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Forest Products News

Multimillion-rand upgrade for Tugela paper mill

By: Joanne Delaurentis     19th July 2002 Global pulp and paper firm Sappi’s Tugela paper machine 4 (PM4) is about to undergo a multimillion-rand upgrade that will move the mill into the international sack paper arena. 

Bugs clean paper mill's effluent

5th April 2002 The R600 000 pilot project at Sappi’s Tugela mill, in Kwazulu-Natal, which uses bugs to clean up its effluent, and aims at reducing the mill’s water consumption, is already providing excellent results. 

Safety kudos for Cape paper mill

By: Jill Stanford     8th February 2002 Paper group Sappi's yearly global safety achievement awards competition for the 22 operations in the group has judged the company's Cape Kraft paper mill as the most improved. 

Paper group hits hard times, but is optimistic of turnaround

29th January 2002 South African pulp and paper group Sappi posted sharply lower first quarter headline earnings on Monday, but said it expected profits for the rest of the year to return to levels seen in its fourth quarter. 

Filling the energy gap – with wood

By: Karel Smrcka     18th January 2002 A fifth of the energy used in Finland comes from wood. The need to limit climate change is increasingly shaping national energy policies, and greater use of this renewable resource can be to help to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. 

New economy is not paperless

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2001 It was supposed to be a sleek, seamless information technology (IT) driven economy; a paperless environment where the press of a button would have replaced the turning of a page. 

Bid to conserve medicinal plants

By: System Author     8th December 2000 The reopening of a plant propagation facility in White River, Mpumulanga, marks a bid by the Medicinal Flora Co-operative to conserve South Africa’s medicinal plants and facilitate greater employment for traditional healers and rural communities. 

SA wood-chip exports to Japan

By: System Author     17th November 2000 After only its first year of operation, wood-chip producer and exporter Shincel, of Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, is exporting some 35 000 t of wood-chips monthly to the fastidious Japanese market. 

Upgrade to distribution centre completed

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Warehousing & storage 

Energy-efficient focus needed

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Initial case-studies into increasing energy efficiency at three prominent South African companies have revealed that local corporations could be saving millions of rands a year by implementing simple energy-saving strategies. 

$63m timber plant

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Two Pretoria companies, Yebo Investment and Afri-Logs, have joined forces with a Japanese consortium to establish a $63-million timber-processing plant at the Walvis Bay export processing zone in Namibia. 

Restructuring is taking too long

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Future of forestry being planned

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Oldest mill wins global award

By: System Author     21st January 2000 The oldest mill in the Sappi group, Adamas, proved that biggest is not always best when it was awarded the inaugural Sappi global award for safety achievement and improvement. 

Plastic pallets challenge wooden rivals

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Developments to Watch 

National packaging-industry awards

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Over the past 20 years, the Gold Pack Awards have developed a credible relationship with the South African packaging industry through recognising good design and innovation in those companies and individuals unwilling to accept the ordinary. Early in the history of the Institute of Packaging of... 

Vote for corrugated board

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The recent South African general election revealed an innovative use for corrugated board. Leading corrugated-packaging manufacturer Nampak Corrugated designed and manufactured the voting booths for the country’s 14 500 polling stations, and the tables and chairs used in more remote areas.... 

Year 2000 upgrade is finally in the can

By: System Author     16th July 1999 One of the largest manufacturers of tin-plate cans for the South African food-canning industry, Foodcan, of Bryanston, Gauteng, a subsidiary of the Nampak group, has taken steps to streamline and upgrade its production facilities nationwide as part of a multimillion-rand Year 2000 initiative. As... 

Big control system contracts are awarded

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Several significant control system contracts have been awarded to automation and control specialist Siemens, of Halfway House, Gauteng, Automation and Drives automation product manager Cornu Perold tells Engineering News. These include a drying line for Sappi Swaziland and a contract for the... 

Official accreditation body

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The University of pretoria’s graduate school of management is a leader in logistics, and has just become the official accreditation body in South Africa on behalf of the European Certification Board for Logistics. “We have taken the lead to implement value-chain optimisation at Sappi... 

So much complex technology hangs on a thread

By: System Author     18th June 1999 When you think about it, nuts and bolts play a vital, but seldom-recognised role in our lives. Although based on a simple helical thread, they represent a highly complex niche of technology, which impinges on virtually every facet of the manufacturing industry. The Greek mathematician Archimedes... 

