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Forest Products News

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 signs land reform settlement agreements with KZN communities 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd July 2015 International packaging and paper group Mondi on Thursday signed a settlement agreement with Department of Rural Development and Land Reform for land claims lodged by the Mkhuzane community for land in the Richmond area and the Nodunga community for land in the Stanger area of KwaZulu-Natal. The... 

Mondi signs land reform settlement agreements with KZN communities

DTI, Nestlé sign chicory MoU 

By: Natalie Greve     2nd July 2015 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Eastern Cape provincial government and dairy products manufacturer Nestlé South Africa on Thursday would create 800 permanent and seasonal jobs by 2019. The... 

DTI, Nestlé sign chicory MoU

Sappi sells recycled packaging paper business to Corruseal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd July 2015 Pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi will sell its Enstra mill recycled containerboard and kraft papers business, in Springs, to packaging supplier Corruseal Group for an undisclosed amount. The mill would continue to manufacture recycled and lightweight packaging paper, but the existing security... 

Sappi sells recycled packaging paper business to Corruseal
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel

Land reform necessary as small-scale farming is essence of economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th June 2015 The development of small-scale farming, or so-called communal farming, is on the rise in South Africa, as it provides significant economic benefit and forms one of the key pillars of the National Development Plan (NDP). “The debate used to be that there [is] only commercial farming in South... 

Land reform necessary as small-scale farming is essence of economy
Photo by Duane Daws
Martin Mohale

Global agriculture forum seeks innovative ideas in Africa competition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2015 The organisers of the first regional Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) Africa, to be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre, in KwaZulu-Natal, in December, have issued a call for innovators to submit entries on game-changing innovations. “This opportunity is aimed at any companies,... 

Global agriculture forum seeks innovative ideas in Africa competition

Sappi expecting better earnings, but currency movements may impact

By: Sashnee Moodley     29th May 2015 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has increased its net profit for the three months to March 31, by 75% to $56-million, compared with the profit of $32-million recorded in the March 2014 quarter. 

Sappi expecting better earnings, but currency movements may impact
Photo by Duane Daws
LOCAL GROWTH The South African paper business continued to progress with higher volumes, pricing and lower logistics and fixed costs

Sappi lifts Q2 profit by 75% y/y

By: Sashnee Moodley     14th May 2015 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has increased its net profit for the three months to March 31, by 75% to $56-million, compared with the profit of $32-million recorded in the March 2014 quarter. 

Sappi lifts Q2 profit by 75% y/y

25 MW Sappi biomass project added to SA’s growing renewables portfolio

By: Terence Creamer     14th April 2015 Forest products group Sappi has confirmed the selection of its 25 MW biomass-to-power project, to be erected at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, as a preferred bidder under the South African government’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The value of... 

25 MW Sappi biomass project added to SA’s growing renewables portfolio
Photo by Duane Daws
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel

New tax mooted by DEA could impact negatively on paper industry

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th March 2015 Currently the paper industry is largely responsible for its own collections of recyclable paper needed as a raw material. Owing to transport and labour costs, collection  is an expensive exercise, a situation manufacturers can do little to improve, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South... 

New tax mooted by DEA could impact negatively on paper industry
POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES There is no guarantee that an EPR tax will feed money back into developing the paper and packaging sector

Paper industry doing well, despite struggling economy

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th March 2015 While the South African economy has been relatively stagnant over the past two years and is not expected to grow much this year – with 2% being an optimistic upward growth projection – the pulp and paper industry is “doing  well under extremely difficult circumstances”, says Paper Manufacturers... 

Paper industry doing well,  despite struggling economy
Photo by Sappi
GROWTH PROJECTION The paper industry’s energy-saving initiatives are paying off amidst South Africa's stagnant economy

Mpact revenue rises to R8.6bn in tough 2014

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th March 2015 JSE-listed packaging company Mpact’s basic underlying earnings a share, for the year ended December 31, increased by 15.3% to 269.2c, while revenue increased by 11.9% year-on-year to R8.6-billion, owing to a drop in the oil price, capital expenditure investments and higher average selling prices.... 

Zest WEG signs long-term deal with paper mill

By: Jonathan Rodin     27th March 2015 Following the successful installation of a steam turbo generator set for packaging and paper group Mondi’s Richards Bay facility, motors,  controls, electrical products and solutions provider Zest WEG Group, through its subsidiary Zest Energy, on November 14, 2014 signed a five-year long-term... 

Zest WEG signs long-term deal with paper mill
INCREASED EFFICIENCY The 48 MW TGM multiextraction condensing steam turbine rotor, which is designed to maximise efficiency and power generation capability

Industry body prioritises education, empowers full-time employees

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th March 2015 In an effort to replace the old N-level courses previously offered by former further education and training colleges, the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa), in partnership with the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) sector education and training authority (Seta) and... 

