AGI
    LITYEXPAND

Group overview

Hummingbirds are the trapeze artists of the avian world. They can fly forwards, backwards, even upside down and are also the only vertebrae capable of hovering in place. In addition to being agile, hummingbirds are extraordinarily fast. They have been observed at speeds of nearly 48 kilometres per hour (km/h) in direct flight and over 72 km/h during courtship dives.

Adaptability is another hummingbird characteristic. These tiny birds have fewer feathers than other birds, because they need to have an efficient body that is as lightweight as possible in order for the flight aerobics they perform. As the insulation that they get from their feathers is insufficient, at night they go into torpor, a hibernation-like state that allows them to conserve energy by slowing down their metabolism, heartbeat and respiration rate. Furthermore, hummingbirds remember migration routes and every flower they’ve ever visited. They can also figure out how long to wait between visits so the flowers have time to generate more nectar.

Inherent in our approach is being agile to stay ahead of market changes, preferences, customer needs and expectations.

ON
    WARDSEXPAND

Creating value by responding strategically

When presented with a dandelion, few people can resist the urge to hold the flower and blow at it to see how far the seeds will travel. It’s the same when presented with a beautiful coffee table book or an impactful piece of print – there is an almost irresistible urge to pick it up, examine it and touch it. Studies have shown that even the simple act of touching objects, like premium packages, brochures and direct mail, can subconsciously increase the perceived value of a brand and its products in the eyes of customers.

Touch can make a stronger impact than sight or sound alone. That’s because touch has the power to shift the brain into a deeper level of engagement, one more conducive to building lasting knowledge. In fact, a number of studies have found that communication through physical media, particularly paper, is more likely to lead to knowledge than communication via digital media.

The haptics of paper and board, together with our need to touch and feel, have created high-growth, cash-generative niche opportunities for Sappi.

We continue to move onwards in terms of paper and paper packaging: Our paperboard packaging product lines are some of the most renowned and valued brands with high-finish premium solutions for cosmetics and perfume, health and beauty care, consumer electronics, confectionery, luxury drinks, food packaging and more. Our packaging brands constitute a great portion of the food packing and labels on shop shelves today. And our graphic papers are used to grab the attention of consumers all over the world.

BLO
    SSOMEXPAND

Our performance review

In mythology, the beautiful, delicate dragonfly symbolises change, transformation and adaptability. This change is said to be about understanding the deeper meaning of life, with the dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water representing an act of going beyond what’s on the surface to look into the deeper implications of life.

Looking beyond – and deeper – is reflected in our Thrive25 sustainability strategy which incorporates our belief that to continue thriving as a global business, we must create long-term value for all stakeholders by supporting a low-carbon circular economy through relevant products from sustainable woodfibre.

Our strategy also recognises that we must understand the forces that heavily impact our lives and work.

Dragonflies have huge compound eyes with thousands of lenses and photoreceptors sensitive to different wavelengths of light, each bringing in information about the insect's surroundings. In other words, they have near-360- degree vision. Which is why they’re able to go after their prey – butterflies, moths, bees and flies – with such accuracy.

At Sappi, we understand that by widening our scope to the broader ecosystem and a wide range of stakeholders, we can identify uncertainty and opportunity beyond our periphery of vision. We leverage insights into our operating context and patterns from our data, stay ahead of nascent technologies and draw on the acumen of our people, to embrace change and create innovative solutions that are relevant to all our stakeholders.

VELO
    CITYEXPAND

Governance and compensation

The cheetah’s light, streamlined body makes it well-suited to short, explosive bursts of speed, rapid acceleration and executing extreme changes in direction while moving at high speed. Contrary to the common belief that cheetahs – known to be the fastest land animal – hunt by simply chasing their prey at high speeds, they are in fact extremely strategic. They don’t randomly sprint towards anything, but wait until the timing is right, varying their speed during the chase. Speed and smartness are attributes that resonate with us at Sappi, given that ‘making smart decisions which we execute with speed’ are among our core values.

Under our Thrive25 strategy, we foster a safety-first culture, using collaboration and the power of partnerships to respond to changes in our environment, moving Sappi forward and deliver value to our customers.

AMP
    LIFYEXPAND

Governance and compensation

In a continuous flow of energy and life, water always finds the lowest level in an incredibly efficient manner. It penetrates any crevice or path that will facilitate its downward flow, steadily meandering and descending in search of lower planes.

In a similar fashion, our focus is on amplifying value creation for all our stakeholders. The landscape around us is changing rapidly. Stakeholders’ needs and expectations have shifted, in particular as regards the environment and social equity.

We are responding to natural resource constraints by seeking responsible alternatives to non-renewables and solutions that are truly sustainable from seed to final product. We strictly monitor and control our use of energy, water and other raw materials and are investing in reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.

We work to amplify value creation through innovation and R&D. Innovation is the way we operate that provides competitive advantages and ensures we grow, flourish and progress. R&D is focused on realising our ambitious but achievable strategy of extracting more value from each tree. Our strategy is supported by technology centres in each region which cover every section of the value chain. We deliver value by optimising our production processes, maximising existing capacity and work to constantly improve our best overall machine efficiency levels.

In the communities where we operate, we prioritise projects that support education, entrepreneurship and environment, as well as health and welfare, while working to break the cycle of poverty through stable, safe employment.

By amplifying value creation in this way, we accelerate and advance meaningful change.

