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Paper, Plastics, Packaging, Printing News

Sappi, Borregaard celebrate 20 years of biorefinery investment

By: Simone Liedtke     8th April 2019 LignoTech South Africa – the 50:50 joint venture between South Africa’s Sappi and Norway’s Borregaard – is celebrating 20 years of operations. The KwaZulu-Natal-based lignin extraction plant was first commissioned in December 1998 and officially opened in 1999. 

Nampak disposes of Nigerian cartons business

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd April 2019 Nampak has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its subsidiary Nampak Cartons Nigeria –  a producer of folding carton products for the tobacco, food and consumer goods segments – to AR Packaging Group for an undisclosed sum. Nampak Cartons, which was established in 2004, employs about 200... 

Packaging sector is growing, needs recyclable material

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     29th March 2019 The local packaging sector is growing, and to make it as resource conserving as possible the market requires more packaging material that is recyclable and biodegradable. Paper, as a renewable resource, offers such an alternative by adhering to quality and environmental specifications, says paper... 

Packaging sector  is growing, needs  recyclable material
LINERBOARD MANUFACTURING Containerboard packaging – boxes made from fluting and linerboard – is in high demand, particularly in the agriculture sector

Companies investigating steam system at paper mill

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     29th March 2019 Valve supplier Bilfinger Intervalve Africa (BIA), in conjunction with engineering, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa, both of which are subsidiaries of Bilfinger Power Africa, is investigating the steam systems of a paper mill to allow for possible improvements to... 

Companies investigating steam system at paper mill
PETER UNDERHILL Top performers in the paper and pulp industry are constantly striving to increase productivity and quality while minimising costs

Paper recycling flourishing; separation at source important

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     29th March 2019 Paper recycling in South Africa is thriving, owing to the efforts of industry, collectors and conscientious businesses and consumers, says South African paper recycling association RecyclePaperZA GM Anele Sololo. The country reached its paper recycling 2020 target of 70% in 2017, with... 

Paper recycling flourishing; separation at source important
FIRST STEP Awareness must be created that separation at source rather than landfill and bin waste picking results in a cleaner product for mills

Paper, pulp and board industry will grow

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     29th March 2019 The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) is optimistic that the paper, pulp and board industry is sustainable and will continue to provide South Africa with several paper products, says Pamsa executive director Jane Molony. She also notes that while the industry has had to... 

Paper, pulp and board industry will grow
JANE MOLONY Those industries that can support environmental sustainability through product offerings have a good chance of withstanding disruption, and perhaps causing some themselves

Nampak anticipates glass business sale by April, provides trading update

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th March 2019 JSE-listed Nampak expects the sale of its glass business to conclude before the end of April. Nampak in February entered into an exclusivity arrangement with a preferred bidder – a black South African-owned company that is supported by a large international corporation with ‘significant’ glass... 

Phaswana to retire as Mondi joint chairperson

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2019 LSE- and JSE-listed packaging and paper group Mondi on Tuesday announced that Fred Phaswana, joint chairperson of the boards of Mondi Limited and Mondi, has informed the boards of his decision to retire. Phaswana will retire after the completion of the company’s proposed simplification, which is... 

Mpact says rising power prices will place pressure on margins 

By: Terence Creamer     13th March 2019 South African paper and plastics packaging group Mpact is forecasting further improvements in the operating performance of its paper business in 2019 as recent capital projects are optimised and fruit volumes improve following the recent Western Cape drought. In the short term, however, the group... 

Mpact says rising power prices will place pressure on margins

Company to offer new digital printing technology

1st March 2019 By 2020, multinational food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak working in collaboration with printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer, will become the first company in the food and beverage carton industry to offer full-colour digital printing on its carton packages. The digital... 

Company to offer new  digital printing technology
CHARLES BRAND Commitment to our clients has fueled the collaboration which we hope will benefit all

Free-to-attend seminars headlining at packaging event

By: Halima Frost     1st March 2019 The triennial packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling exhibition Propak Africa will host free-to-attend seminars, presented by more than 20 reputed speakers in industry, for the first time since the inception of the event. The seminars, which will span the four-day show – to... 

Free-to-attend seminars headlining at packaging event
SHOW AND TELL Exhibitors will have the opportunity to display new products and technologies at this year’s expo

Packaging company drives waste-free economy

By: Halima Frost     1st March 2019 The idea of a circular economy is now starting to pique interest in the packaging industry, although the mechanism of biodegradability has been operational for hundreds of millions of years, says GREEN HOME Food Packaging MD and owner Catherine Morris. The concept highlights the way in which the... 

