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Paper, Pulp and Board

Local operations, community engagement essential in paper industry

8th March 2013 The paper and packaging industry is a significant contributor to local manufacturing and recycling and continues to create local job opportunities, says JSE-listed plastic and paper packaging group Mpact CEO Bruce Strong. 

Focus on high-margin business areas

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th March 2013 A key focus for JSE-listed paper, pulp and packaging group Sappi this year is to return its Southern African business to profitability by implementing various interventions aimed at repositioning the paper business to be more competitive and better serving the requirements of its customers. 

Crane company secures pulp and paper contract

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th March 2013 International lifting equipment manufacturer Konecranes has been contracted by JSE-listed paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi to install two cranes at the paper manufacturer’s Ngodwana mill, near Nelspruit, in Mpumalanga. 

Company supplies automated valves to paper manufacturer

8th March 2013 Global engineering and technology corporation Metso began supplying more than 700 automated process valves to paper and pulp producer Sappi’s Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, in August 2012 for its Project GoCell, Fibre Line 3 expansion. 

Industry bodies emphasise sustainability of SA forestry sector

By: Yolandi Booyens     9th March 2012 The domestic forestry and pulp and paper sectors do not have as negative an impact on the environment as many people might believe, industry bodies Forestry South Africa (Forestry SA) and the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) emphasise.  

Local company broadening its product range

By: Yolandi Booyens     9th March 2012 Coated and laminated paper manufacturer Morgan Paper Coaters (MPC) has strengthened its structure and broadened its product range.  

Paper products manufacturer acquires laser technology

By: Yolandi Booyens     9th March 2012 Durban-based innovative paper products manufacturer Pandu Paper will add a new laser cutting machine to its production line.  

Skills shortage a weak link in the paper chain

By: Yolandi Booyens     9th March 2012 The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) is recruiting young postgraduate chemical engineering students into the paper and pulp industry and will, going forward, start its recruitment drive earlier in the year to ensure it meets its targets. 

Government-funded company considers exporting its products

By: Yolandi Booyens     9th March 2012 Local producer and marketer of handcrafted paper products Phumani Paper is considering the potential of exporting its products to neighbouring countries, entering new markets and securing more consistent clients within South Africa. 

Expansion on the cards for local paper distributor

By: Henry Lazenby     4th March 2011 Business paper merchant NOR Paper reports that it is aiming to become a R1-billion company by 2013, up from about R650-million at the end of last year. New company MD Ronnie Oeschger says that NOR Paper plans to achieve this through a combination of strategic key account growth, while... 

Retailer spearheads paper grocery bags

4th March 2011 Local grocery retailer Pick n Pay and South African paper group Sappi have joined forces to launch an ecofriendly alternative to plastic shopping bags and spearhead a new direction in paper food packaging. 

Drying system optimisation reduces energy consumption

By: Henry Lazenby     4th March 2011 As no other section of the papermaking process consumes as much energy as drying, even minor savings in drying steam consumption may result in significant production cost savings, technology specialist EV Group MD Esa Virtanen reports. Drying is the primary energy consumer in a papermaking... 

Scientists develop erasable paper

4th March 2011 Paper manufacturer and merchant Xerox Corporation reports that its scientists have invented a way to make paper prints with images that last only a day, enabling the used paper to be put back in the paper stream for reuse.  

New spray technology results in increased throughput

By: Henry Lazenby     4th March 2011 A new technology in precision spraying enables engineered wood product manufacturers to increase product throughput, while simultaneously giving the products harder and smoother surface finishes. 

Significant drive to reduce paper wastage

5th March 2010 Paper merchants for commercial printers NOR Paper, a division of Bytes Document Solutions, MD Raymond Blake says that there are several initiatives currently employed in the corporate world to reduce paper wastage. 

Broader mix for paper 
machine supplier

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th March 2010 Paper machine supplier Metso Paper South Africa will offer a broader product range in response to the financial downturn MD Pierre de Villiers says. 

New framework for skills development

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th March 2010 The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) is tackling the skills shortage in the paper industry through the implementation of its newly developed national research framework. 

Innovation provides alternative energy source

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th March 2010 Local handmade paper and products marketer and sales agent Phumani Paper is actively involved in assisting community-based enterprises to diversify their income base by introducing new and innovative products. One of these products is the ecofuel briquette.  

