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Plastics and Synfibres

More than 200 exhibitors expected at expo

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     4th March 2022 Despite Covid-19 placing restrictions on face-to-face events and, consequently, some international exhibitors having to reluctantly withdraw their participation, Africa’s leading packaging, printing, plastics and labelling trade exhibition Propak Africa 2022 is hosting more than 200 exhibitors at... 

PVC recycling on the rise

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     4th March 2022 With a year-on-year increase of 9.5% in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling, the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) tells Engineering News that additional initiatives can be implemented to increase the recycling rate of vinyl material. “We can attribute the 9.5% recycling increase to two... 

a plastic wash plant at a plastic recycling factory
CLEANER PVC PVC recycling has increased by 9.5% year-on-year

Vietnam river plastic pollution tackled head-on

4th March 2022 Environmental organisation The Ocean Cleanup recently launched its Interceptor Original trash collection system for testing in the Can Tho river in Vietnam. This is one of 15 major rivers where the solar-powered solution will be deployed as part of a global partnership with beverage multinational... 

The Ocean Cleanup project team
KEEP IT COOL This river cleanup project will make an important contribution to help the city improve the capacity and efficiency in waste collection, segregation and treatment

Plastics initiatives to help environment

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     4th March 2022 With a much greater focus and emphasis on sustainability and minimising waste in the marine environment, industry representative body Plastics SA says the various clean-up projects nationally are growing and expanding this year. “We have a number of clean-up projects planned including our river... 

Plastics SA coastal clean-up initiative
CLEAN UP Plastics SA has a number of clean-up projects planned including the river catchment projects, litter boom initiatives and the coastal and inland clean-up projects

New efficient method for PET bottles production

4th March 2022 Preferential heating, filling and packaging equipment supplier KHS Group provides an energy-efficient method for producing oval polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles with an optimised weight. Companies in the food industry and consumer goods manufacturers such as chemicals company Henkel, are... 

Bulk bagging system aids in meeting demands

4th March 2022 Leading robotics and automation company RMGroup has supplied one of its industry leading bulk bagging systems, a BB-400, to building materials supplier Tippers. As an existing customer, the new equipment supplements Tippers’ existing BB-400 bulk bagging and form fill and seal vertical packaging... 

Emphasis placed on recycling

4th March 2022 In response to both consumer and legislative pressures, some of South Africa’s largest retailers and brands are now putting a greater emphasis on the recyclability of their packaging. Law firm Webber Wentzel states that significant volumes of waste are still being diverted to landfill sites,... 

GreenTech Plastics Machinery

4th March 2022 Specialists in the supply, installation and servicing of best-in-class European-designed plastics machinery and ancillary equipment, GreenTech is an industry leader in plastics machinery sales and servicing. With a combined experience of 220 years, GreenTech’s professional team of experts offers... 

GreenTech Plastics Machinery Image

Regulation mandates companies to be waste cautious

26th February 2021 With extended producer responsibility (EPR) now mandatory in South Africa, managing the end-of-life of a product has become a social, environmental and economic requirement.  Owing to this, companies will need to take responsibility for their waste so that less goes to landfill, warns paper and... 

Support for sustainable alternatives received

26th February 2021 The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), which promotes a circular economy and resource efficiency in industry, supports African countries in meeting the challenges of dealing with plastic waste leaking to the environment, said research organisation the Council for... 

Waste management plan holds industry accountable

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     26th February 2021 Plastic industry body Plastics SA and packaging industry body Packaging SA have welcomed the new Section 18 Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) plan introduced by Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy, which is expected to be implemented on November 5, 2021. Section 18 is... 

Workplace-based learning programmes to address skills shortages

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     26th February 2021 Business development service ProudAfrique Human Capital has partnered with the University of Johannesburg’s training hub, Resolution Circle, to provide focused workplace-based learning programmes for the plastics manufacturing, computer numerical control (CNC) and injection-moulding industries.... 

