News - Sappi North America, Headquarters



News - Sappi North America, Headquarters

Sappi North America, Headquarters

News - Sappi North America, Headquarters

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Sappi North America Announces the Completion of Paper Machine Rebuild to Produce ...  (Company news)

...New Sustainable, Innovative Packaging Lines

Leading provider of paper-based packaging solutions further diversifies its premier product packaging line with entrance into the paperboard market

Sappi North America, Inc., a leading producer and supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, announced the end of a year-long rebuild of Paper Machine 1 at Sappi's Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine.

In February 2017, Sappi Limited announced a major investment at the Somerset Mill to establish a strong platform for growth in paperboard packaging, while maintaining Sappi's leadership position in the graphic paper market, increasing annual production capacity at this mill to almost one million tons per year. These new paperboard grades provide luxury packaging and folding carton applications and complement our existing specialty packaging products, which represent an important asset in the food packaging and labeling industries.

"We are excited to bring Paper Machine 1 back online after a successful rebuild over the last year. Thanks to an extraordinary amount of work and effort by everyone involved throughout the year, we now look forward to bringing new, innovative paper-based packaging solutions to the market," said Mark Gardner (photo), President and CEO, Sappi North America. "Somerset is a world-class mill, and this rebuild will allow us to continue providing high-quality packaging and graphics solutions to the market at the standard Sappi is known for."

Sappi was the first company to set the standard for graphics paper, with roots extending back to 1854. Now, it is setting the new standard in paperboard packaging. It is the first provider that checks all the boxes for converters: high-quality, wholly independent, based in the Northeast, financially stable and continuously investing in new technologies and sustainability.

All of the new product lines will have global availability and provide convertors with superior color consistency, printability and downstream performance.

"This is an exciting time for Sappi North America," said Deece Hannigan, Vice President of Packaging and Specialties Business, Sappi North America. "We are committed to bringing high-quality, innovative and sustainable products to the market that meet a variety of packaging needs. This diversification of our packaging line brings us closer to meeting the goals set in our 2020Vision, while continuing to meet customer needs around the globe."
(Sappi North America)

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In December 2016, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) signed a contract with Sappi North America for delivery of an Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox for their paper machine 12 (PM12), located in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA.

The project goal is to improve headbox functionality and to improve product quality and production. Sappi chose PMP’s Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox due to its high performance and impressive references. The project’s driving force is based on machine maintenance and quality, achieved through the application of state-of-the-art technology.

The scope of delivery includes a 212” (5.38M) Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox that will significantly improve paper quality, including excellent formation. Other benefits of PMP’s technology include hydraulic and thermal stability, sheet edge quality, clean operation, improved headbox access and more. The headbox will be supplied with a sophisticated Consistency Profiling System to ensure excellent basis weight control, resulting in uniform paper web structure and better CD basis weight profiles. PMP’s Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox technology has become an iconic solution in the Pulp & Paper industry. It is a part of PMP’s Intelli-Paper® platform for papermakers. There are over 130 Intelli-Jet V® headboxes working successfully on 6 continents.

In addition to the headbox, PMP will provide stock approach equipment including the CP Pump and Screen, as well as basic engineering of stock approach items. The delivery also includes a thermal compensation system which will stabilize the thermal performance of the headbox by maintaining a uniform temperature of the most crucial headbox parts. The control of temperature of these parts will have a direct impact on CD flow profiles and will help minimize the time required to obtain quality production after start-up. PMP looks forward to supporting Sappi through the entire project process of engineering, installation, start-up, operator training, maintenance training and optimization. The delivery, erection, and start-up are scheduled for October 2017.
(PMPoland S.A.)


