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Mar 22, 2012
The Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP) this week ordered Lion Match to make a revised offer to Beige Holdings’ preference shareholders, after it ruled that the R1.28 a share offer was not comparable. But despite the ruling, Lion Match posted its circular to...
Mar 09, 2012
Local producer and marketer of handcrafted paper products Phumani Paper is considering the potential of exporting its products to neighbouring countries, entering new markets and securing more consistent clients within South Africa.
Mar 09, 2012
The domestic forestry and pulp and paper sectors do not have as negative an impact on the environment as many people might believe, industry bodies Forestry South Africa (Forestry SA) and the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) emphasise.
Mar 09, 2012
One of the largest irrigated farming ventures in Limpopo was commissioned in January and handed over to the Ikageng community, in Strydkraal.
Mar 09, 2012
Coated and laminated paper manufacturer Morgan Paper Coaters (MPC) has strengthened its structure and broadened its product range.
Mar 09, 2012
Durban-based innovative paper products manufacturer Pandu Paper will add a new laser cutting machine to its production line.
Mar 09, 2012
The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) is recruiting young postgraduate chemical engineering students into the paper and pulp industry and will, going forward, start its recruitment drive earlier in the year to ensure it meets its targets.
Feb 23, 2012
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Pulp and paper group Mondi on Thursday confirmed it had put aside €170-million in capital expenditure for energy and debottlenecking projects, with the aim of achieving 97.5% energy self-sufficiency across its operations. “These are all low-risk,...
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Jan 20, 2012
South African banking firm Nedbank Capital and public engagement project Face the Future have signed a pioneering memorandum of understanding (MoU) designed to facilitate collaboration between the two with the sole intention of enabling them to jointly develop...
Jan 20, 2012
Smallholders, with less than 50 ha in Malaysia, are earning a steady income from the production of palm oil, which is linked to the large-scale, corporate industry manufacturing oils, cosmetics components, biofuels, natural fertilisers and soaps, says Malaysian...
Sep 30, 2011
Power and heating plant solutions company MW Power, a joint venture between global sustainable technology providers Metso and Wärtsilä, has started construction of a modularised biomass power plant for combined heat and power (CHP) production for local energy utility...
Sep 09, 2011
Sep 09, 2011
Engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon and sugar producer TSB Sugar have been contracted by the Mpumalanga Cane Growers Association to undertake a feasibility study to investigate boosting economic development in rural areas in...
Sep 08, 2011
Forest products group York on Thursday reported a fourfold increase in operating profit to R169.9-million in its 2011 financial year, as it continued to improve its margins. However, after-tax profit fell to R38.3-million in the year ended June 30, compared with...
Aug 05, 2011
While South Africa has experienced a challenging season, over the medium- to long-term, the fruit industry has a positive outlook, says fruit producer organisation Hortgro Services product manager Jacques du Preez.
Aug 04, 2011
South African paper manufacturer Sappi is “aggressively” pursuing restructuring and cost reduction plans, with cogeneration featuring strongly, CEO Ralph Boëttger said on Thursday. The JSE-listed company, which posted a third-quarter loss, said high input costs...
Aug 03, 2011
South African paper manufacturer Sappi said on Wednesday it would shut down its 47-year old Adamas mill, in Port Elizabeth, citing severe cost pressures and the uncompetitive nature of the mill. The closure would affect some 213 workers, the JSE-listed company said.
Jul 28, 2011
Paper and packaging group Mondi aims to settle all its land restitution claims in KwaZulu-Natal over the next two years, with 33 claims still outstanding, CEO David Hathorn said on Thursday. “This will be done as funding becomes available from government,” he told...
Jul 22, 2011
Johannesburg- and London-listed Mondi said on Friday that it expected a strong rise in profit and earnings for the first half of 2011. The paper and packaging group expected its half-year earnings a share to be between €0.38c a share and €0.43c a share, up from...
Jul 11, 2011
May 31, 2011
Paper and packaging group Mondi remained confident that the company would maintain an acceptable broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) rating following the demerger and the separate listing of Mondi Packaging South Africa (MPSA) as Mpact on the JSE, group...
May 25, 2011
Diversified packaging company Nampak on Wednesday reported a 28% year-on-year increase in its interim headline a share to 93,5c a share, from 72,8c a share, on the back of stronger operating profit and lower financing costs The group’s trading margins improved from...
May 23, 2011
Paper and pulp producer Sappi Southern Africa reported on Monday that it had initiated consultations on the closure of the Adamas paper mill, in Port Elizabeth, citing “difficult” market conditions and input cost increases – a final decision would be be made towards...