Industry body prioritises  education, empowers  full-time employees
RECYCLING REWARDS One tonne of recovered paper saves three cubic metres of landfill space, reducing costs for municipalities

Agribusiness push continues as govt seeks to bolster economic growth, job creation

By: Tracy Hancock     27th March 2015 In 2015, government continues to stress the agroprocessing agenda in an attempt to bolster economic growth and job creation, while also securing South Africa’s future food requirements, in an economy that fell short of its growth target in 2014, achieving 1.5%, after initially being forecast to... 

Agribusiness push continues as govt seeks  to bolster economic growth, job creation
Photo by Duane Daws
AGROPROCESSING DRIVE The Department of Trade and Industry has invested about R1.2-billion into the agroprocessing industry since 2009

Automation improves wood treatment processes

     20th March 2015 In their quest for accuracy, chemical specialists from wood preservative chemicals company Dolphin Bay Chemicals have taken an innovative approach to determining the correct solution strength of Permacure CCA, which is a wood preservative, which involves using existing technology and adapting it... 

Automation improves wood treatment processes
Photo by Duane Daws
AUTOMATED PROCESS The titration process has been automated to ensure the adequate retention of Permacure CCA in timber

African CEOs keen to expand agribusinesses into other African countries

By: Tracy Hancock     13th March 2015 African agribusiness CEOs are very positive about the possibility of expansion into African countries outside their own, with 72.7% indicating that they would pursue such opportunities, finds PwC’s Agribusinesses Insights Survey 2014/2015. “African CEOs identified the following as countries where... 

African CEOs keen to expand agribusinesses into other African countries

Industrial holdings group restructures amid tough economic climate

By: Schalk Burger     13th March 2015 JSE-listed industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings delivered robust interim results, owing to active restructuring of its divisions, cost-savings measures, improved efficiencies and the implementation of new technologies in its industrial division. The group also reduced its gearing ratio from... 

Compact housing launched onto national market

By: Dylan Slater     27th February 2015 Grabouw-based timber homes company Rustic Homes last month launched a rustic modular-design luxury housing solution, the Eco Cabin, which uses locally available materials unique to the Western Cape, onto the national market. 

Compact housing launched onto national market
MODULAR DESIGN The small cabin is premade in Rustic Homes’s factory in Elgin, about 70 km south-east of Cape Town

Packaging paper drives 10% FY profit gain for Mondi

By: Natalie Greve     24th February 2015 While Mondi’s revenue for the year ended December 31, at €6.4-billion, remained largely unchanged year-on-year, the international paper and packaging group succeeded in lifting overall profit up 10% to €767-million for the 12 months, leveraging strongly off acquisitions and a solid showing by the... 

Packaging paper drives 10% FY profit gain for Mondi

Bamboo group receives $8.6m cover for sustainability project in E Cape

By: Tracy Hancock     24th February 2015 The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) is providing $8.6-million to US-based EcoPlanet Bamboo Group, covering an equity investment by the company in EcoPlanet Bamboo South Africa, to contribute to sustainable agricultural development in the Eastern Cape. MIGA, the political risk... 

Bamboo group receives $8.6m cover for sustainability project in E Cape

York expects 425% rise in H1 earnings

By: Natalie Greve     20th February 2015 York Timbers expects its earnings a share and headline earnings a share for the six months ended December 31 to jump by between 425% and 445% to between 21c and 21.8c. Operating profit was likely to be between 55% and 65% higher than that reported for the first six months of the prior financial... 

York expects 425% rise in H1 earnings

Sappi cuts debt to below $2bn

By: Natalie Greve     10th November 2014 Pulp and paper producer Sappi’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), excluding special items, have increased 25% to $658-million for the year ended September 30, on the back of a strong fourth quarter. Special items included a charge of $32-million, comprised... 

Sappi cuts debt to below $2bn

Aussie bug war staged to safeguard SA’s commercial forests

By: Irma Venter     31st October 2014 One tiny Australian wasp is killing another tiny Australian wasp in South Africa’s commercial forests – and it is a good thing. Leptocybe invasa, the bad guy in this story, was first spotted in Eucalyptus trees outside its native Australia in 2000, in Israel, says the University of Pretoria (UP)... 

Aussie bug war staged to safeguard SA’s commercial forests

UP evaluating indigenous plants for cosmetic, medicinal use

By: Schalk Burger     31st October 2014 Scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) Plant Science department are researching the medical and cosmetic applications of indigenous plant species traditionally used for ailments among the more than 100 indigenous South African medicinal plants already documented. UP medicinal plant science... 

UP  evaluating indigenous plants for cosmetic, medicinal use
Photo by Bloomberg
BIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE COSMETICS UP plant scientists are exploring the cosmetic and medicinal applications of more than 100 indigenous plants used in traditional remedies

York Timbers earnings down 53%

By: Leandi Kolver     30th September 2014 Forestry and forest products group York Timber Holdings on Tuesday reported earnings of R49.76-million for the year ended June 30, down 53% from the R106.86-million achieved during the prior year, with the decline mainly the result of reduced sawmill profitability and lower margins achieved by... 

