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Paper, Pulp and Board

Industry faces water charges, wage dilemma and hike in transport costs

By: Marius Roodt     14th March 2003 Although the growth of the South African forestry industry has been slowed over the last few years, its contributions to export earnings has been rising rapidly. 

Survey reveals a high HIV/Aids infection rate in forestry sector

By: Marius Roodt     14th March 2003 HIV/Aids is affecting every facet of the South African social fabric and economy, and the local forest industries are no different. 

University highlights industry’s skills shortage

By: Marius Roodt     14th March 2003 The University of Stellenbosch (US), or Maties as it is also known, is the only university in the country to offer wood science and forest science degree courses, says senior lecturer Dr Tim Rypstra. 

Wood pellets are gaining ground as energy source

14th March 2003 The issue of global warming is an extremely emotive one, and fossil fuels are increasingly seen as damaging the environment. 

Log homes for R300m residential dam development

14th March 2003 Knysna’s T & B Log Homes will be playing a prominent role in a six sector R300-million residential development known as the Cove that is planned on 196 ha of farmland on the southern banks of the Hartebeespoort Dam, west of Pretoria. 

One thousand motors in the last three years

14th March 2003 One thousand WEG electric motors have been supplied to the local pulp and paper industry over the past three years, says Zest Electric Motors marketing manager Chris Chryssoulis. 

Gear-couplings available for paper and pulp industry

14th March 2003 Durban-based Bearing Man’s range of Esco flexible gear-couplings has been designed to meet the specific requirements of light-, medium- and heavy-duty rotating machines in diverse applications, including the pulp and paper industry. 

New innovation to increase water-holding in the soil

14th March 2003 A new product designed to drastically increase the water-holding capacity of soil and improve the efficiency of fertiliser application has taken the forestry world by storm. 

Instruments facilitate wastewater treatment

14th March 2003 The treatment of wastewater in the pulp and paper industry is a complex process. 

Company introduces linear cut-off saw

14th March 2003 The concept to deliver tree length stems to the log yard and cutting them to length after scanning, has been in practice in Europe and the US for over 30 years. 

UK research aims to track forests’ ability to absorb carbon emissions

14th March 2003 Soil from a prairie in Kansas, US, may hold the key in answering questions about whether or not forests can continue to absorb the world’s carbon emissions, states a report from Vicky Terrell from Lancaster University, UK. 

Productive forestry industry achieving success in beneficiation, says report

14th March 2003 South Africa’s world-class forestry industry is a highly-productive sector, says a report by Forestry South Africa, tracking the industry’s performance over 2001 and 2002. 

Strong rand puts Sappi’s margins under pressure

4th March 2003 South African pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi said yesterday it expected flat earnings in the current quarter, but saw an improvement in the full year as a strong rand put pressure on margins. 

Polish paper firm to raise dividends

4th March 2003 Polish paper firm Frantschach Swiecie said it planned to spend 239,5-million zlotys ($62-million) on its annual dividend, indicating its payout per share would nearly triple from last year. 

Sappi appoints Leslie new CEO

11th February 2003 South African pulp and paper giant Sappi said yesterday it had appointed Jonathan Leslie to succeed Eugene van As as CE from April this year, ending months of speculation. 

Sappi’s Q1 profit falls in tough market

4th February 2003 South African pulp and paper giant Sappi said on yesterday its first-quarter headline earnings per share (EPS) fell 28% due to tough market conditions and that it expected a similar trend in the second quarter. 

Bamboo set to make its mark on SA building, paper sectors

31st January 2003 An ambitious, multimillion-rand project, which could have significant long-term impact on South Africa’s building and pulp and paper industry and provide an economic lifeline to marginalised communities, is taking shape in the Limpopo Province. 

SA paper group’s earnings expected to fall

30th January 2003 South Africa's Sappi is expected to report lower first quarter earnings next week, and the trend is likely to continue for the rest of 2003 due to pricing pressure on coated wood-free paper, analysts said. 

Composite tube in demand from pulp and paper industry

24th January 2003 Producer of composite tubes for black-liquor recovery boilers Sandvik Steel has received several large orders, valued at around $3-million, for advanced composite tubes for use in the pulp and paper industry. 

