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Delegation seeks partnerships with food and beverage industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Last month, the German VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association held a symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a delegation of 13 high-profile and diversified member companies to present their products and services to the South African food processing and packaging industry.... 

Mondi says completes acquisition of Egypt's NPP in Egypt

By: African News Agency      21st June 2018 Paper and packing company Mondi said late on Wednesday it had completed the acquisition of Egypt's National Company for Paper Products (NPP) for the equivalent of €24-million on a debt and cash free basis. NPP, which operates an industrial bags plant in Giza near Cairo, will be integrated into... 

Sugar refinery spotless thanks to Delfin vacuum system from GCE

20th June 2018 Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE), in partnership with authorised dealer Maverick Industrial Cleaning Solutions, recently supplied and installed a state-of-the-art Delfin vacuum system at the Tongaat Hulett sugar refinery in Rossburgh, Durban. The plant refines and packs over 610 000 tons of sugar... 

Around The Clock Service

19th June 2018 In today’s competitive business environment, staying ahead of the game is the game. To do this, manufacturers need to ensure that their equipment remains effective and runs optimally at all times. The overall performance of machinery and equipment depends on its Overall Equipment Effectiveness... 

Plastics|SA Raises Awareness About Keeping Plastics Pollution Out Of The Environment Sustainability Week, World Environment Day, World Oceans Day

14th June 2018 Plastics|SA used its participation in Sustainability Week (5-7 June 2018), World Environment Day (5 June 2018) and World Oceans Day (9 June) to raise awareness about the importance of keeping plastics pollution out of the environment. Plastics|SA is the umbrella organisation representing the... 

Unilever backs sustainability promise with R50m biomass boiler

13th June 2018 Boiler sees over 30% reduction in CO₂ at Maydon Wharf Factory South Africa’s largest fast-moving consumer goods manufacturer, Unilever, unveiled a R50-million biomass boiler at its historic Maydon Wharf Factory in Durban. 

The effects of counterfeiting

12th June 2018 Backed by an illicit industry considered to be one of the largest in the world and costing the global economy billions of dollars, counterfeit goods are on the rise. It’s essential for brands to invest in resources to fight counterfeiting because just about any brand you consume can be... 

Local manufacturing crucial for economic growth

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 Providing locally manufactured goods and supporting local manufacturing are massively important for the growth of the South African economy, says plastic conveyor components manufacturer IRP Engineering Plastics MD Kris Kibble. “Supporting international supply over local manufacture and supply... 

Effective control of substance abuse in industry crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There is a need for effective control of substance abuse in the manufacturing industry as it is a major issue, says drug and alcohol testing equipment supplier Alco-Safe MD Rhys Evans. Alco-Safe has more than 4 000 clients using its services, across industries, including mining, construction,... 

Petco confident in South Africa’s PET recycling resilience

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th June 2018 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling company Petco describes 2017 as one of the most challenging years for the company, with a 13% year-on-year consumption decline in the local PET market.  

Coca-Cola Announces Progress In Fighting Plastic Pollution On World Environment Day

5th June 2018 Company and bottling partners make strides toward a world without waste To mark World Environment Day today, The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa and Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, reaffirm their commitment to help create a world without waste. 

By 2050 there may be more plastic in oceans than fish – UN

By: News24Wire      5th June 2018 Plastic pollution in the oceans has reached a stage where microplastics – pieces smaller than 5mm – now outnumber stars in our galaxy, according to UN secretary general António Guterres. And by 2050, he says, if present trends continue, there will be more plastic in the world's oceans than fish.... 

Sector recovery affords new opportunities for banding company

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     1st June 2018 Stable growth in the electricity sector will likely have a positive effect on sales, says Jet Park-based stainless steel banding company Banding and Identification Solutions South Africa (Bisa) sales director Rosa Dos Remendos. “This is positive, as the sector is a major market for our stainless... 

Automation trend sees increased demand for Delta solutions from EM

31st May 2018 The Delta industrial automation product range, supplied exclusively by leading distributor ElectroMechanica (EM), is proving highly popular due to a trend towards increased automation in industry. Delta is one EM’s fastest-growing product ranges, as industry strives to contain costs and increase... 

Nampak H1 profit up 10% y/y

By: Anine Kilian     30th May 2018 JSE-listed Nampak’s headline earnings and headline earnings a share for continuing operations increased by 11% and 10% to R849-million and 132c, respectively, for the six months ended March 31. Presenting the company’s results, on Thursday, CEO André de Ruyter said the performance from continuing... 

Manufacturing sector investment to remain stable in Q2 – Manufacturing Circle  

By: Anine Kilian     29th May 2018 The Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) for the first quarter of this year shows there has been investment into the manufacturing sector in the past 15 months, but that investment is declining. Presenting key findings of the MCIT, in Centurion, on Tuesday, Manufacturing Circle... 

Careful selection and specification unlocks the potential of smart sensors in industrial motion control

28th May 2018 Franck Roussillon, Product Manager for Actuators, Pneumatic Division Europe, Parker Hannifin Corporation. The term ‘smart sensor’ has been much used in recent years to describe a new breed of sensor that helps facilitate the manufacturing sector’s shift to Industry 4.0 ideology. While many might... 

D1 Mint buys 1 500 investment-grade diamonds for new diamond-backed crypto coin

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The emergence of blockchain technology is helping to turn diamonds into a new investment asset class that, in turn, could drive future demand for natural diamonds, the creator of a new diamond-backed crypto coin said on Friday. Singapore-based D1 Mint, the creator of the diamond-backed D1 Coin,... 

