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Paper, Plastics, Packaging, Printing News

Correct pumping solutions assist in efficiency, cost savings

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     27th March 2020 Owing to the complexities of having to negotiate the technical obstacles in selecting the right pumping solutions for specific applications, pump manufacturer Verder Pumps South Africa MD Darryl Macdougall says paper and pulp manufacturers need to look to a trusted and reputable brand that not... 

Call for polymer, plastics industries to be declared essential as lockdown looms

By: Donna Slater     25th March 2020 South African plastics industry representative organisation Plastics SA has called on government to reclassify some sectors within the broader plastics industry as essential service providers owing to its contribution to packaging essential items during the upcoming 21-day national lockdown.... 

Sappi declares force majeure on its Vulindlela project at Saiccor mill

By: Simone Liedtke     25th March 2020 JSE-listed paper and packaging company Sappi has declared force majeure on the Vulindlela dissolving pulp expansion and upgrade project at its Saiccor Mill in alignment with the government’s declaration of a nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of Covid-19. Sappi on March 25 said the project... 

Mondi appoints Philip Yea nonexecutive director, chair

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th March 2020 JSE-listed Mondi Group has appointed Philip Yea as a nonexecutive director with effect from April 1, and chairperson with effect from the conclusion of the annual general meeting (AGM) scheduled for May 7. He will succeed David Williams, who is retiring. 

South African factory output contracts For eighth straight month

By: Bloomberg     12th March 2020 South Africa manufacturing output contracted for the eighth straight month in January as fewer wood products, paper and vehicles were made. Manufacturing output fell 2% from a year earlier, compared with a 5.9% decline in the December, Pretoria-based Statistics South Africa said Thursday on its... 

Beware of biodegradable and compostable plastics – Plastics SA

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     28th February 2020 The introduction of bioplastics to South Africa’s burgeoning and well-developed recycling industry should carefully be considered, says plastics industry association Plastics SA. Bioplastics are plastic materials produced from renewable biomass sources that are not grown or intended for human... 

Beware of biodegradable and compostable plastics – Plastics SA
LITTERING IS TRASHY Alternatives to conventional plastic packaging do not change consumer behaviour with regard to littering

New legislation driven by global digitalisation

28th February 2020 New legislation is driving a slew of changes amid rapid and widespread global digitalisation and has made print feel the impacts of the changing world, says business management consultant Ricoh SA commercial and industrial print head Vaughan Patterson. He notes that, while the Protection of... 

Products reduce plastic waste, improve packaging

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     28th February 2020 Packaging supplier Baypac Solutions’ innovative solutions have resulted in its  customers being able to reduce their use of disposable plastic by 50% on average. Using one or all of Baypac Solutions’ Lock n Pop adhesive, Anti-Slip sheets and 55-layer Nanotechnology stretch film can halve stretch... 

Retailer to reduce single-use plastic impact

28th February 2020 Retail company Pick n Pay is moving to dramatically reduce the impact of single-use plastic and packaging by 2025. Since 2018, the retailer has successfully implemented a number of initiatives to reduce packaging and single-use plastic at its stores and throughout its supply chain. 

Printing industry not dying but changing

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     28th February 2020 Despite the perception that printing is outdated or dying, customer communication management solutions provider InsideData North CEO Rafiq Sallie says it is more a case of the printing industry changing and becoming more creative and interactive. The perception that printing is dying stems from... 

Printing industry not dying but changing
EXPLORING NEW AVENUES The printing industry is changing, becoming more creative and interactive

Mondi maintains solid earnings despite lower prices, maintenance shuts

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th February 2020 Paper and packaging group Mondi’s revenue for the year ended December 31, decreased by 3% year-on-year as a result of lower average selling prices and lower sales volumes; however, operating profit increased by 2% year-on-year to €1.2-billion. The company also undertook longer planned... 

Mondi maintains solid earnings despite lower prices, maintenance shuts

Sale of Nampak's Glass business one step closer to finalisation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th February 2020 Packaging products manufacturer Nampak on Tuesday said the Competition Commission had granted its approval, subject to certain conditions, for the sale of Nampak's Glass business to Isanti Glass 1. Nampak in September last year announced that it would sell the Glass business to Isanti Glass 1, a... 

King appointed Mondi CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th February 2020 Paper and packaging group Mondi has appointed CFO Andrew King to succeed Peter Oswald as CEO, effective April 1. Oswald is stepping down on March 31. 