DEON OBERHOLZER 
Apprentice programmes provide good entry-level education, as well as crucial on-the-job training and experience
DEON OBERHOLZER Apprentice programmes provide good entry-level education, as well as crucial on-the-job training and experience

Sustainability becomes new trend

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     26th February 2021 The increased awareness around sustainable packaging has led to consumers being more conscious about their purchasing decisions and shopping choices, highlights carton packaging systems and solutions provider SIG director corporate responsibility Michael Hecker. According to Deloitte’s 2018... 

THE VISION IS CLEAR 
SIG’s packaging materials will come from certified responsible sources by 2030, which will make its packaging solutions the most sustainable on the market
THE VISION IS CLEAR SIG’s packaging materials will come from certified responsible sources by 2030, which will make its packaging solutions the most sustainable on the market

IP infringement to increase in 3D printing

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th May 2020 There is a likelihood that intellectual property (IP) infringement may increase, owing to the ease with which products can be reproduced by a layperson with the use of three-dimensional (3D) printing, says law firm Spoor & Fisher senior associate Marco Vatta. “3D printing technologies affect all... 

Multi Stretch

28th February 2020 Multi Stretch has established itself as a producer and distributor of high-quality linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) stretch films and clear low-density polyethylene sheeting products.  Founded in 2015, Multi Stretch has built on its entrepreneurial foundations and has grown rapidly to meet... 

Multi Stretch

Beware of biodegradable and compostable plastics – Plastics SA

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     28th February 2020 The introduction of bioplastics to South Africa’s burgeoning and well-developed recycling industry should carefully be considered, says plastics industry association Plastics SA. Bioplastics are plastic materials produced from renewable biomass sources that are not grown or intended for human... 

LITTERING IS TRASHY 
Alternatives to conventional plastic packaging do not change consumer behaviour with regard to littering
LITTERING IS TRASHY Alternatives to conventional plastic packaging do not change consumer behaviour with regard to littering

New legislation driven by global digitalisation

28th February 2020 New legislation is driving a slew of changes amid rapid and widespread global digitalisation and has made print feel the impacts of the changing world, says business management consultant Ricoh SA commercial and industrial print head Vaughan Patterson. He notes that, while the Protection of... 

Products reduce plastic waste, improve packaging

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     28th February 2020 Packaging supplier Baypac Solutions’ innovative solutions have resulted in its  customers being able to reduce their use of disposable plastic by 50% on average. Using one or all of Baypac Solutions’ Lock n Pop adhesive, Anti-Slip sheets and 55-layer Nanotechnology stretch film can halve stretch... 

Retailer to reduce single-use plastic impact

28th February 2020 Retail company Pick n Pay is moving to dramatically reduce the impact of single-use plastic and packaging by 2025. Since 2018, the retailer has successfully implemented a number of initiatives to reduce packaging and single-use plastic at its stores and throughout its supply chain. 

Printing industry not dying but changing

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     28th February 2020 Despite the perception that printing is outdated or dying, customer communication management solutions provider InsideData North CEO Rafiq Sallie says it is more a case of the printing industry changing and becoming more creative and interactive. The perception that printing is dying stems from... 

EXPLORING NEW AVENUES
The printing industry is changing, becoming more creative and interactive
EXPLORING NEW AVENUES The printing industry is changing, becoming more creative and interactive

ABC Plastics

1st March 2019 Established in 1989, ABC Plastics cc is a division of Belgian company NV Dassonville and is owner-managed by founder member Francois Dassonville. ABC’s plastic injection moulding department began by specialising in custom moulding of plastic components for the local appliance, beverage and... 

ABC Plastics

Company to offer new digital printing technology

1st March 2019 By 2020, multinational food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak working in collaboration with printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer, will become the first company in the food and beverage carton industry to offer full-colour digital printing on its carton packages. The digital... 

