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Paper, Plastics, Packaging, Printing News

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... 

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities

By: Halima Frost     17th May 2019 The first Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), which aims to highlight the capabilities of local manufacturers and, subsequently the ability to export, will be held from May 21 to 23, 2019 at the Expo Centre Nasrec, in Johannesburg. The expo will be hosted by the South African Capital... 

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities
CENTRE OF ATTENTION The inaugural Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo is set to feature more than 130 exhibitors

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. 

Sappi, Borregaard celebrate 20 years of biorefinery investment

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
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