Sappi Fine Paper North America Announces $2.5M Coater Re-build Capital Project at its ...  (Company news)

... Westbrook Mill

Project to Support Increased Release Production Capacity and Capabilities

Sappi Fine Paper North America announced the approval for its $2.5M capital project to re-build a specialty paper coater at its Westbrook Mill in Westbrook, Maine. The investment is comprised of an upgrade in the web handling, coating and drying capabilities of #20 coater. Bringing expanded manufacturing capacity, and delivering higher yield, this upgrade allows Sappi's Release business to sustain market leadership with its Classics product line into the next decade.
"This is tremendous news for Westbrook Mill," said Donna Cassese, Managing Director, Westbrook Mill, SFPNA. "Over the past few years, we have made significant gains in safety, yield, equipment reliability, and productivity; all of which have strengthened our market position globally. These accomplishments helped set the stage for the decision to invest in our Classics line."
The Westbrook Mill makes specialized release papers. The Classics line is used to provide the textures and patterns for synthetic fabrics used in automobiles, fashionable footwear and apparel as well as decorative laminate surfaces found in flooring, kitchens, and baths.
This project will also contribute to Sappi's commitment to sustainability as the improvements will allow for use of a wider range of raw materials and improve energy efficiency. The re-build is anticipated to be completed by May of 2013.
(Sappi Fine Paper North America)


Sappi Fine Paper North America Announces Leadership Changes  (Company news)

Sappi Fine Paper North America announced several changes in responsibility amongst its leadership team.

Jennifer Miller has been named Executive Vice President - Coated Business and Chief Sustainability Officer. In her expanded role, Ms. Miller will have profit and loss responsibility for the Company's coated business unit, directly managing operations planning, marketing, logistics, and customer service and will continue to serve as the Company's CSO. Ms. Miller has held various senior executive positions since joining SFPNA in 1996, most recently EVP - Strategic Marketing, Coated Business.
Annette Luchene, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will assume responsibility for the company's Lean Six Sigma program. Under her leadership, Ms. Luchene will drive the Lean Six Program to meet cash generation goals through cost and waste reduction, as well as identify new revenue opportunities through process excellence and productivity improvements. Ms. Luchene has served as the Company's CFO since 2004.
Deece Hannigan, formerly Vice President - Fiber Resources, has been named Vice President - Procurement and Fiber Resources. In his expanded role, Mr. Hannigan will lead procurement initiatives to create and sustain competitive advantage across all three business units -- coated, pulp, and release. He will also work with the global business team to ensure the full commercialization of Sappi's announced chemical cellulose conversion at its Cloquet, MN facility. Mr. Hannigan has been serving as Vice President - Fiber Resources since 2007 managing the sale and purchase of kraft pulp for the Company.
Commenting on the expanded roles of several members of his executive team, Mark Gardner, President and CEO of Sappi Fine Paper North America stated, "We do not dispute the challenges facing us today in any of our global businesses, but I remain confident that with the right strategy, plans, and focus we will continue to lead our industry. My entire executive team, including Jennifer, Annette, and Deece in their new roles, is focused on exactly that."
(Sappi Fine Paper North America)


Sappi Fine Paper North America Announces New Leadership at its Cloquet and Somerset Mills  (Company news)

