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Forest Products News

Paper giant anchors Gauteng’s Innovation Hub

By: candice haase     23rd January 2004 The first phase of construction at what will become the centre of Gauteng’s intellectual-capital development, The Innovation Hub, began in September 2003. 

Sappi’s Enstra mill receives safety award

15th January 2004 South African coated fine paper producer Sappi’s Enstra mill, in Springs, has this week won the group’s 2003 Southern Africa Award for Safety Achievement, as a result of its strong focus on an all-inclusive safety planning and management strategy. 

SA forestry company's earnings exceed expectations

9th December 2003 State-owned commercial forestry company South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol) said yesterday that, following the first 12 months as a restructured group, it achieved a profit before tax of R140,2-million for the year ended June 30, 126% up on the previous year's R62,1-million. 

Sappi appoints new non-executive director

9th December 2003 Global pulp and paper group Sappi announced yesterday that Helmut Mamsch has been appointed to the Sappi board as a non-executive director from January 1, 2004. 

Paper giant supports clean charcoal venture

By: tom robbins     21st November 2003 Paper and pulp producer Mondi, which recently launched a black economic empowerment (BEE) charcoal-making initiative, known as BlackGold Forest Products, has ordered new technology machinery to produce cleaner, more efficient charcoal. 

Packaging company’s new R350m furnace completed

21st November 2003 A new R350-million furnace at Nampak Glass will enable the division to produce more than 180 000 tons of glass a year. 

Nampak’s earning rise slightly, sees difficult growth

21st November 2003 South African packaging group Nampak yesterday reported a modest increase in 2003 earnings and said that it would be difficult to achieve real growth in the year ahead. 

Sappi’s earnings dip, slow recovery expected

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th November 2003 The world’s biggest producer of fine paper, Sappi, yesterday reported a sharp decrease in earnings for the September quarter and said it did not expect a recovery until after the first quarter next year. 

Big Durban wood-chip export plan evolves

By: tom robbins     24th October 2003 Independent timber farmers are to build a state-of-the-art wood-chip processor and export facility on Durban’s harbour in an attempt to grow the market for their trees. 

Some local spin-offs from big paper-mill upgrade

By: tom robbins     10th October 2003 Pulp and paper producer Mondi will ask major suppliers to tender for the supply of a new A4 paper machine early next year, company representatives said at a launch announcing a R1, 1-billion investment in its Durban paper mill. 

South Durban community welcomes move to reduce emissions by 66%

By: tom robbins     10th October 2003 Part of Mondi’s ‘Blue Sky’ project to upgrade its Durban paper mill includes a commitment to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by 66%, GM John Barton said. 

Competition body rules against NamITech sale

8th October 2003 South Africa's Nampak said yesterday the Competition Commission has recommended against the disposal of its shareholding in information security firm NamITech to Allied Technologies. 

Mondi announces R1,1bn Merebank mill upgrade

30th September 2003 Mining giant Anglo American said Mondi South Africa would proceed with a $150-million (R1,1-billion) conversion and expansion of paper machine 1 (PM1) at its Merebank paper mill, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

SA is set to become a biomass-pellet exporter

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th September 2003 Two South African companies are investing tens of millions of rands in projects to make biomass pellets for export to electricity producers in Europe, especially those in the Scandinavian region, where restrictions on greenhouse-gas emissions from power-generating plants are becoming increasingly... 

Timber firm progressing empowerment strategy

By: Deborah Spicer     12th September 2003 Forest products company York Timber Corporation (Yorkor) has made solid progress in its empowerment structures, announced chairperson Solly Tucker at a presentation on the results for the six months to June this year. 

Mondi announces R34m BEE deal

26th August 2003 In a R34,5-million transaction, Mondi South Africa has sold its Ramanas sawmill, Lusaba kiln facility and 4 900 ha of adjacent FSC-accredited eucalyptus sawlog plantations, all near Hazyview, in Mpumalanga, to Vuka Alliance Consortium. 

15% of paper-mill capex to be placed with BEE firms

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd August 2003 Some R1-billion has been committed of the total R2,3-billion which has been allocated by paper producer Mondi for the expansion and modernisation of its Richards Bay kraft paper facility. 

World’s largest lignin chemicals producer

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2003 South Africa has become the world’s largest producer of lignin chemicals, Engineering News can today report. 

Sappi probes expansion of Ngodwana mill

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th July 2003 Paper and pulp producer Sappi has launched an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) study ahead of a feasibility study into a proposed?expansion of its Ngodwana Mill near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province. 