Exports on the rise for industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th March 2010 The South African paper, pulp and board industry has consistently increased exports of paper and board and maintained imports at similar levels for the past three years, despite facing a number of challenges, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa), executive director Jane... 

Technology boom – a potential threat to industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th March 2010 The technological boom poses a potential threat for the paper and pulp industry in that globally, more people are turning to digital media rather than newsprint. Paper and pulp producer Sappi is responding to this threat with its own initiatives.  

Mill expansion project under way

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th March 2009 Africa’s largest packaging group Nampak is currently rolling out its R600-million expansion project at its corrugated paper mill in Rosslyn, Pretoria. 

Packaging group anticipates demand drop

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th March 2009 Diversified packaging group Nampak states that the paper and board packaging industry has moved into a period of lower demand owing to falling global and local consumer demand. 

Instrument specialist supplies paper industry

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th March 2009 Instrument specialist Endress+Hauser supplied all the process instrumentation equipment for paper and packaging group Mondi’s RB720 expansion and its Merebank mill upgrade.


New papermaking concept released

6th March 2009 Paper manufacturer Metso Paper has released its improved concept for uncoated wood-free production (WFU). The new concept is based on standardised solutions and is designed for a yearly production of up to 250 000 t. 

Paper industry remains competitive despite economic pressure

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th March 2009 Like many other manufacturing sectors in the country, the paper manufacturing industry is experiencing increased pressure as a result of the current economic crunch, states the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa). 

Plans in place to develop local forestry industry

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th March 2009 The South African State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is working with the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) and local growers to develop South Africa's forestry industry. 

Printer acquires new press

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th March 2009 Printer of books, magazines, newspapers and commercial print in South Africa, CTP Printers has installed a new 48-plus page long hybrid Lithoman printing press from MAN Roland, with the latest technology, the first of its kind in the country. 

Increased focus on energy 
efficient projects 

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th March 2009 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) envisages an increase in more energy-efficient investments in the wood, paper and board industry during the course of the year. 

Carmaker teams up with forestry group on carbon-offset scheme 

By: Dennis Ndaba     26th September 2008 Paper giant Sappi has teamed up with Volvo Car South Africa to promote the planting of indigenous trees by local communities and schools. 

Private sector has key role to play in wetlands conservation

By: Dennis Ndaba     27th June 2008 Over 70% of all wetlands are on privately owned land and ignorance and poor land management have resulted in about 55% of all South African wetlands being significantly affected. 

Paper action programme in six months

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 It is expected that an action programme for the paper, pulp and timber sector, stemming from the findings of the National Industrial Policy Framework, will be completed for approval by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the next six months, after which the implementation process will... 

Foreign manufacturer services local paper and pulp markets

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 Manufacturing and refurbishing company Harcliff Mining Services MD Darren Bagnall says that the company has recently been appointed as the agent and authorised service centre, a distributor of Moventas industrial gears products, for the paper and pulp as well as minerals processing industries for... 

Mill expansion set for May completion

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 Chemical cellulose producer Sappi Saiccor’s production is expected to increase by about 225 000 t a year with the completion of its current expansion venture, the Amakhulu Project. 

Cylinder conversions reduce friction, energy consumption

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 Engineering solutions company SKF South Africa has converted the bearings on forty drying cylinders at Mondi Packaging’s plant in Piet Retief, by replacing white metal bearings with rolling bearings. 

Conference seeks to build SA’s paper, pulp industry

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 The Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry of Southern Africa’s (TAPPSA’s) forest product conference held during February, focused on improving forest product processes, from fibre to markets, TAPPSA executive director Jane Molony tells Engineering News. 

Local company develops waterproof paper

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 Paper coating company Morgan Paper Coaters, of Durban, has made significant strides in developing waterproof paper by coating paper surfaces with waterproof, greaseproof and non-toxic sterile coatings, Morgan Paper Coaters CEO Mike Morgan tells Engineering News. 

Motor control equipment supplier, paper giant sign MoU

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 Components manufacturer CHI Control Components met with Mondi Paper systems integrator, AMJ Electrical in January, to establish a memorandum of understanding for future work at Mondi, CHI Control marketing director Rob Hare tells Engineering News. 

Coir – a potential wood alternative

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 Coir-promoting association, the Coir Institute, which has expressed interest in introducing and manufacturing coir products in South Africa is undertaking a number of tests to determine the feasibility of coir as an alternative to wood Coir Institute MD David Hoff tells Engineering News. 

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