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Forest Products News

Pretoria to host forestry industrialisation conference next month

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2017 The Forestry Industrialisation Conference, to be hosted by State-owned forestry company Safcol on Oct 4 and 5, will highlight the potential of industrial and commercial forestry and wood products to support economic growth. Safcol chairman Lungile Mabece highlights the decline of commercial... 

York's FY results negatively affected by raw material supply challenges

By: Anine Kilian     26th September 2017 Slow economic growth and a lack of confidence in the construction sector resulted in lower sales volumes in most of JSE-listed York Timbers’ product categories for the financial year ended June 30. The company’s financial performance was further impacted on by raw material supply challenges. 

SA out of recession but growth far from NDP ambitions

By: African News Agency      5th September 2017 The South African economy is out of recession at the moment, owing to a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 2.5% in the second quarter of 2017, StatsSA announced on Tuesday. “Let’s go straight into the numbers … the GDP quarter-on-quarter [growth rate] is 2.5%. I saw that analysts in the media... 

SA out of recession but growth far from NDP ambitions

Water department proposes up to 14.6% increase in raw water tariffs for 2018/19

By: Mia Breytenbach     25th August 2017 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has proposed water tariffs for the 2018/19 financial year, with a proposed increase of up to 14.6% throughout the spectrum of raw water users. The DWS proposed the increase at its final national raw water consultation, held in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni, on... 

Water department proposes up to 14.6% increase in raw water tariffs for 2018/19

Innovative surfactants enhance firefighting

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Owing to ongoing drought conditions and a more intense fire season expected in South Africa, environmental solutions company I-CAT has developed innovative surfactants to boost the fire-extinguishing and dust-suppression capability and effectiveness of water. 

Innovative surfactants  enhance firefighting
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG iFire is an ideal water-treatment agent to improve the wetting capability of water which, in turn, enhances its firefighting capability

Hotel group moves to integrate bamboo products into facilities

By: Ilan Solomons     25th August 2017 Bamboo producer and products supplier EcoPlanet Bamboo and hotel group Mantis Collection have signed a memorandum of understanding which could have “far-reaching benefits for the environment and the global movement towards sustainable tourism”, says EcoPlanet Bamboo CEO and co-founder Troy... 

Hotel group moves to integrate bamboo products into facilities
Photo by EcoPlanet Bamboo
AIR QUALITY IMPROVER EcoPlanet Bamboo will initially supply Mantis with for use across the group’s hotel rooms to improve the quality of indoor air

Forestry sector joins forces to mitigate impact of wildfires on plantations 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th July 2017 Following the recent wildfires that swept across the Southern and Eastern Cape areas, industry bodies Forestry South Africa (FSA), Sawmilling South Africa (SSA) and the South African Forestry Contractors Association will mobilise additional contractor capacity to ensure that the interests of... 

Forestry sector joins forces to mitigate impact of wildfires on plantations

South African timber industry could become net importer amid supply pressures

By: David Oliveira     16th June 2017 While the short-term outlook for South Africa’s timber industry looks positive, with positive supply and demand figures, the medium term outook for the industry is under pressure owing to a potential looming timber shortage, as the total area under plantation in South Africa is not expanding in... 

Amended Forest Sector Code gazetted

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved the amended Forest Sector Code outlining transformation guidelines aligned to the Amended Codes of Good Practice for the forestry sector. “The forestry sector is one of the sectors that can stimulate and accelerate rural development, because... 

Success abounds in paper recycling and recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Despite South Africa having less easily accessible recycling initiatives in place than in developed countries, such as recycling bins in every park or street, or systematic waste recovery at household level, the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa) says the country’s paper... 

Sustainable industry dispels misconceptions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Contrary to the misconceptions about the paper industry being detrimental to the environment, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony posits that the sector is “incredibly sustainable” and shows a circular economy in action. Whether made from virgin... 

York H1 profit dips as revenue rises

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th March 2017 JSE-listed York Timbers on Thursday posted lower earnings for the six-month period to December 31. Headline earnings a share and earnings a share declined from 11c in the comparable prior period to 10c in the six months under review, while profit for the period was down from the R35.4-million... 

York H1 profit dips as revenue rises

Sawmilling sector’s resource shortages need urgent attention

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2017 South Africa needs to urgently respond to the resource shortages within the sawmilling sector to unlock the benefits of job creation and growth. The shrinking of resources in forestry was one major challenge that needed to be dealt with by both government and the private sector, said Sawmilling... 