R1,2m dust-control contracts

By: System Author     21st May 1999 THREE orders totalling about R1,2-million for supply of dust-control filters for packaging equipment have been placed with Air Cleaning Equipment (Ace), of Springs, Gauteng, by leading packaging-equipment specialist BMW Packaging of Sandton, Gauteng. The filters are for packaging equipment for... 

Big industrial push mooted for Durban

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The combination of a new container port and a petrochemical hub is just one of the findings contained within a draft South Durban Basin strategic environmental assessment (SEA), to be handed over to the Durban Metro Council by June this year. The study was commissioned more than two years ago by... 

South Africa revising its shutdown strategies

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Representatives of South Africa’s largest manufacturing and processing plants are finally sitting down at one table and are in the process of establishing a forum which is intended to harmonise shutdown strategies and establish a core group of suppliers to alleviate the problems resulting... 

SA assistance with UAE-card making plant

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) first plastic card manufacturing plant has been created with the assistance of a Johannesburg firm. BN Card Technologies, a subsidiary of Nampak’s BDM Technologies, is involved in providing technology know-how and staff training to the US$7-million... 

R110-million lignosulphonate plant for Kwazulu-Natal

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R110-million plant which will produce 55 000 t/y of lignosulphonate for export, has been opened at Umkomaas, on the Kwazulu-Natal south coast, by chemical cellulose pulp producer Sappi and international chemicals company Borregaard. Known as LignoTech South Africa, the plant is an... 

Roller re-covering contract for paper mill

By: System Author     9th April 1999 The order for re-covering between four and six heavy press rolls for Mondi’s PM2 rebuild at Richards Bay is expected to be awarded to the paper division of heavy-duty roller re-covering company, Rubber Rollers, of Wadeville, Gauteng. The size of the order has not yet been specified, but the... 

R200m upgrade boosts paper mill output

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A seven-year R200- million investment programme to enhance Mondi Kraft’s Piet Retief, Free State, mill has been completed, resulting in increased capacity, improved efficiency and higher quality. Mondi MD Andrew Thompson tells Engineering News that the improvement in production performance... 

Forestry industry faces legislative burden

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The forestry industry is struggling to bear the weight of what it perceives to be restrictive and, in some cases, discriminatory legislation affecting every forester in South Africa, reports Forest Owners’ Association (FOA) executive director Mike Edwards. “This legislation is making... 

R20-million contract for piping system

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A R20-million con- tract for the sup- ply and installation of an upgraded piping system at Mondi’s Richards Bay project has been awarded to Kentz, of Randburg, Gauteng. The contract was signed in November last year and is due to be completed by September, contingent on a successful shutdown... 

R545-million revamp project on schedule

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The R545-million revamp of Mondi’s Richards Bay operation is proceeding according to a tight project schedule, reports newly-appointed Mondi Kraft MD Andrew Thompson. The project, which gained approval in May last year, and was formally initiated in June, involves the upgrade of the PM2... 

R20-million contract for paper machine

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The R20-million contract for detailed engineering work for Mondi Richards Bay’s paper machine (PM) 2 refurbishment has been awarded to Jaako Poyry Southern Africa (JPSA) of Durban. The company, wholly-owned by Finland’s Jaakko Poyry group, has been operating in South Africa since... 

R300m supply contracts

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Two contracts – one for the supply of a new recovery boiler, and the other for a Kraft liner-board machine rebuild for Mondi’s Richards Bay expansion – will be managed by Valmet and Kvaerner’s South African representative, NDK Teknik. Valued jointly at R300-million, the... 

World’s largest restructuring of forest assets

By: System Author     19th March 1999 What is on offer? The government is offering the assets of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol), and half of the forests of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. All in all, this amounts to 332 000 ha of forest plantations, and five sawmills. This is the largest restructuring of... 

Timber growers oppose timing of Safcol deal

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The privatisation of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol) has generated much debate and comment since the inception of the idea about 15 years ago by the government of the day. Although the deal is certain to have far-reaching implications, few will feel the implications of the unbundling... 

Forestry Act sows growing uncertainty

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The South African Lumber Millers Association (Salma) is monitoring closely the privatisation of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol), which was announced by Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Kader Asmal and Public Enterprises Minister Stella Sigcau on February 16. Salma executive... 

Focus on global aspirations as company grows beyond borders

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The global aspirations of South African forest-products and fine-paper specialist Sappi are being realised after a protracted focus on growing the company outside of the country’s borders. The company’s march towards globalisation was heralded by its acquisition of Hannover Papier in... 

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