CHARLES BRAND
Commitment to our clients has fueled the collaboration which we hope will benefit all
CHARLES BRAND Commitment to our clients has fueled the collaboration which we hope will benefit all

Free-to-attend seminars headlining at packaging event

By: Halima Frost     1st March 2019 The triennial packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling exhibition Propak Africa will host free-to-attend seminars, presented by more than 20 reputed speakers in industry, for the first time since the inception of the event. The seminars, which will span the four-day show – to... 

SHOW AND TELL
Exhibitors will have the opportunity to display new products and technologies at this year’s expo
SHOW AND TELL Exhibitors will have the opportunity to display new products and technologies at this year’s expo

Manufacturer uses green strapping to secure loads

By: Halima Frost     1st March 2019 Joining the shift towards sustainable packaging and product design, wood-based products manufacturer PG Bison has decided to use only locally sourced and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) strapping. Not only does this move form part of the company’s drive to be more green but it also... 

THAT’S A STRAP!
Green strapping is increasing the amount of polyethylene terephthalate that can be recycled
THAT’S A STRAP! Green strapping is increasing the amount of polyethylene terephthalate that can be recycled

Packaging company drives waste-free economy

By: Halima Frost     1st March 2019 The idea of a circular economy is now starting to pique interest in the packaging industry, although the mechanism of biodegradability has been operational for hundreds of millions of years, says GREEN HOME Food Packaging MD and owner Catherine Morris. The concept highlights the way in which the... 

CATHERINE MORRIS
A waste-free world is a possibility for the future
CATHERINE MORRIS A waste-free world is a possibility for the future

Plastics body calls for support in plastics challenges

1st March 2019 Industry body Plastics|SA invites all role players in the plastics value chain interested in cooperatively finding workable solutions to end plastic pollution in the oceans and environment to join the South African Alliance to End Plastic Pollution. Plastics|SA says that it is essential for the... 

CLEAN-UP GREEN-UP
The collection and recycling of plastic waste is imperative to the country’s future says Plastics SA
CLEAN-UP GREEN-UP The collection and recycling of plastic waste is imperative to the country’s future says Plastics SA

ALPLA

1st March 2019 ALPLA is a world leader in the development and production of plastic packaging solutions.  The company was founded in Germany over 60 years ago by the Lehner brothers and remains a family-owned business with a proud tradition of meeting the technical challenges of the plastics industry.   With... 

ALPLA

Mitigating plastic’s negative public image

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 Continued local and international pressure to ban plastic bags and other single-use plastics, as cited in the media and social media, is at an all-time high, says plastic industry representative body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA).  

BERNHARD MAHL The characteristics of plastics, including being lightweight, versatile and durable, allow for a strong contribution to a more environmentally sustainable South Africa
BERNHARD MAHL The characteristics of plastics, including being lightweight, versatile and durable, allow for a strong contribution to a more environmentally sustainable South Africa

Recycling rate increases, boding well for environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 The latest plastics recycling figures released by industry body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA) indicate that South Africans are recycling more plastics than before, which bodes well for local environmental sustainability.  

RESIN FOR REUSE The largest market (comprising 20%) for recyclate is flexible packaging with low-density polyethylene sold to refuse and carrier bag manufacturers
Photo by Bloomberg
RESIN FOR REUSE The largest market (comprising 20%) for recyclate is flexible packaging with low-density polyethylene sold to refuse and carrier bag manufacturers

Innovation, outward-looking approach will bolster industry growth

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 The plastics converter industry needs to alter its mindset and look for innovative solutions while becoming more outward-looking to experience real economic growth, says industry body Plastics SA. Plastics SA chairperson Bernhard Mahl describes real growth as “thousands of tons of plastics,... 

