Page 54

FOCUS

Sappi Sappi’s strategic growth from dissolving wood pulp.

I

nnovation is a cornerstone of the strategy and 2020Vision that Sappi has implemented and as a result experienced growth over the last few years. A major contributor to this growth has been the dissolving wood pulp (DWP) product with its differentiated market offering stemming from the Southern KZN region. What is dissolving wood pulp?

Dissolving wood pulp is a purified cellulose pulp suitable for subsequent chemical conversion into a range of products and can be spun into textile fibres, cast into a film or regenerated into a sponge. Dissolving wood pulp (DWP) is locally manufactured at Sappi Saiccor Mill, situated in Umkomaas. With a capacity of 800 000 tons per annum of sulphite DWP, it is the world’s single largest manufacturing site for DWP. It also has a long history in DWP production, going back more than 60 years to 1955. Since Sappi acquired the mill in 1989, Saiccor Mill has played a key role in establishing Sappi as the global market leader in DWP. Sappi’s competitive cost position provides it with the platform to build the business further with its key strategic partners, while providing customers with unmatched quality, consistency and scale. This is achieved through sustainable manufacturing and sourcing of certified raw materials (Hardwood woodfibre Eucalyptus and Acacia) from responsibly managed plantations. A truly sustainable raw material, DWP is noted for its versatility to create personalised solutions for customers across multiple sectors. Dissolving wood pulp applications

Dissolving wood pulp is used to produce an array of intermediary products which in turn are used to produce a dynamic variety of final products.

KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2018/19

52

Fabrics

Cellulosic based fabrics are breathable and offer a soft, natural feel with high levels of moisture absorbency. This is in contrast to most synthetic fibre based fabrics derived from nonrenewable fossil fuels. VSF (rayon)

By far the most prominent of the wood-based cellulosic fabrics are those produced from viscose staple fibre (VSF), also known as rayon. VSF accounts for approximately 70% of global DWP production and is most commonly used in fashion, home and decorating textiles. Lyocell

Another key fibre produced from Sappi’s DWP is lyocell, which represents the next generation of sustainable wood-based cellulose fibres. It is a high-strength and absorbent material used for a variety of textile and non-woven applications, either on its own or as a blend with other compatible fibres.

KwaZulu-Natal Business 2018/19  

The 2018/19 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has es...

KwaZulu-Natal Business 2018/19  

The 2018/19 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has es...

Advertisement