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ALPLA, Re-Purpose partner to strengthen plastics cycle in South Africa
27th May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Plastic packaging manufacturer and recycler the ALPLA Group and waste repurposing company Re-Purpose have announced a strategic partnership that is expected to advance sustainable packaging... 

Ardagh Glass Packaging-Africa’s Wadeville facility
Ardagh installs technology to improve air-quality around Wadeville facility
10th May 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Glass producer Ardagh Glass Packaging–Africa has installed an electrostatic precipitator (ESP) at its Wadeville production facility. An ESP is a device used to filter particulate matter from gases.... 

Sappi records higher earnings amid better demand, but market volatility remains
9th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed paper and packaging manufacturer Sappi has posted a 10% year-on-year increase in its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to $183-million for the... 

Sunset with solar panels
Sappi signs PPA with trading platform to supply solar power to its South African operations
8th May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Paper and packaging group Sappi has signed a milestone 175 GWh/y renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) with private electricity trading company Enpower Trading. Sappi is working towards... 

Pioneer solution converts paper sludge, food and textile waste into bioethanol
3rd May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

A pioneering solution has been developed to convert cellulose fibre-rich waste from pulp and paper mill operations into ethanol using a specialised fermentation process. The solution was announced... 

Mondi employees in Richards Bay among trees
Mondi reports improved demand, but lower prices for the first quarter
3rd May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed paper and packaging manufacturer Mondi has noted improved market conditions in the first quarter of the year, with stronger order books and higher sales volumes across its range of paper... 

Namibian Environment, Forestry and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta officially opens the new $1.2-million plastic flaking plant in Okhanja
Coca Cola’s Namibia recycling partnership turns bottles into brighter futures
26th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

An investment of more than $1.2-million through a partnership between Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) and plastic packaging company Plastic Packaging has culminated in the opening of a new... 

Sappi Southern Africa achieves feed safety assurance certification for Pelletin
16th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Renewable woodfibre-based products company Sappi Southern Africa has achieved a GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance (FSA) 2020 certification for Pelletin, a lignin-based animal feed additive, making Sappi... 

Tetra Pak Southern Africa MD Klaus Plenge, President Cyril Ramaphosa and KwaZulu-Natal Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube on a tour of Tetra Pak's revamped Pinetown factory
Tetra Pak reopens Pinetown plant following R500m upgrade
4th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak has reopened its newly renovated factory in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, following an investment of about R500-million. The investment was... 

The above image depicts the KPM KC7
Microwave consistency meters brought to greenfield pulp, paper mill
29th March 2024

Technology leader in electrification and automation ABB has completed the delivery of KPM KC7 microwave consistency sensors to a new paper mill in Pelasgia, Greece, owned by integrated paper and... 

The above image depicts the five small timber growers who participated in the Sappi Khulisa programme
Small growers achieve certification
29th March 2024

Five small timber growers in KwaZulu-Natal in December became the first participants to achieve forest certification through the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) Sappi... 

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Sustainability trend creates opportunities for paper producers
29th March 2024

The pulp and paper manufacturing industry holds a meaningful position in the landscape of South Africa's industrial sector, says industry association Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa... 

The above image depicts the polyethylene and aluminium, or polyAl, a residue remaining after paper mills have recovered the paper fibres
Investments to help increase recycling in EU
29th March 2024

In February 2024, food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak announced several strategic investments designed to improve the recycling capacity for carton packages in the European... 

Liquid carton packaging
Nampak to sell its liquid cartons, Zambia and Malawi businesses
26th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed packaging company Nampak has entered into an agreement with a consortium represented by private equity company Corvest 15 to dispose of its liquid cartons business in South Africa, as... 

Mpact CEO Bruce Strong
Mpact grows revenue, operating profit, expects benefits from investments in 2024
8th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed paper and plastics packaging business and recycler Mpact recorded a 3.6% year-on-year increase in revenue to R12.8-billion for the financial year ended December 31, 2023. Its underlying... 

Mondi, DS Smith reach agreement in principle on potential £5bn merger
8th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Johannesburg- and London-listed paper and packaging giant Mondi has reached an agreement in principle on a proposed £5.1-billion merger with London-listed sustainable packaging company DS Smith.... 

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Spar Group advancing sustainability initiatives to reduce plastic waste
28th February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed retailer Spar Group is undertaking several initiatives to curb the environmental impact of plastic packaging materials. This commitment aligns with the group’s dedication to phasing out... 

Heineken's returnable star bottle
Heineken invests R2.3bn in returnable glass programme in South Africa
27th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Multinational beer producer Heineken has invested R2.3-billion in its returnable bottle programme in South Africa, more than doubling its share of returnable glass beer bottles, as part of its goal... 

