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.
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
Packaging paper from Stanger Mill include Bleached Bag
Kraft, Soap wrap and Soap Stiffener Board with excellent folding properties and
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
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.
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
PROTEC - a national science and technology career
development programme promoting technology literacy for learners in Grades
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.