Sappi Fine Paper North America announced that Rick Dwyer and Mike Haws have been appointed as the new managing directors of the Cloquet Mill in Cloquet, Minn. and Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine, respectively. As managing directors, each will be responsible for overseeing the safety performance, productivity and cost management of the integrated pulp and coated fine paper mills. Sappi also announced the appointment of Mike Schultz as managing director of the upcoming $170M capital project to convert Cloquet's pulp mill from hardwood kraft pulp to produce chemical cellulose, the largest capital investment in Cloquet since the 1990's.
"We are very excited to announce the appointments of Rick Dwyer and Mike Haws as managing directors of our Cloquet and Somerset Mills and Mike Schultz as managing director of the pulp mill conversion," said John Donahue, vice president of manufacturing, Sappi Fine Paper North America. "Dwyer, Haws and Schultz bring an expertise and leadership that is critical to operating our world-class coated fine paper and pulp mills safely and sustainably. Managing a large-scale manufacturing site like Cloquet and Somerset is no easy task. I am confident our mills, under their direction, will maintain the highest standard of performance," added Donahue.
Rick Dwyer brings over 34 years of paper industry experience to his new role as managing director of the Cloquet Mill. At Sappi, he has consistently demonstrated his manufacturing leadership. With Dwyer's focus on customers, in his new position at Cloquet, he will continue to support the mill on quality and operating improvements. Most recently, he played an important role in the work leading to the Sappi Limited Board's approval of the Cloquet Mill's upcoming capital project on chemical cellulose. Prior to this project, he served as managing director of the Muskegon Mill. Before joining Sappi, Dwyer held positions at International Paper and Fox River Paper.
For the upcoming conversion of Cloquet's pulp mill to chemical cellulose, Dwyer will work closely with Mike Schultz, the newly appointed managing director of this highly strategic project. With over 20 years of experience at the Cloquet Mill, including his previous roles as managing director and pulp production manager, Schultz brings extensive experience in pulping and project leadership to this initiative.
Mike Haws joins Sappi Fine Paper North America as managing director of the Somerset Mill with over 26 years of experience in the paper industry. Previously, he served as vice president of operations at Verso Paper's Bucksport Mill during which the mill notably improved its safety and paper machine performance. His experience includes serving as manager of operational services at International Paper's Jay Mill and holding manufacturing roles with Champion International and St. Regis Paper.
Haws' predecessor, Fred Oettinger, will be retiring from Sappi at the end of this month after an impressive 36-year career in the paper industry of which he spent the past five years running the Somerset pulp and paper mill. Under Oettinger's leadership, the Somerset Mill increased paper machine operational machine efficiency and successfully rebuilt the wet end of Paper Machine Number 1. He was also responsible for significantly reducing the mill's dependence on oil and rebuilding the recovery boiler, which resulted in significant energy and pulp production improvements.
(Sappi Fine Paper North America)


Sappi Limited announces major investment in North American operations   (Company news)

Sappi Limited announced 11/10/2011 the approval of a US$170 million capital project to convert the kraft pulp mill in Cloquet, Minnesota to chemical cellulose used in textile and consumer goods markets. The planned conversion is slated to come online in 2013 and once complete will allow the production of 330,000 metric tons of chemical cellulose per year. Approved capital plans also call for a US$13 million project to upgrade coated paper manufacturing at the Sappi Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine. These investments reflect Sappi Limited’s confidence that the North American region can play a significant role in the global chemical cellulose market, complementing already strong market positions in release and fine papers.

“The chemical cellulose conversion project at the Cloquet Mill is consistent with our announced strategy to diversify further into this fast growing segment,” said Ralph Boëttger, Chief Executive Officer Sappi Limited. “The globally low cost position of Sappi’s Cloquet pulp mill will provide an attractive platform for growth with our current chemical cellulose customers as well as open up new markets to us.”

Sappi is currently the world’s largest manufacturer of chemical cellulose out of its Saiccor Mill in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The Cloquet project, together with the earlier announced expansion at the Sappi Ngodwana Mill in South Africa will bring Sappi’s total chemical cellulose capacity to over 1.3 million metric tons per year.

“We are excited about the new growth opportunities this investment in chemical cellulose brings to Sappi Fine Paper North America, all of our employees and the Cloquet community,” said Mark Gardner, President and Chief Executive Officer Sappi Fine Paper North America. “Our planned conversion will allow the continued production of kraft pulp for maximum flexibility to react to changes in global pulp markets. This project, together with the coated paper investment at Somerset Mill, ensures that we can grow profitably in both cellulose and fine paper markets for years to come.”

The Cloquet conversion project will not affect the company’s coated paper business at that site. Dry fiber handling systems and improvements to paper machine capabilities approved as part of this project ensure that product quality across all grades will be unaffected.

Currently, the Cloquet pulp mill produces hardwood kraft (NBHK) pulp for market sales. Sappi will work closely with its pulp customers to ensure an orderly transition, including, where appropriate, making supplies available from its Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine.

