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Paper, Plastics, Packaging, Printing News

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... 

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
Combismile

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
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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

Upcycling initiative creates employment opportunities

By: Theresa Bhowan     27th September 2019 Through research, innovation, skills development and corporate contribution, carbon tax training and consulting services expert 5inc is well placed to create jobs and skills development opportunities through projects based on waste collection and upcycling. 

Upcycling initiative creates employment opportunities
YASMINE MIEMIEC 5inc turns corporate waste into new and reusable products

Lacklustre demand, currencies impact on Nampak’s full-year results

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2019 Lacklustre consumer demand, as well as a devaluation in the Angolan kwanza, the introduction and devaluation of the Zimbabwean RTGS dollar and movements of the rand against the dollar, are likely to impact negatively on JSE-listed packaging company Nampak’s results for the financial year to... 

Innovations lead to versatile marking solutions for warehouse applications

13th September 2019 Identification and traceability company Traceability Solutions is the distributor of laser marking systems Telesis Technologies laser and Dot Meen Marking solutions in South Africa. 

Innovations lead to versatile marking solutions  for warehouse applications
UV/ONE LASER The all-in-one laser can be used for the traceability and identification of products and is designed to mark challenging materials

Strong performances by core businesses bolster Libstar’s interim results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th September 2019 JSE-listed consumer packaged goods producer and supplier Libstar recorded a 12.4% increase in headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended June 30. Normalised earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) increased by 5.9% and normalised earnings per share... 

Difficult trading environment impacts on Transpaco’s results

By: Simone Liedtke     21st August 2019 JSE-listed paper and packaging producer Transpaco witnessed poor trading conditions and reduced consumer spend during the financial year ended June 30, but still declared a 50c a share cash dividend to be paid out of income reserves, resulting in total dividends of 80c a share for the period. The... 

Specialist moves to diversify into agriculture, food & bev

By: Nadine James     16th August 2019 Gauteng-based material transfer specialist Weba Chute Systems is diversifying its client base, officially venturing into the agricultural, food and beverage and paper and pulp industries, says Weba MD Mark Baller. He explains that while Weba had often received and acted on inquiries from... 

Specialist moves to diversify  into agriculture, food & bev
SMOOTH TRANSITION Weba Chute Systems is officially diversifying its client base, having infrequently participated in non-mining projects over the years

Tetra Pak’s innovation engendering sustainability, efficiency in packaging industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th August 2019 With sustainability at the core of its business, processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak says it is implementing a number of technological innovations and solutions that engender the lowest carbon footprint and highest efficiency. Tetra Pak Southern African MD Stefan Fageräng,... 

Tetra Pak’s innovation engendering sustainability, efficiency in packaging industry
Stefan Fageräng

Mpact expects difficult trading conditions to continue

By: Simone Liedtke     7th August 2019 Paper and packaging group Mpact’s investments over the last four to five years, specifically in its paper business, enabled it to produce good results for the six months ended June 30, despite a difficult trading environment, CEO Bruce Strong told Engineering News Online on Wednesday. The paper... 

Mpact expects difficult trading conditions to continue
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Mpact CFO Brett Clark (left) and CEO Bruce Strong (right)

Sappi buys Canada mill for $175m, reports lower third-quarter profit 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2019 Diversified woodfibre company Sappi on Thursday announced that it would buy the 270 000 t Matane high yield hardwood pulp mill, in Quebec, Canada, from Rayonier Advanced Materials for $175-million. The acquisition, which was subject to approvals from competition authorities, would increase... 

Sappi buys Canada mill for $175m, reports lower third-quarter profit
Sappi CEO Steve Binnie

Mondi delivers strong half-year performance despite challenging trade conditions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st August 2019 LSE- and JSE-listed paper and packaging firm Mondi Group delivered a strong performance for the six months ended June 30, against a backdrop of increasingly challenging trading conditions, with underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) rising by 5% to... 

Mondi simplification of corporate structure becomes effective

By: African News Agency      29th July 2019 Packaging and paper group Mondi said on Monday it had completed the simplification of its dual-listed structure into a single holding company after terminating arrangements between Mondi and Mondi Limited. In November 2018, the boards of the two entities announced a proposal to simplify the... 

Mondi anticipates increase of up to 37% in interim basic earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2019 LSE- and JSE-listed packaging and paper group Mondi expects its basic earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended June 30, to reflect increases of between 28% and 37%, and 9% and 16%, respectively. EPS and HEPS are expected to be between €0.93 and... 

Sappi appoints new CEO of North American operations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd July 2019 JSE-listed Sappi on Monday announced the appointment of Michael Haws as president and CEO of Sappi North America, effective October 1. Haws, who is currently Sappi North America manufacturing VP, will succeed Mark Gardner, who will retire at the end of September, following 12 years in his position. 

Electromagnetic prototype feeder cutting costs for clients

By: Halima Frost     19th July 2019 Last month, engineering consultants Vipro Vibrating Products announced the arrival of its first locally incepted light industry electromagnetic feeder prototype. The prototype feeder was incepted by Vipro in May through a collaborative effort by design and technical teams, and is currently in the... 

Electromagnetic prototype feeder cutting costs for clients
GOOD VIBRATIONS The electromagnetic feeder requires only one drive and is quieter than other drives on the market

Company to further invest in 3D printing tech

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     19th July 2019 Additive Manufacturing Solutions (AMS) plans to invest further in the latest technologies by adding high-end machines to its offering next month. The investment includes a production polymer laser sintering three-dimensional (3D) printer and a large-format, full-colour 3D printer. 

Nampak has made significant progress in talks for glass unit sale

By: Reuters     11th July 2019 South African diversified packaging group Nampak has made significant progress in the negotiations to sell its Glass business, it said on Thursday. Nampak, which operates in 11 African countries as well as Ireland and the U.K, began exploratory discussions with a number of strategic players in 2018. 

Creecy confirms government is reviewing policy related to singe-use plastic

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2019 Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has confirmed that her department has initiated a process to review the effectiveness of current policies relating to the management of plastic waste and whether it is necessary to consider a new policy direction. In a Parliamentary... 

Mondi simplification still expected to be completed this year

By: Simone Liedtke     7th June 2019 LSE- and JSE-listed packaging and paper group Mondi on Friday confirmed that “good progress” was being made in simplifying the company’s corporate structure. This included the processes to obtain the necessary regulatory consents, Mondi said in a statement. 

As resistance to plastic bottles mounts, Nampak offers cans and cartons as alternatives 

By: Terence Creamer     30th May 2019 Packaging group Nampak believes there is a significant opportunity to replace plastic bottles, particularly those used for noncarbonated and carbonated water, with aluminium beverage cans and paperboard cartons as consumer resistance to plastic grows. The JSE-listed company, which reported... 

As resistance to plastic bottles mounts, Nampak offers cans and cartons as alternatives

Nampak glass business sale taking 'longer than anticipated'

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th May 2019 The negotiation process for the sale of Nampak’s glass business is taking longer than anticipated, the JSE-listed company said on Wednesday, but reaffirmed the parties’ commitment to conclude the transaction. The group explained in a cautionary announcement that the delay was as a result of... 

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