Sappi Invests in Conversion of Maastricht Mill

Strengthening Sappi Europe’s competitive advantage

Sappi Europe to grow its packaging and speciality papers business by converting its Maastricht Mill to a high quality solid bleached board facility.

Sappi Limited announced a range of projects in Europe and the United States to support its growth strategy and 2020Vision. And in particular to be the lowest cost producer and best service provider in graphic papers. Additionally, Sappi is looking to increase its global product offering to packaging and speciality papers customers. A number of projects related to equipment upgrades and production efficiencies will be undertaken over the next three years. They will take place at its Alfeld, and Ehingen Mills in Germany, its Lanaken Mill in Belgium and its Maastricht Mill in the Netherlands.

Sappi Europe will take a further decisive step in growing its packaging and speciality papers business by converting its Maastricht Mill to a high quality solid bleached board facility and by expanding capacity of its Alfeld Mill by 10,000 tpa. It is expected that the SBB business at Maastricht Mill will grow to 150,000 tpa in the next three years. The displaced graphic paper volumes will be assigned to other mills.

Strong support from Sappi’s board

Berry Wiersum, CEO Sappi Europe, said: “We are delighted to have received strong support from Sappi’s Board. These projects will enable us to make better use of our assets to drive growth in speciality papers, as well as to reduce by 2020 our coated graphic papers capacity by about 200,000 tons”.

Commented Steve Binnie, CEO of Sappi Limited: “Our focus has always been to build and strengthen competitive advantage. Taken as a whole, these investments take advantage of our manufacturing base and the skills and knowledge of our people to enhance the potential of the mills, setting us on a strong course for the future”.

About Sappi

Sappi Europe SA is the leading European producer of coated fine paper used in premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. It is a division of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with 12,000 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries, sales offices in 50 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world.

Source: Sappi Europe

8 February 2017

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