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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... 


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Talk of the town at Indaba
29th September 2023

The Manufacturing Indaba, being held in October, endeavours to promote positive changes in sub-Saharan Africa’s manufacturing landscape – a source of livelihood for millions of people and leading... 


Timber
TWK Agri posts lower interim earnings amid rampant interest rates, inflation, loadshedding
18th April 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Diversified agriculture and forestry company TWK Agri has posted a 13% year-on-year decrease in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to R372-million on the back... 


An image of a forest with big trees
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... 


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KAP’s interim revenue up 12%, but earnings down 2% on lower demand
21st February 2023 By: Donna Slater

Diversified industrial, chemical and logistics group KAP Industrial increased its revenue for the six months ended December 31 by 12% year-on-year to R15.26-billion but earnings before interest,... 


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Company opens flagship distribution centre locally
4th November 2022

Distributor of consumer goods to Africa, Massmart, has opened its new flagship Riversands distribution centre in Riversands, Gauteng. The company announced that it had officially opened its new... 


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... 


Manufacturing output decreases by 2.3% y/y in May
12th July 2022 By: Donna Slater

Manufacturing production decreased by 2.3% year-on-year in May, brought down by the industries of motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment which declined 19.2%, and... 


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... 


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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.... 


An image showing PG Bison's new particleboard line at the eMkhondo manufacturing facility
PG Bison successfully completes eMkhondo Particleboard Line expansion
15th March 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Panel products producer PG Bison has successfully commissioned its latest expansion project, with the installation of the higher capacity dryer and fibre preparation facilities at its at eMkhondo... 


CHEP pallet rental solution reduces Clover's carbon emissions
14th December 2021 By: Schalk Burger

Supply chain solutions company CHEP rents out and reuses 345-million wooden pallets used in the transportation of goods, which reduce costs and minimise environmental impact. The reuse model makes... 


Wood logs
York Timber swings to record Ebitda in FY21
28th September 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed integrated forestry company York Timber Holdings has managed to swing from a loss a share of 69c in the 2020 financial year to earnings a share of 44c in the financial year ended June... 


WOOD REDUCES CARBON OMMISIONS
Carbon dioxide is removed from our atmosphere by wood plantations during their rotations of seven to 20 years.
Timber’s viability overlooked by developers
11th June 2021

It is estimated that two-billion metres squared of new building stock will be required every year between 2019 and 2025 to keep up with urban development and population growth.  


First-quarter GDP up 4.6%
First-quarter GDP up 4.6%
8th June 2021 By: Donna Slater

South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased at a yearly rate of 4.6% during the first quarter of 2021, reports Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). The mining and quarrying sectors... 


PAINTING A PICTURE
The long-term outlook for the industry currently is that current demand for decorative paint will last for another few years, before it eventually levels out
Industry struggling with materials shortages, price increases
4th June 2021 By: Cameron Mackay

A shortage of raw materials, coupled with substantial raw-material price increases, has placed the local coatings industry under pressure, states South African Paint Manufacturing Association... 


Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing
18th May 2021 By: Terence Creamer

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that an “accord” had been reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to drive progressive localisation... 


PG Bison to add new MFB press, hot coating line at its Boksburg operation
7th May 2021 By: Schalk Burger

Wood-based panel products manufacturer PG Bison has received approval from parent company KAP Industrial Holdings for the purchase of a new melamine-faced board (MFB) press and an additional hot... 


Decimated furniture sector to get Proudly SA local portal
26th April 2021 By: Schalk Burger

Local sourcing organisation Proudly South African, in collaboration with the the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, will launch a dedicated furniture portal to make the sourcing of... 


DTIC furniture design competition aims to stimulate design capabilities
9th March 2021 By: Schalk Burger

The five finalists in the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition's (DTIC's) national Furniture Design Competition designed affordable, modular, multipurpose and functional furniture, Deputy... 


HomeChoice reports solid interim performance
31st August 2020 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Home-shopping retailer HomeChoice says its results for the six months ended June 30 are a reflection of the impact of the Covid-19 lockdowns, as well as pleasing outcomes from its decisive response... 


Timber suitable to help address Covid-19 housing requirement
19th May 2020 By: Donna Slater

In response to government investigating alternative housing solutions for densely populated informal settlements during the Covid-19 pandemic, Sawmilling South Africa (SSA) and the Institute for... 


Sappi, Fiat in project to help reduce the carbon footprint of cars
Sappi, Fiat in project to help reduce the carbon footprint of cars
14th April 2020 By: Irma Venter

Sappi’s Symbio bio-composite cellulose fibre, derived from responsibly managed, renewable forests, has been chosen as feedstock for the development of lightweight bio-composite materials for the... 


