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Paper, Pulp and Board

R2bn pulp mill study

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2005 KZN plant would have a 300 000 t/y capacity 

Raw-material cost rises fell Sappi

By: Nicola Mawson     29th July 2005 Escalating raw-materials costs and a decline in follow-through demand hit paper producer Sappi hard in its third quarter, with the company posting a headline earning loss of four cents a share. 

Shortage of roundwood sparks industry debate

By: Nicola Mawson     25th July 2005 Concerns over the monopolisation of roundwood were high on the agenda at Yorkcor's annual general meeting held at the weekend. 

Paper giant still under rand's cosh

By: Helene Le Roux     13th May 2005 The world’s largest producer of coated fine paper Sappi reports that the strong rand continues to put its margins under pressure. 

Draft forestry charter to be complete by year-end

20th April 2005 A forest-charter process was launched this week by Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Buyelwa Sonjica. 

Recently-empowered firm launches new products

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 Vinyl flooring specialists Polyflor SA has recently announced its new black economic-empowerment (BEE) partner to be Umnombo Investment Holdings. 

New heavy-duty commercial grade flooring launched

15th April 2005 The largest global producer of wood-based panel products, Sonae Novobord SA has launched a new heavy-duty commercial laminated flooring product specially developed for use in high traffic areas, such as shops, restaurants, hotels and offices. ? 

New landfill site for paper manufacturer

11th March 2005 Specialist engineering consultants, Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA), part of the B & A Group, has recently completed the detail design stage of Sappi Kraft’s Tugela Mill Phase 4 landfill extension project in Mandeni, on KwaZulu Natal’s north coast. 

Large printing press to spread the Word

11th March 2005 In a bid to boost production of Bibles and other religious literature, the promotional arm of the global Jehovah’s Witnesses – the Watchtower Society – is installing one of the largest printing presses of its type in the Southern Hemisphere at its premises. 

R27m effluent-treatment plant for paper manufacturer

11th March 2005 Veolia Water Systems South Africa has been subcontracted by its international sister company, to supply equipment, supervise erection and commission Mondi Business Paper’s new secondary effluent treatment plant in Richards Bay. 

Full-steam-ahead for duo of forestry projects

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 Towards the end of last year NCT Forestry Co-operative saw the completion of one significant project and the beginning of another. 

Paper continues to hold its own

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 Paper, one of the oldest forms of packaging, is fighting back and holding its own against an unforgiving onslaught from more modern materials. 

Growing demand for stainless-steel castings

11th March 2005 Specialist stainless-steel foundry Steloy Castings reports increased demand from the pulp and paper industry for cast stainless-steel components and has geared itself to meet the rigorous requirements of this sector. 

Recycled-paper surplus to normalise by year-end

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 After two years of excessive surplus, the local recycled-paper industry is finally moving towards a position of relative balance between supply and demand. 

Virtual paper school to be established soon

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 The South African Paper Manufacturers Association (Pamsa), in conjunction with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has established a forum with the mandate to investigate opportunities to promote growth in the industry. 

Times of change for timber

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 The global timber industry seems to be in a phase of transition. 

SA leads the way in wetlands protection

11th March 2005 South Africa has succeeded in rehabilitating thousands of hectares of wetlands, the forestry industry has cut out plantation trees from over two thousand hectares of rehabilitated wetlands in an effort to manage their wetlands more sustainably, and the commitment of the Noodsberg Canegrowers in... 

Protecting SA's pine-tree breeding industry

11th March 2005 A globally-competitive genetic source of pine trees is what the forestry sector is aiming to achieve with a new initiative. 

Department steps in to protect trees

11th March 2005 South Africa is richly endowed with more than 1700 indigenous species of trees and shrubs. 

Council awarded for forest management standards

11th March 2005 Greenpeace recently congratulated the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) for winning the prestigious Alcan Prize for Sustainability in December. 

Further progress on forestry restructuring

11th March 2005 Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Buyelwa Sonjica has signed agreements which will transfer the management of 140 000 ha of forest land to new operators. 

