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Manufacturing firm benefits from DTIC's designation of laptop bags

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2021 Tongaat-based manufacturing firm Protea Leather Natal has grown, diversified and become more efficient since its first application to the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (DTIC’s) Production Incentive Programme (PIP) grants in 2011. The company recently won the National Student... 

AECI sets 2025 sustainability targets 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th March 2021 Chemicals group AECI has set itself six group-specific sustainability targets for 2025, as shared in the company’s first-ever sustainability report published on March 26. The sustainability report includes a sustainability framework with ten overarching goals for “a better world” in the areas... 

Combined effort required to slow plastic leakage into the environment – WWF

By: Donna Slater     25th March 2021 Tackling the ever growing issue of plastic pollution will require the collective effort of everyone in the plastics value chain, from manufacturers of raw materials that go into plastics, to the end consumers and recyclers, says World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Circular Plastics Economy project... 

Coca-Cola, BanQu launch payment platform for informal waste reclaimers, boosting bankability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th March 2021 In recognition of Global Recycling Day on March 18, beverage company Coca-Cola South Africa and blockchain-based supply chain and economic  passport platform BanQu are rolling out a payment platform to financially empower informal waste reclaimers and buyback centres in a boost to the local... 

South Africa can build manufacturing capacity; pandemic is proof of potential, says Rodseth 

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2021 South Africa can halt is premature deindustrialisation trend and grow the value of the manufacturing sector and its beneficial impact on jobs if all stakeholders commit to its development, manufacturing industry advocacy body the Manufacturing Circle executive director Philippa Rodseth said this... 

fairtrade launches Virtual for all Middle East Africa 2021

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2021 Focus on MEA’s agrofood & plastprintpack sector on 31 May to 02 June After the great success of Virtual agrofood & plastprintpack Africa in November 2020, the German trade show specialist fairtrade Messe is launching another digital format with the Virtual for all Middle East Africa from 31 May... 

Mpact delivers strong performance in 2020, despite challenges  

By: Simone Liedtke     5th March 2021 By delivering its proven strategy of securing leading market positions and focusing on customers and performance, paper, packaging and recycling company Mpact delivered a strong financial performance with record cash flows from operations of R1.9-billion and a reduction in net debt to... 

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... 

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