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Paper, Plastics, Packaging, Printing News

Unilever South Africa pioneers purple carbon in its homecare products

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd November 2021 Consumer products company Unilever South Africa has become the first manufacturer in the world to introduce purple carbon into its range of homecare products. For the entire month, Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid with purple carbon was used as a demonstrator product, a pioneer in its category. 

SA Plastics Pact publishes baseline report to drive innovation to 2025 targets

By: Schalk Burger     22nd November 2021 The South African Plastics Pact, which aims to have 100% of plastic packaging be reusable, recyclable or compostable, 70% of plastic packaging be effectively recycled and a 30% minimum average recycled content across all plastic packaging by 2025, as well as take action against problematic and... 

Tiger Brands delivers improved operational performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th November 2021 Packaged goods company Tiger Brands’ results for the financial year ended September 30 reflect steady progress against the company’s strategic priorities with an improved underlying performance from the core business, offset by one-off costs of R732-million (pre-tax) related to a canned vegetable... 

Sappi recovers strongly after Covid-19 impact

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2021 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has returned to profitability for the financial year ended September 30, turning a loss of $135-million in 2020 into a profit of $13-million for 2021, with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortisation (Ebitda) having increased by 40% over the prior... 

Pic of paper at Sappi mill

Afri-Plastics Challenge names 30 semi-finalists for Accelerating Growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2021 Innovation foundation Nesta Challenges has announced the semi-finalists of Accelerating Growth, the first strand of the Afri-Plastics Challenge. The prize aims to reduce marine plastics in Sub-Saharan African countries by developing and scaling innovative solutions to plastic mismanagement. 

South African Investment Conference moved to March  

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his weekly letter, said the fourth South African Investment Conference, which would have been held this month has been moved to March next year owing to several events, including the local government elections, the Conference of the Parties (COP26) climate conference... 

A photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Top-performing South African fund rides bet on energy stocks

By: Bloomberg     4th November 2021 South Africa’s top-performing equity fund has reaped the benefit of a wager that battered stocks, particularly in the energy sector, would flourish as economies rebounded from the worst of the pandemic. Blue Quadrant Capital Management’s Worldwide Flexible Prescient Fund has returned 125% this... 

Tetra Pak invests R500m in Pinetown packaging factory

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2021 Food processing and packaging multinational Tetra Pak South Africa has announced a R500-million investment to upgrade its aseptic packaging materials factory in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, to ensure the factory continues to meet global safety and sustainability standards. The investment also... 

Software allows for warehouse optimisation

By: Anna Moross     15th October 2021 Using a barcode-based software system, such as the Granite Warehouse Management System, creates an end-to-end solution for efficient and effective warehouse management, says GraniteWMS marketing manager Caryn Mather. 

An image of the GraniteWMS
GRANITEWMS By implementing digital systems, such as GraniteWMS, warehouses ensure that they keep up with demand and remain competitive

Company aims to create sustainable packaging

By: Anna Moross     15th October 2021 Food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak aims to ensure sustainable packaging for its products by using ecofriendly material throughout the design and manufacture of the packaging. 

Dry running conveyors help food and beverage sector

15th October 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s light materials handling division supplies and supports a range of dry running conveyor components for the food and beverage sector, offering high productivity, low energy and reduced water consumption, as well as a safe and hygienic work environment.  

An image of BMG’s dry running conveyors
DRY RUNNING CONVEYORS BMG’s Light Materials Handling division’s range of dry running conveyor components for the food and beverage sector, offers high productivity, low energy and reduced water consumption, as well as a safe and hygienic work environment

Customised bottling service introduced

15th October 2021 Container supplier Conceptainer’s range of specialist packaging services now includes contract bottling of almost any liquid product. 

Load-shedding hinders holistic growth

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th October 2021 For custom plastic injection moulding company Bambisana Plastics, a subsidiary of Bambisana Holdings, the biggest challenges it has to contend with are labour and electricity. However, despite these challenges, along with the effects of the pandemic, the company has managed to not only avoid... 

An aerial image of Bambisana Plastics factory
BAMBISANA PLASTICS FACTORY Load-shedding is the biggest challenge the company faces

Nampak’s performance improves on the back of better trading conditions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2021 JSE-listed Nampak’s trading conditions improved for the 11-month period ended August 31, relative to the prior comparative period, as Covid-19 restrictions were eased in South Africa and most markets in the rest of Africa, resulting in significantly improved group operating results. Group revenue... 

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-Rajah     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... 

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