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Paper, Plastics, Packaging, Printing News

Sale of Nampak's Glass business one step closer to finalisation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th February 2020 Packaging products manufacturer Nampak on Tuesday said the Competition Commission had granted its approval, subject to certain conditions, for the sale of Nampak's Glass business to Isanti Glass 1. Nampak in September last year announced that it would sell the Glass business to Isanti Glass 1, a... 

King appointed Mondi CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th February 2020 Paper and packaging group Mondi has appointed CFO Andrew King to succeed Peter Oswald as CEO, effective April 1. Oswald is stepping down on March 31. 

King appointed Mondi CEO

Mpact agrees to pay R7m penalty

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2020 The Competition Commission has referred to the Competition Tribunal for confirmation a consent agreement with corrugated box packaging company Mpact in respect of alleged acts of collusion and prior implementation of merger acquisitions in contravention of the Competition Act. In terms of the... 

Polyco aims for even better HDPE recycling rate this year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2020 Last year set a high benchmark for recyclers of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) milk and beverage bottles to build on, says The Polyolefin Responsibility Organisation (Polyco). More than 75% of HDPE milk and beverage bottles were recycled in 2019, which injected a significant amount of... 

Polyco aims for even better HDPE recycling rate this year

Low dissolving wood pulp prices overshadow Sappi’s packaging successes 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2020 A good performance from JSE-listed Sappi’s European and North American packaging and specialities segments, as well as the graphic paper business, was not enough to offset the impact from markedly lower dissolving wood pulp (DWP) prices in the company’s first quarter ended December 31. CEO... 

Low dissolving wood pulp prices overshadow Sappi’s packaging successes
Sappi CEO Steve Binnie

Dubai Airports single-use plastics ban in effect

24th January 2020 In a bid to manage its environmental impact, international airports authority Dubai Airports Company reports that its self-imposed ban on single-use plastics at both of Dubai’s airports has been put into effect from the beginning of this month.   

Dubai Airports single-use plastics ban in effect
TERMINAL PLASTIC USE Dubai Airports will be terminating all single-use plastic from its airport effective January 1, 2020

Mondi’s CEO to step down in March

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th January 2020 JSE-listed packaging and paper group Mondi’s CEO Peter Oswald has announced that he will step down from the board, effective March 31. CFO Andrew King has agreed to take on the role of interim CEO while the process to find a successor is under way.  

Erik Smuts to succeed De Ruyter as Nampak CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th December 2019 Packaging product manufacturer Nampak has appointed Erik Smuts as CEO designate. He will take over as CEO on January 15, when outgoing CEO Andre de Ruyter takes up the position of CEO at power utility Eskom. 

Pick n Pay introduces packaging-free zone, expands its 'nude' produce wall

By: African News Agency      4th December 2019 South African retailer, Pick n Pay on Tuesday said it is piloting a new packaging-free zone as one of its efforts to lead the change in reducing packaging and plastic waste. The retailer said that the ‘pick and weigh’ shopping experience will also provide customers with the opportunity to... 

Company launches first plastics research centre

By: Halima Frost     29th November 2019 Specialist chemicals company Clariant last month announced the inception of its EcoCircle centre of excellence, based on its plan to offer significant support to reduce, reuse and recycle. The first such centre will be based at Clariant’s Masterbatches Business Unit in Pogliano, Italy, and aims... 

Company launches first plastics research centre
BACK TO GREEN The EcoCircle center of excellence brings with it support of the reduce, reuse and recycle concept

Food and bev packaging industry can contribute to circular economy

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2019 Food and beverage packaging and processing businesses can design waste out of their businesses and supply chains, improve reuse and recycling, and regenerate natural systems, says food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak Eastern and Southern Africa communications manager Stella Ondimu. The... 

Nampak retains focus on reducing debt, cutting costs 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2019 JSE-listed packaging group Nampak expects the sale of Nampak Glass and Nampak Nigeria Cartons to raise R1.9-billion, which is said to be applied to reduce dollar-denominated debt, in particular. Additionally, the company confirmed on Wednesday, following the release of its results for the... 

Nampak retains focus on reducing debt, cutting costs

Climate risk widely acknowledged, but rarely incorporated into strategy  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2019 The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) says that although the majority of South African corporate companies recognise climate change as an already occurring and imminently worsening risk, they are slow to mitigate and manage these risks, at least according to publicly accessible information.... 

