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Packaging, Labelling and Barcoding

Stakeholders to meet on plastic-bags ban

27th August 2002 The Minister of Environment Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa convened a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the plastic bag regulations, which were promulgated on May 9 this year and which come into effect in May 2003. 

How digital printing paints the future

By: Karel Smrcka     2nd August 2002 In digital or electronic printing the page information to be printed is transferred directly from the computer to the printing press. 

Firm erects R4m plastic packaging factory

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 In a R4-million investment, plastic packaging firm Alfa Plastex is constructing a new factory in Edenvale to increase its capacity to 250 t of low density polyethylene (LDPE) a month from the current monthly-capacity of 190 t. 

R123-m buyout to increase turnover by 40%

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 In a R123-million acquisition, South Africa's largest listed plastics packaging group Astrapak has bought a 75% controlling stake in Master Plastics, in a move that will take Astrapak's turnover to above R1,3-billion at the end of this financial year. 

Packaging tape distributor accelerates acquisition drive

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 Leading distributor in packaging tapes Wilec is looking for local acquisitions to accelerate the growth of its share of the local market for packaging tapes and it is also investing in capital equipment. 

Grip chains expedite packaging handling

12th July 2002 Durban-based Bearing Man’s power transmission division distributes a range of high performance Tsubaki chains designed specifically for the packaging industry. 

High-speed colour contrast detection is facilitated

12th July 2002 The detection of contrasts or colour differences is of great importance, particularly in the packaging and printing industries where markings with minimal contrasts have to be identified with absolute reliability, often at ultra-high processing speeds. 

Packaging protection firm expands range

12th July 2002 Leading manufacturer and converter of cross-linked, closed-cell expanded polyethylene, EVA, foam plastics and closed-circuit rubbers Sondor Industries is the sole supplier of Ethafoam brand of polyethylene cushion and protective packaging. 

Combined valve/cylinder automation solution on offer

12th July 2002 Integrated subsystems have enabled Festo to meet the growing need for full functionality with reduced costs for purchasing, installation and maintenance with its DNCV standard cylinder/valve combination. 

Packaging meets stringent hygiene specs

12th July 2002 Durban-based Rohm and Haas supplies the food and beverage industry with a complete range of packaging solutions, that meets stringent international quality and hygiene specifications and that consistently delivers high performance for every application. 

Need for aseptic packaging on the rise

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 Every day throughout the world, about 5 000-billion litres of water, milk, juice and other liquid foods are consumed. Packaging firm Tetra Pak has developed packages which protect both the nutritional value and the taste of the packaged product. 

Competition body approves packaging takeover

11th June 2002 South Africa's Competition Commission gave conditional approval for packaging giant Nampak's takeover of smaller rival Malbak. 

Comonomer focus shifting from hexene to octene

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The past year has seen petrochemical prices weakening, yet Sasol’s Chemical Industries (SCI) division has come up trumps, growing its operating profits with 78% in the six-month period preceding December 31, 2001. 

Packaging firm in R1,9bn bid

29th April 2002 South African packaging firm Nampak said it had refined an offer to buy smaller rival Malbak for R1,97-billion, a premium of 31,2% on the share prices of both companies. 

Outsource Packaging

26th April 2002 Outsource Packaging speclialises in the manufacture of industrial crates and packaging solutions for the local and international markets. 

Mineral-water plant sports new clean-room

By: Zonika Botha     8th March 2002 Clean-room technology specialists Deryck Smith Consulting Engineers (DSCE) of Pretoria has completed the fast-track installation of new clean-room facilities at Valvita’s mineral-water filling plant in Doornkloof, Olifantsfontein. 

Bottler sets sights on Africa

By: Zonika Botha     8th March 2002 One of the world’s largest Coca-Cola bottlers Amalgamated Beverage Industries Limited of South Africa (ABI) has recorded a growth in turnover from R452-million in 1987 to nearly R3,8-billion in 2001, with case sales increasing from 45-million to 100-million. 

The best things come in small packages

8th March 2002 Rohm and Haas supplies the food and beverage industry with a complete range of packaging solutions, that meets stringent international quality and hygiene specifications and that consistently delivers high performance for every application. 

