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Paper, Plastics, Packaging, Printing News

Glass packagers face R1.5bn hit from alcohol ban - Consol

By: Reuters     18th January 2021 South Africa's glass packaging industry could lose a further R1.5-billion in sales if the latest ban on alcohol sales continues for long, the CEO of glass bottle maker Consol said on Monday. South Africa has recently banned alcohol sales for the third time as part of efforts to free up space for... 

Mondi to acquire Turkish corrugated packaging company

By: Simone Liedtke     5th January 2021 Paper and packaging company Mondi will acquire a 90.38% interest in Turkish corrugated packaging company Olmuksan International Paper from International Paper for €66-million. The implied enterprise value on a 100% basis would amount to about €88-million, Mondi said in a statement on January 5. 

Caxton raises stake in Mpact to 26.2%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th December 2020 Media company Caxton and CTP Publishers and Printers has bought a further 30.49-million shares in paper and plastic packaging products manufacturer Mpact. Caxton acquired the shares from clients of Allan Gray, Old Mutual Investment Group, Old Mutual Customised Solutions, Visio Capital Management... 

Sappi appoints new CEO of European operations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th December 2020 South Africa-based pulp and paper company Sappi has appointed Marco Eikelenboom as CEO of its European operations from April 1. He is currently marketing and sales, graphic papers at Sappi Europe. 

Nampak posts R283m operating loss 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st December 2020 JSE-listed packaging manufacturer Nampak has reported a loss of R4.3-billion for the year ended September 30. CEO Erik Smuts attributed the loss mainly to impairments related to goodwill at Bevcan Nigeria and assets at Bevcan Angola, Plastics South Africa and DivFood.  

Nampak posts R283m operating loss

Sappi scores Platinum status in EcoVadis sustainability rating

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2020 Globally accredited sustainability ratings provider EcoVadis has scored pulp and paper company Sappi Southern Africa Platinum Medal status in its assessment of how well the company has integrated sustainability principles into its business and management system. EcoVadis is the world’s largest... 

Renewable carton packaging to reduce environmental impact

By: Schalk Burger     18th November 2020 The Southern African subsidiary of global food packaging group Tetra Pak is changing its packaging to use materials that are wholly renewable and that meet local and international food safety standards, says Tetra Pak Southern Africa MD Stefan Fageräng. This programme is part of the group's... 

Renewable carton packaging to reduce environmental impact
Tetra Pak Southern Africa MD Stefan Fageräng

Manufacturer selected as parts supplier

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Subsequent to being shortlisted as a potential supplier of replacement parts, precision engineering company Vector Engineering has been selected as an official component assembly parts manufacturer for a critical filling line for global brewery Anheuser-Busch InBev SA (Inbev). “The parts were... 

Manufacturer selected as parts supplier
FILLING THE GAP The parts manufactured by Vector Engineering for the filling line were reverse engineered to suit the requirements of the client

Machine maintenance in paper mills made easy

13th November 2020 Volatile global economic conditions and even tougher regulations are making it increasingly difficult for pulp and paper producers to protect their operating margins. As a result, mills are looking for methods of reducing operating costs, one of which is to minimise maintenance activities, while... 

Machine maintenance in paper mills made easy
CLEAN PAPER Equipment malfunctions in pulp and paper mills can, in most instances, be traced back to poor maintenance

Bearing isolators faring well in bearings sector

6th November 2020 Bearings distributor BMG tells Engineering News that its Garlock Klozure and Guardian Bearing Isolators have fared notably well subsequent to being introduction to the BMG range of isolators. A bearing isolator is an advanced sealing solution that is used to protect bearings on rotating equipment... 

Bearing isolators faring well in bearings sector
SURE SOLUTION The Garlock sealing solutions offered by BMG have proven effective in many environments

Sappi remains resilient despite challenging market conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     5th November 2020 In response to challenging market conditions, largely characterised by the Covid-19 pandemic, paper and pulp company Sappi focused on the preservation of liquidity, lowering costs and reprioritising various strategic actions. Reporting on its results for the financial year ended September 30,... 

WWF launches plastics report, encourages deeper collaboration to end pollution

By: Donna Slater     4th November 2020 All actors in the plastics value chain have a role to play in dealing with the plastic pollution challenge, and while there are various policies and actions in place, independent conservation organisation the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says little can be achieved without deep collaboration,... 

