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Paper, Pulp and Board

SA paper giant eyes Russia's softwood riches

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2007 Newly independent paper and packaging group Mondi - which unbundled from resources giant Anglo American in July and became only the second company to take up dual primary listings on the JSE and the London Stock Exchange - believes its low-cost fibre advantage is being further entrenched by a... 

Adding value across the pulp and paper cycle

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2007 As with just about every other commodity, China is currently offering the main price underpin for pulp prices, which have risen strongly over the last few months, but remain volatile. However, Mondi's Strategy and Business Development Director Andrew King tells Engineering News that the... 

Development key to East Rand success, says Eaton

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th November 2007 Development is key to the turnaround of Pamodzi Gold’s East Rand operations, says COO Tony Murdoch Eaton. 

Recycling an informal sector growth engine

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th November 2007 Recycling is a big informal sector growth engine and job creator and Mondi Packaging South Africa’s (MPSA’s) CEO Theo van Breda says he is committed to ensuring that it continues to develop and evolve despite the lack of enabling legislation. 

Employees drive funds for rape victims

30th November 2007 Employees of paper and packaging solutions company Mondi Packaging South Africa (MPSA), together with the Gauteng Department of Health opened a trauma centre at the Far East Rand Hospital, east of Johannesburg in November. 

SA unit’s BEE-plus makes it charter ready

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th November 2007 Black empowered Mondi Packaging South Africa (MPSA) - with Mondi and the Shanduka Group as its main shareholders- believes that the new forestry sector charter, which could be unveiled soon, will be aligned as far as possible to the generic broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) codes, as... 

Growing skills to grow trees

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th March 2007 South Africa is still experiencing a general shortage of tree-breeding researchers and qualified plant geneticists. CSIR natural resources and the environment tree improvement research group leader, Dr Steve Verryn concurs that there still is a limited number of qualified pine-breeding... 

Small-scale timber farmer project to expand

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th March 2007 In an effort to provide small-scale farmers access to knowledge and skills through regular practical workshops and infield training, NCT Forestry (NCT) initiated Project Regeneration in 2005. Two years later, this successful project has assisted in sustaining many rural plantation operations in... 

Forestry group acquires new plantation

9th March 2007 Forestry products group Yorkcor, through its subsidiary York Timbers is to purchase the Goedgeloof Plantation in Mpumalanga from Crocodile Valley Estates. 

Pulp mill capacity upgrade to meet chemical cellulose demand

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th March 2007 The world’s largest manufacturer of dissolving pulp, Sappi, continues in its endeavour to upgrade the Sappi Saiccor mill situated in Umkomaas, south of Durban. 

SA's paper recycling trend on the increase

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th March 2007 About 935 000 t of recyclable paper was collected in South Africa in 2006, which indicates a 57% recovery of the available paper to be recovered. 

Pulp project to transform forest resource value

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th March 2007 In an endeavour to improve wood quality, pulp yields and Eucalyptus hybrids, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Department of Science and the Technology (DST) Innovation Fund and NCT Forestry (NCT) have developed Project Pulp, which aims to transform the value of the... 

Manual to mechanised

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th March 2007 “There is an urgent call to revisit the concept of mechanisation in the timber industry to combat low productivity,” says NCT Forestry (NCT) assistant manager Rob Thompson. 

New paper strip recorder to satisfy 2-million users

9th March 2007 While many may consider paper recorders to be merely a remnant of ancient technology, over 2-million of the devices are still in use today. A large portion of these recorders has been in use for many years and is in need of repairs, but due to technological trends, there are only a few suppliers... 

R3bn Sappi Saiccor expansion feeling civil engineering pinch

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2007 Forest products and paper producer Sappi says it is experiencing some civil-engineering-related cost and time pressures at its R3-billion Saiccor expansion in Kwazulu-Natal, but believes the financial impacts will not be “material” and that delays can also be contained. The South... 

Sappi likely to do more BEE deals, says Van As

By: Terence Creamer     1st February 2007 Forest products and paper giant Sappi anticipates that it will do further black economic-empowerment (BEE) deals in South Africa over and above the property-development deal struck with a Lereko-led consortium last year - Lereko is led by former North West Premier Popo Molefe and former... 

KZN packaging firm expands by 25%, enters Gauteng

By: Jade Davenport     24th November 2006 The South African paper packaging industry is growing at a rate of 4% a year, which is largely being driven by growth in per capita consumer goods consumption as a result of the increasing socioeconomic shift in population groups and the growing middle class. 

Studies continue into eucalyptus-beneficiation project

By: Laura Tyrer     14th July 2006 Planning continues for the construction of Pulp United’s new eucalyptus-based bleached, chemi, thermo, mechanical pulp (BCTMP) mill, in Richards Bay. 

