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Forest Products News

Paper giant still under rand's cosh

By: Helene Le Roux     13th May 2005 The world’s largest producer of coated fine paper Sappi reports that the strong rand continues to put its margins under pressure. 

Recently-empowered firm launches new products

By: Jade Davenport     15th April 2005 Vinyl flooring specialists Polyflor SA has recently announced its new black economic-empowerment (BEE) partner to be Umnombo Investment Holdings. 

New heavy-duty commercial grade flooring launched

15th April 2005 The largest global producer of wood-based panel products, Sonae Novobord SA has launched a new heavy-duty commercial laminated flooring product specially developed for use in high traffic areas, such as shops, restaurants, hotels and offices. ? 

SA leads the way in wetlands protection

11th March 2005 South Africa has succeeded in rehabilitating thousands of hectares of wetlands, the forestry industry has cut out plantation trees from over two thousand hectares of rehabilitated wetlands in an effort to manage their wetlands more sustainably, and the commitment of the Noodsberg Canegrowers in... 

Paper continues to hold its own

By: Liezel Hill     11th March 2005 Paper, one of the oldest forms of packaging, is fighting back and holding its own against an unforgiving onslaught from more modern materials. 

New landfill site for paper manufacturer

11th March 2005 Specialist engineering consultants, Stemele Bosch Africa (SBA), part of the B & A Group, has recently completed the detail design stage of Sappi Kraft’s Tugela Mill Phase 4 landfill extension project in Mandeni, on KwaZulu Natal’s north coast. 

Paper group still sees opportunity in SA

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th February 2005 The world’s largest fine-paper producer, Sappi, intends to nurture its South African businesses, maintaining its investment at about a billion dollars a year – this, in spite of the fact that the stronger rand is putting serious pressure on the operations. 

Mondi concludes empowerment deal

13th December 2004 Paper and packaging group Mondi South Africa and Shanduka Resources have last week confirmed the completion of binding agreements for Shanduka Resources to acquire a 42% equity stake in a new entity, which will own Mondi's South African packaging businesses. 

Innovative alcoholic beverage packaging

19th November 2004 Packaging helps to differentiate brands on-shelf and to convey a desired brand identity to consumers. 

Costs likely to offset paper-market recovery

By: Helene Le Roux     19th November 2004 The world’s largest producer of fine paper, Sappi, forecasts that increased input costs are likely to offset the benefits of improved market conditions for its products in the near term. 

Mondi announces big reorganisation

18th November 2004 The paper and packaging division of Anglo American, Mondi, this week announced the consolidation of the division into two businesses - Mondi Business Paper and Mondi Packaging. 

Competition body approves timber merger

11th October 2004 The Competition Commission last week approved unconditionally an intermediate merger between Cape Timber Resources (CTR), and MTO Forestry (MTO), on the grounds that the merger is unlikely to significantly lessen or prevent competition in the relevant markets concerned. 

Can manufacturer continues to export

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Southern Africa’s largest manufacturer of beverage cans, Bevcan, has the capacity to manufacture 4,2-billion aluminium can-ends a year. 

The corporate world supports Arbor Week

3rd September 2004 This year Arbor Week will celebrate 10 years of freedom by promoting the planting of trees in 

Johannesburg's rich tree heritage

By: Nicola Mawson     3rd September 2004 Johannesburg’s mining boom at the turn of the nineteenth century sparked off another boom; large numbers of Eucalyptus trees were brought in from Australia and planted for use in shoring up mine shafts. 

Recycling benefits charities

By: Nicola Mawson     27th August 2004 As part of its initiative to increase the amount of paper recycled by homeowners and offices, Mondi Recycling is expanding its charity drive this year. 

Mondi SA concludes BEE transaction

20th August 2004 Commodities giant Anglo American's wholly-owned paper and packaging subsidiary, Mondi South Africa, and Shanduka Resources, announced yesterday that they have reached principle agreement for Shanduka to acquire a 42% equity stake in a new entity which will own Mondi's South African packaging... 

Sappi’s earnings recovery on track

By: Martin Czernowalow     30th July 2004 The world’s biggest fine-paper maker, Sappi, yesterday reported higher cash flows and earnings for the June quarter, primarily on continued demand growth in its main markets, but South African earnings were pressured by the strong rand. 

Investment fruits seen by year-end

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 This year South Africa’s largest packaging group, Nampak, will be investing R300-million locally in new equipment and technology, says Nampak Africa MD Neil Cumming. 

