Group overview

Adapt. Advance. Amplify.

Delivering sustained value

growexplore our theme

As a company based on the power of renewable resources, we are well placed to take lessons from nature: When plants grow too quickly and are not properly rooted, they become top heavy and prone to toppling over. Similarly, if there is not enough light, even though tall, they can become spindly and not fit for purpose.

So, while growth is one of our strategic fundamentals, our approach to it is purposeful and phased. This means being responsive to our environment and the impacts of constant change on our stakeholders. It also means being rooted in our legacy of innovation and excellence and grounded by our Thrive25 strategy. Accordingly, we leverage our existing strengths and grow our people to progress in high-impact, high-value areas. We also partner to shape new marketing opportunities and industry standards that will stimulate growth.

Above all, we recognise that growth can only be sustainable insofar as it supports the health and repair of the natural environment on which we depend. And it is only inclusive when value is shared and society is positively impacted.

This is our focus as we work to build a thriving world.

Responding to our context

illumeexplore our theme

Sky lanterns – traditionally called Khoom Fay in China – can be traced back thousands of years to one of the early Chinese dynasties. They were used not only as decorative light sources but also as military signals that could communicate messages across long distances. Today, it is said they are released at traditional festivals to emphasise the unity of family coming together to celebrate the lunar new year. This is represented by the lanterns collecting in the sky and expressing the wholeness of family.

Sappi is situated in many different regions across many different cultures and countries. But we come together as one whole, OneSappi, united by our purpose which is our guiding light: Sappi exists to build a thriving world by unlocking the power of renewable resources to benefit people, communities and the planet.

Passion and excellence are the sparks that ignite thriving. And they're what keep our commitment to create a thriving future for the world and our business burning so brightly. They're also what will continue to illuminate our way forward – today and tomorrow.

Diving deeper into our,
performance and prospects

createexplore our theme

We are creators, relentless in our drive to make everyday solutions more sustainable. We understand that the power of the imagination is one of our biggest strengths and that opportunities don't just happen. Which is why we apply our creative energy to seeking them out and leveraging our partnerships to realise them.

In doing so, we harness the intellectual curiosity and critical thinking of our people to let go of certainties and develop breakthroughs that delight our customers, enable lasting outcomes for our stakeholders and a more positive impact on the planet. This aligns with our values of "making smart decisions which we execute with speed". So that when we fail, we fail fast and move on.

While innovation is key to delivering profit and margin improvement, we do not create merely because we have the available manufacturing assets, skills, technology and IP.

We do so to lead by example, inspire others and create the thriving tomorrow to which we are committed.

Governance and compensation

reflectexplore our theme

Only in still waters do things reflect undistorted. As a business, we take the time to reflect on our past actions – including assessing our relationship with our stakeholders, particularly our people – to understand more clearly where we have succeeded, where we could have done better and how we can continue to build sustainable competitive advantage. This investment in reflection enables us to calibrate the solutions we provide and our response to the world around us.

As OneSappi, we understand that like dropping a stone into a pond creates outward ripples, in today's interconnected world, our actions and decisions can have a significant impact. For example, our decarbonisation actions alone cannot bring the world to net zero, but they can have a ripple effect that influences and encourages others.

Many people think of excellence as an upward journey, but at Sappi we view it as going round and round in ever-expanding, infinite waves. This view is reflected in the use of irregular waves which symbolise energy and unity used as a design element throughout this report and in the above image.

Going forward, we will continue to focus on excellence with energy and clarity and unity of purpose.

Appendices

celebrateexplore our theme

Any sporting great will tell you that, even if they are an individual performer, their wins are due not just to their own prowess, but also to the work taking place behind the scenes. Most specifically, their win also belongs to the team backing them up – from the coaches who are with them every step of the way; to those who believe in them, even when obstacles seem insurmountable.

As we celebrate an outstanding year, we readily acknowledge that it is the outstanding perseverance, collaboration and commitment of our extraordinary people that delivered the results. We do not forget that it took tremendous courage from our people to implement the decisions that ultimately delivered so handsomely.

Together, over the last few years, we have been through some challenging times. We have taken some tough decisions and have had to make difficult calls.

Our people have countered volatility with agility, setbacks with courage and problems with perseverance and ingenuity. Through it all, they have held the flag of OneSappi and our purpose of building a thriving world high.

Together, even as we celebrate what we have accomplished, we are committed to maintaining our momentum.

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Where we operate

Europe

  • Production facilities 10
  • Sales offices 15
Employees 5,571
    Capacity1('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 market pulp   140
Coated woodfree paper and containerboard 280  
Gratkorn Mill Bleached chemical pulp for own consumption   250
Coated woodfree paper and label paper, containerboard 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 market pulp   145
Coated woodfree paper and uncoated woodfree paper 220  
Total Sappi Europe 3,455 1,120
Total Sappi Europe excluding mills held for sale 2,225 675
Other operation Products produced Capacity 1 (million m2)
Rockwell Solutions Coated barrier film and paper 100
1 Capacity at maximum continuous run rate per annum.
** Mills held for sale.

North America

  • Production facilities 4
  • Sales offices 6
Employees 2,042
    Capacity 1 ('000 tons)
Mills Products produced Paper Pulp
Cloquet Mill Dissolving pulp, bleached chemical pulp for own consumption and market pulp*   370
Coated woodfree paper 340  
Matane Mill High-yield hardwood pulp for own consumption and market pulp   285
Somerset Mill Bleached chemical pulp for own consumption and market pulp   525
Coated woodfree and packaging paper 970  
Westbrook Mill Converting for speciality casting and release paper 23  
Total Sappi North America 1,333 1,180
1 Capacity at maximum continuous run rate per annum.

South Africa

  • Production facilities 5
  • Sales offices 6
Employees 4,631
    Capacity 1 ('000)
Plantations***   Paper Standing
tons
KwaZulu-Natal Plantations (pulpwood and sawlogs) (tons)*** 165 10,666
Mpumalanga Plantations (pulpwood and sawlogs) (tons)*** 235 17,260
Total Sappi Forests (owned and leased supply) 400 27,926
    Capacity1
(m3)
Capacity1 ('000 tons)
Mills Products produced Timber Paper Pulp
Lomati Sawmill Sawn timber (m3) 99    
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 sulphite semi chemical pulp for own consumption     170
Corrugating medium   200  
Sappi ReFibre**** Waste paper collection and recycling for own consumption     83
Total Sappi Paper and Paper Packaging   690 633
Ngodwana Mill Dissolving pulp     255
Saiccor Mill Dissolving pulp     890
Total Dissolving pulp     1,145
Total Sappi Southern Africa 99 690 1,778
1 Capacity at maximum continuous run rate per annum.
* The stated capacity is for dissolving pulp, the capacity for kraft pulp is 17% higher
** Mills held for sale.
*** Plantations include owned and leased areas.
**** Sappi ReFibre collects waste paper in the South African market, which is used to produce packaging paper.

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.

Sales offices

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