Sappi Enstra Mill is situated in Gauteng near the town of Springs in South Africa. The mill celebrated its 76th year of existence in 2012 having been established in 1936, producing its first paper in 1938 from Paper Machine 1 (PM1).
Enstra produces office paper, security paper and packaging paper products of superior quality for use in different industries.
The mill is a business unit of Sappi Paper and Paper Packaging; a division of Sappi Limited and promotes three key sustainability focus areas when doing business; People, Planet and Prosperity.
Our highly technical processes require Enstra Mill to employ
highly skilled employees. Our 500 employees have expertise in the areas of
papermaking, different engineering disciplines, artisans in different fields,
accountants, information technology, business administration and human resource
specialists. Sappi is an equal opportunity employer.
We are committed to being the paper and paper packaging
company of choice.
We continually work together with our customers in order to
understand their fast-changing needs; whilst at the same time ensuring that we
practice sustainable manufacturing practices in order to continue being kind to
the environment. Our flagship product Typek office paper now carries the
earthkind logo as a symbol of our commitment to the environment.
Our sophisticated product development team also offers total
security solutions to local and international security printing industries such
as passports, identity documents, certificates, cheque and ballot papers. We
are the only manufactures of security paper in Africa. We also offer security
paper products to the packaging industry.
Our range of printing and writing papers is wood free, acid
free and elemental chlorine-free;
- 'Woodfree' is a term used to describe paper, which is
manufactured from chemical pulp and which, is free from wood particles. It is
made from wood fibre, ensuring stronger surface strength and making it suitable
for recycling. Due to their better colour and strength, woodfree or fine papers
are considered to be superior to ‘wood-containing' papers such as those created
by mechanical pulping.
- 'Acid free' paper is produced by using an alkaline, rather
than an acid, sizing process (sizing refers to the rate of ink and water
absorption into the paper). Alkaline based papers are produced in a more
environmentally friendly manner than papers using the acid sizing process.
- 'Elemental chlorine-free' refers to bleaching processes in
which no elemental chlorine is used.
Enstra Mill products are produced from wood grown in well
managed local commercial plantations owned and managed by Sappi Forests in
Southern Africa. This gives our products a competitive edge both in local and
global markets, where environmental considerations are focused not only on
processes, but also on raw materials.
Our range of uncoated packaging, graphic and business paper
is available across the range of weights 38 – 350g/m²; and caters to the
business forms, scholastics office, envelope, general printing and packaging
Enstra Mill's long history of firsts highlights the skill,
talent and entrepreneurial spirit of Sappi's people and underpins the mill's
drive for technological advancement - evident in our ongoing, strategic
investment in state-of-the-art technology. This combination of strengths has
resulted in the mill becoming one of the most productive paper mills in the
At Enstra Mill, we recognise that responsible management of
natural resources, linked with social responsibility and sound economic
performance, is a prerequisite for sustainable development. The mill has
achieved Chain-of-Custody certification from the SGS Group.
We are committed to environmentally friendly products and
processes and there is a constant drive for continual improvement in the
management of our impact on water, land and air. We use recognised management
systems to monitor our progress.
Managing water and reducing effluent
Throughout our history we have focused on reducing water
consumption and effluent levels.
- The patented ‘sapoxal' oxygen pulp bleaching process has had
a significant impact on the amount of effluent generated, reducing levels by as
much as 70%, while the activated sludge plant has improved the quality of
- Effluent from the mill after filtering and cleaning is
discharged into the Blesbokspruit, which feeds into the Blesbokspruit Ramsar
site, incorporating the Grootvaly Wetland bird sanctuaries in South Africa. The
fact that this is a Ramsar site is an indication of its environmental
significance. The Convention on Wetlands, signed in Ramsar (Iran), in 1971, is
an inter-governmental treaty which provides the framework for national action
and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands.
The quality of water in the Blesbokspruit is regularly monitored by Rand Water
and the Department of Water Affairs.
Minimising our impact on land
Our solid waste site is managed in accordance with the
permit issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs.
Reducing air emissions
The mill generates its own steam for the paper machines. In
2011, an investment of R10 million was spent to install a precipitator unit for
the boiler process to reduce the dust emissions below 75mg/Nm3. The investment
has positively impacted the environment with the emission rates averaging
Minimising waste stream
Our focus is on process optimisation and waste minimisation
projects such as the recycling of effluent and recovering raw materials. More
than 76 years of producing paper have equipped Enstra Mill with a wealth of
experience, expertise and levels of technology to ensure consistent and superior
quality products; as demonstrated by our ISO 9001 certificates for quality
assurance management systems.
Quality is controlled by a combination of state-of-the-art
control equipment, raw material inspection and product testing to ensure there
is no deviation from specification.
We are committed to a lean manufacturing strategy and to
constant benchmarking against competitors and international best practice to
ensure standards are maintained. This is facilitated by Sappi's international
network of technology centres, which undertake technical and process
optimisation research for all of the group's mills.
We have a comprehensive health and safety programme that is
aimed at ensuring the safety of our employees, contractors, suppliers and
visitors. Our safety programme focuses on awareness, changing behaviour;
prevention and reporting of near misses and incidents in order to learn from
them. Our visitors and contractors are
also familiarised with our safety procedures during a compulsory induction process
before they go to the plant.
Our well-established Employee Wellbeing (EWB) programme aims
to create awareness on a number of health and wellbeing topics; as well as
assisting employees to deal with these challenges. This includes our
comprehensive HIV awareness and treatment programme. This includes counselling and antiretroviral
treatment for HIV positive employees. We also conduct surveys to establish the
rate of infection in the mill to help us improve our strategies of fighting the
Occupational health is also a top priority, and tests such
as noise-induced hearing and lung function tests are regularly conducted, as
well as a regular industrial hygiene surveys.
Sappi Enstra assists local communities through a number of
initiatives. We also train people from the community as part of a process
trainee programme. We support community libraries in the Ekurhuleni area with
annual book donations, including community libraries in KwaThema, Duduza,
Tsakane and Springs. In addition, we have also donated paper to local schools.
We support community based organisations that look after the
vulnerable members of the community, including
Hosanna in Bakerton, Chance Children's home, Katleho KaTshepo and the
Far East Rand Hospital's children's ward.
We also support small entrepreneurial development
initiatives through the Springs Business Linkage Centre.
On the environmental front, we have supported the
Blesbokspruit Forum, an environmental educational centre and a number of local
schools with trees for their Arbor Day projects.