Mondi reports lower Ebitda, concludes exit from Russia
22nd February 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Paper and packaging group Mondi achieved underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of €1.2-billion for the year ended December 31, 2023, compared with... 

Aluminium cans produced by Nampak
Nampak reports first-quarter improvement in operating profit
15th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed packaging company Nampak, in a voluntary trading update on its operational performance for the first quarter of its 2024 financial year, said reduced foreign exchange (forex) losses... 

DS Smith surges after approach by packaging rival Mondi
9th February 2024 By: Bloomberg

DS Smith shares surged after the company confirmed it had received an initial approach from British rival Mondi Plc about a potential deal to create one of the world’s largest makers of packaging... 

Sappi CEO Steve Binnie
Sappi's earnings, debt decrease in first quarter
7th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed renewable woodfibre-based products company Sappi's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) decreased to $156-million for the first quarter of its 2024... 

Mondi acquires Hinton Pulp mill in Canada
5th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed Mondi has completed the acquisition of the Hinton Pulp mill, in Alberta, Canada, from West Fraser Timber company for $5-million. Mondi will invest in the mill to improve productivity and... 

Nampak making progress on R2.7bn disposals; records billions in forex, impairment losses
4th December 2023 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed packaging company Nampak recorded a 2% year-on-year decrease in revenue to R16.6-billion for the financial year ended September 30, while trading profit increased by 2% to R1.6-billion.... 

Sappi's Saiccor Mill
Sappi gains verification for high social, labour initiatives at Saiccor Mill
4th December 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed paper and packaging manufacturer Sappi has completed a verification of the Higg Facility Social and Labour Module (FSLM) at its Saiccor Mill in South Africa, achieving a final score of... 

Baled plastic waste
Despite no consensus on global plastics instrument, South Africa is making progress – Creecy
30th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

While the third meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, held in November, could not reach a consensus on the zero-draft text for a legally binding instrument to coordinate global... 

Affirma exits pure play beverage can GZI investment after ten years
30th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Private equity firm Affirma Capital has exited its investment in the GZI Group (GZI) to global investment business Oppenheimer Partners, following its ten-year investment in Africa’s largest... 

Higher impairments, forex losses, finance costs contribute to losses for Nampak
28th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed packaging company Nampak expects to report a headline loss a share of between R461 and R476 for the financial year ended September 30, compared with headline earnings a share of R75.89... 

Global packaging industry is dynamic, says new head of representative body
20th November 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

Incoming World Packaging Organisation (WPO) President Luciana Pellegrino has highlighted the dynamism of the global packaging industry. Speaking in Cape Town on Monday, she pointed out that it had... 

Global packaging sector facing five major trends
20th November 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

As far as the global packaging industry is concerned, there are currently five top trends, outgoing World Packaging Organisation (WPO) president Pierre Pienaar highlighted, at a press briefing in... 

Sappi chipping plant
Sappi announces new chair; posts record SA earnings, but lower group-wide profit
9th November 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed paper and packaging manufacturer Sappi has announced that nonexecutive director Nkululeko Sowazi will succeed Sir Nigel Rudd as independent chairperson, with from February 8 next year.... 

a photo of the outside of Seabourne's new facility
New warehouse to bolster logistics provider’s position in sector
3rd November 2023

Independent logistics service provider Seabourne Logistics announced in September that it would be moving into a new, “expansive” facility in Gauteng, South Africa. The new 22 000 m2 premises... 

Cape Town startup made a mark at international conference in Addis Ababa
2nd November 2023 By: Rebecca Campbell

BAOM eco solutions (BAOM), a Cape Town-based young-woman-led award-winning biotech startup, was, by some way, the youngest startup attending the very recent Global Startup Awards Africa conference... 

Company to exhibit resource conserving systems
20th October 2023

After a four-year break, beverage industry trade show BrauBeviale returns to Nuremberg, and packaging equipment provider KHS Group will be presenting its extensive portfolio of “cutting-edge... 

An image of Specialised Exhibitions' portfolio director Mark Anderson
Packaging exhibition helps industry connect, boost growth
20th October 2023 By: Nadine James

Packaging and labelling trade exhibition Propak Cape is the “essential gathering place to discover all industry stakeholders need to know about the latest advancements and solutions that could... 

Sappi's Lanaken mill in Belgium
Sappi mulls potential closure of another paper mill in Europe
10th October 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Renewable resource company Sappi has concluded a consultation process for the closure of its Stockstadt mill, in Germany, and has started consultations on the potential closure of its Lanaken mill,... 

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