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Where we operate

North America

Europe

South Africa


Sappi Trading

Sappi Trading operates a network for the sale and distribution of our products outside our core operating regions of North America, Europe and South Africa. Sappi Trading also coordinates our shipping and logistical functions for exports from these regions.

Sales offices

Hong Kong, Bogotá, Johannesburg, México City,
Nairobi, São Paulo, Shanghai, Sydney

Logistics office

Durban

Sappi Europe

Europe

  • Production facilities 10
  • Sales offices 15
Employees 5,531
    Capacity(1) ('000 tons)
Mills Products produced Paper Pulp
Alfeld Mill Bleached chemical pulp for own consumption   120
Speciality paper; flexible packaging paper, paperboard, containerboard, release liner, label paper, functional papers 275  
Carmignano Mill Speciality paper; dye sublimation paper, flexible packaging paper, inkjet paper and label paper 100  
Condino Mill Speciality paper; dye sublimation paper, flexible packaging paper, inkjet paper and silicone base paper 60  
Ehingen Mill Bleached chemical pulp for own consumption and kraft pulp   140
Coated woodfree paper and containerboard 280  
Gratkorn Mill Bleached chemical pulp for own consumption   250
Coated woodfree paper 980  
Kirkniemi Mill Bleached mechanical pulp for own consumption   300
Coated mechanical paper 750  
Lanaken Mill Bleached chemi-thermo mechanical pulp for own consumption   165
Coated woodfree paper 530  
Maastricht Mill Coated woodfree paper and paperboard 260  
Stockstadt Mill Bleached chemical pulp for own consumption and kraft pulp   145
Coated woodfree paper and uncoated woodfree paper 220  
Total Sappi Europe 3,455 1,120
Other operation   Capacity(1) (million m2)
Rockwell Solutions Coated barrier film and paper 100
(1) Capacity at maximum continuous run rate per annum.
* The stated capacity is for DP, the capacity for kraft pulp is 25% higher.
** Approximately 136,000 hectares of our land is set aside and maintained by Sappi Forests to conserve the natural habitat and biodiversity found there.
*** Plantations include owned and leased areas.
**** Sappi ReFibre collects waste paper in the South African market which is used to produce packaging paper.
***** Saiccor Mill is currently commissioning the expansion project which will increase the mill nameplate capacity by 110,000 tons. Once the expansion is complete and taking into account speciality grade production which reduces the run rate, the net capacity will be 890,000 per annum.

Sappi North America

North America

  • Production facilities 4
  • Sales offices 6
Employees 2,037
    Capacity(1) ('000 tons)
Mills Products produced Paper Pulp
Cloquet Mill Dissolving pulp, kraft pulp for own consumption and kraft pulp*   370
Coated woodfree paper 340  
Matane Mill High yield hardwood pulp for own consumption and kraft pulp   270
Somerset Mill Bleached chemical pulp for own consumption and kraft pulp   525
Coated woodfree and packaging paper 970  
Westbrook Mill Speciality paper; casting and release paper 23  
Total Sappi North America 1,333 1,165
(1) Capacity at maximum continuous run rate per annum.
* The stated capacity is for DP, the capacity for kraft pulp is 25% higher.
** Approximately 136,000 hectares of our land is set aside and maintained by Sappi Forests to conserve the natural habitat and biodiversity found there.
*** Plantations include owned and leased areas.
**** Sappi ReFibre collects waste paper in the South African market which is used to produce packaging paper.
***** Saiccor Mill is currently commissioning the expansion project which will increase the mill nameplate capacity by 110,000 tons. Once the expansion is complete and taking into account speciality grade production which reduces the run rate, the net capacity will be 890,000 per annum.

Sappi Southern Africa

South Africa

  • Production facilities 5
  • Sales offices 6
Employees 4,752
    Capacity(1) ('000)
Plantations** Products produced Hectares Standing
Tons
KwaZulu-Natal Plantations (pulpwood and sawlogs)(tons)*** 159 10,526
Mpumalanga Plantations (pulpwood and sawlogs)(tons)*** 235 17,128
Total Sappi Forests
(owned and leased
supply)
  394 27,654
    Capacity (m3) Capacity ('000 tons)
Plantations* Products produced Timber Hectares Standing
Tons
Lomati Sawmill Sawn timber (m3) 93    
Ngodwana Mill Unbleached chemical pulp for own consumption     210
Mechanical pulp for own consumption     110
Kraft linerboard   240  
Newsprint   140  
Stanger Mill Bleached bagasse pulp for own consumption     60
Office paper and tissue paper   110  
Tugela Mill Neutral Sulfite Semi Chemical pulp for own consumption     155
Corrugating medium   200  
Sappi ReFibre**** Waste paper collection and recycling for own consumption     89
Total Sappi Paper and Paper Packaging   690 624
Ngodwana Mill Dissolving pulp     255
Saiccor Mill***** Dissolving pulp     800
Total Dissolving pulp     1,055
Total Sappi Southern Africa 93 690 1,679
(1) Capacity at maximum continuous run rate per annum.
* The stated capacity is for DP, the capacity for kraft pulp is 25% higher.
** Approximately 136,000 hectares of our land is set aside and maintained by Sappi Forests to conserve the natural habitat and biodiversity found there.
*** Plantations include owned and leased areas.
**** Sappi ReFibre collects waste paper in the South African market which is used to produce packaging paper.
***** Saiccor Mill is currently commissioning the expansion project which will increase the mill nameplate capacity by 110,000 tons. Once the expansion is complete and taking into account speciality grade production which reduces the run rate, the net capacity will be 890,000 per annum.