Paper manufacturing

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The paper division manufactures recycled-based packaging and industrial paper grades such as containerboard and cartonboard. In addition, we sell Baywhite, a premium quality white top kraftliner produced by Mondi Limited, for which we have exclusive distribution rights in South Africa and sub- Saharan Africa.

The division comprises three mills, Felixton, Piet Retief and Springs, all of which carry the ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certification. All the mills, Felixton (FSC-C114577), Piet Retief (FSC-C117980) and Springs (FSC-C004834), also carry Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification. This emphasises the responsible management of raw materials throughout the product lifecycle of our products. In line with this, virgin pulp used in our white-lined products is also sourced from FSC® certified mills.

Production of recycled fibre-based containerboard for the agricultural and commercial sectors at the Piet Retief and Felixton mills is complemented by sales of Baywhite. The containerboard produced comprises – on average – approximately 35% hardwood, softwood and bagasse pulp and 65% recycled fibre-based pulp. The main market for these products is the corrugated packaging industry.

The Springs mill, which has a production capacity of 137,000 tonnes per annum, produces white-lined coated cartonboard, laminated board, and boards for industrial applications and speciality coated boards - mainly using recycled fibre from Mpact Recycling. These products are used in a variety of applications including food and industrial packaging as well as other industrial applications such as ceiling board.

The Group’s customers for our packaging and industrial paper include corrugated board and box producers which require containerboard, such as our corrugated division and other containerboard converters. Cartonboard is sold to folding carton and other producers of industrial products, as well as for other uses such as cards and book covers.