Three-year maintenance contract extended

By: Deborah Spicer     2nd July 2004 Information technology company CS Holdings has extended its three-year relationship with Mondi Fine Papers’ Forestry Operations, successfully navigating a challenging request-for-proposals (RFP) process and ultimately resigning its outsourcing contract to provide the company with operating... 

M&R erects six evaporators

By: tom robbins     25th June 2004 The Mechanical, Electrical, and Instrumentation division of engineering and construction company Murray & Roberts, Murray & Roberts MEI, plans to complete the installation of the mill’s new greenfields evaporator plant on schedule by the end of August. Murray & Roberts MEI construction... 

R2,3bn project is on track

By: tom robbins     25th June 2004 Paper and Pulp group Mondi’s R2,3-billion upgrade to its Richards Bay pulp mill is within budget and on track to be completed in February 2005, according to project director John Saunders. 

Austrian firm is a big winner in mill project

By: tom robbins     25th June 2004 Austrian paper and pulp technology group Andritz has been awarded contracts to upgrade five areas of Mondi Kraft’s Richards Bay mill, according to local MD Ryno Eksteen. 

Only minor civils work still to be completed

By: tom robbins     25th June 2004 A joint venture between Grinaker-LTA Civil Engineering, Grinaker-LTA Building East and black empowerment company Sesila Civils and Contracting is almost complete with its construction contract on Mondi RB720, with only minor works outstanding.? 

Boiler-stack contract finished

By: tom robbins     25th June 2004 Finnish-based engineering and technology group Metso recently completed the 110-m-high recovery boiler stack at Mondi’s Richards Bay pulp mill. 

Fibreline installation is 40% complete

By: tom robbins     25th June 2004 Swedish-based Kvaerner Pulping is approximately 40% complete with the fibreline installation, the largest contract by value in Mondi’s upgrade to its Richards Bay mill, says Kvaerner site project manager Per-Anders G 

Paper project has environmental and production benefits

By: tom robbins     25th June 2004 Mondi’s RB720 project is designed to increase production by up to 40% a year while saving 25 000 l/d, which is a significant factor in terms of cost and the environment. 

Paper giant to pursue KZN mill expansion

By: Zonika Botha     21st May 2004 Paper giant Sappi’s plans to increase production output at its Saiccor paper and pulp mill, in Umkomaas, in Kwazulu-Natal, which has been running at full capacity since January last year, are gaining momentum. 

Ecotourism benefits communities

14th May 2004 Community-based tourism has traditionally appealed to backpackers and adventurous tourists who are prepared to leave the beaten track. ? 

Sappi posts higher earnings

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th May 2004 The world’s leading producer of coated fine paper, Sappi, yesterday announced that its results for the second quarter of 2004, and the half-year ended March 31, improved compared to the previous quarter, due to a better performance from its European fine paper and South African forest... 

Fitch affirms Sappi Manufacturing’s ratings

3rd May 2004 Fitch Ratings, the international rating agency, has on Friday affirmed the national ratings of Sappi Manufacturing, a South African paper and pulp manufacturer, at long-term 'AA-(zaf)' (AA minus (zaf)) and Short-term 'F1+(zaf)'. 

Bridgette Radebe joins Sappi board

23rd April 2004 Global pulp and paper group Sappi yesterday said that Bridgette Radebe has joined its board as a nonexecutive director. 

R396m deal wraps up SA’s forestry restructuring

By: Martin Czernowalow     1st April 2004 The sale of a 75% stake in the Komatiland Forest and MTO concluded the South African government’s privatisation process of the country’s forestry assets. 

Empowerment spin-off from aluminium project 

By: candice haase     26th March 2004 Richards Bay steel-fabrication, construction and erection company Mechgen received the Nosa award for best audit results for 2003 last month.?It has maintained its Nosa 5 star status for the last three years. 

Paper-mill contract awarded

19th March 2004 The contract to design, supply and install a new 50 m3/hr water filtration plant at the Mondi Felixton Paper Mill in Kwazulu-Natal has been awarded to Best Water Technology (BWT). 

Empowered stationery firm plans to expand range

By: candice haase     12th March 2004 South Africa’s third-largest producer of computer stationery, Gillmich, is now entirely black empowered business. 

Sappi reports Q1 loss, expects poor year

3rd February 2004 The world's largest fine paper producer Sappi reported its first quarterly loss yesterday and cautioned 2004 profits were unlikely to be up year on year, prompting analysts to consider revising forecasts. 

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