The US$13 million capital project at the Somerset Mill includes upgrades to the existing gap former on PM3, improving its cost structure and allowing the production of a broader range of products on the machine. The PM3 rebuild project is slated for completion in fall 2012.
(Sappi Limited)


Sappi Fine Paper North America Receives Recognition for Industry Leadership in...  (Company news)

... Environmental Strategy and Promotional Campaigns

Named a Finalist for the 2011 Pulp and Paper International Awards

Sappi Fine Paper North America has been nominated for four awards in the third annual 2011 Pulp & Paper International (PPI) Awards. The PPI Awards are the only global awards dedicated to recognizing these achievements in various sectors.
Sappi Fine Paper North America has been declared a finalist for four awards spanning three different categories. The award nominations are a testament to Sappi's continued investment in both its assets and in creating value added resources for its customers:
Mill Award: Environmental Strategy of the Year Award - The Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine, was recently certified by the Center for Resource Solutions' Green-e® Energy Marketplace program, as a result of a $49M capital investment in renewable energy generation that consisted of upgrades to the recovery cycle equipment and the implementation of other related projects at the Somerset pulp mill. Under the Green-e certification, 100 percent of the electricity used to manufacture Opus web paper at the Somerset Mill is Green-e certified renewable energy.
Environmental Message, Promotional Campaign of the Year: eQ Sustainability Program - eQ is Sappi's industry-leading branded communication platform on sustainability and includes the eQ Microsite, which is designed to elevate readers' environmental knowledge with blog posts, videos and insights into the industry.
Pulp, Paper & Board Product, Promotional Campaign of the Year: Digital Design Center - The Digital Design Center is an innovative web application that allows printers to create custom marketing tools to promote their own digital printing capabilities and Sappi Fine Paper North America's portfolio of digital papers.
Pulp, Paper & Board Product, Promotional Campaign of the Year: Flo Channel/Off Register - The FloChannel/Off Register is an online comedy video series developed to demonstrate how print and alternate media can work together to deliver exciting results in a multimedia campaign. The series features actors from Second City improvisational group and the printed component demonstrates the high quality of Sappi's paper - Flo, as well as innovative printing techniques.
Mark Rushton, Editor of PPI magazine and chairman of the jury for the PPI Awards 2011, commented, "The PPI Awards are now in their third year and the quality and quantity of the entries is better than ever. We've received more entries from all parts of the globe this year from the USA to China, and Europe to South America. Making the shortlist is a fantastic achievement for all the companies involved due to the high calibre of entries. However we would also like to thank all the people who took the time to enter this year. I look forward to seeing the finalists in Brussels in November."
Jennifer Miller, executive vice-president of strategic marketing and chief sustainability officer, Sappi Fine Paper North America said: "Investing in our assets to make our operations more environmentally sustainable and creating innovative resources for our customers to bring our products to the market is fundamental to our strategy and we are honored to receive recognition for these efforts as a finalist in the 2011 PPI Awards."
Industry renowned names such as Teresa Presas (CEPI), Duncan Pollard (Nestlé), Rod Young (RISI) and Martyn Eustace (Two Sides) were involved in the judging, along with other experts in different fields. RISI will be publishing more information on the finalists in the November issue of PPI magazine as well as on the RISI and PPI Awards websites.
This year's winners will be announced at a spectacular ceremony at Le Plaza Hotel, Brussels, on Tuesday, November 15, 2011.
(Sappi Fine Paper North America)

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Sappi Fine Paper North America's Somerset Mill Secures Green-e® Marketplace Certification  (Company news)