OFF LINE Over the past five to ten years, the local plastics industry has stagnated, hovering between producing 1.3-million tons and 1.4-million tons of virgin material a year
OFF LINE Over the past five to ten years, the local plastics industry has stagnated, hovering between producing 1.3-million tons and 1.4-million tons of virgin material a year

HDPE pipe manufacturing facility to open in February

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 Plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will launch its new Germiston-based manufacturing facility in February. The facility will manufacture high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes from 16 mm up to 1 000 mm in diameter. DPI technical and product manager Renier Snyman says the facility will enable... 

NOT A PIPE DREAM  DPI's new facility will enable it to supply pipes to South Africa's burgeoning gas market.
NOT A PIPE DREAM DPI's new facility will enable it to supply pipes to South Africa's burgeoning gas market.

Local plastics sector shows solid growth performance

By: Donna Slater     15th January 2016 Plastics sector representative body Plastics South Africa (SA) has predicted a positive outlook for 2016, following a solid growth performance in the past financial year.  

RECYCLING POTENTIAL
The total volume of plastics recycled in the 2014/15 financial year was 20.3% of all plastics manufactured in 2014
RECYCLING POTENTIAL The total volume of plastics recycled in the 2014/15 financial year was 20.3% of all plastics manufactured in 2014

Plastics industry propelled by recycling versatility

15th January 2016 The inherent versatility of plastics recycling, including the industry’s ability to recycle most grades and compositions of plastics, contributes strongly to plastics and synthetic fibres’ strong market acceptance, sustainable use and eco friendliness, says Cape Town-based plastics recycler the... 

RECYCLING AWARENESS
Polyco aims to promote separation-at-source within every municipality
RECYCLING AWARENESS Polyco aims to promote separation-at-source within every municipality

Industry body donates plastic recycling bins to charity organisations

By: Donna Slater     15th January 2016 Nonprofit polyolefin recycling company Polyco has donated 12 branded, yellow wheelie bins and 500 rolls of clear refuse bags to the Oasis Association in Claremont, Cape Town and the Breede Valley Association for Persons with Disabilities, in Worcester, as part of a social responsibility initiative.  

RECYCLING BINS
Newly donated plastics recycling bins will assist plastics recyclers to more easily separate material into different grades for recycling
RECYCLING BINS Newly donated plastics recycling bins will assist plastics recyclers to more easily separate material into different grades for recycling

PVC body releases results of first recycling survey

15th January 2016 Local vinyls representative body the Southern African Vinyls Association (Sava) has released the results of its first-ever polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling survey, which details the state, scope and size of PVC recycling currently taking place in South Africa.  

PVC PIPING
The potential for PVC waste recycling is largely determined by the degree of contamination
PVC PIPING The potential for PVC waste recycling is largely determined by the degree of contamination

R7m distributed among six plastics recyclers

16th January 2015 South Africa-based Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) released the names of the six successful applicants who will be receiving total investment loans of R7-million over the next six months to fund existing polyolefin recycling operations, in November last year. The company’s second request... 

R14m to be spent on polyolefin recycling in 2015

By: David Oliveira     16th January 2015 South Africa-based Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) will have three project funding cycles in 2015 and has budgeted R14-million to support key collection and recycling projects, Polyco CEO Mandy Naudé tells Engineering News. “Polyco’s project support programme is based on a continuous cycle... 

RECYCLING SUPPORT Polyco’s project support will increase the tons of polyolefins collected by about 40 000 t over the next three years
Photo by Bloomberg
RECYCLING SUPPORT Polyco’s project support will increase the tons of polyolefins collected by about 40 000 t over the next three years

Plastics industry plans growth initiative 

By: David Oliveira     16th January 2015 Industry association Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA) will develop implementation and operation plans for four industry initiatives aimed at stimulating growth in the plastics industry in March. Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom tells Engineering News that the first initiative,... 

DIVERTING FROM LANDFILL Alternative technology will enable the plastics industry to deal with waste that has not been collected or used for recycling
Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom discusses the plastics industry’s growth initiatives.
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