Sappi was formed in South Africa in 1936 to serve South African consumers with locally produced paper.
We have a tradition of innovating and developing new products to meet local demand for newsprint, graphic papers, packaging papers used to protect our customers’ products (especially in the agricultural sector) and speciality papers used in convenience food, confectionery, cosmetic and luxury markets, and tissue paper for household, medical and industrial use in the Southern Africa region.
We are also the world's largest manufacturer of dissolving pulp (DP), which are used worldwide by converters to create viscose fibre for fashionable clothing and textiles, acetate tow, pharmaceutical products as well as a wide range of consumer and household products. Almost all of the production of our mills in South Africa is exported.
Sappi Southern Africa operates five mills and has a combined production capacity of 93,000 m3 of sawn timber, 690,000 tons of paper, 624,000 tons of paper pulp and over a million tons of dissolving pulp per annum. The pulp purchased by our European business is effectively hedged by Sappi Southern Africa being a net seller of pulp.
Our headquarters in Johannesburg (South Africa), manages the sub-divisions of Sappi Paper and Paper Packaging, Sappi Pulp and Sappi Forests. A number of regional functions like finance, human resources, sales and marketing, technical and engineering as well as board functions are also based there.
Find out more about the Sappi Southern Africa Executive Committee.
New developments in wood processing supports the move to a biobased economy that utilises materials that are renewable and biodegradable and that do not compete with food sources.
Sappi ReFibre is Sappi Southern Africa’s secondary fibre division and is responsible for the recycling of used paper and paper products.
Our dissolving pulp (DP) brand, Verve, creates renewable alternatives for raw material feedstock to textiles, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, and more.
Sappi Trading operates a network for the sale and distribution of our products outside our core operating regions of North America, Europe and Southern Africa.