Packaging company drives  waste-free economy
CATHERINE MORRIS A waste-free world is a possibility for the future

Plastics body calls for support in plastics challenges

1st March 2019 Industry body Plastics|SA invites all role players in the plastics value chain interested in cooperatively finding workable solutions to end plastic pollution in the oceans and environment to join the South African Alliance to End Plastic Pollution. Plastics|SA says that it is essential for the... 

Plastics body calls  for support in  plastics challenges
CLEAN-UP GREEN-UP The collection and recycling of plastic waste is imperative to the country’s future says Plastics SA

Nampak aims to sell Nampak Glass to preferred bidder by April

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th February 2019 Packaging group Nampak on Thursday advised its shareholders that its has been in exclusive negotiations with a preferred bidder in respect of the potential disposal of the Nampak Glass business, which may have a material effect on the price of the company’s shares, if concluded. The company... 

Nampak aims to sell Nampak Glass to preferred bidder by April

Higher fibre packaging demand, selling prices lift Mondi’s FY18 Ebitda 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th February 2019 LSE- and JSE-listed packaging and paper group Mondi reported underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of €7.4-billion for the year ended December 31, 2018. That was 19% higher than the Ebitda reported for 2017 and translated to an underlying operating... 

Higher fibre packaging demand, selling prices lift Mondi’s FY18 Ebitda
Mondi uncoated fine paper plant

JoJo offering trade-in discount on end-of-life tanks

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Polymer tank manufacturer JoJo is providing a credit of R2/kg for roto-moulded polymer products returned to partner stores as a trade-in on a replacement JoJo product, says JoJo national sales and marketing manager Sebasti Badenhorst. Clients can also bring any end-of -life JoJo tanks to a... 

Nampak marks 50 years on JSE amid moves to streamline and reduce environmental footprint 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2019 Packaging group Nampak, which celebrated 50 years on the JSE on February 19, is a markedly different business from the one that has its roots in a cardboard box-making factory established by John Herzberg in Waterkant Street, Cape Town, in 1918. Rising levels of automation across a portfolio of... 

Nampak marks 50 years on JSE amid moves to streamline and reduce environmental footprint

Mondi expects earnings for 2018 to rise 25% to 29%

By: African News Agency      15th February 2019 Paper and packaging company Mondi said on Friday it expected earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization for the year ended December 31 to be above that of the comparable prior year period of €1.48-billion. Mondi, which will release its results on February 28, said special... 

KAP grows interim revenue

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2019 JSE-listed KAP Industrial Holdings grew its revenue by 16% to R13.29-billion in the interim period to the end of December, up from R11.48-billion during the first half of 2018, the company reported on Tuesday. The diversified industrial firm, however, posted lower headline earnings of... 

Sappi delivers strong Q1 performance despite difficult operating environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th February 2019 Despite a difficult operating environment, diversified woodfibre company Sappi’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) increased by 15% year-on-year and its profit by 29% year-on-year in the quarter ended December 31. Profitability for the first quarter of the... 

Sappi delivers strong Q1 performance despite difficult operating environment
Sappi CEO Steve Binnie

Mpact expects to report higher full-year EPS, HEPS

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th February 2019 Mpact expects its underling earnings per share (EPS) for the year ended December 31, to be between 22.1% and 28.1% higher year-on-year at between 203c and 213c. EPS are expected to be between 180c and 190c – an increase of between 11% and 17.2% compared with the prior year’s EPS of 162.1c. 

Biltong receives gas flush and packaging makeover

1st February 2019 South Africa’s unique and favourite snack, biltong, has received a packaging makeover from equipment manufacturer Safari-Vac, in partnership with modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) specialist Afrox. To give biltong a longer shelf life, industrially produced biltong can now be sold in MAP.... 

Biltong receives gas flush and packaging makeover
BEST-LOVED SNACK Biltong, South Africa’s best known snack, stays fresher for longer with this new technology

Roadshow highlights motion control products to industry

By: Halima Frost     18th January 2019 Electrical solutions provider Magnet Group hosted a roadshow with about five of power management company Eaton’s technicians in October to highlight Eaton’s DILM range of contractors, circuit breakers and overload relays to Magnet clients and end-users. The roadshow, which visited the Durban,... 

Roadshow highlights motion  control products to industry
ON SHOW The DILM Range was highlighted at the recent roadshows held by Magnet

Brian Beamish appointed to Sappi board

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th January 2019 Brian Beamish will join Sappi’s board as independent nonexecutive director, with effect from March 1. Beamish, a qualified mechanical engineer with over 40 years of relevant experience, is also chairperson of Lonmin as well as a nonexecutive director of Nordgold. 

