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Paper, Plastics, Packaging, Printing News

CSIR developing water treatment, biodegradable plastic solutions

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 Most of the plastics used in South Africa are nonbiodegradable, especially in the packaging industry, and end up in landfills, posing environmental threats and health concerns, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) polymer modification group leader Dr Avashnee Chetty says.... 

Consol IPO may raise up to $415m

By: Reuters     16th April 2018 South African glass bottle maker Consol aims to raise up to $415-million via an initial public offering (IPO), it said on Monday, returning the firm to public markets after more than a decade in the hands of private equity groups The flotation, pencilled in for April 30, comes amid growing... 

Mpact opens expanded corrugated plant in PE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2018 Packaging company Mpact on Wednesday opened its expanded corrugated plant in Port Elizabeth.  

Mpact opens expanded corrugated plant in PE
Mpact Corrugated MD Johan Stumpf

Consol to relist on JSE; Ethiopia factory set for Q4 commissioning

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 South African glass packaging manufacturer Consol plans to relist on the main board of the JSE. It was listed on the JSE until 2007, when it was taken private by a consortium of private equity investors, led by Brait Private Equity and which included Old Mutual Private Equity, Sanlam Private... 

Consol to relist on JSE; Ethiopia factory set for Q4 commissioning
South African glass packaging manufacturer Consol plans to relist on the main board of the JSE

Polymer offering diversified into US beet sugar industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2018 Thermoplastic producer Vesconite Bearings is expanding its polymer offering to the US beet sugar market, building on its experiences and success in the local and US sugar cane industries. Vesconite Bearings began supplying its locally-produced polymers to the South African sugar industry in 2009... 

Polymer offering diversified into US  beet sugar industry
PROCESS SWEETENER The HiTemp 150 hanger bearing is an abrasive-resistant material, ideal for applications that are wearing on traditional materials such as bronze

Renewability driving forest and paper industry

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Renewable commercial forests that supply the pulp, paper and board industry with wood fibre provide key environmental services and conserve our indigenous forests, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. “Commercially grown trees have helped to... 

Lack of carton collection reduces recycling processes

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Although paper and plastics packaging company Mpact has been processing liquid packaging successfully, not enough cartons are being collected to use for recycling. “Consumers don’t realise that liquid packaging, such as juice and milk cartons, are actually recyclable. We need to put in an effort... 

Paper producer to upgrade Mpumalanga mill 

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi will shut down its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, for four weeks in May, to install new equipment that will decrease bottlenecking. The company will install new machines, and upgrade the wood chipper, fibre line and pulp dryer, says Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex... 

Paper producer  to upgrade Mpumalanga mill
SAPPI southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel explains what the company is doing and how the paper industry has changed. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

Nampak mulls sale of glass business

By: Simone Liedtke     29th March 2018 JSE-listed packaging company Nampak plans to dispose of its glass business, as market demand exceeds the operation’s capacity to supply products, given ongoing production limitations. Progress within the business has not been as fast as desired and it is expected to make a loss for the half year... 

New research facility to unlock economic potential of South Africa’s biomass waste

By: Shirley le Guern     20th March 2018 The Department of Science and Technology and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Tuesday launched a R37.5-million Biorefinery Development Facility (BIDF) in Durban that will bridge the gap between research and development and industrialisation, while helping to rejuvenate... 

New research facility to unlock economic potential of South Africa’s biomass waste
Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and Biorefinery Development Facility group leader Bruce Sithole

Trojan Foods expands into packaging 

     15th March 2018 With over 15 years in the food and beverage industry, food manufacturing company Trojan Foods has expanded into packaging services in response to the increased demand for specialised packaging solutions in the industry. Melissa Zisengwe tells us more. 

Trojan Foods expands into packaging
Trojan Foods expands into packaging

Mpact’s earnings fall in ‘challenging’ year

By: Anine Kilian     7th March 2018 In what CEO Bruce Strong described as the “most challenging year” for the group since listing, JSE-listed Mpact’s headline earnings a share for the year ended December 31, decreased to 166.3c, from 252.7c in 2016. Underlying operating profit fell to R457-million from R784-million in 2016, while... 

Mondi FY17 profit rises 4% to €1bn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2018 Packaging giant Mondi on Friday reported a 4% year-on-year increase in underlying operating profit to €1.01-billion for the year ended December 31, benefitting from good demand and higher average selling prices across most of its businesses. "Our continuous drive for operational performance... 

Sappi concludes Cham Paper acquisition

By: Anine Kilian     28th February 2018 JSE-listed Sappi has completed the acquisition of Cham Paper Group (CPG). The transaction includes the acquisition of CPG’s Carmignano and Condino mills, in Italy, as well as its digital imaging business in Cham, Switzerland. 

