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SABS cautions against unverified claims of degradable plastics
2nd March 2023

South Africa generates 2.4 million tons of plastic waste every year, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).  This means that every South African contributes about 41kgs of plastic waste... 


Trash4Treats recycling project announces winners of winning schools
28th February 2023

Six Western Cape Schools receive part of R100 000 in cash for collecting recyclable waste Trash4Treats, in partnership with MetPac-SA, the Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO) that represents... 


An example of the labeling that needs to be added to plastic products
SABS warns about unverified biodegradable plastics claims
28th February 2023 By: Schalk Burger

National verification and standards organisation the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has warned against vague claims that plastics are environment-friendly or nonpolluting. It says... 


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Trafigura lines up Russia aluminium deal in challenge to Glencore
28th February 2023 By: Bloomberg

Commodity trader Trafigura Group is in talks to buy aluminum from United Co. Rusal International, highlighting its willingness to strike new deals with Russian companies even as its biggest rival... 


Detrimental effects of rolling blackouts on SA's plastic industry
28th February 2023

With the seemingly endless challenges that South Africa and its people face, the driving force behind these challenges seems to be the notorious rolling blackouts that have plagued our country for... 


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Fujifilm opens new head office in South Africa
23rd February 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Photographic and imaging company Fujifilm South Africa has officially opened its new local head office, located at 18 Holt street, in Sandton, Johannesburg. The opening of the newly built building... 


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Mondi set for further growth following strong 2022 performance
23rd February 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Packaging and paper products manufacturer Mondi's continuing operations delivered a strong performance for the year ended December 31. Performance from the group’s continuing operations exclude its... 


Tribunal prohibits Corruseal, Neopak merger
22nd February 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The Competition Tribunal on February 22 issued an order prohibiting the proposed intermediate merger between paper and packaging company Corruseal Group and recycled containerboard and paper... 


Adcock Ingram grows revenue, profit; querying low single exit price increase
21st February 2023 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed pharmaceuticals manufacturer Adcock Ingram has increased its revenue and gross profit by 8% year-on-year for the six-month period ended December 31. Its trading profit also increased by... 


Mpact expects earnings to increase on the back of product demand
20th February 2023 By: Donna Slater

Ahead of the release of its audited financial results on March 7, paper and plastics manufacturer Mpact reports that its revenue for 2022 increased by about 7% to R12.4-billion, driven by paper... 


Beer tap
Basa appeals to Godongwana to fix disparities in alcohol excise duty regime
20th February 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) has again called on Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to amend the current excise regime governing the alcohol industry, which it says has negatively... 


A group of people representing Assurance International Limited the official licensee of global tyre corporation Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for Goodyear Lubricants at the unveiling of the new Lubricant oil range launch
Lubricant oil range and reach extended
17th February 2023

Furthering its endeavour to innovate and redefine the automotive lubricants product segment, India-based manufacturer Assurance International Limited unveiled its new range of lubricant oils last... 


LARS VEUL
Consumers’ demands and expectations are at an all-time high and show no sign of slowing down
Logistics industry digitisation to trend this year
10th February 2023 By: Tracy Hancock

The digitisation of the local logistics industry will take centre stage this year as companies continue leveraging smart technology and innovation to improve customer service delivery and... 


Sappi's Ngodwana mill
Sappi delivers first-quarter Ebitda growth as higher selling prices offset cost inflation, lower sales
8th February 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi recorded a strong performance for the first quarter of its 2023 financial year – well above pre-Covid-19 levels and the best ever first-quarter results, CEO Steve... 


Bespoke fire-risk systems for agri and food processing
8th February 2023

Fire engineering specialist ASP Fire highlights its specialised expertise in the agri and food processing industries. “In creating a bespoke system for any new or operational businesses, we look at... 


Paper manufacturers create YouTube video series showing papermaking process
3rd February 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Industry organisation the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) has partnered with GM Television to create a series of short videos of how paper products are made and recycled for... 


EGA Cape Town facility plant manager René Salmon
Ener-G-Africa opens women-led 15 MW/y small solar panel assembly plant in Cape Town
3rd February 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Energy company Ener-G-Africa (EGA) launched its new 15 MW/y women-led solar panel assembly plant, in Cape Town, on February 2. The $1.5-million, 800 m2 plant is manufacturing solar panels for use... 


Power cuts leave fruit farmers in despair
26th January 2023 By: Reuters

On the cusp of harvesting this season's first fruit, South African deciduous farmer Heinie du Toit frets as the worst power cuts on record threaten to take the shine off his apple and pear crop... 


Munkotachi Investments MD Christopher Lesa.
Copper-copious Zambia stepping up agricultural prowess, embarking on robust outreach
25th January 2023 By: Martin Creamer

Mining and agriculture are two key sectors of the Zambian economy that are attracting foreign direct investment, which rose 158% to $8.5-billion in 2022, creating 74 000 jobs. The latest company to... 


Agbiz calls for less loadshedding in areas under irrigation
23rd January 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Business organisation the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (Agbiz) has urged for less loadshedding in areas under irrigation and food-processing facilities. In crucial field crops,... 


