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Packaging, Labelling and Barcoding

Mondi SA concludes BEE transaction

20th August 2004 Commodities giant Anglo American's wholly-owned paper and packaging subsidiary, Mondi South Africa, and Shanduka Resources, announced yesterday that they have reached principle agreement for Shanduka to acquire a 42% equity stake in a new entity which will own Mondi's South African packaging... 

Retailers turn to wireless solutions

By: Helene Le Roux     23rd July 2004 As wireless technologies are becoming more affordable, price is no longer a barrier preventing smaller and midsize retailers from implementing wireless stock management systems.?Digital solutions company Kemtek Imaging Systems reports that more South African 

Labeller targets small and medium wine estates

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 A low volume, locally-manufactured labelling machine was successfully launched by Unique Labelling and Filling Machines at this year’s Propak exhibition. 

Scribing laser is launched

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 A new scribing laser using a special wavelength CO2 laser beam that produces a more crystalline and, therefore clearer code than ‘standard’ lasers on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging has been introduced to the South African market by Coditech, the variable data coding and... 

Local packaging industry is wrapping up exports

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 The local packaging industry is wrapping up exports for South Africa, especially in the wine and agricultural sectors. 

Plastics group adds new packages to its portfolio

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 Since Astrapak’s last significant acquisition in March 2002, South Africa’s largest plastic packaging group has recently made a few more acquisitions. 

Investment fruits seen by year-end

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 This year South Africa’s largest packaging group, Nampak, will be investing R300-million locally in new equipment and technology, says Nampak Africa MD Neil Cumming. 

Clothing-of-origin labelling proposed

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 Proudly South African (SA) will be launching a R2-million media campaign to educate consumers on the new country of origin labels. However, this campaign will only be rolled out once the legislation for clothing-of- origin labelling is passed by Parliament, says the organisation’s CEO,... 

Own brand to contribute R1,2bn by 2010

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 Since the launch of Pick’nPay’s new Choice brand the turnover derived from these products has grown by more than 30% for the past three years, contributing 5% to the company’s overall turnover, says corporate brand GM Kevin Corb. 

R6m Egyptian contract awarded to local firm

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th June 2004 Manufacturer of specialist coatings for the construction industry Marmoran has celebrated its 34-year anniversary by winning one of the largest specialist coatings contract to be awarded in Africa. 

Packaging group reports higher earnings

5th May 2004 South African specialised packaging group Astrapak posted strong financial results yesterday, with headline earnings up 26% and attributable profit up 51% for the year ended February 29. 

BEE consortium buys 25% of Astrapak subsidiary

8th April 2004 A black economic empowerment consortium has acquired just over 25% of Astrapak’s subsidiary, Pak 2000, South Africa's leading manufacturer of plastic containers for the petrochemical industry. 

Packaging – the silent salesperson

By: lauren rota     5th March 2004 As a worldwide industry of $400-billion, packaging is an essential part of modern life. 

NPA set to lease land at Cape Town port

By: laurian clemence     27th February 2004 The National Ports Authority (NPA) has announced through a tender advertisement that it is urgently seeking a tenant to lease some land located at the Port of Cape Town. 

International delivery firm strengthens SA business

3rd February 2004 The world’s largest package delivery company, New York Stock Exchange-listed UPS, announced yesterday that it has enhanced its South African package delivery operation and its UPS Supply Chain Solutions unit in South Africa by creating a single trading entity. 

Anglo subsidiary acquires Mexican sack producer

17th December 2003 South Africa’s Anglo American has announced that Frantschach, its 70%-owned Austrian subsidiary, has signed an agreement for the acquisition of the sack business of Mexican paper and packaging group Copamex, for a total cash consideration of $52-million. 

Anglo in merger agreement with Bauernfeind

10th December 2003 South African giant Anglo American has announced that it has entered into an agreement for the merger of Bauernfeind's corrugated paper and packaging business with Anglo American's corrugated packaging business, Mondi Packaging. 

Packaging company’s new R350m furnace completed

21st November 2003 A new R350-million furnace at Nampak Glass will enable the division to produce more than 180 000 tons of glass a year. 