Tetra Pak launches future packaging initiative

By: Donna Slater     2nd November 2020 Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak South Africa has launched the Go Nature Go Carton campaign to highlight that growing population’s need for access to food packaging that keeps contents safe, nutritious and readily available. In addition, the company also highlights that... 

Tetra Pak launches future packaging initiative

SABS calls for stricter self-regulation around hazardous waste disposal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th October 2020 Since the global outbreak of Covid-19, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has been refocusing its attention on improving its services to assist in the fight against the pandemic and the hygiene matters related to controlling the spread of infection. To this end, the SABS says the... 

On-the-go packed juice sets new trends

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     16th October 2020 Aseptic packaging provider SIG Combibloc Obeikan – headquartered in Dubai – has set a new trend to conveniently consume on-the-go packed juice, says SIG Combibloc Obeikan marketing and business development manager Hugo Klaasen. This follows the partnership between SIG Combibloc Obeikan, and... 

On-the-go packed juice sets new trends
FROM PULP TO PACKAGING Combismile is created using only the paperboard made of pulp from trees from Forest Stewardship Council- (FSC-) certified, making it therefore, among the most environment-friendly packaging solutions

E-commerce spurs single-use packaging

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     16th October 2020 The growth of the e-commerce industry has led to demand for protective and branded packaging, says sustainable packaging solutions provider Mielie Mailer cofounder and MD Trent Pike. Unlike warehouse-to-store fulfilment – usually by road, with consignments usually packaged in bulk format of about... 

E-commerce spurs single-use packaging
RECYCLED WINE BOTTLES Company develops packaging solution that is plastic-free and made from recycled wine bottles

Mondi continues to ‘demonstrate resilience’ in tough year

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2020 In spite of an uncertain macroeconomic outlook, paper and packaging group Mondi is confident that the group “will continue to demonstrate its resilience” while remaining well-positioned for when recovery takes place. Underpinned by the company’s integrated high-quality, cost-advantaged asset base... 

Rio Tinto, AB InBev sign MoU to deliver sustainable, low carbon aluminium cans

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2020 Beer drinkers will soon be able to enjoy their favourite brew out of cans that are both recyclable and responsibly produced as a result of a global partnership between diversified miner Rio Tinto and brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev). The two companies have signed a memorandum of... 

Nampak optimistic about market conditions for the months ahead

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th September 2020 JSE-listed Nampak Group says the 11 months from October 1, 2019, to August 31, were characterised by a weak economic climate and pressure on consumers’ disposable income. This was further exacerbated by an even more challenging period from March as lockdown measures were implemented by... 

IS programme gaining momentum

By: Tracy Hancock     25th September 2020 The Industrial Symbiosis (IS) programme of the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA), a division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, will play a significant role in helping the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) meet South Africa’s... 

IS programme  gaining momentum
RECYCLING REWARDS Esilthuli Plastic Recycling is growing its production of recycled plastic products, creating jobs through its involvement in the Industrial Symbiosis programme

Industry appeals to country to separate paper products for recycling

25th September 2020 An interesting development as a result of Covid-19, lockdown and the slowed economy has been reduced availability of used white paper and secondary packaging such as cardboard boxes and newspapers. This is according to South African paper recycling association RecyclePaperZA. 

Industry appeals to country to separate paper products for recycling
RECYCLING TRENDS South Africa’s paper recovery rate for last year is at 68.5% with 1.2-million tonnes of recyclable paper products diverted from landfill

Industry body submits plastic-waste guidelines to govt

By: Tracy Hancock     25th September 2020 South African plastics industry representative Plastics SA along with industry body Packaging SA and producer responsibility organisations (PROs) of various packaging waste streams submitted guidelines to government last month following the publication of draft Extended Producer Responsibility... 

Industry body submits plastic-waste guidelines to govt
PLASTIC STATS In 2018, 46.3% of all plastics placed on the market was collected for recycling in South Africa, with 352 000 t of plastics recycled

Sappi signs up to Business for Nature’s Call to Action on environment

By: Donna Slater     17th September 2020 Woodfibre-based product producer Sappi has joined the Business for Nature’s Call to Action – which represents 560 companies from around the world, with combined revenue of $4-trillion – in urging governments to urgently adopt policies to reverse nature loss in this decade.   Covid-19 is causing... 

