mill, making it the only producer world-wide to use this novel concept for its packaging product range.
  • The design and implementation of a unique system in Sappi North America to image, analyse and decipher non-uniform patterns in coated paper that lead to off-quality production if not detected.

Technical Innovation Awards