Cape Town seeks to market rural areas as tourist destinations

2nd October 2003 An ambitious strategy of the City of Cape Town and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape to market the city and the province’s rural regions to national and international tourists has taken another step with the announcement of the transitional Destination Marketing Organisation... 

New voice added to plastic-bag debate

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th September 2003 In the latest contribution to the ongoing debate regarding the government’s plastic-bag policy, a top official at the Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe (APME) has said that littering – which prompted the ban on the free issuance of thin bags by retailers – is a... 

Middle manager productivity project launched

25th August 2003 The National Productivity Institute (NPI) has launched a new learning programme for South Africa’s middle managers. 

Acquisition spurs growth for packaging group

By: zeena isaacs     11th July 2003 The largest listed plastic packaging group in South Africa, Astrapak, has seen an increase in turnover, for the financial year ending February 2003, of R816-million to R1,38-billion. 

R18bn industry focusing on training and quality improvement every year

By: zeena isaacs     11th July 2003 “The South African packaging industry is worth R18-billion a year, with an estimated R500-million a year exported directly by the industry, discounting the hundreds of millions being exported indirectly by food and other producers,” says Packaging Review editorial director and member... 

Filling machine installed at sauce maker’s factory

11th July 2003 Gauteng company ZME Filling and Labelling Machines has delivered a new 12-head piston filler with a rotary capping machine to All Joy. 

Pneumatic components developed to meet hygiene standards

11th July 2003 In spite of high hygiene standards in industrial countries, the danger of bacterial contamination in the food industry does not seem to have been fully eliminated. 

Food producer investigates exporting opportunities

By: zeena isaacs     11th July 2003 Specialist in blending and packaging of dry food products and engineering services, Continuum, is registering as an exporter this month. 

Packaging method ensures products’ a long life

By: zeena isaacs     11th July 2003 One of the world’s largest suppliers of packaging systems for milk, fruit juices and drinks, Tetra Pak, aims to preserve products by its aseptic packaging method, which keeps products fresh for up to six, and even 12 months without refrigeration. 

Plastic bag production plummets

By: zeena isaacs     11th July 2003 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) has received reports from industry that it anticipates a general decrease of between 50% and 80% in the production of local plastic bags, following the ban on thin plastic bags that came into effect on May 9. 

Untold ramifications of new plastic-bag standard

By: Kelvin Kemm     27th June 2003 When something touches a spider’s web the whole web vibrates, and that’s how the spider knows he has a visitor or a victim. 

An African Christmas is to be exported to the rest of the world

13th June 2003 The fusion of African folklore with the heritage of Christmas has ignited a niche industry in South Africa. 

Organisation tackles poor container management

By: Zonika Botha     30th May 2003 The Responsible Container Management Association (RCMASA) is continuing in its fight against the improper disposal of used containers and drums in South Africa. 

California port group visits SA

22nd May 2003 Executives from the Port of Stockton in California, are participating in a trade mission to South Africa, led by port director Richard Aschieris. 

Packaging group reports good earnings

8th May 2003 Specialised packaging group Astrapak continued its record of unbroken earnings growth, posting a 71% surge in operating income to R139,99-million, for the year to February 28. 

Chocolate maker turns to local IT market for solutions

7th March 2003 The Port Elizabeth branch of Cadbury has launched Project Olympus, an undertaking to build a worldclass chocolate manufacturing plant, incorporating state-of-the-art facilities and best practices in manufacturing and production. 

Strong earnings from packaging group

29th November 2002 South Africa's largest packaging firm Nampak said yesterday that 2002 headline earnings per share rose 58% as the firm reaped the rewards of cost-cutting, and it forecast real earnings growth in the year ahead. 

Restructuring expected to boost Nampak

27th November 2002 South African packaging group, Nampak, is likely to report a jump in 2002 headline earnings per share (EPS), boosted by a deep cost-cutting and restructuring exercise, analysts said. 

Good sales reported for new valve series

25th October 2002 Within a month of introducing its HF03, HF02 and MC valve block series version two, Tectra has sold an unprecedented compilation of 60 valves to one customer. 

Association formed to advance responsible container management

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 The irresponsible disposal of drums and containers that contain hazardous and potentially dangerous contents is an issue which the newly-established Responsible Container Management Association of Southern Africa (RCMASA) wishes to confront. 

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