Three Sappi pulp production facilities complete environmental assessment

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2019 Paper and pulp producer Sappi’s three dissolving wood pulp (DWP) production facilities – Cloquet, Ngodwana and Saiccor – have completed the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) self-assessment via the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s (SAC’s) online portal. The Higg FEM is a sustainability... 

Mpact stops recycling PET

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2019 Paper and plastics packaging manufacturer Mpact has decided to discontinue its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling operation, in Wadeville. The company explained in a statement on Thursday that the recycled PET selling price was below the cash cost to produce the material and would... 

Mpact stops recycling PET

Low paper demand, pulp prices drive Sappi’s fourth-quarter profits lower 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2019 Paper and pulp producer Sappi says continued demand growth for dissolving wood pulp (DWP) and the lag effect of contracts on DWP pricing relative to current market prices helped support profitability in the fourth quarter of the company’s financial year, ended September 30. However, overall... 

Low paper demand, pulp prices drive Sappi’s fourth-quarter profits lower
Sappi's Saiccor woodyard

Coca-Cola chooses plastic bottle collection over aluminium cans to cut carbon footprint

By: Reuters     7th November 2019 Coca-Cola is committed to collecting and recycling plastic bottles rather than switching to aluminium cans as the world's largest soft drinks maker seeks to reduce its carbon footprint, its chief executive officer told Reuters. Along with multinational rivals including PepsiCo and Nestle,... 

Sappi finalises Canadian pulp mill acquisition

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th November 2019 JSE-listed paper and packaging company Sappi on Monday announced the finalisation of the acquisition of the Matane hardwood pulp mill, in Quebec, Canada, from Rayonier Advanced Materials. The additional mill will increase Sappi’s pulp supply for its fast-growing packaging businesses in North... 

Antiplastic trend raising aluminium demand – Novelis

By: Reuters     1st November 2019 Moves to reduce plastic packaging to protect the environment are starting to increase demand for aluminium packaging, the European head of Novelis, the world's largest producer of rolled aluminium products, said. Aluminium demand will also be underpinned by a trend towards more electrically... 

Pioneer Foods, partner launch first combismile carton pack in MEA region

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st October 2019 Systems and solutions provider for aseptic packaging and filling machines for food and beverages, SIG Combibloc Obeikan (SIG CBOB), and South African producer and distributor of branded food and beverage products, Pioneer Foods, on Monday announced the launch of the first combismile carton pack... 

Pioneer Foods, partner launch first combismile carton pack in MEA region
Combismile

Legislature calls for more labelling, packaging awareness

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th October 2019 As the food and drug / medicine sectors are highly regulated from a labelling perspective, companies need to be aware of the claims they can make about their products on the packaging, says intellectual property (IP) services law firm Spoor & Fisher partner Megan Reimers. 

Legislature calls for more labelling, packaging awareness
MEGAN REIMERS The ethical requirements of food packaging and labelling also extend to aspects such as Itellectual Property

Plastic bottles vs aluminium cans: who'll win the global water fight? 

By: Reuters     17th October 2019 Global bottled water giants are ramping up trials of easily recyclable aluminium cans to replace plastic that pollutes the world's seas. Sound like a slam-dunk for the environment? Not entirely. Aluminium cans might indeed mean less ocean waste, but they come with their own eco-price: the... 

Mondi to reorganise into four business units

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th October 2019 Packaging and paper group Mondi plans to reorganise the business across four units, namely Corrugated Packaging, Flexible Packaging, Engineered Materials and Uncoated Fine Paper. It noted in a trading update published on Thursday that the reorganisation would further strengthen its value chain... 

Strikes characterise difficult trading period for York Timbers

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2019 Integrated forestry company York Timbers on Monday reported that its performance in the financial year ended June 30 had been significantly impacted on by strikes, result in 239 lost production days. The company also lost plywood export contracts as a result of the strikes, with operational... 

Nampak reaches R1.5bn deal to sell glass business to black-owned firm 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2019 JSE-listed Nampak will sell its Nampak Glass business to Isanti Glass 1, a joint venture between Kwande Capital and Sabsa Holdings, for R1.5-billion in cash. The disposal is in line with Nampak’s active portfolio optimisation strategy and will allow it to focus on the balance of its portfolio and... 

