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Paper, Plastics, Packaging, Printing News

Polyco launches municipal-focused recycling strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2021 Producer responsibility organisation (PRO) for the plastic industry Polyco is launching a municipal-focused recycling strategy, aimed at drastically improving the country’s recycling rates. To implement this “first of its kind” strategy, Polyco on September 15 said it would work with... 

SA Plastics Pact publishes first list of problematic, unnecessary plastics to be phased out 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2021 The South African (SA) Plastics Pact members have published a first list of problematic or unnecessary plastics for phasing out this year and next. The SA Plastics Pact is a collaborative pre-competitive initiative that brings together key stakeholders from the local plastics value chain,... 

Libstar weathers ongoing challenging market conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     8th September 2021 JSE-listed consumer packaged goods group Libstar’s interim period – the six months ended June 30 – was largely characterised by rising input costs, which CEO Andries van Rensburg said led to a “relentless focus” on cost containment during the period. South Africa’s food inflation averaged 6%... 

Pic/Image of Surface and personal hygiene product range from Libstar

Societal cost of plastic produced in 2019 amounts to £3.7tr – WWF

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th September 2021 The lifetime cost to society, the environment and the economy of plastic produced in 2019 alone has been determined at $3.7-trillion, more than the gross domestic product (GDP) of India, a new report by global consulting firm Dalberg, commissioned by non-governmental organisation the World Wide... 

Environmental organisations concerned about government no-show at plastics treaty meeting

By: Donna Slater     2nd September 2021 Environment advocacy organisations Greenpeace Africa, groundWork and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) have expressed deep concerns that the South African government did not participate in a Ministerial meeting on a proposed global plastics treaty held this month. This shows, the... 

Tiger Brands disposes of share in UACF

By: Simone Liedtke     30th August 2021 South African packaged goods company Tiger Brands is disposing of its 49% shareholding in UAC Foods (UACF) to its partner UACF Nigeria (UACN), which already holds the remaining 51% of the company. Following a detailed review, Tiger Brands found that UACF would be “better positioned” under the... 

Compartment system ensures pork safety from ‘farm to fork’

By: Theresa Bhowan     20th August 2021 Taking a more holistic approach to pork farming, meat producer and wholesaler Lynca Meats adheres and complies to the South African Pork Producers’ Organisation’s Pork360 Quality and Traceability system through the compartment system within the pig farming industry. The compartment system,... 

a man slicing pork meat
FARM TO FORK Lynca Meats quality assures its pork through strict adherence to the regulations of compartmentalised systems

Partnership aids in reducing beverage industry footprint

20th August 2021 The beverage industry in South Africa still presents significant opportunities for addressing water, energy and waste efficiencies across the entire value chain, according to industry support programme National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC-SA) resources, strategy and innovation manager... 

Alternative agricultural resources grow interest

By: Darren Parker     6th August 2021 There has been a surge of interest during the past six months in alternative agricultural resources, such as growbags and capillary mats, geotextiles manufacturer Fibertex South Africa commercial executive Sefton Fripp tells Engineering News. He says although the first half of the year has been... 

A photo of a woman tending plants in a nursery.
MUTUAL GROWTH Fibertex works closely with farmers and horticulturalists globally to develop and manufacture ecofriendly plant care products

Trading remains positive for Mondi as macroeconomic uncertainties remain

By: Simone Liedtke     5th August 2021 While macroeconomic uncertainties remain, trading is positive for paper and packaging manufacturer Mondi, which expects to see the full impact of the price increases implemented to date and the continued contribution from its capital investment projects during the second half of this year. 

Mpact remains ‘firmly anchored’ in making a difference on the back of robust interim results 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th August 2021 South African paper and packaging business and recycler Mpact remains “firmly anchored” in its purpose of making a difference by providing customers with sustainable packaging and giving effect to the circular economy through its integrated business model. CEO Bruce Strong said on August 5 that... 

Pic of Mpact Polymers recycling in Wadevil.=le.
Mpact's Bruce Strong and Brett Clark give Engineering News some more insight on the company's results, and some external factors that had an impact. Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Sappi returns to profit in Q3 but expects $16m Ebitda impact from unrest for Q4

By: Chanel de Bruyn     5th August 2021 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has posted a profit of $18-million for the quarter ended June 30 – the third quarter of its 2021 financial year – compared with a loss of $73-million recorded in the third quarter of 2020. Earnings a share, excluding special items, were $0.05, compared with a loss a... 

