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Paper, Plastics, Packaging, Printing News

New carton recycling plant enhances recycling of liquid packaging

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 An investment of R46-million in a first-of-its-kind recycling plant in South Africa – commissioned in July after a six-month construction period – at the Springs-based recycling facility of paper and plastics packaging company Mpact, is set to reduce the volume of liquid-packaging cartons going... 

Firm extols the virtues of carton packaging for food and drink products

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak showcased the advantages of carton packaging for food and drink products during a live food preparation event at Sandton-based culinary school Pick n Pay Good Food Studio, last month.  

Firm extols the virtues of carton packaging  for food and drink products
DESIGNED FOR TODAY Cartons are lightweight and convenient, and their comprising fully recyclable materials means they are sustainable and ecofriendly

Automation specialist products on show

     20th October 2017 Automatic data capture and industrial automation specialist Datalogic will have products and solutions on display at booth D48 at Propak Cape this year. “As one of the global leaders in the market, Datalogic is positioned as one of the few technology companies able to deliver solutions spanning... 

Company launches new packaging division

     20th October 2017 Packaging specialist Polyoak Packaging has launched a new division, Dairypack Cartons which specialises in the marketing and distribution of aseptic packaging systems in Southern Africa. Being in an exclusive partnership with packaging company IPI with the launch of this division, Polyoak... 

Over 6 000 visitors expected at packaging event

By: Victor Moolman     20th October 2017 This year, Propak Cape, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from October 24 to 26, will host more than 200 local and international exhibitors. Based on the previous Propak Cape, held in 2014, this year, the company is expecting more than 6 000 visitors. 

New sponsor for packaging event

     20th October 2017 Pneumatics products provider SMC Pneumatics (SMC) is an official sponsor of Propak Cape 2017 where it will look to showcase an array of solutions tailored to the industry. The company hopes to enlighten and excite visitors at the event by showcasing a broad and comprehensive range targeted at the... 

New labelling system introduced for HDPE PE100 stub ends in SA 

By: Victor Moolman     20th October 2017 Thermoplastic piping company Plasti-Tech is supplying high-density polyethylene (HDPE PE100) stub ends, which have been labelled using a Lynx laser printer using invisible laser-radiation. “The significance of labelling the stub ends using the Lynx laser machine is that the manufacture, size and... 

New labelling system introduced for HDPE PE100 stub ends in SA
Plasti-tech managing member Brad Chamont explains what the new laser engraving is and why it is important in the industry. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva

New products showcased at Propak Cape

By: Victor Moolman     20th October 2017 Product identification solutions provider Pyrotec PackMark will focus on showcasing its newly launched ultra-portable Anser U2 handheld printer the 9405 Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) coder and the C340 laser from product identification and traceability solutions manufacturer Markem-Imaje at Propak Cape... 

New products showcased at Propak Cape
CONVENIENT PRINTING The Anser U2 weighs less than 1 kg, can print on a variety of surfaces at different angles and has a seven-hour battery life

Insimbi’s H1 earnings rise

By: Anine Kilian     19th October 2017 JSE-listed Insimbi Refractory and Alloys’ earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation increased by 273% year-on-year to R179.8-million for the six months ended August 31. Earnings a share were up by 142% year-on-year to 11.97c and headline earnings a share increased by 150%... 

Recycling sustainability requires ongoing investment

By: Dylan Slater     13th October 2017 For recycling in South Africa to be sustainable in the long-term long-term investment in the country’s recycling capacity is required, says Mpact Recycling MD John Hunt.  

Cost, currency pressures to weigh marginally on Mondi’s FY results

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2017 Continuing cost pressures and negative currency impacts affecting packaging and paper multinational Mondi are expected to result in an underlying performance for the full year modestly below market expectations, despite expectations of a strong final quarter supported by generally higher average... 

Dow Packaging homes in on sustainable solutions

By: Anine Kilian     5th October 2017 With continued rapid urbanisation in South Africa putting pressure on the food and beverage industry in terms of food safety, shelf life and adequate supply transportation, packaging manufacturer Dow is focusing on developing innovative and sustainable solutions to mitigate these types of... 

Dow Packaging homes in on sustainable solutions
Dow plastics division director Felip Vidiella

Small businesses remain optimistic, despite volatility and uncertainties

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Despite economic volatility, South African small business owners remain optimistic and are actively pursuing growth, according to research from cloud based accounting software company Xero.   The research report, titled ‘State of South African Small Businesses’ surveys the challenges facing the... 