Top Industry Associations Align With KITE 2019

24th May 2018 Continuing education remains a top priority for many businesses in South Africa and provides employees with the opportunity to improve their on-job skills and knowledge. While longer-duration courses offer the most intensive tool for learning, the advantages of shorter seminar and conference... 

LRL-27 Series Long Stroke Heavy Duty LVIT Inductive Linear Position Sensors

22nd May 2018 Alliance Sensors Group a div of H.G. Schaevitz LLC has expanded its sensor product offering by adding to its line the LRL-27 Series of long-stroke LVIT position sensors. These are contactless devices designed for factory automation systems and a variety of heavy duty industrial or commercial... 

Tomra Sorting Recycling Reports Increased Interest In Sorting Technologies At Ifat 2018

21st May 2018 Tougher new regulations and consumer concerns are reflected in enquiries received at the leading trade fair for environmental technologies  TOMRA Sorting Recycling experienced high levels of interest in its sensor-based sorting technologies at IFAT 2018, the world’s leading trade fair for... 

Rik Rhino 

17th May 2018 South African technical security and surveillance solutions specialist Rik Rhino Surveillance was started in 2011 to help eradicate the terror of rhino poaching by supplying anti-rhino poaching projects in wildlife reserves with scouting trail cameras. These cameras are equipped with motion... 

Mondi Q1 performance strong despite maintenance shutdowns, challenging trading conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2018 Paper and packaging multinational Mondi achieved an underlying profit of €295-million for the first quarter ended March 31 – a 15% improvement on the underlying profit of €256-million reported for the first quarter of 2017 and a 6% improvement on the €279-million reported for the fourth quarter... 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Ramping up production in the automotive sector, resuscitating the ailing tooling industry and boosting the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear industries are among successes the government has listed in its review of ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). Despite a... 

Sappi continues to invest in growth as Q2 performance beats expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     14th May 2018 Global diversified woodfibre company Sappi will continue to invest in its growth and has submitted an environmental approval application to expand its Saiccor mill, in KwaZulu-Natal by another 110 000 m2. Production is expected to start early in 2020, with the environmental approval expected... 

Do-It® Hang Tabs – Hang, Promote & Sell

11th May 2018 Grabbing shoppers’ attention in the grocery aisle on a crowded supermarket shelf or at the point of purchase is becoming much more challenging, especially when competing against brands with bigger marketing budgets. Pyrotec PackMedia’s Do-It® range of hang tabs and display strips is ideal for... 

SA pharmaceuticals group expanding its French operations

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th May 2018 South African pharmaceuticals group Aspen is planning to invest €100-million in its French manufacturing operation in the coming years. This will be in addition to the investments totalling €55-million made from 2015 to 2017. Aspen has two operations in France – a manufacturing site at... 

Kaap Agri sees positive H1 results despite drought

By: Anine Kilian     7th May 2018 JSE-listed Kaap Agri has reported improved interim financial results as its ongoing retail and fuel diversification strategy has helped to lessen the impact of the Western Cape’s drought on the agricultural sector. The company increased revenue by 5.4% to R3.4-billion in the six months ended... 

Tetra Pak seeks to launch paper straws for portion-sized packages before year-end

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd May 2018 Processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak hopes to launch a paper straw that is suitable for its portion-sized carton packages, before the end of this year.  

Mondi Group signs an agreement to acquire NPP in Egypt

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 International packaging and paper group Mondi said on Monday it had signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares in Egypt's National Company for Paper Products and Import & Export for EGP510-million on a debt and cash free-basis. NPP is a privately owned industrial bags... 

Mondi to acquire Egyptian industrial bags producer for €23.7m

By: Simone Liedtke     30th April 2018 International packaging and paper group Mondi will acquire Egyptian privately owned industrial bags producer National Company for Paper Products and Import & Export (NPP) for €23.7-million. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to complete during the first... 

Wiper-blade replacement a cinch with Easyvision wipers with retro clip from Champion®

26th April 2018 A unique retro-clip adaptor makes replacing standard wipers with flat blades a simple task, simplifying vehicle maintenance and allowing for added safety and protection during the rainy season. Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 April 2018. These Easyvision wipers with retro clip from Champion® are... 

First renewables projects reach financial close after April 4 signing

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2018 Wind turbine supplier Nordex has received an order to supply 47 turbines to the 147 MW Roggeveld wind farm, which is among the first projects to reach financial close following the signing of agreements for 27 independent power producer projects on April 4. Situated in the Karoo, on the boundary... 

Consol reconsiders decision to relist on the JSE

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 Glass packaging manufacturer Consol Holdings no longer plans to relist on the main board of the JSE, citing challenging market conditions.  

Muting Reinvented

24th April 2018 Smart Process Gating, introduced by Leuze, has made muting processes more economical as well as simpler and safer. This technology is available in southern African from leading sensor solutions specialist, Countapulse Controls. Gerry Bryant, managing director of Countapulse Controls, explains... 

Afrox thought leadership series: Liquid nitrogen and cold chain

23rd April 2018 Afrox application specialist for the food and beverage markets, Hendrik Pretorius, looks at nitrogen and its use in modern food chilling and freezing applications. Food safety: nitrogen, an ideal clean gas 

Afrox Integrated Valve Regulator cylinders provide constant oxygen supply

23rd April 2018 Designed specifically to address the needs of medical practitioners and respiratory therapists for the administration of medical oxygen in portable cylinders, the ready-to-use, mobile Integrated Valve Regulator (IVR) cylinders from Afrox are fitted with a built-in valve, regulator, live contents... 

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.... 

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