Pulp and paper producer, Sappi plans to significantly expand its operations in South Africa, Europe and the US by 2020. The South African group supplies about 20% of dissolving wood pulp (DWP) to countries such as China, India and Indonesia. The group’s capital expenditure in 2018 is expected to increase to $450-million as it continues to convert mills in South Africa, Europe and the US to produce greater amounts of DWP and speciality packaging. The company is also expanding the DWP capacity at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, by 50 000 tonnes per year (t/y) through debottlenecking projects, with completion expected by August. Click here to read more on the future plans of Sappi. – Engineering News

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