Sappi probes expansion of Ngodwana mill

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th July 2003 Paper and pulp producer Sappi has launched an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) study along with a feasibility study into a proposed expansion of its Ngodwana Mill near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province. 

Wood more versatile than ever as a building material

By: Karel Smrcka     27th June 2003 The vast range of presentations at this year’s Ligna, the world fair for the forestry and wood industries held in Hannover, Germany (see part one in Engineering News June 20), is clear testimony to the fact that wood is and remains one of the most important and versatile building materials... 

Sappi warns on Q3 earnings

24th June 2003 Global pulp and paper firm Sappi yesterday warned that third quarter earnings would be half of the previous quarter because of tough trading conditions, sending its shares skidding. 

Paper mill mulls new pulping technology

By: Zonika Botha     13th June 2003 Independent consultant, Golder Associates Africa, has been appointed by Sappi Stanger to carry out a R200 000 environmental impact (EIA) assessment on a proposed project to replace the current soda pulping process at the mill in Kwazulu-Natal with a semi-alkaline sulphite anthraquinone (SASAQ)... 

Job to retire from Sappi

28th May 2003 Global pulp and paper firm Sappi said yesterday that John Job, the chairperson of its South African operations, would retire at the end of 2003, but would remain group director for technology. 

Court prevents approval of KZN energy project

By: Deborah Spicer     23rd May 2003 The Durban high court put a spanner in the works of Mondi’s proposed multi-fuel bed combuster by forbidding the MEC of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs from making a decision on the project until it becomes clear whether an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) exemption granted to the... 

R44m coater plant for Cape paper mill

By: Zonika Botha     23rd May 2003 South African paper and pulp giant Sappi is installing a R44-million coater plant at its Cape Kraft Mill to add value to the operation’s current product portfolio. 

Altech in R559m purchase of NamITech

By: Terence Creamer     16th May 2003 Technology group Altech – which has been sniffing out telecom, multimedia and information technology (IT) acquisition opportunities for well over a year – has announced a R559-million purchase of secure technologies and solutions company NamITech from packaging group Nampak, and it... 

Sappi earnings up, but predicts lower Q3

9th May 2003 Shares in South African pulp and paper giant Sappi fell yesterday after it reported a modest improvement in second-quarter earnings, but warned third quarter results would be lower because of currency volatility. 

Mondi’s KZN project given enviro approval

8th May 2003 The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs has given approval for the expansion and modernisation of Mondi’s Richard’s Bay mill, following the completion of an environmental-impact assessment study. 

Sappi likely to report flat earnings

30th April 2003 The world's largest producer of fine paper, Sappi, is expected to post flat second-quarter earnings next week, with the outlook for 2003 still uncertain for the weak industry, analysts said yesterday. 

Forest privatisation bids to be submitted to Cabinet

By: Martin Czernowalow     8th April 2003 A shortlist of bidders vying for a major stake in Komatiland Forests is set to be approved by the South African government in May, Engineering News Online can report. 

R800m to be procured in SA for R2bn KZN mill upgrade

By: Deborah Spicer     4th April 2003 Timber products beneficiator Mondi South Africa is merely waiting for approval from the departments of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs and Forestry before it proceeds with a R2-billion expansion at its Richards Bay mill, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Madinane appointed to Mondi board

28th March 2003 Wiseman Madinane (35) has been appointed as a non-executive director to the board of Mondi South Africa, with effect from March 1. 

Fitch upgrades Sappi’s ratings

28th March 2003 International rating agency Fitch Ratings has upgraded Sappi Limited's short- and long-term national ratings to 'F1+(zaf)' and 'AA-(zaf)' (AA minus) respectively. 

R2bn expansion of KZN pulp mill to proceed

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th March 2003 Natural resources giant Anglo American announced yesterday that its wholly-owned forest products subsidiary, Mondi South Africa, is to proceed with a R2-billion ($220-million) expansion and modernisation of its Richards Bay mill in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, increasing capacity for bleached... 

Rex Tomlinson, NamITech

21st March 2003 Full name: Rex Tomlinson Position: CEO NamITech, since 1998 (also executive director Nampak, since 1996) Main activity of the company: NamITech is a company focusing specifically on secure IT business solutions. Through the use of secure technology, it provides specific trusted solutions and... 

New innovation to increase water-holding in the soil

14th March 2003 A new product designed to drastically increase the water-holding capacity of soil and improve the efficiency of fertiliser application has taken the forestry world by storm. 

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