York Timbers earnings down 53%

Sappi producing specialised cellulose to secure future growth, profitability 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th July 2014 Paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi recently started producing specialised cellulose at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, in line with its strategy of facilitating growth in high-margin products. 

Sappi producing specialised cellulose to secure future growth, profitability
Sappi

Ngodwana cellulose plant to reach full capacity by year end 

By: Leandi Kolver     18th June 2014 The newly constructed Fibre Line 3 specialised cellulose plant at pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi’s Ngodwana mill, would ramp up to full capacity of 200 000 t/y by the end of this calendar year, Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel told Engineering News Online on Wednesday following the... 

Ngodwana cellulose plant to reach full capacity by year end
Sappi Ngodwana GM SW Engelbrecht and Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel speak at the opening of Fibre Line 3. Camerawork & editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 18/06/2014.

Sappi sells Nijmegen mill

By: Leandi Kolver     17th June 2014 Paper and packaging group Sappi has sold its Nijmegen mill, in the Netherlands, to an affiliate of American Industrial Acquisition Corporation. In September last year, the group announced that it had generated a loss in its European activities as a result of the continued market decline and... 

Sappi sells Nijmegen mill

Sappi emerging as world player in specialised-cellulose market 

By: Sashnee Moodley     6th June 2014 Paper and packaging group Sappi Southern Africa has diversified its operations to include the export of specialised cellulose, a grade of pulp which it produces and from which it generates a revenue of about $800-million a year.  

Sappi emerging as world player in specialised-cellulose market
Sappi Southern Africa CFO Colin Mowatt discusses Sappi’s operation diversification at the inaugural Manufacturing Indaba, in Ekurhuleni, last month. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Shane Williams. Recorded: 19.05.14

Vietnam, South Africa seek to bolster bilateral trade and investment

By: Keith Campbell     30th May 2014 Vietnam is hoping that it will be able to increase its exports of certain agricultural products to South Africa. In particular, it is seeking to increase its exports of coffee, tea, rice and peppers. In parallel, South Africa is also hoping to increase its exports to the South East Asian country,... 

Mondi Q1 operating profit up 13%

By: Leandi Kolver     14th May 2014 Dual-listed Mondi increased its underlying operating profit by 13% year-on-year and 14% quarter-on-quarter to €183-million during the three months ended March 31 the company announced on Wednesday, stating that this performance was in line with management expectations. Sales volumes during the... 

Mondi Q1 operating profit up 13%

Sappi continues financial bounce-back

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2014 Paper and packaging group Sappi maintained an improving trend in its operating performance during the three months to March 2014, after bouncing back into the black during the first quarter of the year. The improving operating performance during the second quarter of the year – despite tough... 

Sappi continues financial bounce-back
Ralph Boettger

Association upbeat about stressed industries

By: Ilan Solomons     28th March 2014 If the weak rand persists during this year, producers of paper, pulp and board will register stronger returns, particularly from bleached hardwood pulp and chemical cellulose exports, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony tells Engineering News.... 

Association upbeat about stressed industries
JANE MOLONY The paper, pulp and board sectors employ 146 000 people who are involved in every process, from planting the trees to making the paper

Air motors ideal for use in paper, pulp and board industy

By: Ilan Solomons     28th March 2014 Industrial products supplier Dowson & Dobson assembly technology manager Herman Parsons says air motors are generally well suited to the preparation of materials in the harsh operating conditions of the paper, pulp and board industries. “These industries’ operating environments are usually... 

Air motors ideal for use in paper, pulp and board industy
DEPRAG AIR MOTOR Dowson & Dobson stocks a range of Deprag air motors which are made entirely from stainless steel

R20m invested in packager’s product line

By: Ilan Solomons     28th March 2014 Local moulded fibre packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki South Africa’s Finnish parent company, Huhtamaki Oyj, is investing R20-million in the installation of a new Leotech pulp-moulding machine to enhance the range of products that the company can manufacture. Leotech equipment is used to produce... 

R20m invested in packager’s product line
HUHTAMAKI SOUTH AFRICA MANAGEMENT National sales and marketing manager Henry Nel, Atlantis plant manager Athool Lakhoo and GM Wil Rigby

Paper remains important in the digital age, despite criticism

By: Ilan Solomons     28th March 2014 While the paper industry is facing significant challenges, owing to the increasing use of digital online platforms and the convenience of receiving documents electronically, the electronic distribution of information should not be touted as being more environmentally friendly than distributing... 

Paper remains important in the digital age,  despite criticism
Photo by Paper Recycling Association of South Africa
PAPER AND BOARD RECYCLING Paper is not only biodegradable but also recyclable

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