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Sappi CEO Steve Binnie
Sappi's earnings, debt decrease in first quarter
7th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed renewable woodfibre-based products company Sappi's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) decreased to $156-million for the first quarter of its 2024... 


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Bell Equipment management returns to the family as it appoints new CEO
12th December 2023 By: Irma Venter

Bell Equipment has appointed Ashley Jon Bell (41), grandson of company founder Irvine Bell, as new group CEO, effective January 1. This follows the July resignation of outgoing group CEO, Leon... 


PG Bison's Mkhondo facility
PG Bison’s new R1.8bn MDF investment in Mkhondo to open in July
24th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Wood-based panel products manufacturer PG Bison will complete a R1.87-billion investment in a new medium-density fibreboard (MDF) Contiroll line in Mkhondo, Mpumalanga, in July. This will increase... 


The Cloquet mill
Sappi's Cloquet mill scores high in facility environmental management audit
31st October 2023 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed dissolving wood pulp and paper-based solutions company Sappi has completed a Higg Facility Environmental Management (FEM) verification audit at its Cloquet mill, in northern Minnesota,... 


York Timber lumber
York Timbers swings to a loss
29th September 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Following a “disappointing” 2022 financial year, lumber and agriculture company York Timbers has again reported year-on-year decreases in several key metrics for the 2023 financial year ended June... 


Stora Enso, others invest $18m in bio-graphite firm CarbonScape
19th September 2023 By: Reuters

Finnish-Swedish forestry firm Stora Enso, battery producer Amperex Technology and other parties have invested $18-million in start-up CarbonScape to commercialise bio-graphite for use in batteries,... 


The above image depicts one of the women from the She is Forestry initiative
Forestry nonprofit launches videos
25th August 2023

Non-profit forestry organisation, She Is Forestry SA, which promotes and uplifts women across the forest and forest product sector, launched a series of videos at their yearly Women in Forestry... 


Trees used to make paper in South Africa are specifically farmed, as tree growing and paper making processes are audited, certified, and sustainability managed
Pamsa stresses comprehensive sustainability of forestry, papermaking
5th July 2023 By: Cameron Mackay

Industry association the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) has emphasised the environmental, economic and social sustainability benefits of the local papermaking and recycling... 


New system launched for large hose guidance
30th June 2023

In March, high-performance plastic products manufacturer igus launched its new E4Q e-chain with extender crossbars for the safe guidance of large hoses. The E4Q e-chain with extender crossbars is a... 


A worker in blue overalls throws material from a heap of wood chips into the air. Saiccor mill in the background
Major player moving to secure power purchase agreements
31st March 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

As South Africa’s energy crisis continues, global renewable resource company Sappi is actively engaging with independent renewable-energy producers to secure renewable energy as and when it becomes... 


A person in white Sappi coat holding two handfuls of white dissolving pulp
Global demand for paper, pulp and board softens
31st March 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

Global demand for paper, pulp and board is expected to soften in the first half of this year, compared with the highs of last year, where severe supply chain constraints created paper shortages... 


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Engineered wood a carbon-efficient material
24th March 2023 By: Nadine Ramdass

The international construction industry is moving away from carbon-producing materials, such as steel and concrete, in favour of more sustainable materials. Engineered wood offers a multitude of... 


Chemical engineer awarded for her work on lignosulphonate
9th February 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Forestry products Sappi Technology Centre engineer-in-training Leane Naude clinched third place in the global 2022/23 Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Awards programme for her project that... 


Paper manufacturers create YouTube video series showing papermaking process
3rd February 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) has partnered with GM Television to create a series of short videos of how paper products are made and recycled for... 


York appoints PwC's Barnard as CFO
21st November 2022 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Lumber and plywood producer York Timbers has appointed Schalk Barnard CFO. His appointment will be effective within the next six months, but the exact date is yet to be confirmed. Barnard is a... 


Sappi's Saiccor mill
Sappi posts record full-year Ebitda, resumes dividend payment
10th November 2022 By: Chanel de Bruyn

Renewable resources company Sappi achieved record earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $1.34-billion for the financial year ended September 30 – exceeding the... 


Sappi buys back €200m of 2026 bonds
14th October 2022 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed dissolving pulp and paper-based solutions company Sappi says, owing to strong uptake from bondholders, it has accepted for purchase all the 2026 bonds tendered for its offer to buy its... 


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Mondi can deliver sustainably despite global challenges, inflation
14th October 2022 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed packaging and paper company Mondi says its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) for the third quarter was €450-million, 55% higher than the Ebitda of... 


Frankfurter Brett uses Sappi Symbio in new kitchen products
5th October 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Kitchen workstation manufacturer Frankfurter Brett, in partnership with high-technology component manufacturer Kegelmann Technik, has developed a sustainable kitchen console made from Sappi Symbio.... 


