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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. 

Sustainable industry dispels misconceptions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Contrary to the misconceptions about the paper industry being detrimental to the environment, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony posits that the sector is “incredibly sustainable” and shows a circular economy in action. Whether made from virgin... 

DTI to launch latest industrial park revitalisation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th September 2016 The first phase of the R49-million Isithebe Industrial Park revitalisation in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal will be launched on October 4. Isithebe is one of ten industrial parks that has been prioritised by the Department of Trade and Industry for upgrading under its Industrial Parks Revitalisation... 

Into Top Gear - David Brown And Santasalo Merge To Create A New Global Force In Mechanical Power Transmission

     2nd June 2016 David Brown and Santasalo, two of the world’s leading mechanical power transmission companies merged on June 1st to create David Brown Santasalo, a new, truly global force in the gear industry. With more than 1,000 employees, 7 major manufacturing plants and 23 service centres across 6... 

Competition Commission sets sights on paper packaging companies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2016 The Competition Commission on Thursday said it was investigating packaging paper products producers Mpact and New Era Packaging over allegations of collusion. A search and seizure operation of the parties’ Gauteng and Free State premises got under way on Thursday after warrants were obtained from... 

Association sets 2020 target

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa) aims to increase the recovery of recyclable paper products to 70% by 2020 through raising awareness about the importance of keeping paper products in a recyclable state throughout their life cycles. 

Mill upgrade set to increase capacity by 60 000 t/y

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 The R765-million expansion to paper and plastic packaging manufacturer Mpact’s Felixton mill will increase capacity by 60 000 t/y to 215 000 t/y upon completion, says Mpact CEO Bruce Strong.  

Plan in motion to manage carbon tax uncertainties

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 Through education, lobbying and research, the paper industry will manage policy uncertainties regarding the inception of carbon tax, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. 

PPI continues upward trend to 4.3% in Nov

By: News24Wire      18th December 2015 South Africa's yearly producer price index (PPI) for final manufactured goods was up 0.1% for the month of November. Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) said on Thursday that the yearly percentage change in PPI for final manufactured goods had increased to 4.3% in November from 4.2% in October. 

The state of duty protection in South Africa

     14th August 2015 The tough economic environment in South Africa over the past few years has served as a catalyst for protectionist pressures. Increasing import competition has further flamed calls for protection from various industries. According to the press, steelmaker ArcelorMittal recently lodged a normal... 

CorShield® VpCI 146 - Environmentally Safe and Economical Replacement for Toxic Nitrite Coated/Impregnated Papers!

     20th May 2015 Toyota has issued a mandate from their service parts group that no VCI paper containing nitrite will be allowed due to health and handling hazards associated with nitrites that are being banned as corrosion inhibitors in most industrialized countries. Cortec®, the global leader in environmentally... 

Going green can create jobs for South Africa’s citizens

By: Zandile Mavuso     27th February 2015 Besides its mandate to mitigate pollution and harm to the environment, the emerging trend of going green also provides an opportunity for the creation of small businesses in South Africa, says paper and plastic packaging and recycling company Mpact Recycling.  

Increase in demand for flame-retardant workwear

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th October 2014 Since the introduction of the flame-retardant 100%-cotton Guardex fabric range to the local market in October, last year, personal protective equipment (PPE), cleaning chemicals, paper products, and industrial consumable supplies supplier G Fox & Co has noted... 

Turning SA businesses to Green IT

     17th June 2014 Although South African businesses seem to consider Green IT a low priority, there nevertheless is a strong demand for assistance in moving towards implementing dedicated Green IT budgets, strategies and solutions. This has created a huge gap in the market for IT service providers, says Hendrik... 

Mpact pumps R765m into paper mill upgrade

By: Natalie Greve     5th March 2014 JSE-listed paper and plastics packaging manufacturer Mpact announced on Wednesday that it would invest R765-million in the upgrade of its Felixton paper mill, in KwaZulu-Natal, enhancing the facility’s total product offering and increasing capacity by 60 000 t/y to 215 000 t/y. Speaking at the... 

Sappi reports ‘disappointing’ Q2 results, dragged down by European market

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     9th May 2013 JSE-listed paper, pulp and packaging group Sappi recorded a 68% drop in operating profit for the second quarter of the year to $40-million, down from $125-million in the 2012 equivalent period, dragged down by worse-than-expected European market conditions. “The results were disappointing.... 


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