|Key people||Ralph Boettger (CEO)
Mark Thompson (CFO)
|Products||Paper & Forest products|
Sappi is a producer of coated fine paper and chemical cellulose. The company conducts its business through three business units: Sappi Fine Paper, Sappi Forest Products and Sappi Trading.
Sappi Fine Paper is managed through three regional business units: Sappi Fine Paper North America, Sappi Fine Paper Europe and Sappi Fine Paper South Africa. Sappi Fine Paper has manufacturing and marketing facilities in North America, Europe, Southern Africa and Asia. It also manufactures uncoated graphic and business paper, coated and uncoated specialty paper, and casting release paper used in the manufacture of artificial leather and textured polyurethane applications.
Sappi Forest Products, based in Southern Africa, produces commodity paper products, pulp, chemical cellulose and forest and timber products for Southern Africa and export markets.
In 2003, Sappi announced that Andre Wagenaar had been appointed as the CEO of Sappi's Forest Products Division with effect from 1st January 2004, when Dr John Job relinquishes his responsibilities for the Southern African Businesses.
Sappi has its largest market in Europe, with a share of 54%.
Paper production of 5.1 million tonnes per annum (TPA) - 2.8 million TPA of paper pulp production - Chemical cellulose production of 600,000 TPA - Manufacturing operations in nine countries on four continents - Sales in over 100 countries - 15,100 employees worldwide.
Global acquisitions and closures
In 1996 Sappi were investigated by the European Commission for illegal price fixing in various countries in the EU. Although found guilty of earning millions by fixing the price of printing paper, Sappi's fine was reduced for cooperation with the EC's cartel investigating unit. Other companies implicated were fined a total of $145 million.
By 2007 all the mills in the UK had been closed by Sappi, resulting in the loss of almost 2000 jobs.
On the 29 September 2008, Sappi purchased two paper mills in Finland, one in Switzerland and one in Germany from the M-real company. In 2011 Sappi announced closure of their Swiss production site.
Sappi aims to decrease its impact on the environment and aid conservation programmes through several measures. To reduce its carbon footprint, Sappi states that it is increasingly using alternative energy sources, such as powering operations at several South African mills using biomass recovered from wood and bark waste instead of coal. Other carbon reduction schemes include a link with Volvo Car South Africa, whereby Sappi will create incentives for buyers of Volvo vehicles by planting a sufficient number of indigenous trees to neutralise the carbon emissions that the vehicle would produce over 100,000 km.
Sappi claims to also be involved in wildlife conservation measures, such as its partnership with WWF's TreeRoutes program which has set up community-based ecotourism venues such as the new Karkloof Conservation Center which helps protect all three of South Africa's crane species.
- Hermann Simon mentioned this company in his correspondent Book as an example of a "Hidden Champion" (Simon, Hermann: Hidden Champions of the 21st Century : Success Strategies of unknown World Market Leaders. London: Springer, 2009.- ISBN 978-0-387-98147-5.)
- "Group profile". Sappi.com. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
- "Group structure". Sappi.com. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
- "New CEO of Sappi's Forest Products Division and Managing Director of Sappi Forests Announced".
- Article by Helsingin Sanomat. http://www.hs.fi/english/article/M-real+sells+four+paper+mills+to+South+African+Sappi+Limited/1135239853838
- Announcement by M-real. http://www.m-real.com/wps/portal?New_WCM_Context=/ilwwcm/connect/OneWeb/Press%20room/News/News_2008-09-29_0947_en_1255022
- "Sappi reduces its carbon footprint". SouthAfrica.info. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- "Carmaker teams up with forestry group on carbon-offset scheme". Creamer Media's Engineering News Online. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
- "New Karkloof Conservation Centre opens to birders’ acclaim". Panda. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
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