Sep 19, 2011
Nampak unveils R800m Rosslyn expansion projectBack
© Reuse this
The Nampak board approved the expansion in 2006 at a budget of about R500-million, but costs crept up owing to certain challenges with the start up of the plant.
The first reel of saleable paper from the expansion was produced in 2009.
Currently, the plant which boasts a capacity of around 95 000 t/y to 100 000 t/y, runs at about 80% capacity, but Lund hoped that it would run at full capacity before the end of the year
Nampak Corrugated MD Christiaan Burmeister said that the group processed about 120 000 t of waste paper in the past 12 months, but hoped to increase this to around 150 000 t in the next 12 months.
One of the paper industry’s most significant challenges is that of rising input costs, especially electricity and water costs.
Burmeister noted that Nampak was investigating certain options to mitigate the effects of higher input costs, such as cogeneration and implementing a closed water system.
He pointed out, however, that the expansion plant was already operating on significant water and electricity savings at around 50%, compared with the older plant.
Also speaking at the event, Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa praised the group for their investment saying that it contributed to increase employment figures in the region.
The expansion resulted in the creation of 80 direct jobs, but has a far-reaching effect as employment is created through the additional material that has to be gathered for recycling.
“This municipality aims to create an enabling environment for business to work towards our target of creating a further 375 000 jobs in the next five years,” said Ramokgopa.
Other companies investing in the area included automotive firms, such as Tata, Ford and BMW.
Edited by: Mariaan Webb© Reuse this
Creamer Media Senior Researcher and Deputy Editor Online
To subscribe email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here
To advertise email email@example.com or click here
Updated 3 hours ago The Competition Tribunal on Friday gave a conditional go-ahead for mobile operators Cell C, MTN and Vodacom to buy out their respective subscriber bases, as South Africa’s last independent service provider Altech Autopage calls it a day. The Allied Electronics...
Updated 4 hours ago The drought in Southern Africa could become one of the worst on record should the current below-normal rainfall continue, the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme said this week. The El Niño conditions presently being experienced in the region had resulted in a...
Updated 4 hours ago Kelibone Masiyane has been appointed the new MD of PPC Zimbabwe, succeeding Njombo Lekula, who had recently been redeployed as MD of PPC’s international operations. Masiyane would be supported by new PPC commercial director Iain Sheasby and new PPC GM of finance...
Recent Research Reports
Construction 2016: A review of South Africa's construction industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2016 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; key participants; local demand; geographic diversification; corporate activity; black economic...
Energy Roundup – February 2016 (PDF Report)
The February 2016 roundup covers activities across South Africa for December 2015 and January 2016 and includes details of a Government Gazette notice that confirms Cabinet’s decision to move ahead with the 9 600 MW nuclear procurement programme; State-owned power...
Energy Roundup - December 2015 (PDF Report)
The December 2015 roundup includes details of State-owned utility Eskom’s application to claw back R22.8-billion; South Africa’s ranking as an investment destination for renewable energy; and a nuclear expert’s thoughts on reactor designs for South Africa’s nuclear...
Water 2015: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2015 Report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context but also in the African and global context in terms of supply and demand, water stress and insecurity, and access to water and sanitation, besides others.
Input Sector Review: Pumps 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2015 Input Sector Review on Pumps provides an overview of South Africa’s pumps industry with particular focus on pump manufacture and supply, aftermarket services, marketing strategies, local and export demand, imports, sector support, investment...
Liquid Fuels 2015: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2015 Report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment; oil and gas exploration; fuel pricing; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; the logistics of transporting liquid fuels; and...
This Week's Magazine
Lifting, transporting, installing and ballasting solutions provider Ale has expanded its global fleet of trailers and invested in the latest range of widening trailers that can be mechanically widened from 3 m to the desired width for any project. Ale ordered 48 axle...
The market for the BMW 7 Series in South Africa differs quite significantly from the rest of the world. China, the US and the Middle East almost exclusively buy the long-wheel-base version, using the German manufacturer’s luxury high-end sedan as a chaffeur-driven...
January new-vehicle sales fell by 6.9%, to 48 615 units, compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that the domestic new passenger-car market declined by 6.1%, to 34 936 units, compared with 12 months ago.
Information technology (IT) equipment and infrastructure multinational Dell is providing open infrastructure systems for clients so that they can use any systems, including innovative new systems, that suit their business needs, says Dell Europe, Middle East and...
South Africa’s State-owned defence industrial group, Denel, has set up another international partnership, based in Hong Kong. This new subsidiary is Denel Asia and it is a joint venture (JV) with South African private sector company VR Laser.