Small businesses remain optimistic,  despite volatility and uncertainties
Photo by Bloomberg
HELPING HAND Some small business owners want the government to provide more funding and some believe government should grant tax breaks for their business

Numsa downs tools at plastic factory in KZN

By: African News Agency      13th September 2017 Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have downed tools at Mpact Plastics in Pinetown in Durban in protest against unequal wages and employee benefits. Mpact Plastic is a major supplier of plastic containers and manufacturer of Jumbo Bins, wheeled bins, and a... 

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Despite numerous recycling initiatives and incentives in communities across the country – including collection points in close proximity to neighbourhoods – metal packaging recycling organisation MetPac-SA believes that an inherent recycling culture still needs to be established in South Africa.... 

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture
ONE MAN'S TRASH Aluminium and metal cans are regarded as high-value items by recyclers

Coastal Clean-Up assists in educating public on responsible plastic use

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 As part of the yearly initiative Clean-up & Recycle SA Week, taking place from September 11 to 17, industry body Plastics|SA says the yearly International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) day on September 16 is the highlight of the week, as it is the world’s biggest yearly volunteer effort for ocean... 

Coastal Clean-Up assists in educating public on responsible plastic use
SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT Saving the seas international Coastal Clean-up day on September 16 is the highlight of Clean-up and Recycle SA Week

Level measurement probe an alternative to traditional systems

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2017 The Level Transmitter Mining-2 (LTM-2) level measurement probe from Pretoria-based measuring instrument supplier Instek Control aims to be an alternative to traditional measurement systems, as it provides accurate level measurement in various difficult and sometimes seemingly impossible measuring... 

Level measurement  probe an alternative  to traditional systems
PRODUCT APPLICATION Level Transmitter Mining-2 probes are typically installed in flotation banks, tanks, individual flotation cells or in columns and sumps

SAB invests R2.8bn in expanding Gauteng breweries 

     31st August 2017 Multinational beverage and brewing company AB-InBev subsidiary South African Breweries will invest R2.8-billion into brewery expansions, including two new packaging lines for returnable glass bottles, at its Alrode and Rosslyn breweries, in Gauteng. 

SAB invests R2.8bn in expanding Gauteng breweries
SAB invests R2.8bn in expanding Gauteng breweries

Mondi postpones €135m investment in new paper machine at Czech mill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2017 Packaging and paper group Mondi will postpone its €135-million investment in a new 90 000 t/y machine-glazed speciality kraft paper machine, at its Steti mill, in the Czech Republic. “While the proposed new machine remains an exciting investment opportunity, offering the lowest-cost production of... 

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

S African packaging specialists acquired by international company

     25th August 2017 International supplier of plastic packaging ALPLA – which produces packaging for the food and beverage industry – last month bought South Africa-based packaging specialists Boxmore Packaging. 

S African packaging specialists acquired by international company
PLASTIC PACKAGING ALPLA now has more than 13 production facilities in Africa

Transpaco sees dip in FY17 performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2017 JSE-listed Transpaco on Wednesday reported an across-the-board year-on-year decline amid challenging economic conditions. “Revenue, operating profit and headline earnings declined as a result of selling price deflation, reduced customer spend and continued softening demand for recycled material,”... 

Long4Life to buy beverage packaging business for up to R360m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2017 Investment holding company Long4Life will acquire Inhle Beverages, a contract packaging business in Gauteng, for up to R360-million in cash and shares. Inhle, which is based in Heidelberg, specialises in the canning and bottling of carbonated soft drinks, mineral water and energy drinks. It is... 

Mpact halves H1 dividend amid weaker trading environment

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2017 Packaging company Mpact halved its interim dividend from 30c to 15c, the company said on Tuesday. Presenting Mpact’s financial results for the six months ended June 30, CEO Bruce Strong said headline earnings a share decreased by 64% to 33.9c from 94.9c in the first six months of the prior year,... 

New Springs plant able to recycle used juice and milk cartons

By: Dylan Slater     4th August 2017 An investment worth R46-million in a new liquid packaging recycling plant is enabling paper and plastics packaging company Mpact Recycling to recycle used juice- and milk cartons at its Springs-based paper mill facility on the East Rand.  

