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Paper, Pulp and Board

Watchdogs rules that paper giant refile on penalty

19th April 2002 South Africa’s Competition Tribunal ruled that a lower watchdog must refile its recommendation within ten days to penalise pulp and paper group Sappi, by providing more details. 

SA waste-to-wood-to-energy initiative

By: marisa rodrigues     5th April 2002 The concept of using trees to treat waste water and simultaneously using the waste water as a resource to grow productive plantations for renewable energy from biomass, is being investigated by the CSIR. 

SA paper giant in US acquisition

19th March 2002 South Africa’s Sappi said it would buy US forest products firm Potlatch Corporation’s coated paper business for $480-million in cash in a deal which would immediately enhance earnings. 

SA business could face 'corporate punishment'

18th March 2002 Two years ago medium-sized paper distribution group Papercor took paper giant Sappi to the Competition Commission for what it cited as restrictive business practices. 

Deal struck in competition for French paper firm

18th March 2002 A three-month battle for control of French paper firm La Rochette ended in a backroom deal between rival bidders on Friday, when they teamed up to make a joint offer and agreed to carve up its assets. 

R17m paid out to SMME paper recyclers

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 Last year, largest paper recycling company in South Africa, Anglo-owned Mondi Recycling, paid out more than R17-million to small businesses and hawkers in its programme of recycling 300 000 t/y, reports sales and marketing manager Peter Hunter. 

Financier pumps R850m into wood and paper

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 Industrial finance institution Industrial Development Corporation's (IDC’s) wood and paper strategic business unit (SBU) has invested a total of R848-million in the wood, paper other related industries during its 2001 financial year, reports wood and paper SBU head Dean Webster. 

One voice for SA timber growers

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 An association to represent and serve the interests of South African timber growers which will enhance long-term sustainability and profitability of forestry activities, has been formed. 

Sale of all non-core assets to be wrapped up by mid-year

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 State-owned forestry company, the South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol) has begun the sale of its non-core assets and has called on the private sector to submit bids for these properties. 

Mossel Bay firm wins R14-m timber trailer contract

15th March 2002 Mossel Bay-based engineering and transportation solution company John Daniel Containers (JDC) has been awarded a R14-million contract for the supply of 35 trailers and the fitment of truck bodies, which will be used in the transportation of timber. 

Restructuring to revive rural communities

15th March 2002 The restructuring of South Africa’s commercial forest plantations is being undertaken in a way which will ensure their continued contribution to rural economic development and poverty reduction in rural communities, said Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Ronnie Kasrils at a... 

South African forest products inch down on the value chain

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 The South African forest products industry is steadily moving away from its tradition of exporting of rough sawn timber and is beginning to edge down the value chain towards a situation where more and more local beneficiation is taking place. 

Technology is key to forestry's success

15th March 2002 South Africa has about 1,5-million hectares of plantations, which produce more than 16-million tons of timber a year. 

Landmark electricity-supply deal

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 An energy supply agreement will be signed this month between Anglo-owned paper manufacturing company Mondi and a consortium, Biotrace Trading, a grouping of the Gensec-owned Fieldstone Incorporated and Babcock Africa Contracting, a subsidiary of Babcock. 

Harnessing safety

15th March 2002 Distributors of the tractel range of safety-equipment in Southern Africa Bellambie Mining and Industrial, has a range of fall-arrest equipment, including safety harnesses and working belts, suitable for use in the paper, pulp and timber industry. 

Forest engineering centre of excellence

15th March 2002 Forest Engineering, a section of the Forest Science Department of the University of Stellenbosch and the Forestry Department of Port Elizabeth Technikons' George Campus, have formalised a strategic partnership which they call the Centre of Forest Operations Management. 

SA business could face 'corporate punishment'

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2002 Two years ago medium-sized paper distribution group Papercor took paper giant Sappi to the Competition Commission for what it cited as restrictive business practices. 

Seeing the wood for the trees

15th March 2002 According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s most recent State of the World's Forests report , there are an estimated 3 870-million hectares of forest worldwide, of which almost 95% are natural forests and 5% are forest plantations. 

Paper firm to invest in Russian mill

7th March 2002 Paper firm Mondi Europe, an Anglo American subsidiary, has agreed to acquire an additional 68,5% of the voting stock in the Russian Syktyvkar Forest Enterprise business. 

Safety kudos for Cape paper mill

By: Jill Stanford     8th February 2002 Paper group Sappi's yearly global safety achievement awards competition for the 22 operations in the group has judged the company's Cape Kraft paper mill as the most improved. 

Paper group hits hard times, but is optimistic of turnaround

29th January 2002 South African pulp and paper group Sappi posted sharply lower first quarter headline earnings on Monday, but said it expected profits for the rest of the year to return to levels seen in its fourth quarter. 

Filling the energy gap – with wood

By: Karel Smrcka     18th January 2002 A fifth of the energy used in Finland comes from wood. The need to limit climate change is increasingly shaping national energy policies, and greater use of this renewable resource can be to help to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. 

Paper giant to fight competition ruling

4th December 2001 A South African pulp and paper producer on Monday denied contravening the country's Competition Act and said it would oppose a hefty fine recommended by country's Competition watchdog. 

US knife-gate valves arrive in South Africa

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 A new range of knife-gate valves became available to the paper and pulp, mining, steel, sugar, automotive and sewerage and effluent industries two months ago. 

Hi-tech biotech helps to meet enviro targets

By: Karel Smrcka     16th November 2001 Cleaner, greener and more efficient too – that's why more industries are recognising the potential benefits of biotechnology for developing more environment-friendly and competitive manufacturing processes. 

SA paper giant’s profit falls

13th November 2001 Pulp and paper producer Sappi unveiled a sharp drop in 2001 earnings, as expected, and warned of a slow start to the new financial year because of a depressed global economy. 

R450-million upgrade on the cards at paper mill

10th October 2001 Pulp and paper giant Mondi has announced plans to upgrade one of its fine-paper machines, the PM2, and the installation of a multifuel boiler at its Merebank integrated pulp and paper mill located in Durban South. 

New economy is not paperless

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2001 It was supposed to be a sleek, seamless information technology (IT) driven economy; a paperless environment where the press of a button would have replaced the turning of a page. 

SA wood-chip exports to Japan

By: System Author     17th November 2000 After only its first year of operation, wood-chip producer and exporter Shincel, of Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, is exporting some 35 000 t of wood-chips monthly to the fastidious Japanese market. 

$63m timber plant

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Two Pretoria companies, Yebo Investment and Afri-Logs, have joined forces with a Japanese consortium to establish a $63-million timber-processing plant at the Walvis Bay export processing zone in Namibia. 

Integrated approach considered

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Forestry research funding slashed

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board & forestry products 

Timber industry to pick up this year

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Restructuring is taking too long

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Future of forestry being planned

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Balancing the forestry sector

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

In search of new uses for the eucalyptus saligna inner core

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

New environment White Paper

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 The White Paper on Integrated Pollution and Waste Management for South Africa is expected to be published this month. 

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