Stamps glowing and gleaming

By: Kelvin Kemm     14th December 2001 The Post Office comes in for regular criticism, much of it deserved, I feel. But there is certainly one area in which they excel, and that is the design of stamps. 

'Squeaky clean' valve for hygienic uses

16th November 2001 Today, pneumatic cylinders are available to meet the stringent hygiene requirements of the food and packaging industries. 

Friendly fast-food containers in US

13th July 2001 US company EarthShell has met its commitment to supply McDonald’s with the approved final design of its Big Mac container. 

New intelligent coding launched

13th July 2001 Driven by customers’ growing needs to put variable information, such as expiration dates, bar codes and real-time codes on a variety of products, boxes and shipping containers, international firm Markem has introduced the concept of Intelligent Coding. 

Packaging sector indispensable

13th July 2001 While the origins of packaging can be traced to the leather, glass and clay containers of the earliest Western commercial ventures, its economic significance has increased dramatically since the start of the Industrial Revolution, explains Britannica.com. 

Firm cutting into packaging industry

By: Joanne Delaurentis     13th July 2001 Traditionally an import wholesale company, Paul Moeller is now making inroads into the packaging industry through the supply of cutting and creasing rule to die and knifemakers in the industry. 

Hygienic equipment for food-packaging

By: Joanne Delaurentis     13th July 2001 The South African food export market is growing all the time, creating a demand for strictly specified, hygienic production methods used for food production. 

Still hope for packaging despite downturn

By: Joanne Delaurentis     13th July 2001 The packaging industry has achieved a disappointing economic performance over the last two years. Yet, executive director of the Packaging Council of South Africa Owen Bruyns believes it is here to stay. 

Packaging becomes smart with new system

By: Joanne Delaurentis     13th July 2001 Manufacturer and equipment supplier HG Molenaar & Co is developing a central computer software system to integrate the systems operational on a factory floor, reports national manager of electric agencies Gary Watson. 

New equipment for SA market

By: Joanne Delaurentis     13th July 2001 East Rand packaging and process machinery supplier Prestpak has been appointed as the sole agents of two new international equipment suppliers, bringing its range to some 25 agencies represented in Southern Africa. 

Incorrect packaging squashing fruit profits

13th July 2001 A simple cardboard box could deal a serious blow to South African fruit farmers’ bottom line profit. This is according to Dawie Kriel, MBB Consulting Engineers cooling and refrigeration expert. 

Light on the horizon for sectors

By: Joanne Delaurentis     13th July 2001 The last month has seen a positive upturn in the packaging and plastics industries as a result of an increase in the number of orders and a decrease in factory downtime, says executive director of the Plastics Federation of South Africa Bill Naud 

SA packager is honoured in book

13th July 2001 Only the best corrugated boxes make it into the book World Excellence in Corrugated Graphics, published in the UK, in which Nampak Corrugated was honoured some four times in the latest issue. 

High-tech products at German exhibition

13th July 2001 This year’s Hanover Fair 2001, which took place in May, once again proved that optoelectronics is a key technology in the world’s processing, manufacturing and packaging industries. 

Food-packaging lines

By: Joanne Delaurentis     13th July 2001 Packaging equipment supplier Universal Supply Systems Pactech (USS Pactech) has completed three fully automated packaging lines worth R5-million for Nandos Chickenland factory in Lourensville, Gauteng. 

Bonding and coating products for packaging

13th July 2001 Coating specialists Rohm and Haas, suppliers of coatings raw materials, surface finishes, adhesives and sealants, as well as ion exchange resins, provides the packaging industry with a complete range of bonding and coating solutions for food, medical and industrial packaging and carded products. 

Consumerism and legislation can drive coding investment

13th July 2001 Consumerism and the anticipated legislation making date information detail mandatory on products – both for export and local use, are driving the rapid implementation of coding and marking systems within South Africa's beverage industries, according to Coditech SA GM Ted Michel. 

Toxic goods now regulated

13th July 2001 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) reports that special care must be taken when transporting dangerous of potentially harmful goods as there is now new legislation in place. 

New packaging for car parts

By: System Author     8th December 2000 The logistics of automotive-component packaging changed irrevocably when re-usable collapsible-box manufacturer Safbin, of Johannesburg, won a R45-million contract with DaimlerChrysler South Africa last year. 

Production at tannery increased by 30%

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 German contribution to SA 

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