Sappi Fine Paper North America, Boston, a subsidiary of wood pulp and paper producer Sappi Ltd.,
South Africa, has completed conversion of its kraft pulp mill in Cloquet, Minn., for production of
specialized cellulose, also called dissolving wood pulp, used in textile fibers as well as
household, beauty and pharmaceutical products. The $170 million project will enable production of
330,000 metric tons of specialized cellulose annually.
Cloquet Mill produces pulp using batch cooking technology, which can be used for making both
kraft pulp and specialized cellulose. In addition to the conversion project, Sappi has invested $15
million to upgrade the plant’s coated paper production system.
“The Cloquet Mill is ideally suited to help Sappi secure its global leadership position
regarding Specialised Cellulose. It is the newest pulp mill in America, close to its fiber basket
and with a highly skilled and motivated workforce,” said Ralph Boettger, CEO, Sappi Ltd., adding
that the mill’s production will contribute to the company’s flexibility to serve its customers
Sappi’s Specialised Cellulose division has a total annual capacity of more than 1.3 million
metric tons from two manufacturing facilities in South Africa and the Cloquet mill.