Sappi announces closure of its South African Adamas mill
Sappi Southern Africa has decided to definitely idle its Adamas fine paper mill in Port Elizabeth in South Africa following the conclusion of a process announced in May to investigate the mill’s operation. The company expects to shut down the operations at the end of August. Alex Thiel, CEO of Sappi Southern Africa, explained that cost pressure and a lack of competitiveness had led to the decision. Sappi produced approximately 40,000 tpy of woodfree uncoated paper at the mill. The volumes have now been transferred to Sappi’s Enstra and Tugela mills, also based in South Africa.