Mondi appoints new CEO as Hathorn announces retirement

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st February 2017 David Hathorn will step down as CEO of packaging and paper group Mondi on May 11. He will be succeeded by Peter Oswald, who is currently CEO of Mondi’s Europe & International division. 

Mondi appoints new CEO as Hathorn announces retirement
Outgoing Mondi CEO David Hathorn

Sappi declares first dividend in 8 years

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2016 Paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi on Thursday declared a dividend of $0.11 for the year ended September 30, its first since 2008, when it stopped paying dividends as it grappled with losses caused by the economic crisis in Europe and falling demand for paper, as well as crippling debt. However,... 

Sappi declares first dividend in 8 years

Jacobs Capital, partner invest R300m in recapitalising KZN hardboard manufacturer

By: Shirley le Guern     26th September 2016 Durban-based private equity firm Jacobs Capital and its partner Black Bird Capital are confident that investment of around R300-million will place struggling hardboard manufacturer Masonite back on its feet in the short to medium term.   The troubled company was placed in business rescue in... 

Jacobs Capital, partner invest R300m in recapitalising KZN hardboard manufacturer

Agriculture entrepreneurs innovate to take awards

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st September 2016 Innovation in the local agriculture sector was highlighted at this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, with pelleting solutions provider Agricon owner Johan Eksteen named the overall winner. Pelletising is used globally by manufacturers of animal feed or at recycling facilities that... 

Agriculture entrepreneurs innovate to take awards
Agricon owner Johan Eksteen

Mondi reports solid H1 earnings, despite difficult trading environment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th August 2016 International packaging and paper group Mondi’s underlying earnings a share improved to 75c apiece for the six months ended June 30, up from 67.8c in the six months to June 2015. Its profit after tax increased from €313-million in the six months to June 2015, to €390-million in the period under... 

France, South Africa to foster pulp, paper industry relationships

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th July 2016 With South Africa and France being “well recognised” as key players in the international paper industry, it is essential to engage in “fruitful exchanges”, including knowledge sharing and stakeholder solutions for the industry. This is according to Ambassador of France Elisabeth Barbier, who... 

France, South Africa to foster pulp, paper industry relationships
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPARTING EXPERIENCE Key industry players shared expertise, case studies and solutions at the French South African Technical Symposium for the pulp and paper industry

Eastern Cape development agencies’ R113m forestry project nets 2 700 ha new afforestation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th May 2016 A R113-million community-based forestry commercialisation drive has resulted in 2 700 ha of new afforestation across five projects in the OR Tambo district of the Eastern Cape. Backed by a 2013 R83-million grant from the Development Bank of Southern Africa Jobs Fund, the Eastern Cape Development... 

Eastern Cape development agencies’ R113m forestry project nets 2 700 ha new afforestation

CompComm raids particleboard manufacturers in collusion investigation

By: Samantha Herbst     31st March 2016 The Competition Commission on Thursday conducted a search and seizure operation at the Gauteng premises of particleboard and medium-density fibreboard manufacturers PG Bison and Sonae Novobord as part of an investigation into alleged collusion. 

CompComm raids particleboard manufacturers in collusion investigation

Contraction of paper industry unlikely despite challenges

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 Despite the difficult economic climate, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony believes that it is unlikely that there will be significant contraction in the paper industry this year. 

Contraction of paper industry unlikely despite challenges
FORESTRY The paper industry aims to stimulate rural development and improve timber yield through forestry initiatives

York expects lower H1 earnings

By: Anine Kilian     24th February 2016 JSE-listed York Timber expects to report a 45% to 50% year-on-year decrease in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended December 31. Earnings per share (EPS) and HEPS were expected to decrease to between 10.5c and 11.6c, from 21c in the six months to December 2014. 

York expects lower H1 earnings

Mindanao to lead Philippine rubber production

     12th February 2016 The Philippine Department of Trade and Investment (DTI) aims to position Mindanao as the country’s rubber product manufacturing hub. Mindanao currently supplies 99% of the country’s national rubber production. DTI region 9 director and national coordinator for the rubber industry cluster Dr Sitti... 

Bayer commits to sustainable farming in S Africa

By: Anine Kilian     4th February 2016 Chemicals and pharmaceuticals company Bayer has joined forces with the Howick-based Future Farmers Foundation to show its support for the Future Farmers initiative. This reinforced Bayer’s commitment to local agricultural development through sustainable food production, skills development and job... 