KAP gears up for growth, announces solid interim results

By: Schalk Burger     23rd February 2018 Diversified industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings has raised R2-billion through the issuance of three- to five-year bond tenures to fund its future growth, the firm stated in its six-month interim results for the period ended December 31. Its revenue from continuing operations increased by 29%... 

KAP gears up for growth, announces solid interim results

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2018 Diversified industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings has raised R2-billion through the issuance of three- to five-year bond tenures to fund its future growth, the firm stated in its six-month interim results for the period ended December 31. The group on Monday reported that its revenue from... 

Sappi's Q1 results in line with expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi's performance for the first quarter of the 2018 financial year was in line with group expectations, with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), excluding special items, reaching $172-million. This was, however, lower than the... 

Sappi's Q1 results in line with expectations
Sappi CEO Steve Binnie

Albeit modest, metals sector poised for second consecutive year of growth 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2018 South Africa’s metals and engineering sector is poised for a second consecutive year of modest growth, with the Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) forecasting a 1.1% expansion for 2018. The sector grew by 2.7% in 2017, breaking a streak of three consecutive years of... 

Albeit modest, metals sector poised for second consecutive year of growth
Seifsa chief economist Dr Michael Ade on the outlook for the metals and engineering sector in 2018. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling. Recorded: 2.2.2018

Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages seeks ways to help provide water to Cape Town

By: Simone Liedtke     1st February 2018 Local bottler Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB), in partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation and participating suppliers, are finalising details for the provision of millions of litres of relief water to the drought-affected Western Cape and the City of Cape Town. CCPB on Thursday said this... 

Coca-Cola increases recycling efforts to contribute to waste-free world

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 To battle the increasing number of plastic items on landfills and in the world’s oceans, beverage giant Coco-Cola plans to take one can or bottle “back”, for every bottle or can sold globally, by 2030. “We are fundamentally reshaping our approach to packaging, with a global goal to help collect... 

Coca-Cola increases recycling efforts to contribute to waste-free world

Mitigating plastic’s negative public image

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 Continued local and international pressure to ban plastic bags and other single-use plastics, as cited in the media and social media, is at an all-time high, says plastic industry representative body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA).  

Mitigating plastic’s negative public image
BERNHARD MAHL The characteristics of plastics, including being lightweight, versatile and durable, allow for a strong contribution to a more environmentally sustainable South Africa

Recycling rate increases, boding well for environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 The latest plastics recycling figures released by industry body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA) indicate that South Africans are recycling more plastics than before, which bodes well for local environmental sustainability.  

Recycling rate increases, boding well for environment
Photo by Bloomberg
RESIN FOR REUSE The largest market (comprising 20%) for recyclate is flexible packaging with low-density polyethylene sold to refuse and carrier bag manufacturers

Mondi Group signs agreement to acquire Powerflute

By: African News Agency      22nd December 2017 Packaging and paper company Mondi Group said on Friday it had signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares in Powerflute Group, a division of Nordic Packaging and Container Holdings for €365-million. Powerflute operates an integrated pulp and paper mill in Finland with an annual... 

Mondi Group signs agreement to acquire Powerflute

Sappi confirms expansion plans for dissolving wood pulp capacity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th December 2017 JSE-listed Sappi has announced plans to “significantly” expand its dissolving wood pulp (DWP) capacity by 2020, starting with the preparatory work for the potential expansion of its Saiccor DWP mill. The company aims to increase the mill’s capacity by up to 250 000 t/y to meet strong projected... 

Sappi confirms expansion plans for dissolving wood pulp capacity
Photo by Duane Daws
Ngodwana mill

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 Munich-based chemical company Wacker launched a mobile containerised laboratory – MyLab – together with their long-term distributor IMCD in Randburg at the end of November.  

Mobile lab for polymer powders launched
MYLAB LAUNCH Wacker’s MyLab officially opened at its new South African home at IMCD

Sappi acquisition transitions group into higher-growth segments

By: Anine Kilian     5th December 2017 JSE-listed pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi will acquire the speciality paper business of Swiss-based pulp and paper manufacturer Cham Paper Group (CPG) for a $149-million cash deal. The transaction, which includes CPG’s Italy-based Carmignano and Condino mills, as well as its digital imaging... 

Sappi acquisition transitions group into higher-growth segments
Sappi CEO Steve Binnie

Nampak delivers ‘credible’ FY17 performance despite difficult trading environment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2017 In light of the current macroeconomic circumstances, packaging company Nampak has delivered a “credible” financial performance for the year ended September 30, CEO André de Ruyter said on Tuesday, adding that the company had increased its trading profit by 2% to R2-billion. He further noted... 

Nampak delivers ‘credible’ FY17 performance despite difficult trading environment
Photo by Duane Daws
Nampak CEO Andre de Ruyter

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... 

New carton recycling plant enhances recycling of liquid packaging

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.  

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