King appointed Mondi CEO

Mpact agrees to pay R7m penalty

By: Simone Liedtke     13th February 2020 The Competition Commission has referred to the Competition Tribunal for confirmation a consent agreement with corrugated box packaging company Mpact in respect of alleged acts of collusion and prior implementation of merger acquisitions in contravention of the Competition Act. In terms of the... 

Polyco aims for even better HDPE recycling rate this year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th February 2020 Last year set a high benchmark for recyclers of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) milk and beverage bottles to build on, says The Polyolefin Responsibility Organisation (Polyco). More than 75% of HDPE milk and beverage bottles were recycled in 2019, which injected a significant amount of... 

Polyco aims for even better HDPE recycling rate this year

Low dissolving wood pulp prices overshadow Sappi’s packaging successes 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2020 A good performance from JSE-listed Sappi’s European and North American packaging and specialities segments, as well as the graphic paper business, was not enough to offset the impact from markedly lower dissolving wood pulp (DWP) prices in the company’s first quarter ended December 31. CEO... 

Low dissolving wood pulp prices overshadow Sappi’s packaging successes
Sappi CEO Steve Binnie

Dubai Airports single-use plastics ban in effect

24th January 2020 In a bid to manage its environmental impact, international airports authority Dubai Airports Company reports that its self-imposed ban on single-use plastics at both of Dubai’s airports has been put into effect from the beginning of this month.   

Dubai Airports single-use plastics ban in effect
TERMINAL PLASTIC USE Dubai Airports will be terminating all single-use plastic from its airport effective January 1, 2020

Mondi’s CEO to step down in March

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th January 2020 JSE-listed packaging and paper group Mondi’s CEO Peter Oswald has announced that he will step down from the board, effective March 31. CFO Andrew King has agreed to take on the role of interim CEO while the process to find a successor is under way.  

Erik Smuts to succeed De Ruyter as Nampak CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th December 2019 Packaging product manufacturer Nampak has appointed Erik Smuts as CEO designate. He will take over as CEO on January 15, when outgoing CEO Andre de Ruyter takes up the position of CEO at power utility Eskom. 

Pick n Pay introduces packaging-free zone, expands its 'nude' produce wall

By: African News Agency      4th December 2019 South African retailer, Pick n Pay on Tuesday said it is piloting a new packaging-free zone as one of its efforts to lead the change in reducing packaging and plastic waste. The retailer said that the ‘pick and weigh’ shopping experience will also provide customers with the opportunity to... 

Company launches first plastics research centre

By: Halima Frost     29th November 2019 Specialist chemicals company Clariant last month announced the inception of its EcoCircle centre of excellence, based on its plan to offer significant support to reduce, reuse and recycle. The first such centre will be based at Clariant’s Masterbatches Business Unit in Pogliano, Italy, and aims... 

Company launches first plastics research centre
BACK TO GREEN The EcoCircle center of excellence brings with it support of the reduce, reuse and recycle concept

Food and bev packaging industry can contribute to circular economy

By: Schalk Burger     29th November 2019 Food and beverage packaging and processing businesses can design waste out of their businesses and supply chains, improve reuse and recycling, and regenerate natural systems, says food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak Eastern and Southern Africa communications manager Stella Ondimu. The... 

Nampak retains focus on reducing debt, cutting costs 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2019 JSE-listed packaging group Nampak expects the sale of Nampak Glass and Nampak Nigeria Cartons to raise R1.9-billion, which is said to be applied to reduce dollar-denominated debt, in particular. Additionally, the company confirmed on Wednesday, following the release of its results for the... 

Nampak retains focus on reducing debt, cutting costs

Climate risk widely acknowledged, but rarely incorporated into strategy  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2019 The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) says that although the majority of South African corporate companies recognise climate change as an already occurring and imminently worsening risk, they are slow to mitigate and manage these risks, at least according to publicly accessible information.... 

Three Sappi pulp production facilities complete environmental assessment

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2019 Paper and pulp producer Sappi’s three dissolving wood pulp (DWP) production facilities – Cloquet, Ngodwana and Saiccor – have completed the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM) self-assessment via the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s (SAC’s) online portal. The Higg FEM is a sustainability... 

Mpact stops recycling PET

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2019 Paper and plastics packaging manufacturer Mpact has decided to discontinue its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling operation, in Wadeville. The company explained in a statement on Thursday that the recycled PET selling price was below the cash cost to produce the material and would... 