May 16, 2011
JSE-listed sugar producer Illovo on Friday said that it had successfully raised R939-million in Swaziland to fund its Umbombo expansion and cogeneration project. MD Graham Clark said that the funding had been critical to the company’s expansion plans and would...
May 09, 2011
Paper and pulp producer Sappi on Monday announced that it would expand its Ngodwana mill operations in Mpumalanga to produce chemical cellulose, which is primarily used for viscose fibre in the textile industry, by 2013. The expanded mill would produce kraft...
May 05, 2011
JSE- and LSE-listed paper and packaging group Mondi on Thursday said that an increase in product prices and sales volumes more than offset growing input costs and reported a profit of €187-million for its first quarter, well in excess of profits from its previous two...
Apr 15, 2011
Johannesburg- and London-listed Mondi on Friday announced that it had inked a new €750-million credit facility, with a consortium of ten banks. CFO Andrew King said that the facility would further strengthen the group by extending its debt maturity profile and...
Apr 04, 2011
Paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi on Monday announced an offer of $680-million in senior secured notes to be issued in two series due in 2018 and 2021. The proceeds of the offering would be used to redeem the remaining outstanding amount of the issuer’s 6,75%...
Feb 21, 2011
After two difficult trading years, paper and packaging group Mondi on Monday reported a significant increase in its full-year earnings, buoyed by a recovery in demand, which led to a positive pricing environment. The Johannesburg- and London-listed group reported a...
Feb 10, 2011
Pulp and paper producer Sappi will, within the next six months, announce several projects aimed at increasing its chemical cellulose capacity – a product used primarily by the textiles sector and which has emerged as an increasingly material contributor to the...
Feb 09, 2011
Paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi will continue to reduce its debt in the 2011 financial year, CEO Ralph Boëttger said on Wednesday, announcing a $150-million notes buyback. Sappi’s debt increased to $2,43-billion in the December quarter, from $2,22-billion in the...
Nov 19, 2010
Wood-based panel (WBP) manufacturer William Tell has received the first R9-million of a manufacturing grant from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). In December last year, the AltX-listed company announced that it had been granted a R30-million grant from...
Nov 01, 2010
Paper and packaging group Mondi expects to continue to deliver a strong performance in the last quarter of the year, but warned that the continued strengthening of emerging market currencies was impacting on the competitiveness of some of the group’s businesses. The...
Oct 29, 2010
Gilboa Nature reserve is the first forestry property to be proclaimed as a private nature reserve within KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), under the biodiversity stewardship mechanism.

Through the biodiversity stewardship initiative, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, in partnership with...
Sep 30, 2010
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Forestry and forest products group York Timbers recorded a R64,6-million profit in the 2010 financial year, a significant turnaround on the R232-million net loss recorded in the previous financial year. The group, which was hit by falling demand and prices during...
Sep 23, 2010
Paper and packaging group Mondi has concluded its ninth land restitution settlement, transferring 258 ha of its forestry land to members of the Mkhwanazi community, in Port Durnford, in KwaZulu-Natal. The members of the community will gain ownership of the land...
Sep 17, 2010
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Paper and packaging group Sappi has renamed its secondary fibre division, formerly known as Sappi Waste Paper, to Sappi ReFibre. This formed part of the group’s commitment to sustainability and to recycle paper and reduce waste.
Sep 15, 2010
Solid wood products group York Timbers expects its headline earnings a share for the year ended June 30, 2010, to be between 112% and 120% higher than the year before. The group expected to report headline earnings a share of between 30c a share and 50c a share when...
Sep 08, 2010
Paper and packaging group Mondi will sell 25,1% of its interest in Israeli-based Mondi Hadera Paper to its joint-venture partner Hadera Paper Ltd for €10,4-million. Hadera Paper would then hold a 75% interest in the Israeli company, which owned a 145 000-t/y paper...
Aug 10, 2010
A strong performance for its Europe & International division and improving conditions in its South Africa division have led to paper and packaging group Mondi reporting interim headline earnings a share of €0,24 a share. This compared to a headline loss a share of...
Aug 02, 2010
Former Member of Parliament Valli Moosa has joined the board of pulp and paper producer Sappi as a nonexecutive director. The appointment of Moosa, who is chairperson of Sappi’s strategic black economic-empowerment (BEE) partner Lereko Investments, followed on the...
Aug 02, 2010
Higher global pulp prices and improved demand and sales volumes have led to a significantly better financial performance for paper and pulp producer Sappi during the third quarter of this year. The group, led by CEO Ralph Boëttger, reported a net profit of...
Jul 30, 2010
Paper and pulp producer Mondi expects to report considerably higher interim earnings, saying that its headline earnings a share for the six months ended June 30, 2010, were likely to be between 22c a share and 27c a share, compared with a 0,8c a share headline loss...
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