Wood-packaging regulation to reduce pest risk

11th March 2005 The Durban Chamber of Commerce announced last month that importers and exporters should be aware that the provisions of the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures, Guideline 15 (ISPM15) became mandatory in South Africa from the January 1, 2005. 

Fan motors ideal for timber dryers

11th March 2005 Leroy-Somer fan motors, which are designed specifically for timber dryers, provide efficient service and extended life in difficult operating conditions. 

Chemical company geared to meet paper-market demands

11th March 2005 Rohm and Haas, a global speciality chemical company, plays an important role in the research, development and manufacture of emulsion polymers for paper processing and surface finishing for paper and board applications. 

R100m particleboard expansion nearing completion

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 “The market is buoyant and we expect it to continue that way; the local economy is in great shape,” says PG Bison CEO Chris van Niekerk. 

Mass marketing venture secured

11th March 2005 In January Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Georgia-Pacific Corporation announced a ten-year strategic alliance that brings together the world’s leading family entertainment destinations with a stable of brands of one of the world’s leading paper consumer products company. 

Colour the buzz in digital printing

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th March 2005 In South Africa, the use of colour in digital technology is growing at about 60% year on year, says local Xerox distributor Bytes Document Solutions MD Rob Abraham.? 

Paper group still sees opportunity in SA

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th February 2005 The world’s largest fine-paper producer, Sappi, intends to nurture its South African businesses, maintaining its investment at about a billion dollars a year – this, in spite of the fact that the stronger rand is putting serious pressure on the operations. 

Mondi concludes empowerment deal

13th December 2004 Paper and packaging group Mondi South Africa and Shanduka Resources have last week confirmed the completion of binding agreements for Shanduka Resources to acquire a 42% equity stake in a new entity, which will own Mondi's South African packaging businesses. 

Costs likely to offset paper-market recovery

By: Helene Le Roux     19th November 2004 The world’s largest producer of fine paper, Sappi, forecasts that increased input costs are likely to offset the benefits of improved market conditions for its products in the near term. 

Wiseman Madinane

12th November 2004 Full name: Wiseman Madinane Position: CEO Main activity of the company: Manufacture of continuous stationery Date and place of birth: 17 February, 1968, Free State Education: Inhlakanipho High School, matric, 1987; Durban Institute of Technology (previously known as ML Sultan Technikon),... 

Firm clinches pioneering flue-gas plant contract

5th November 2004 A local firm was awarded a contract earlier this year by leading pulp-and-paper maker Mondi Paper to instal a novel integrated desulphurisation (NID) dry flue-gas plant to serve two coal-fired boilers at the company’s Merebank mill north of Durban. 

Competition body approves timber merger

11th October 2004 The Competition Commission last week approved unconditionally an intermediate merger between Cape Timber Resources (CTR), and MTO Forestry (MTO), on the grounds that the merger is unlikely to significantly lessen or prevent competition in the relevant markets concerned. 

The corporate world supports Arbor Week

3rd September 2004 This year Arbor Week will celebrate 10 years of freedom by promoting the planting of trees in 

Johannesburg's rich tree heritage

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd September 2004 Johannesburg’s mining boom at the turn of the nineteenth century sparked off another boom; large numbers of Eucalyptus trees were brought in from Australia and planted for use in shoring up mine shafts. 

Mondi SA concludes BEE transaction

20th August 2004 Commodities giant Anglo American's wholly-owned paper and packaging subsidiary, Mondi South Africa, and Shanduka Resources, announced yesterday that they have reached principle agreement for Shanduka to acquire a 42% equity stake in a new entity which will own Mondi's South African packaging... 

Water-treatment chemicals distributor announced

By: elizabeth rebelo     23rd July 2004 A global speciality chemical company, Rohm and Haas, has appointed Chemfit Industrial Holdings and subsidiary companies as the exclusive distributor for the company’s range of industrial water-treatment chemicals, throughout sub-Saharan Africa. 

Local packaging industry is wrapping up exports

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 The local packaging industry is wrapping up exports for South Africa, especially in the wine and agricultural sectors. 

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