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The story of pulp and paper company Sappi (employer of 12 800)

We don’t own forests in the US and Europe, but in South Africa we predominantly do.

Steve Binnie, Sappi

We have an attractive small-grower initiative… We buy the timber they produce… We’re spending R350 million per year… it’s creating jobs for small enterprises, particularly in rural areas.

Steve Binnie, Sappi

One of our values at Sappi is “speed”.

Steve Binnie, Sappi

Sappi Limited (originally incorporated as South African Pulp and Paper Industries Limited in 1936) is a South African pulp and paper company.

It operates around the world and employs about 12 800 people.

Sappi is the world’s largest producer of dissolving wood pulp.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Sappi Chief Executive Officer Steve Binnie for his weekly “The Science Of” feature.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

Sappi faced tremendous pressure…

Steve Binnie, Sappi

We’re repositioning away from the traditional graphic paper.

Steve Binnie, Sappi

We’ve been converting mills away from the traditional business…

Steve Binnie, Sappi

We’re given emission permits, and we have to comply with those.

Steve Binnie, Sappi

Paper is more green than plastic.

Steve Binnie, Sappi

About 25% of our sales – but over half of our profits - comes from South Africa… because of our ability to grow trees in a cost effective manner.

Steve Binnie, Sappi

We manage our plantations responsibly.

Steve Binnie, Sappi

Viscose is a high-end product… it competes with cotton, it’s more environmentally friendly… it’s very soft on the skin…

Steve Binnie, Sappi

Nano-cellulose is in its infancy…

Steve Binnie, Sappi

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