Mpact declares force majeure at Springs mill amid municipal power outage

By: Simone Liedtke     16th September 2020 Paper and packaging producer Mpact has declared force majeure at its Springs paper mill in relation to a near-month-long power interruption, and as a consequence, not being able to produce. The mill has been without electricity supply from 18:00 on August 19, when an explosion and fire at the... 

Manufacturing continues on downward slump

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2020 Manufacturing production decreased by 10.6% year-on-year in July, with the largest decline in furniture and other manufacturing, which declined by 39.1% and contributed -1.4 percentage points to the overall decline. The second highest decline was in motor vehicles, parts, accessories and other... 

Sappi undertakes Arbor Week activities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th September 2020 In celebrating Arbor Week, Sappi Southern Africa has highlighted the company's efforts to help protect the pepper-bark tree, also known as the Warburgia salutaris. The company points out that the pepper-bark tree is highly prized in the Southern African healthcare sector and that commercial... 

Sappi announces two new senior appointments

By: Simone Liedtke     27th August 2020 Paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi Southern Africa has announced two new senior appointments in the form of Duane Roothman as Sappi Forests VP and Mark Barnardo as Roothman’s successor as Sappi Forests GM. Roothman takes over the position from Dr Terry Stanger, who retires on August 31 after 27... 

Packaging organisation urges responsible ammonium nitrate warehousing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st August 2020 After a cache of ammonium nitrate exploded earlier in August and left great devastation in Beruit, Lebanon, the Responsible Packaging Management Association of Southern Africa has stressed the importance of correct due procedure when handling ammonium nitrate. The association warns that what... 

Sappi completes sustainability measurement at Cloquet mill

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th August 2020 JSE-listed packaging and paper company Sappi has completed a sustainability performance measurement for its dissolving pulp brand, Verve. Sappi supports the sustainability drive by the textile value chain through its Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) membership and through the use of the... 

Coca-Cola changes Sprite packaging to increase recycling

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th August 2020 The Coca-Cola Company in South Africa has stopped the production of Sprite’s iconic green packaging to produce fresh, new clear polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle packaging. The transition to clear packaging means that more Sprite bottles can be collected, recycled and reused to make... 

Association addresses Covid-19 challenges

7th August 2020 The industry body representing the local vinyls industry Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) hosted a virtual annual general meeting in May. Speaking about the impact of Covid-19 on the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry, SAVA chairperson George Diamond said the PVC industry globally is... 

Mondi resumes dividends thanks to resilient business model

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th August 2020 JSE-listed paper and packaging group Mondi has decided to resume dividend payments relating to the 2019 financial year and the six months ended June 30. The company declared a final dividend of €0.29 in 2019.  

Mpact ensures business continuity as electricity, Covid-19 challenges persist 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th August 2020 Paper and plastic packaging manufacturer Mpact managed to ensure business continuity, alongside the safety and health of employees, over the past six months, especially as the period, which ended on June 30, began with persistent external electricity supply interruptions across South Africa,... 

Mpact ensures business continuity as electricity, Covid-19 challenges persist
Mpact CEO Bruce Strong speaks to Engineering News following the release of the company's results on August 5. Camerawork: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Consol halts R1.5bn expansion project amid low demand

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th August 2020 Manufacturer Consol Glass has indefinitely suspended construction of a new R1.5-billion glass manufacturing plant in Nigel, Gauteng, owing to the reduction in demand for glass products. The company attributed this reduced demand to the Covid-19 pandemic and government’s actions to slow its... 

At least give a timeframe around alcohol ban, asks Consol

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2020 Glass manufacturer Consol has written to the Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel, requesting that he urgently assist in pursuing a resolution of the alcohol ban. There has been much debate about the impact of the alcohol ban and which way government should go about the decision in recent... 

Sappi posts $73m quarterly loss as pandemic impacts on graphic paper, pulp markets

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th July 2020 Previously weak graphic paper and dissolving pulp (DP) markets were further affected during the quarter ended June 30 by significant declines in demand and lower sales prices as a result of Covid-19, says JSE-listed woodfibre company Sappi. CEO Steve Binnie says the overall economic effect of... 

Sappi posts $73m quarterly loss as pandemic impacts on graphic paper, pulp markets
Sappi CEO Steve Binnie

Trade rules can help to stem growing plastic pollution, says Unctad

By: Schalk Burger     28th July 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a surge in pollution from disposable products like plastic face masks, gloves, food packaging and hand sanitiser bottles, but effective trade rules can help limit the further spread of waste, says United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad)... 

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