Now Offering More Products Manufactured With Certified Renewable Electricity
As part of its commitment to operating sustainably, Sappi Fine Paper North America announced that its Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine, has been certified by Center for Resource Solutions' Green-e® Marketplace program. The Somerset Mill secured this qualification through new investments in renewable energy generation. Sappi invested $49 million this past fall to upgrade the Somerset pulp mill's recovery boiler and related equipment.
Prior to this recent investment, Sappi Fine Paper North America has led the industry in the use of renewable energy and already has the lowest reported carbon footprint among domestic coated paper suppliers, with more than 85% of the total energy being derived from renewable resources at its coated fine paper mills.
Under the Green-e certification, 100% percent of the electricity used to manufacture Opus web paper at the Somerset Mill is Green-e certified renewable energy that is generated onsite by Sappi.
Green-e is the nation's leading, independent, third-party certification and verification program for renewable energy, ensuring that strict environmental and consumer protection standards are met.
Customers who choose one of Sappi Fine Paper North America's Green-e certified products and one of the Green-e Marketplace re:print certified printers for their print job can further leverage that they are minimizing their environmental footprint through the Green-e Marketplace re:print program.
"Green-e certification is a testament to Sappi Fine Paper North America's commitment to sustainability, which is fundamental to our business strategy," said Jennifer Miller, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Sappi Fine Paper North America. "As companies are increasingly seeking to minimize their impact on the environment, we are pleased that we can now offer our customers additional assurance through the added value of Green-e- a recognizable and credible labelling program, for many of our coated fine paper products," added Miller.
Based on the audit conducted for this certification, initial estimates indicate the amount of Green-e certified renewable electricity generated from renewable resources at Sappi's Somerset Mill is approximately 260 million kilowatt hours (kWh) annually, which is comparable to the yearly electrical usage of approximately 24,000 homes consuming nearly 11,000 kWh per year.
In addition to obtaining Green-e certification through the recovery cycle upgrade project, Sappi's Somerset Mill has also implemented several other major projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce the site's carbon footprint over the past year. This includes work underway to improve the efficiency of the pumping systems of Paper Machine Number 3 for which Sappi received an Efficiency Maine grant. Through these projects and others, the Somerset Mill continues to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.
In 2008, already operating significantly better than industry average, Sappi established a five-year goal of reducing emissions from fossil fuels by 40% over its 2007 baseline. The metric for this goal includes both direct emissions from Sappi Fine Paper North America's mills, as well as emissions associated with purchased electricity. In terms of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, this is known as Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions. At the end of the company's 2010 fiscal year, Sappi had already achieved more than a 40% reduction in just three years, outpacing targets proposed by climate change legislation.
"Sappi Fine Paper North America's performance data and third-party certifications such as Green-e, demonstrate that we are leading the industry when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions and the use of renewable energy. We will continue to implement projects like these that demonstrate environmental responsibility," said Laura Thompson, Ph.D., Director of Sustainability and Technical Marketing, Sappi Fine Paper North America.
(Sappi Fine Paper North America)


Sappi Fine Paper North America's Somerset Mill is Awarded Efficiency Maine Grant  (Company news)

Energy Efficiency of Pumping Systems to be Improved

Sappi Fine Paper North America announced that it has been awarded an Efficiency Maine grant of approximately $300,000 for a capital project to improve the energy efficiency of 10 pumping systems on Paper Machine Number 3 (PM3) at its Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine.
Efficiency Maine is a statewide effort to promote energy efficiency and savings while reducing pollution created by the generation of electricity. The Efficiency Maine Trust administers funds for its programs from the Maine Public Utilities Commission and the Energy and Carbon Savings Trust or Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Through the Efficiency Maine Grant, Sappi Fine Paper North America will replace PM3's fixed speed pumps with variable speed drives, which allow the pumping systems to better match energy consumption with process needs. Installation of the new pumps is already underway and further work will be conducted during the course of the year by utilizing scheduled routine maintenance shutdowns.
"The paper industry is a very capital intensive industry, where continuous improvement is critical to a company's ability to operate sustainably. Sappi Fine Paper North America was pleased to be selected as one of the recipients of this competitive Efficiency Maine grant, as it covered half the total costs of this $600,000 capital project," said John Donahue, vice president of manufacturing, Sappi Fine Paper North America. "The project is one of many initiatives through which we are working to reduce our company's carbon footprint," he added.
Sappi's Somerset Mill has a strong track record of successfully reducing its reliance on fossil fuels. In 2010, 87% of the mill's total energy was derived from renewable resources resulting in a carbon footprint that is significantly lower than the industry average.
Based on the engineering review conducted for this grant, the Somerset Mill's new pumping systems are expected to reduce electrical energy consumption by over 3.2 million kilowatt hours (kwhr) annually, which is comparable to the yearly electrical usage of about 300 homes consuming 1000 kwhr per month. (Sappi Fine Paper North America)