Nampak reports improved results in wake of disruptive 2020

By: Donna Slater     30th July 2021 JSE-listed packaging company Nampak reports that, for the quarter ended June 30, trading conditions improved significantly in comparison with the corresponding period of 2020. During the same time last year, most of Nampak’s businesses were impacted on by a combination of hard lockdowns and... 

Tiger Brands recalling some canned vegetable products

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th July 2021 JSE-listed Tiger Brands is instituting an immediate recall of certain canned vegetable products, following the identification of defective cans. A leak in a can presents a risk of secondary microbial contamination after the canned products are dispatched into the marketplace. Where such... 

Report suggests 10% reuse of plastics will halve such ocean-going litter

By: Donna Slater     22nd July 2021 A key finding of the ‘Future of Reusable Consumption Model’ report suggests that it is possible to prevent almost half of yearly plastic ocean waste by reusing just 10% of all plastics consumed, as an integral part of the reduce-reuse-recycle agenda. The report – a collaboration between... 

Sappi incurs R220m loss from precautionary standstill

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st July 2021 Paper and packaging group Sappi has confirmed that there was no material damage to any of its plants as a result of the recent civil unrest experienced in parts of South Africa. However, the company did incur a permanent loss of sales volumes of about 28 000 t of dissolving pulp (DP) and 7 000... 

Sappi's Saiccor Mill
Sappi's Saiccor Mill

Mpact expects to report higher interim earnings

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2021 JSE-listed packaging company Mpact expects to report earning per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between 118c and 123c for the six months ended June 30. This compares with EPS of 9c and HEPS of 8.4c reported for the first half of 2020. 

Sappi partners with EcoVadis to improve supply chain sustainability

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2021 Wood fibre-based products company Sappi has partnered with business sustainability performance company EcoVadis to assess the sustainability performance of its suppliers through proactive ratings and evaluations using EcoVadis’ methodology. The EcoVadis methodology focuses on 21 sustainability... 

Nampak provides group funding covenant update

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th July 2021 Based on improved operating results, JSE-listed Nampak’s lenders have been requested to reassess a requirement to reduce its net interest-bearing debt by R1-billion by September 30. The funders have agreed to extend the date by which the company is required to deliver to funders duly executed... 

Mpact warns shareholders of proposed plans by Caxton

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th June 2021 JSE-listed Mpact says it has not agreed to a joint merger notification with Caxton on the grounds that Caxton has, among other things, not disclosed a proposed offer price or terms. It states that its board is, therefore, unable to determine whether any such offer would be in the best interests... 

Price volatility affecting pipe manufacturing

By: Darren Parker     25th June 2021 Price volatility in the plastics industry has been extreme over the past year, owing to the impact of Covid-19 on the supply of input chemicals, such as alcohol. Moreover, the subsequent lockdown, as well as load-shedding, interruptions in water supply, price hikes over the past few months, and... 

THE RIGHT STUFF It is important for clients to ensure that they purchase quality products from reputable suppliers
THE RIGHT STUFF It is important for clients to ensure that they purchase quality products from reputable suppliers

Sappi joins the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2021 Wood-fibre products multinational Sappi has joined bioeconomy global movement the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance (CBA). “Sappi’s purpose and vision aligns very closely with the CBA. We fully support the work of the CBA in facilitating a science-informed dialogue and in demonstrating on the ground... 

Mondi approves €125m upgrade for Finland mill

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2021 Paper and packaging multinational Mondi has approved a €125-million capital investment project at its semi-chemical fluting mill in Kuopio, Finland, to increase the facility’s capacity by about 55 000 t/y to meet growing customer demand, enhance product quality and cost-competitiveness. The... 

Africa presents opportunity for new Tetra Pak, Synercore partnership

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2021 Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak has entered into a collaborative partnership with food research, application and ingredient company Synercore Food Holdings. During the journey from farm to factory to fork, the food supply chain can encounter any number of health hazards. 

Mpact reports ‘strong’ trading for first five months of 2021

By: Simone Liedtke     15th June 2021 Trading for the first five months of this year has been strong for paper and packaging manufacturer Mpact, with underlying profit exceeding pre-pandemic comparatives in both the plastics and paper businesses. Group revenue for the period ended May 31, 2021, was R4.8-billion and exceeded the prior... 