Bayer commits to sustainable farming in S Africa

Ecological intensification of agriculture must be done across value chain

By: Schalk Burger     15th January 2016 Reducing the impact of agriculture on the environment, called ecological intensification, is most effective when it involves the entire agricultural value chain, rather than just the primary producers. This was proven by the results achieved by South African macadamia processor Green Farms Nut... 

Ecological intensification of agriculture must be done across value chain
MACADAMIA NUT FACTORY Eliminating wasteful production processes and driving additional revenue streams provide positive environmental impacts

Grain body says South Africa may need to import 5 Mt of maize

By: Reuters     6th January 2016 South Africa may need to import as much as 5-million tonnes of maize this year, roughly half of its requirements, because of its worst drought in three decades, the country's largest producer group said on Wednesday. The drought in the continent's biggest maize producer has been exacerbated by an... 

Grain body says South Africa may need to import 5 Mt of maize

DA calls for action on looming Gauteng agriculture crisis 

By: African News Agency      16th November 2015 The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Sunday called on the Gauteng government to take urgent steps to avert a looming agriculture crisis in the province and its impact on food security. The Gauteng agriculture and rural development department should as a matter of urgency approach National Treasury... 

DA calls for action on looming Gauteng agriculture crisis

DTI publishes forestry BBBEE sector codes

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th November 2015 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has published the draft amended broad-based black economic empowerment forest sector codes for public comment. Interested parties had until January 6 to comment on the proposed codes, which were aimed at finalising the Codes of Good Practice-aligned... 

Sappi chairperson to step down

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2015 Dr Danie Cronjé will retire as Sappi chairperson at the end of February 2016. He was appointed to the board in January 2008 and took up the position of chairperson in March of that year. 

Sappi chairperson to step down

Currency gains lift Mondi’s Q3 profit by 27%

By: Natalie Greve     8th October 2015 Paper and packaging company Mondi has reported a 27% year-on-year rise in its underlying operating profit for the third quarter ended September 30, to €22-million, with a good performance posted by all business units and strong incremental contributions from the packaging paper, uncoated fine... 

Currency gains lift Mondi’s Q3 profit by 27%

Land claims threaten forestry company's viability‚ MPs told 

By: RDM News Wire      14th September 2015 The land claims at Komatiland Forests‚ a subsidiary of South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol)‚ threatens the viability of current operation‚ with 61% of the plantation being claimed by more than 50 groups of people‚ MPs were told. The Select Committee on Communications and Public... 

Land claims threaten forestry company's viability‚ MPs told

Rate of global deforestation slows – FAO

By: Shirley le Guern     7th September 2015 Africa is leading the way when it comes to deforestation with a net yearly loss of 2.8-million hectares of forests between 2010 and 2015. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) director-general José Graziano da Silva, on Monday released the Global Forest Resources Assessment for... 

Rate of global deforestation slows – FAO

Italian compact loaders well received since local launch

By: Dylan Slater     4th September 2015 After officially opening its head office in mid-February, Jet Park-based industrial equipment distributor MultiOne South Africa (SA) has sold more than 30 loaders and numerous attachments of the machinery the company is distributing from Italy-based manufacturer CSF MultiOne. 

Italian compact loaders well  received since  local launch
8-SERIES Compact loaders from MultiOne aim to rival the more expensive skid-steers

Streamlined industrial group focusing on high-barrier-to-entry markets

By: Schalk Burger     4th September 2015 Industrial and logistics company KAP posted robust results for the 2015 financial year, ended June 30, including reducing its debt-to-equity ratio from 40% to 27%, in a tough and competitive environment. The board and management are “comfortable” with the streamlined structure and performance of... 

Tiger Brands to buy more from small farmers

By: News24Wire      7th August 2015 SA’s biggest consumer foods maker Tiger brands on Friday signed an agreement with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in which it agreed to buy certain crops from smallholders. Tiger Brands CEO Peter Matlare said at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding that the deal... 

Tiger Brands to buy more from small farmers
Photo by Duane Daws
Tiger Brands CEO Peter Matlare

Mondi expects H1 earnings to increase by 35%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2015 Dual-listed packaging and paper group Mondi expects its underlying operating profit for the half-year ended June 30 to be above the €377-million it reported for the first six months of 2014.  In the six months under review, the group recognised a net special item charge of €36-million, relating... 

Mondi expects H1 earnings to increase by 35%
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