CLEANING VARIATION

While above the floor cleaning tasks remain similar, variations in floor types require different products and methodologies for maintenance or restoration
Supplier offers complete solution to university
13th March 2020 By: Cameron Mackay

Local cleaning chemicals supplier Industroclean’s ability to provide holistic cleaning solutions enables it to offer the University of Cape Town (UCT) a one-stop-shop cleaning chemicals solution.... 


DTIC drafting Furniture Industry Master Plan
7th February 2020 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and the South African Furniture Initiative have embarked on a process to draft a Furniture Industry Master Plan. The entities earlier this... 


ITC-SA puts dormancy on the backburner as it pursues new operating model
25th October 2019 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) has reversed its resolution of dormancy following overwhelming feedback from various quarters of the structural timber industry, the full... 


KAP lifts full-year revenue, but profit tracks lower
20th August 2019 By: Schalk Burger

Diversified industrial company KAP Industrial Holdings has grown its revenue for the financial year ended June 30 by 12% year-on-year to R25.6-billion, but operating profit decreased by 13% to... 


Competition Commission prohibits merger between forestry companies
13th June 2019 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Competition Commission has prohibited a proposed transaction whereby Africa Forestry Fund II (AFF) intended to acquire Vuka Forestry Holdings and Glen Village Trading. The commission found... 


CENTRE OF ATTENTION
The inaugural Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo is set to feature more than 130 exhibitors
Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities
17th May 2019 By: Halima Frost

The first Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), which aims to highlight the capabilities of local manufacturers and, subsequently the ability to export, will be held from May 21 to 23,... 


KAP grows interim revenue
12th February 2019 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed KAP Industrial Holdings grew its revenue by 16% to R13.29-billion in the interim period to the end of December, up from R11.48-billion during the first half of 2018, the company reported... 


BETTER SQUEEGEE 
The handheld steam and vacuum window washer is available from Kärcher
Lightweight window cleaner developed for industry
2nd November 2018 By: Halima Frost

Cleaning equipment manufacturer and supplier Kärcher Industrial’s Window Vac Professional 10 (WVP 10 Adv) is now available to the South African market following the good reception received by... 


Kimmo guarantees safe packaging for transportation
19th October 2018

When choosing a packaging option for goods that will be shipped to neighbouring countries, honeycomb fibreboard manufacturer Kimmo Packaging director Jan Vreken says it is essential to look for a... 


Opportunities abound for Italian entrepreneurs expanding into Africa
12th October 2018 By: Shannon de Ryhove

The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries says Italian companies are becoming increasingly positive about the opportunities offered by South Africa, which is being acknowledged as a... 


VISUAL RESEMBLANCE Honeycomb fibreboard technology takes its name from the visual resemblance to a bee’s honeycomb
Company offers paper alternative to wooden and plastic pallets
17th August 2018

Transport packaging company Kimmo is driving the industry to switch to paper pallets as alternatives to the usual wooden and plastic pallets.  The company manufactures paper pallets using honeycomb... 


MARKET SPECTRUM 
Gerflor has a strong presence in multiple market applications
Flooring company takes over linoleum activities
13th April 2018

Production and distribution of flooring, wallcovering and finishes global leader Gerflor entered into a binding agreement to acquire floor coverings manufacturer DLW Flooring’s linoleum activities.... 


FLOORED 
Now on the cusp of its 50th anniversary, KBAC Flooring has supplied and installed flooring for thousands of residential premises in South Africa and beyond its borders
Changing of the guard on eve of golden anniversary
13th April 2018

Interior flooring supplier and installer KBAC Flooring will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of operations next year with three new key executive appointments. Brandon Park has been appointed... 


SOUTH AFRICAN PIONEER 
The new Cosentino Centre in Johannesburg is the first to be officially opened in the country and in all of Africa
Company bolsters international presence
13th April 2018

Surfaces design and architecture producer and distributer Cosentino Group is continuing to push ahead with the international expansion of its own assets with the opening of the first Cosentino... 


POWER TOOLS
The market has shown continual growth internationally
Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market
6th April 2018

Power tools manufacturer Bosch’s Power Tools division recorded a ‎€4.7-billion turnover last year, which was higher than the year before. This growth corresponds to 5% in local currency and 4%... 


KAP gears up for growth, announces solid interim results
23rd February 2018 By: Schalk Burger

Diversified industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings has raised R2-billion through the issuance of three- to five-year bond tenures to fund its future growth, the firm stated in its six-month... 


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