Sappi Fine Paper North America Announces $2.5M Coater Re-build Capital Project at its Westbrook Mill

Sappi Fine Paper North America Announces $2.5M Coater Re-build Capital Project
                            at its Westbrook Mill

Project to Support Increased Release Production Capacity and Capabilities

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Jan. 9, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Sappi Fine Paper North America today
announced the approval for its $2.5M capital project to re-build a specialty
paper coater at its Westbrook Mill in Westbrook, Maine. The investment is
comprised of an upgrade in the web handling, coating and drying capabilities
of #20 coater. Bringing expanded manufacturing capacity, and delivering higher
yield, this upgrade allows Sappi's Release business to sustain market
leadership with its Classics product line into the next decade.

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"This is tremendous news for Westbrook Mill," said Donna Cassese, Managing
Director, Westbrook Mill, SFPNA. "Over the past few years, we have made
significant gains in safety, yield, equipment reliability, and productivity;
all of which have strengthened our market position globally. These
accomplishments helped set the stage for the decision to invest in our
Classics line."

The Westbrook Mill makes specialized release papers. The Classics line is used
to provide the textures and patterns for synthetic fabrics used in
automobiles, fashionable footwear and apparel as well as decorative laminate
surfaces found in flooring, kitchens, and baths.

This project will also contribute to Sappi's commitment to sustainability as
the improvements will allow for use of a wider range of raw materials and
improve energy efficiency. The re-build is anticipated to be completed by May
of 2013.

About Sappi Fine Paper North America

Sappi Fine Paper North America, known for innovation and quality, is a
preeminent North American producer of coated fine and release papers and
market pulp headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Its coated fine papers,
with highly recognized brand names such as McCoy, Opus, Somerset and Flo, are
used in premium magazines, catalogs, books and high-end print advertising. The
company is also the world's leading supplier of release papers for the
automotive, fashion and engineered films industries, including the globally
recognized Ultracast brand. Sappi's release papers provide the surface
aesthetics for synthetic fabrics used in footwear, clothing, upholstery and
accessories, as well as the textures for decorative laminates found in
kitchens, baths, flooring and other decorative surfaces. An integrated pulp
and paper producer, with state-of-the-art pulp mills, Sappi is the third
largest seller of hardwood pulp in North America.

Sappi Fine Paper North America is a subsidiary of Sappi Limited (NYSE, JSE), a
global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with over 14,000
employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries
and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi

SOURCE Sappi Fine Paper North America

Contact: Joanna Rieke, Manager, Corporate Communications, Sappi Fine Paper
North America, +1-617-423-5409,; or Shannon McLoughlin,
Burson-Marsteller, Office: +1-617-912-5412, Mobile: +1-646-379-7508,
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