Sappi to Mothball PM4 at Tugela Mill on Jan. 1

Sappi Southern Africa's integrated Tugela Mill has the capacity to produce 350,000 tpy of unbleached kraft and semi-chemical pulp (for its own consumption) and 330,000 tpy kraft linerboard and corrugating medium.

Oct. 12, 2012 (Press Release) - Sappi Southern Africa today embarked on an official Section 189 engagement process with staff at its Tugela Mill in Mandeni on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast regarding its decision to mothball the PM4 paper machine from 01 January 2013.

In total just over 400 staff have received Section 189 notices, although the eventual number of positions that will be impacted by the mothballing of PM4 will be substantially lower. This will only be known at the conclusion of the consultation period of 60 days.

Sappi remains committed to its approach that retrenchments are a last resort, and as such will work with staff to investigate options to minimise retrenchments.

SOURCE: Sappi

Editor's note: The Tugela Mill is Sappi Southern Africa’s largest integrated unbleached kraft mill and focuses on producing packaging papers. PM4 produces extensible kraft paper.