Mpact stops recycling PET

Low paper demand, pulp prices drive Sappi’s fourth-quarter profits lower 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th November 2019 Paper and pulp producer Sappi says continued demand growth for dissolving wood pulp (DWP) and the lag effect of contracts on DWP pricing relative to current market prices helped support profitability in the fourth quarter of the company’s financial year, ended September 30. However, overall... 

Low paper demand, pulp prices drive Sappi’s fourth-quarter profits lower
Sappi's Saiccor woodyard

Coca-Cola chooses plastic bottle collection over aluminium cans to cut carbon footprint

By: Reuters     7th November 2019 Coca-Cola is committed to collecting and recycling plastic bottles rather than switching to aluminium cans as the world's largest soft drinks maker seeks to reduce its carbon footprint, its chief executive officer told Reuters. Along with multinational rivals including PepsiCo and Nestle,... 

Sappi finalises Canadian pulp mill acquisition

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th November 2019 JSE-listed paper and packaging company Sappi on Monday announced the finalisation of the acquisition of the Matane hardwood pulp mill, in Quebec, Canada, from Rayonier Advanced Materials. The additional mill will increase Sappi’s pulp supply for its fast-growing packaging businesses in North... 

Antiplastic trend raising aluminium demand – Novelis

By: Reuters     1st November 2019 Moves to reduce plastic packaging to protect the environment are starting to increase demand for aluminium packaging, the European head of Novelis, the world's largest producer of rolled aluminium products, said. Aluminium demand will also be underpinned by a trend towards more electrically... 

Pioneer Foods, partner launch first combismile carton pack in MEA region

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st October 2019 Systems and solutions provider for aseptic packaging and filling machines for food and beverages, SIG Combibloc Obeikan (SIG CBOB), and South African producer and distributor of branded food and beverage products, Pioneer Foods, on Monday announced the launch of the first combismile carton pack... 

Pioneer Foods, partner launch first combismile carton pack in MEA region

Legislature calls for more labelling, packaging awareness

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th October 2019 As the food and drug / medicine sectors are highly regulated from a labelling perspective, companies need to be aware of the claims they can make about their products on the packaging, says intellectual property (IP) services law firm Spoor & Fisher partner Megan Reimers. 

Legislature calls for more labelling, packaging awareness
MEGAN REIMERS The ethical requirements of food packaging and labelling also extend to aspects such as Itellectual Property

Plastic bottles vs aluminium cans: who'll win the global water fight? 

By: Reuters     17th October 2019 Global bottled water giants are ramping up trials of easily recyclable aluminium cans to replace plastic that pollutes the world's seas. Sound like a slam-dunk for the environment? Not entirely. Aluminium cans might indeed mean less ocean waste, but they come with their own eco-price: the... 

Mondi to reorganise into four business units

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th October 2019 Packaging and paper group Mondi plans to reorganise the business across four units, namely Corrugated Packaging, Flexible Packaging, Engineered Materials and Uncoated Fine Paper. It noted in a trading update published on Thursday that the reorganisation would further strengthen its value chain... 

Strikes characterise difficult trading period for York Timbers

By: Simone Liedtke     30th September 2019 Integrated forestry company York Timbers on Monday reported that its performance in the financial year ended June 30 had been significantly impacted on by strikes, result in 239 lost production days. The company also lost plywood export contracts as a result of the strikes, with operational... 

Nampak reaches R1.5bn deal to sell glass business to black-owned firm 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th September 2019 JSE-listed Nampak will sell its Nampak Glass business to Isanti Glass 1, a joint venture between Kwande Capital and Sabsa Holdings, for R1.5-billion in cash. The disposal is in line with Nampak’s active portfolio optimisation strategy and will allow it to focus on the balance of its portfolio and... 

Nampak reaches R1.5bn deal to sell glass business to black-owned firm
Photo by Creamer Media
Nampak Glass Roodekop

Equipment boost aids recycling entrepreneur

27th September 2019 With a desire to clean up Soweto, educate the community and combat the problem of overfull landfills, waste management company Pendowave founder and MD Gordon Nkuta has built a thriving recycling business and has now earned the support of one of the world’s largest polyethylene terephthalate... 

Equipment boost aids recycling entrepreneur
CLEANING UP A baling machine contributes to the company’s progress and profitability
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