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Sappi starts work on developing furfural pilot plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th February 2021 JSE-listed paper and packaging manufacturer Sappi says it has made progress in the development of its biorefinery capacity. The company confirmed in a release on February 17 that it will build a pilot plant using technology developed in-house to prove the feasibility of a future commercial... 

SAPPMA signs operation clean sweep ocs pledge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th February 2021 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufactures Association   (SAPPMA) has become the latest plastics industry association in South Africa to sign the Operation Clean Sweep® (OCS) pledge – an international stewardship programme designed to prevent the loss of plastic resin (pellets, flakes, and... 

DuPont covers used to protect Covid-19 vaccines

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th February 2021 The arrival of the first AstraZeneca vaccine doses in South Africa on February 2 was a significant moment for the country, says chemicals company DuPont, which notes that its Tyvek AirCargo covers were used to offer a critical level of protection by completely enveloping the pallet containing the... 

Nampak's first-quarter revenue, profit up; alcohol ban has limited impact

By: Donna Slater     5th February 2021 Packaging company Nampak reports that trading conditions in South Africa and Nigeria were good in the first quarter of its 2021 financial year, ended December 2020, with group revenue up 1% year-on-year. Cost saving initiatives undertaken by the company during the 2020 financial year had yielded... 

Caxton raises stake in Mpact to 26.2%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th December 2020 Media company Caxton and CTP Publishers and Printers has bought a further 30.49-million shares in paper and plastic packaging products manufacturer Mpact. Caxton acquired the shares from clients of Allan Gray, Old Mutual Investment Group, Old Mutual Customised Solutions, Visio Capital Management... 

Rio invests in Canadian aluminium

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th December 2020 Diversified major Rio Tinto has announced a $8.4-million investment to expand the recycling capacity of its aluminium operations in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec. The expansion would offer rolled product customers in North America a new, sustainable solution combining low-carbon and recycled... 

Oleg Deripaska’s Rusal role spurred Europe sanctions warning to US

By: Bloomberg     17th December 2020 European officials have provided information to the US government indicating that Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska continued to exert control this year over United Co. Rusal International, which the officials say was a breach of a US sanctions agreement reached in 2018. An assessment sent to... 

Air Products’ Freshline™ Offers Definite Benefits for Retailers and Customers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th December 2020 Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the drastic changes to the buying patterns of consumers, the value of Air Products’ Freshline™ solutions were highlighted as a key aspect of the success of modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). By using products packaged in this particular way,... 

Renewable carton packaging to reduce environmental impact

By: Schalk Burger     18th November 2020 The Southern African subsidiary of global food packaging group Tetra Pak is changing its packaging to use materials that are wholly renewable and that meet local and international food safety standards, says Tetra Pak Southern Africa MD Stefan Fageräng. This programme is part of the group's... 

'New roadmap' needed for South Africa to deal with plastic waste pollution 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2020 Although the plastics and plastic products industry contributed about R70-billion to South Africa’s economy in 2019, according to Plastics South Africa, plastic pollution has also had a significant impact on the country’s ecosystem services. Therefore, Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister... 

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