Nampak reaches R1.5bn deal to sell glass business to black-owned firm
Photo by Creamer Media
Nampak Glass Roodekop

Equipment boost aids recycling entrepreneur

27th September 2019 With a desire to clean up Soweto, educate the community and combat the problem of overfull landfills, waste management company Pendowave founder and MD Gordon Nkuta has built a thriving recycling business and has now earned the support of one of the world’s largest polyethylene terephthalate... 

Equipment boost aids recycling entrepreneur
CLEANING UP A baling machine contributes to the company’s progress and profitability

Upcycling initiative creates employment opportunities

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th September 2019 Through research, innovation, skills development and corporate contribution, carbon tax training and consulting services expert 5inc is well placed to create jobs and skills development opportunities through projects based on waste collection and upcycling. 

Upcycling initiative creates employment opportunities
YASMINE MIEMIEC 5inc turns corporate waste into new and reusable products

Lacklustre demand, currencies impact on Nampak’s full-year results

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2019 Lacklustre consumer demand, as well as a devaluation in the Angolan kwanza, the introduction and devaluation of the Zimbabwean RTGS dollar and movements of the rand against the dollar, are likely to impact negatively on JSE-listed packaging company Nampak’s results for the financial year to... 

Innovations lead to versatile marking solutions for warehouse applications

13th September 2019 Identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions is the distributor of laser marking systems Telesis Technologies laser and Dot Meen Marking solutions in South Africa. 

Innovations lead to versatile marking solutions  for warehouse applications
UV/ONE LASER The all-in-one laser can be used for the traceability and identification of products and is designed to mark challenging materials

Strong performances by core businesses bolster Libstar’s interim results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th September 2019 JSE-listed consumer packaged goods producer and supplier Libstar recorded a 12.4% increase in headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended June 30. Normalised earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) increased by 5.9% and normalised earnings per share... 

Difficult trading environment impacts on Transpaco’s results

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2019 JSE-listed paper and packaging producer Transpaco witnessed poor trading conditions and reduced consumer spend during the financial year ended June 30, but still declared a 50c a share cash dividend to be paid out of income reserves, resulting in total dividends of 80c a share for the period. The... 

Specialist moves to diversify into agriculture, food & bev

By: Nadine James     16th August 2019 Gauteng-based material transfer specialist Weba Chute Systems is diversifying its client base, officially venturing into the agricultural, food and beverage and paper and pulp industries, says Weba MD Mark Baller. He explains that while Weba had often received and acted on inquiries from... 

Specialist moves to diversify  into agriculture, food & bev
SMOOTH TRANSITION Weba Chute Systems is officially diversifying its client base, having infrequently participated in non-mining projects over the years

Tetra Pak’s innovation engendering sustainability, efficiency in packaging industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th August 2019 With sustainability at the core of its business, processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak says it is implementing a number of technological innovations and solutions that engender the lowest carbon footprint and highest efficiency. Tetra Pak Southern African MD Stefan Fageräng,... 

Tetra Pak’s innovation engendering sustainability, efficiency in packaging industry
Stefan Fageräng

Mpact expects difficult trading conditions to continue

By: Simone Liedtke     7th August 2019 Paper and packaging group Mpact’s investments over the last four to five years, specifically in its paper business, enabled it to produce good results for the six months ended June 30, despite a difficult trading environment, CEO Bruce Strong told Engineering News Online on Wednesday. The paper... 

Mpact expects difficult trading conditions to continue
Photo by Creamer Media
Mpact CFO Brett Clark (left) and CEO Bruce Strong (right)

Sappi buys Canada mill for $175m, reports lower third-quarter profit 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2019 Diversified woodfibre company Sappi on Thursday announced that it would buy the 270 000 t Matane high yield hardwood pulp mill, in Quebec, Canada, from Rayonier Advanced Materials for $175-million. The acquisition, which was subject to approvals from competition authorities, would increase... 

Sappi buys Canada mill for $175m, reports lower third-quarter profit
Sappi CEO Steve Binnie

Mondi delivers strong half-year performance despite challenging trade conditions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st August 2019 LSE- and JSE-listed paper and packaging firm Mondi Group delivered a strong performance for the six months ended June 30, against a backdrop of increasingly challenging trading conditions, with underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) rising by 5% to... 

Mondi simplification of corporate structure becomes effective

By: African News Agency      29th July 2019 Packaging and paper group Mondi said on Monday it had completed the simplification of its dual-listed structure into a single holding company after terminating arrangements between Mondi and Mondi Limited. In November 2018, the boards of the two entities announced a proposal to simplify the... 

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