An artist's impression of the planning Burj Zanzibar mixed-use tower
Firm to build 96 m mixed-use tower using hybrid timber technology in Zanzibar
4th October 2022 By: Schalk Burger

German-led engineering firm CPS is planning to build the highest green building in the world, a 28-storey apartment tower designed using hybrid timber technology, in Fumba Town. The design of the... 


Sappi CEO Steve Binnie
Sappi accepts offer for three European graphic paper mills
29th September 2022 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed dissolving pulp and paper-based solutions company Sappi has concluded an agreement with investment firm Aurelius to take ownership of the Maastricht mill, in the Netherlands; the... 


Heavy rainfall, strikes result in ‘disappointing’ full-year performance for York Timbers
21st September 2022 By: Darren Parker

Lumber and agriculture company York Timbers reported a year-on-year decrease in several key metrics in its year-end financial results for the year ended June 30. “The financial results for the year... 


KZN South Coast still has untapped agricultural investment opportunities – SCTIE
8th September 2022 By: Schalk Burger

The South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is an established produce farming and export region, but the subtropical climate, nutrient-rich soil, steady rainfall pattern and high duration of sunshine present... 


The newly launched Andritz screen scroll centrifuge HX – designed to enable flexible dewatering, even under difficult feeding conditions
Group to highlight dryer offerings at event
12th August 2022

International technology group Andritz will be exhibiting its range of existing and new technologies, services and automation solutions for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries at the... 


Sappi announces first sustainability-linked financing facility
11th August 2022 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed woodfibre products and solutions multinational Sappi says its €515-million international revolving credit facility is its first financing facility with sustainability-linked key... 


Strategy outlines constructive value of wood
5th August 2022 By: Cameron Mackay

The University of Pretoria (UP) has played a significant part in the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (DTIC’s) Promotion of Timber Construction Steering Committee, which aims to... 


Sappi Saiccor mill
Sappi reports record third-quarter Ebitda of $371m
4th August 2022 By: Darren Parker

Pulp and paper producer Sappi has reported record earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of $371-million – excluding special items – for its third fiscal quarter... 


KINDLING DEVELOPMENT
The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition is running a working group for the promotion of timber construction to encourage investment in the mass timber manufacturing capacity
Bioeconomy could support S Africa’s energy needs
22nd July 2022 By: Tracy Hancock

Amid unstable power supply, the development of a wood bioeconomy could help support South Africa's energy needs while ensuring that the country meets its carbon emission reduction targets, says... 


Best practices, governance can create sustainable local wildlife economies
1st July 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Sustainable wildlife economies that directly benefit local communities and provide resources to support development, can be created, but require best practices and standardisation to ensure the... 


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As drone deployment continues to expand, miners unearth whole-of-mine uses
6th May 2022 By: Donna Slater

The use of drones and ground-based robotics is evolving to such an extent locally that various companies are using them in all aspects of their operations, which is resulting in “bun fights” about... 


Deforestation, forest degradation responsible for 10% of yearly human-made carbon dioxide – report
4th May 2022 By: Donna Slater

A scientific assessment of the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD+) policy finds that while REDD+ has provided a “convenient umbrella” for... 


A night time photo of a large truck mounter crawler crane, lifting boiler plant elements for the refurbishment of a boiler plant at a paper mill in  South Africa
Lifting project comes to a close
29th April 2022 By: Halima Frost

Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros has successfully concluded a longstanding contract with a global pulp and paper company based in South Africa. The contract, initially signed in... 


TWK lifts interim profit to R247m
12th April 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Diversified agriculture and forestry company TWK Investments achieved 30.6% increase in revenue to R4.88-billion for the six months ended February 28, compared with revenue of R3.74-billion... 


An image of Sappi engineers at a plant
Sappi launches campaign to attract skilled engineers
11th April 2022 By: Donna Slater

Woodfibre products manufacturer Sappi has launched a campaign to encourage skilled engineers and production specialists to join its growing team and its endeavours of pursuing a circular economy.... 


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Agriculture continues to outperform nearly all other sectors of South Africa’s economy
1st April 2022 By: Rebecca Campbell

Over the past two years the agriculture sector has been one of the few very stars in the firmament of the South African economy. In 2020 and 2021, agriculture was one of only four sectors of the... 


Vergelegen Wine Estate viticulturist Rudolf Kriel
Vergelegen wine estate tests environment-friendly gum poles
14th January 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Wine producer Vergelegen Wine Estate, in Somerset West, is testing a new concept – environment-friendly eucalyptus poles that have not been chemically treated – in some of its vineyards The... 


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