Stanger Mill
Stanger Mill is unique in South Africa in that it uses bagasse as its basic raw material to manufacture uncoated woodfree papers including the well-known office brand of Typek. The mill is ideally situated in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal sugar cane fields, offering a ready supply of bagasse fibre. We also produce 30,000 tons of tissue per year.

The technology of pulp and paper manufacturing is dynamic and continually advancing as are the demands placed upon paper by end-users. In order to satisfy the demand for good quality paper made with care for the environment, we continually assess our manufacturing processes and manage product development based on market demands and industry trends.
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Our products

By progressively improving our pulp and paper making process, Stanger Mill produces a first class range of paper products - high quality matt and gloss coated art papers, packaging paper and tissue. Art paper is used for high quality printing of books, magazines, brochures, annual reports and calendars, while label papers are widely used on fruit cans, wine bottles and other commodities.

Tissue wadding are shipped to converters who converts the tissue into a complete range of household papers that include toilet tissue, facial tissue, kitchen towels and serviettes.

In March 2006, we announced a major upgrade to our manufacturing process. Known as 'Triple Green', the upgrade introduced a fully-integrated environmental practice at the mill and research confirms that it is a world first.

It is a practice based on three environmental 'pillars' which in combination is unique:
  • The primary source of pulp used in the production of paper products at the mill is sugar cane fibre (bagasse), sourced from local suppliers,
  • The bleaching process is elemental chlorine-free (ECF), and
  • The wood fibre used in the production process is obtained from sustainable and internationally-certified afforestation, using independently-audited chains of custody for incoming fibre.

Our wide range of fine paper, paper packaging and tissue grades is available in reels and sheets, across a broad range of weights:
  • Coated woodfree paper (70-250g/m²)
  • Packaging paper (75-130g/m²)
  • Tissue paper (16.5-50g/m²)

Quality fine paper from Stanger Mill include Triple Green Print, Triple Green Web and Triple Green Label including Triple Green Aqua and Triple Green Grease Proof. This is supported by our extensive sale and distribution network as well as an experienced marketing team based in Johannesburg.

Packaging paper from Stanger Mill include Bleached Bag Kraft, Soap wrap and Soap Stiffener Board with excellent folding properties and fungal protection.

Our Milestones
Our environment

Media release - Clarification of reports regarding discolouration of the uMvoti River

Water is the lifeblood of pulp and paper mills, thus incoming and outgoing water streams are carefully managed around the clock. Pulping chemicals are recovered through a chemical recovery plant where they are converted into saleable Soda Ash for industrial use.

Stanger Mill's effluent lake provides bird enthusiasts with one of the most prolific bird locations on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal. In conjunction with the Blythedale Conservancy, the mill has erected a bird hide where as many as thirty species of birds can be spotted in any given hour. The area is included in the national co-ordinated water bird count twice a year.

Although technology enables us to produce our products, it is the commitment, involvement and contribution of all our employees that made Stanger Mill a truly world-class manufacturer of coated woodfree papers. By operating according to the International Standards Organisation (ISO) Quality Systems, we received ISO 9002 accreditation in May 1993. This was followed by ISO 14001 certification in 2002 to ensure conformance to environmental best practices and legislation. The ISO system is the method by which the mill documents and controls consistency of quality. Rather than a stamp of achievement, ISO is used as a system for measuring and facilitating continuous improvement and is audited annually by DQS (German Association for Certification of Management Systems) for compliance and effectiveness. The mill has also achieved Chain of Custody certification from the SGS Group.

The safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and visitors is one of our core values. We recognize that safety and health is integral to the success and sustainability of our mill. In support of this the mill received OHSAS 18001 certification in 2004.

In our endeavour to improve product quality, productivity and customer service, we also adopted a Total Productive Manufacturing (TPM) programme. In essence, TPM is the implementation of a continual improvement process whereby all employees are involved in the production of the best quality products and services and in so doing, completely satisfy the needs of our customers.

At Stanger Mill, the ISO system and TPM programme create a culture which empowers all employees to individually assume responsibility, thus ensuring the quality of our products and improving manufacturing conditions on a continuous basis.

Our community

Each of Sappi Southern Africa's mills plays a positive role in their surrounding communities by supporting a wide variety of social programmes. These include educational, health and community upliftment programmes, including:

PROTEC - a national science and technology career development programme promoting technology literacy for learners in Grades 10-12.
HIV/Aids risk management programme - our policy is focused on education, training and awareness programmes; the promotion of acceptance and transparency around the disease in the workplace and reasonable and appropriate support for infected and affected employees.
Sappi KwaDukuza Resource Centre - Located close to the Stanger Mill, this digital village and learning centre makes information accessible to students from all walks of life including older adults.
Project Grow - an initiative where local farmers are encouraged to become renewable resource tree farmers with guaranteed markets for their timber.