Instrumentation in the pulp-and-paper sector

5th May 2006 Endress+Hauser, the leading supplier of measuring instruments and automation solutions for the industrial process engineering industry, has an extensive range of products and services ideally suited for use in the pulp and paper industry. 

Strong rand stifles paper growth

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th March 2006 A number of reasons have been cited for the paper and pulp industry lagging behind as other sectors are catapulted on the back of the industry boom. According to the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director John Hunt, the strong rand has certainly been one of the... 

Paper and pulp account for 20% of end-user business

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th March 2006 Although the pulp and paper industry is not the mainstay of Zest Motor & Drives business, it does, nevertheless, account for about 20% of the 

New multifuel boiler for paper manufacturer

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th March 2006 Despite the pulp and paper industry lagging behind in the race to record the largest growth rate, it is, nevertheless, on a steady growth path as is indicated by the recent contract awarded to Babcock Engineering for the design and manufacture of a customised boiler for Mondi Business Paper, of... 

Wood chips – an SA perspective

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th March 2006 South Africa has become a major player as a supplier of woodchips to Japan. 

A firm favourite in the forestry sector

10th March 2006 The Tirfor winch by Bellambie Industrial is well-known for its unique safety, precision and nimble features and has been used in forestry applications in this country for nearly 60 years. 

Chemical company geared to meet paper-market demands

10th March 2006 Global speciality chemical company Rohm &Haas plays an important role in the research, development and manufacture of emulsion polymers for paper processing and surface finishing for paper and board applications. 

Feasibility of new mill in Richards Bay is under investigation

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th March 2006 The feasibility study for the construction of a new Eucalyptus-based BCTMP (bleached, chemi, thermo, mechanical pulp) mill in South Africa is currently being undertaken by the NCT Forestry Co-operative. 

Reach trucks make paper-reel handling easy

10th March 2006 Specialist in materials-handling systems Big Lift Trucks has launched a new range of variable reach trucks designed for efficient handling and loading of paper reels and sawn timber in and out of trucks and railway carriages. 

Short-term prospects not too rosy

10th March 2006 At its year-end results presentation held in Johannesburg recently Sappi CEO Jonathan Leslie reported that operating conditions remained difficult in the Fine Paper business. 

R10m limestone plant a South African first

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th March 2006 Limestone, which is widely used by a number of sectors, including the agricultural sector, the industrial sector to neutralise effluents and the metallurgical sector also as a neutralising agent, has a number of advantages. 

R150m carton-manufacturing plant under construction

By: Nelendhre Moodley     10th March 2006 A request by British American Tobacco (BAT) for Nampak’s Cartons and Labels division to support its operations in Nigeria has seen the packaging giant building a temporary carton-manufacturing plant in the West African country at the end of last year. 

Investments to improve paper mill’s enviro performance

10th March 2006 The R1,4-billion upgrade at Mondi Business Paper’s Merebank paper mill was successfully commissioned during October. 

Back to the drawing board

By: Irma Venter     3rd February 2006 NCT Forestry Co-operative has initiated a fresh feasiblity study of its proposed greenfields pulp mill in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, as the costs indicated in the original study were too high. 

Mondi's R1,4bn project to about double output by 2007

6th December 2005 Paper producer Mondi, wholly-owned by Anglo American, has announced that the R1,4-billion upgrade at Mondi Business Paper's Merebank paper mill in South Africa was successfully commissioned during October. 

Biotech and Nanotech hold promise for pulp and paper innovation

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2005 Advances in biotechnology and nanotechnology have great potential for the pulp-and-paper manufacturing industry. 

US mill closure improves R2bn Saiccor expansion prospects

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2005 Paper group Sappi hopes to receive board sanction for a R2-billion expansion of the Sappi Saiccor mill in Kwazulu-Natal during the first half of next year. 

Sappi confirms Frankfurt delisting

By: Liezel Hill     22nd September 2005 Paper-maker Sappi confirmed yesterday that it would end its secondary listing on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FSE) with effect from November 10. 

Detailed design of landfill extension project completed

26th August 2005 Durban-based Stemele Bosch Africa’s (SBA’s) solid waste and environmental division provides a specialist consulting service in all facets of liquid and solid waste management, as well as environmental management services. 

EIA initiated for proposed R2bn Saiccor expansion

4th August 2005 Paper producer Sappi has announced that it will undertake an environmental impact assessment study (EIA) at its cellulose mill, Sappi Saiccor, situated in Umkomaas on the Kwazulu-Natal south coast. 

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