Mondi renews SDG-linked credit facility

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th June 2021 Multinational packaging and paper group Mondi has signed a new €750-million five-year multicurrency revolving credit facility (RCF) agreement to refinance an existing facility that was due to mature in July 2022. Mondi explains in a release that the RCF incorporates key sustainability targets... 

Pamsa opens applications for Masters of Engineering bursary programme

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2021 The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) Masters of Engineering (MEng) bursary programme is now open for applications for the 2022/23 intake. Applications can be submitted via Pamsa’s website by June 30. 

Mondi completes acquisition of Turkish corrugated packaging company

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2021 Paper and packaging company Mondi on June 1 confirmed that it had completed the acquisition of 90.38% of the outstanding shares in Olmuksan International Paper for €66-million. The implied enterprise value on a 100% basis would amount to about €88-million. 

Nampak records solid interim results  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th May 2021 Packaging company Nampak recorded “very pleasing” results for the six months ended March 31, despite the ongoing restrictions on trading caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, CEO Erik Smuts said at a presentation of the company’s interim results on May 28. Overall group profitability improved, driven... 

Erik Smuts
Nampak CEO Erik Smuts outlines the group’s performance for the six months ended March 31; and its outlook.

Nemwa amendments aimed at increasing recovery of products to be recycled  

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2021 Waste management and plastic recycling are a significant challenges in South Africa and recent amendments to Section 18 of the National Environmental Management and Waste Act (Nemwa) regulations call for producer responsibility organisations (PROs) to cooperate with municipalities to increase the... 

Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom
Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom gives more insight into recent amendments to Section 18 of the National Environmental Management and Waste Act (Nemwa). Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

UCT professor elected as fellow of South African Academy of Engineering 

By: Donna Slater     28th May 2021 University of Cape Town (UCT) chemical engineering professor Harro von Blottnitz has been elected a fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering (SAAE), thereby placing him among an elite group of 213 fellows who stand between the worlds of academia and industry, and who are considered... 

University of Cape Town chemical engineering professor Harro von Blottnitz
University of Cape Town chemical engineering professor Harro von Blottnitz

Nampak expects to report higher interim earnings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th May 2021 JSE-listed Nampak’s headline earnings per share (HEPS) for continuing operations for the six months ended March 31 is expected to increase to between 16.3c and 18.7c. That compares with HEPS of 7c reported for the six months ended March 31, 2020. 

Company brings evolution to PPE

21st May 2021 As South Africa’s premier supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE), G.Fox continuously strives to break new ground and offer the very best “fit for purpose” products to their customers. This ethos is embodied in their new brand of EVOLUTION and CUTGUARD gloves and EVOLUTION masks amongst... 

Designed and tested for safety, comfort and endurance, these gloves provide maximum hand protection and durability in the most rugged and physically challenging work conditions
TOUGH AND RUGGED Designed and tested for safety, comfort and endurance, these gloves provide maximum hand protection and durability in the most rugged and physically challenging work conditions

Fossil fuel giants and banks under fire for rise in single-use plastics

By: Reuters     18th May 2021 Production of single-use plastics is set to grow 30% in the next five years, fuelling their contribution to global warming and ocean pollution, researchers said on Tuesday as they published a list of companies that manufacture and fund throwaway plastic. The first "Plastic Waste Makers Index",... 

Lebone reaping benefits of technology, people investments

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th May 2021 Print solutions company Lebone Litho Printers’ infrastructure and technological investments, as well as its skills development and small, medium-sized and microenterprise (SMME) focus, are engendering benefits for the company. This, combined with its diversification into digital, has enabled the... 

Tetra Pak says EPR regulations will see greater industry collaboration

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th May 2021 Packaging company Tetra Pak South Africa (SA) has welcomed the Section 18 regulations relating to extended producer responsibility (EPR) in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act. Existing producers can register with the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, before... 

Tetra Pak says EPR regulations will see greater industry collaboration

Sappi says recovery steady in second quarter as Ebitda climbs

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 Pulp and paper producer Sappi says its operations are steadily recovering from the ongoing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. For the quarter ended March 31, its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) continued to improve to $112-million, compared with... 

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