Technology group clinches $2-million contract

13th December 2002 Power and automation technology group ABB will supply Sappi's Ngodwana Kraft Mill with Industrial IT Open Control. 

Particle board producer to build new plant

13th December 2002 In response to growing domestic and export demand, South Africa’s leading wood panel products business, PG Bison, has confirmed that it is to build a new particle board manufacturing plant. 

Forest products firm optimistic about 2003

8th November 2002 South African pulp and paper giant, Sappi reported a 13% drop in full-year earnings yesterday, due to the global economic slowdown, but said it was positioned for profit growth in the year ahead. 

Paper group’s 2002 earnings seen down on weak prices

29th October 2002 South African paper giant Sappi is likely to report 2002 headline earnings per share (EPS) down at least 11,5%, bruised by poor prices and the global economic slowdown, analysts said yesterday. 

African pulp and paper week attracts interest

14th October 2002 Every two years the world joins the local pulp and paper industry for its African Pulp and Paper Week conference and exhibition, which was held in Durban between October 8 and 10 this year. 

World's first cardboard building is constructed

By: Karel Smrcka     27th September 2002 When a school needed an after-hours club, inventors in the UK constructed what is possibly the world’s first cardboard building, using a timber truss to support the centre of the roof. 

Steam drying chips away at cost curve

By: Karel Smrcka     20th September 2002 Large quantities of wood chips are dried for the production of chipboard. Modifications to a widely implemented large-scale industrial process lead to enormous savings: 15% less heat energy is required and emissions are markedly reduced. 

R300 000 funding for a World Summit waste plan

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 In efforts to minimise the amount of waste produced at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the Development Bank of South Africa has invested R300 000 in the Zero Waste programme devised by environmental group EarthLife Africa (ELA). 

Call for legislation enforcing paper recycling

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 In efforts to promote the recycling of waste paper in the country, Mondi Recycling has been lobbying government to devise and implement a legislative framework that will encourage South Africans to recycle. 

Paper firm battles sluggish US market

1st August 2002 South African paper giant Sappi reported a modest rise in third-quarter earnings yesterday, battling a sluggish US market, and said it expected profits to improve slightly in the final quarter. 

Eagle eyes detect flaws in paper

By: Karel Smrcka     26th July 2002 Today’s paper-making machines produce paper so rapidly that visual quality control is stretched to its limits. New automated systems with cameras and image analysis algorithms manage this flood of paper with no problem – they can even tackle the job with patterned wood and textiles. 

Competition complaint withdrawn against paper firm

26th July 2002 South Africa's Sappi yesterday confirmed that the Competition Commission had withdrawn complaints of anti-competitive behaviour levelled against it by a client, Papercor. 

Demand for sophisticated steel castings climbs

19th July 2002 The increasing demand for sophisticated stainless steel and other castings from the basic iron and steel industry has lead to Steloy Castings becoming a preferred supplier to the industry. 

Multimillion-rand upgrade for Tugela paper mill

By: Joanne Delaurentis     19th July 2002 Global pulp and paper firm Sappi’s Tugela paper machine 4 (PM4) is about to undergo a multimillion-rand upgrade that will move the mill into the international sack paper arena. 

World's largest turbine for paper and pulp industry to be built

18th July 2002 Siemens Power Generation (PG) Industrial Applications Division will build the world's largest turbine-generator set with a backpressure turbine in the paper and pulp industry, with delivery set for April 2004. 

Packaging tape distributor accelerates acquisition drive

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 Leading distributor in packaging tapes Wilec is looking for local acquisitions to accelerate the growth of its share of the local market for packaging tapes and it is also investing in capital equipment. 

Big order for paper machine drives

31st May 2002 One of the largest paper machine drives orders in South Africa took place when Mondi selected ABB, reportedly the world’s leading drives supplier to the pulp and paper industry, to supply its DriveIT sectional alternating current (AC) drives for its machine number two at its Merebank... 

Paper giant to issue $500m in bonds

31st May 2002 South African pulp and paper group Sappi said that its European subsidiary Sappi Papier Holding (SPH) planned to launch at least $500-million in bonds with a minimum maturity of ten years. 

Launch of new boiler feed-water valve

17th May 2002 A new range of boiler feed-water valves has been launched by local valve designer and manufacturer Mitech. 

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