Plastics SA's KZN regional office welcomes two new staff members
23rd January 2023

Plastics SA's KwaZulu-Natal regional office kicked off the New Year in high gear by welcoming two new employees: Warrick Keyser as Technical Trainer and Nokwanda Nondzanga as Assistant... 


Plastics Pact delivers positive momentum towards greater recyclability
20th January 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The South African Plastics Pact (SAPP), which includes 44 members comprising mostly retailers and manufacturers, ensured that there are 34.7-million fewer problematic or unnecessary plastic... 


Exhibition Freighting GSM
Exhibition Freighting GSM
20th January 2023

An exhibition, trade show, event or demonstration would not be able to take place without the proper equipment and products. A major player in the exhibition freight forwarding arena in South... 


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Automotive sector bolsters aluminium demand
20th January 2023 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

There has been significant demand from the automotive sector for aluminium owing to the need for lightweight material in internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric vehicles. The use of aluminium... 


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AGP – Africa: N3 expansion, South Africa
20th January 2023 By: Sheila Barradas

Ardagh Glass Packaging – Africa plans to expand its Nigel production facility with an investment in a third furnace. 


Wine export volumes hold up despite port challenges, cost pressures
19th January 2023 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The South African wine industry exported 368-million litres of wine, valued at R9.9-billion, in 2022. Exports were 5%, or 20-million litres, lower than in 2021. The value of exports in 2022 was... 


LG present ESG vision for a better life for all at CES 2023
21st December 2022

LG Electronics (LG) will be putting the spotlight on its continuing commitment to sustainability at CES 2023, showcasing its ESG vision and latest, impactful innovations in an exclusive exhibit... 


Mondi’s net-zero targets validated by SBTi
19th December 2022 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Packaging and paper solutions provider Mondi says the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has assessed and approved its science-based net-zero targets. The targets covering greenhouse-gas (GHG)... 


Rio appoints new board member
19th December 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Diversified miner Rio Tinto has appointed Kaisa Hietala as a non-executive director effective from March 1. Hietala, a Finnish citizen, is an experienced executive with a strong track record of... 


Location map of the Tumas project
Tumas palaeochannel uranium project, Namibia – update
16th December 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Deep Yellow has flagged a cost blowout at its Tumas project. 


Mondi to sells packaging converting operations in Russia for €24m
15th December 2022 By: Chanel de Bruyn

Pulp and paper company Mondi has entered into an agreement to sell its three Russian packaging converting operations to Russian packaging producer Gotek Group for about €24-million, payable in cash. 


Mpact to upgrade Mpumalanga paper mill in R1.2bn project
14th December 2022 By: Chanel de Bruyn

The board of paper and plastic packaging producer and recycler Mpact has given the go-ahead for a R1.2-billion investment project at its Mkhondo paper mill, in Mpumalanga. Mpact will invest in... 


A black box with Thrift Box printed on the side
Efficient storage for components
9th December 2022

Materials handling systems designer Conceptainer says its Thrift recyclable bulk collapsible bins, which weigh only 28 kg when empty, are an efficient system for the storage and transport of... 


Coega Development Corporation adopts sustainability framework
6th December 2022 By: Schalk Burger

The board of industrial park management agency the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has adopted a sustainability framework that will guide the organisation’s projects, investments and... 


Renergen CEO Stefano Marani
Renergen delivers first LNG to Ardagh Glass, Ceramic Industries
6th December 2022 By: Darren Parker

Natural gas and helium producer Renergen has announced the first of ongoing deliveries of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Phase 1 of its Virginia gas project to glassmaker Ardagh Glass Packaging –... 


Two young researchers advance to international forestry competition
6th December 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) has announced that two South African researchers won the local segment of the global Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Awards and... 


SA’s plastics industry releases latest plastics production and recycling stats
5th December 2022

South Africa's plastics manufacturing and recycling industries grew by 4.7% last year, indicating a welcome recovery from the devastation caused by the Covid pandemic. Plastics SA Executive... 


Tetra Pak South Africa joins Petco to drive liquid board packaging recycling
5th December 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

To drive the increased collection and recycling of liquid board packaging (LBP) in South Africa, food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak South Africa will join the PET Recycling... 


Nampak achieves higher full-year revenue, but lower profitability
5th December 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed Nampak reported a “disappointing” set of results for the financial year ended September 30, with the group facing some operational headwinds, but also leveraging the available tailwinds... 


Image of boxes being packed to show that Sandvik is implementing sustainable packaging
Improving packaging sustainability
2nd December 2022

Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions aims to achieve at least 90% material circularity in its operations for products, waste and packaging and says it is already taking steps to reduce all unnecessary... 


An image of Nederman’s Dust Collector with explosion vent
ATEX-approved products provide safe solutions
2nd December 2022 By: Leah Shelene Asaram

To prevent the danger of combustible dust and gas explosions, and to create a safer environment, Nederman products sole distributor Envirox uses atmosphere explosible- (ATEX-) approved Nederman... 


SAB reveals new branding
SAB reveals new branding
30th November 2022

Local beer maker South African Breweries recently unveiled its brand repositioning strategy. Darren Parker tells us more. 


COP27 Summit: Plastic industry calls for evidence-based decisions as nation grapple to fight climate change
29th November 2022

The 27th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) that has just drawn to a close in Egypt, once again placed a strong emphasis on climate... 


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