Volume of recycled glass almost doubled in past financial year 

By: Dylan Slater     4th August 2017 The recycling rate for all glass packaging in the 2015/16 financial year increased by 41.1%, with more than 80%, or 2.77 t, of all glass bottles being diverted from landfills, according to the latest figures released by glass-recycling promotion organisation The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC).  

Mondi sees 6% decrease in H1 profit

By: Anine Kilian     3rd August 2017 JSE-listed Mondi’s underlying profit fell by 6% year-on-year to €497-million for the six months ended June 30. Underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation for the period, adjusted for the year-on-year movement in the forestry fair value gain, was up 3%.... 

Sappi Q3 profit up 81% y/y

By: Anine Kilian     3rd August 2017 JSE-listed Sappi delivered solid profits of 81% and reduced debt by a further 17% for the year ended June 30, 2017. The company reported earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation of $155-million for the period and earnings per share of 11c. 

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 This year’s KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (Kite) will provide businesses in the province with an ideal access route to the key resources required to ramp up their operations in line with government’s extensive and ongoing investment in new manufacturing endeavours. 

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN
Photo by Bloomberg
GROWING ECONOMIC HUB Government investment in the Port of Durban will support trade stemming from the ramp-up of manufacturing activites in KZN

Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects

     21st July 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructures specialist Legrand’s range of Arteor wiring devices now encompasses the new ‘Arteor Exclusive’ portfolio, which has been developed for projects globally. Legrand highlights that these demand more than standard electrical fittings. The range... 

Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects
IMPRINTED Legrand’s Tattoo collection, with intricate patterns, is the inspiration of urban culture

Focus on niche applications, aftersales key for air motor market

By: Nadine James     14th July 2017 The air motor market has a directly proportional relationship to the economy, subsequently making aftersales support and services key focus areas for industrial product supplier Actum Group, says Actum’s Deprag product leader Herman Parsons. This focus, combined with Actum’s approach of providing... 

Focus on niche applications, aftersales key for air motor market
POWER LINE ATEX RANGE The motor complies with European Union Parliament directive 2014/34/EU on equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres

New pumps suited to packaging, food and beverage industries

     14th July 2017 In May, sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco announced that it had extended its range of variable speed drive (VSD) vacuum pumps with the addition of three models offering flow rates up to 5 004 m3/h. The new GHS 3800-5400 VSD+ rotary screw pumps are particularly suited for... 

New pumps suited to packaging, food and  beverage industries
GHS VSD ROTARY SCREW PUMP The range provides significantly higher performance levels and reduced maintenance, noise and heat emissions compared to conventional oil-sealed and dry vane vacuum pumps

VescoPlastics’ strong training heritage recognised

By: David Oliveira     23rd June 2017 For its commitment to training, local polymer bearing manufacturer   VescoPlastics received the Artisan Award at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Awards for Excellence, which were held last month at the Industrial Development Corporation Conference... 

Competition Commission prohibits two separate mergers

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st June 2017 The Competition Commission has prohibited a proposed merger between Dutch packaging manufacturer Greif International and local steel drum manufacturer Rheem South Africa, as it would garner anticompetitive activities. The commission felt that, as Greif and Rheem were the only manufacturers of... 

Low sales, drought and mill downtime affect Mpact interim earnings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th June 2017 JSE-listed packaging company Mpact’s results for the six months ending June 30 will be negatively impacted on by lower sales volumes in the paper- and plastics-converting businesses, lower domestic containerboard and cartonboard sales volumes and higher recovered paper costs. In addition, the... 

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th June 2017 An unintended consequence of the recently published draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for energy is that because it excludes cogeneration as a viable technology, cogenerators will be unable to participate in the energy market without Ministerial consent, says Paper Manufacturers Association of... 

IRP draft hinders cogeneration opportunities
Photo by Bloomberg
OVERLOOKED ENTITY The impact of the DoE IRP draft excludeing cogeneration as a viable, green technology raises concerns forpulp and paper industry

Numsa to demand 15% increase in engineering sector wage talks

By: African News Agency      7th June 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has said it would demand a 15% wage increase across the board as wage talks in the metal and engineering sector begin on Wednesday. The metal sector wage talks are brought about as the current wage agreement lapses at the end of this month. 

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