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Paper producer to upgrade Mpumalanga mill 

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi will shut down its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, for four weeks in May, to install new equipment that will decrease bottlenecking. The company will install new machines, and upgrade the wood chipper, fibre line and pulp dryer, says Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex... 

Sappi Q3 profit up 81% y/y

By: Anine Kilian     3rd August 2017 JSE-listed Sappi delivered solid profits of 81% and reduced debt by a further 17% for the year ended June 30, 2017. The company reported earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $155-million for the period and earnings per share of 11c. 

Sappi Q3 performance strong in seasonally weak quarter

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th August 2016 With global diversified woodfibre company Sappi ending strong in a quarter that is traditionally its seasonally weakest, the JSE-listed group looks to the fourth quarter of 2016 with a positive outlook. This follows a series of double-digit growth quarters as the group continues its recovery... 

Sappi envisions growth in renewable resources

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 Despite the challenges in South Africa’s economic and political landscapes, international pulp and paper company Sappi’s Southern Africa regional CEO Alex Thiel claims that it is an exciting time for the industry, as there is opportunity for growth in renewable resources. 

Sappi sells another recycled packaging paper mill

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th July 2015 Pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi has sold its Cape Kraft recycled packaging paper mill, in Cape Town, to the Golden Era group for an undisclosed amount. This sale, in addition to the recently announced sale of its 200 000 t/y Enstra mill and recycled packaging business, in Springs, to Corruseal,... 

Sappi, JV partner launch R105m lignin expansion project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th July 2015 Dissolving wood pulp and paper products manufacturer Sappi and Norwegian firm Borregaard will invest R105-million on expanding the production capacity of their joint venture (JV) lignin manufacturing operation LignoTech South Africa, in KwaZulu-Natal, by 20 000 t/y. The expansion, which would... 

Local company successfully clads complex alloy

By: David Oliveira     30th May 2014 Thermal spray service provider Thermaspray is expected to complete a Stellite alloy 6 ball valve, which will be laser-clad to the SAF 225 alloy, allowing for the ball valves to be used in highly corrosive environments at wood and paper pulp and paper-based solutions provider Sappi’s specialised... 

Cellulose production provides new opportunities  

By: Ilan Solomons     28th March 2014 Paper and packaging group Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel is confident that the company will be successful this year, as it aims to diversify some aspects of its operations and streamline others. He says that following the global downturn in 2008, there has been less demand for graphic paper... 

Company empowers rural communities to grow trees for timber use

By: Ilan Solomons     28th March 2014 Paper and packaging group Sappi Southern Africa’s Project Grow programme is supporting emerging historically disadvantaged tree growers to produce timber for the local paper, pulp and board industries. Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel tells Engineering News that the programme forms the... 

Sappi Southern Africa Q3 profit falls as weak European market persists

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     2nd August 2013 JSE-listed paper, pulp and packaging group Sappi’s Southern African arm recorded an operating profit, excluding special items, of R183-million for the third quarter ending June, down from an operating profit of R255-million in the corresponding period in 2012. The lower profit was attributed to... 

Sappi to issue notes for bond payment, expansion

By: Natalie Greve     15th April 2013 Sappi Southern Africa will, on April 16, issue senior unsecured rate notes worth some R1.5-billion under its 2011 R5-billion domestic medium-term note programme. The total notes will comprise R255-million senior unsecured floating rate notes due on April 16, 2016, R500-million senior unsecured... 

Focus on high-margin business areas

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th March 2013 A key focus for JSE-listed paper, pulp and packaging group Sappi this year is to return its Southern African business to profitability by implementing various interventions aimed at repositioning the paper business to be more competitive and better serving the requirements of its customers. 

Ngodwana specialised cellulose project to be commissioned in mid-2013

By: Chantelle Kotze     15th February 2013 Paper and packaging group Sappi’s $340m-million GoCell specialised cellulose (SC) expansion project at its Ngodwana Mill, in Mpumalanga, is on track for commissioning by mid-2013 to grow its SC production. 

Sappi sees strong growth in chemical cellulose business

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2012 JSE-listed Sappi is increasingly turning its focus to investing in higher margin and higher growth businesses such as chemical cellulose, moving away from its traditional pulp and paper focus, CEO Ralph Boëttger said on Thursday. Reporting September quarterly net profit of $107-million, from a... 

New logging truck fleet boosts profitability

     17th August 2012 Pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi Forests and its contracted timber hauling firm Timber Logistics Services (TLS) have invested in a new 15-truck fleet of specialised, abnormal load logging MAN Truck & Bus Smart Trucks to replace its existing fleet. 

Sappi still looking at cogeneration opportunities

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     3rd August 2012 Paper and packaging group Sappi was still investigating possible cogeneration projects, with its Ngodwana and Saiccor mills being the best suited for such endeavours in South Africa, CEO Ralph Boëttger said Friday. He told Engineering News Online in a telephonic interview that the company... 


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