Pollutec covers full spectrum of environmental industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd December 2018 Environmental trade show Pollutec concluded a successful fortieth anniversary, in Lyon, France, last week. This year’s event saw an increase in the number of international exhibitors and also hosted three new pavilions – Korea, Hungary and Italy. 

Pollutec covers full spectrum of environmental industry
Photo by Tasneem Bulbulia
Display depicting ocean pollution

Circular economy presents opportunities for Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th November 2018 The circular economy, as a reformative system, presents significant opportunities for Africa to deliver on more inclusive economic growth, which includes job opportunities and the positive environmental practices that are in dire need for sustainable growth, says waste management company... 

Circular economy presents opportunities for Africa
Photo by Creamer Media
GROWING SECTOR The waste picker sector is growing and plays a key role in South Africa’s recycling strategy

Nampak produces ‘pleasing’ FY18 results despite challenging environment

By: Nadine James     27th November 2018 Packaging company Nampak has achieved positive results for its continuing operations for the financial year ended September 30, with profit up 29% year-on-year to R1.2-billion and headline earnings a share up 15% year-on-year to 168.7c a share. Nampak CEO André de Ruyter told Engineering News... 

Nampak forecasts higher earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     19th November 2018 Leading up to the finalisation of its results for the year ended September 30, JSE-listed packaging company Nampak on Monday said that it expected its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for continuing operations to increase by between 12% and 17%. HEPS was 146.3c a share in the previous... 

Sappi mulls further Saiccor expansion as it moves ahead with R7.7bn project 

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2018 JSE-listed forest products group Sappi has confirmed that it is considering a further expansion of its giant Saiccor dissolving wood pulp (DWP) mill in KwaZulu-Natal, having only recently pulled the trigger on a R7.7-billion investment to expand output at the facility by 110 000 t/y. An... 

Sappi mulls further Saiccor expansion as it moves ahead with R7.7bn project
The Saiccor mill

Storage shelving, better option for plastic pallets

2nd November 2018 Pallet supplier Premier Pallets posits that for companies to optimise storage space, a racking-system (racking without centre support or shelving) is the logical way to go, however, this premise comes into question when companies use plastic pallets in factories. The company indicates that the... 

Storage shelving, better option for plastic pallets
ORGANISATION Companies should also pursue pre-planning, organising and labelling the racking system according to their products, as this can prevent a warehouse from becoming disorganised

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments  

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an end to South Africa's proverbial 'investment strike', when he unveiled firm investment commitments of R290-billion across a diverse range of sectors, from mining and energy to infrastructure and manufacturing, at a well attended and vibrant investment... 

Ramaphosa declares end to 'investment strike' and unveils R290bn in commitments
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Danone Southern Africa joins Polystyrene Association of South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2018 Danone Southern Africa (Danone SA) has become the latest producer of high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) to join the Polystyrene Association of South Africa, which represents the entire value chain of polystyrene packaging manufacturers, collectors and recyclers. According to the association’s CE Adri... 

Danone Southern Africa joins Polystyrene Association of South Africa
Danone SA MD Hendrik Born

Coca-Cola says all containers to be made from recyclable materials by 2025

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2018 Beverages multinational subsidiary Coca-Cola Southern and East Africa (CCSEA) continues to reduce the weight of its bottles and has committed to recovering the equivalent of 100% of  all its packaging by 2025, says CCSEA head of sustainability Dr Casper Durandt. These commitments are part of... 

Better recycling requires pact with consumers

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2018 While commercial companies continue to work to reduce the impact of their products on the environment, improving the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) requires the involvement and understanding of consumers, said recycling company Mpact GM Nicholas Schild. PET recycling rates in South... 

Recognition increases for improved packaging

19th October 2018 To increase brand recognition, bearings manufacturer Kharkov Bearing Plant (HARP) decided to improve its multi-unit package for transportation of ball bearings with an outer diameter of 180 mm. HARP MD Natalia Akimenko states that the decision was taken in order to take care of its European... 

Mondi proceeds with Slovakia kraft top white machine project, but costs rise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 After receiving permitting approvals, global packaging and paper group Mondi will invest in a new 300 000 t/y kraft top white machine at its Ruzomberok factory, in Slovakia, with start-up expected towards the end of 2020. “This investment provides an exciting opportunity for Mondi to leverage... 

Numsa plastic sector workers to strike over wages

By: African News Agency      15th October 2018 Thousands of National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa are expected to strike in more than 450 companies in the plastic sector on Monday over wages and benefits, the union said. Numsa said these workers had, until 2016, enjoyed the same rights and benefits as those in engineering, but the... 

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