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Forest Products News

Strong rand puts Sappi’s margins under pressure

4th March 2003 South African pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi said yesterday it expected flat earnings in the current quarter, but saw an improvement in the full year as a strong rand put pressure on margins. 

Sappi appoints Leslie new CEO

11th February 2003 South African pulp and paper giant Sappi said yesterday it had appointed Jonathan Leslie to succeed Eugene van As as CE from April this year, ending months of speculation. 

Sappi’s Q1 profit falls in tough market

4th February 2003 South African pulp and paper giant Sappi said on yesterday its first-quarter headline earnings per share (EPS) fell 28% due to tough market conditions and that it expected a similar trend in the second quarter. 

SA paper group’s earnings expected to fall

30th January 2003 South Africa's Sappi is expected to report lower first quarter earnings next week, and the trend is likely to continue for the rest of 2003 due to pricing pressure on coated wood-free paper, analysts said. 

Komatiland bidders come forward

By: Martin Czernowalow     21st January 2003 South Africa’s Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) is proceeding with the privatisation of Komtiland Forests Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of the South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol). 

Particle board producer to build new plant

13th December 2002 In response to growing domestic and export demand, South Africa’s leading wood panel products business, PG Bison, has confirmed that it is to build a new particle board manufacturing plant. 

Pulp producer is moving to reduce emissions

By: Deborah Spicer     13th December 2002 Dissolving pulp producer Sappi Saiccor is reducing its atmospheric emissions. 

R330m lignosulphonate project nearly finished

By: Zonika Botha     6th December 2002 Norwegian company Borregaard Industries and Sappi Saicor’s 50:50 joint Lignotech plant expansion in Umkomaas near Durban, Kwazulu Natal is 73% complete and well on target to reach its commissioning deadline in March next year, project leader Mark Andrews reports. 

Strong earnings from packaging group

29th November 2002 South Africa's largest packaging firm Nampak said yesterday that 2002 headline earnings per share rose 58% as the firm reaped the rewards of cost-cutting, and it forecast real earnings growth in the year ahead. 

Restructuring expected to boost Nampak

27th November 2002 South African packaging group, Nampak, is likely to report a jump in 2002 headline earnings per share (EPS), boosted by a deep cost-cutting and restructuring exercise, analysts said. 

Paper giant awards industrial IT contract

11th November 2002 Leading power and automation technology group, ABB, will supply Sappi's Ngodwana Kraft Mill with Industrial IT Open Control, following the announcement of a contract valued at $2-million (R20-million) – the first of a four-phase project valued at $11-million. 

Forest products firm optimistic about 2003

8th November 2002 South African pulp and paper giant, Sappi reported a 13% drop in full-year earnings yesterday, due to the global economic slowdown, but said it was positioned for profit growth in the year ahead. 

Paper group’s 2002 earnings seen down on weak prices

29th October 2002 South African paper giant Sappi is likely to report 2002 headline earnings per share (EPS) down at least 11,5%, bruised by poor prices and the global economic slowdown, analysts said yesterday. 

Call for legislation enforcing paper recycling

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 In efforts to promote the recycling of waste paper in the country, Mondi Recycling has been lobbying government to devise and implement a legislative framework that will encourage South Africans to recycle. 

Paper firm battles sluggish US market

1st August 2002 South African paper giant Sappi reported a modest rise in third-quarter earnings yesterday, battling a sluggish US market, and said it expected profits to improve slightly in the final quarter. 

Competition complaint withdrawn against paper firm

26th July 2002 South Africa's Sappi yesterday confirmed that the Competition Commission had withdrawn complaints of anti-competitive behaviour levelled against it by a client, Papercor. 

Steel wire JV in full swing

19th July 2002 The first local production in Africa of Bekaert products is in full swing following the announcement at the end of last year of the joint venture between South African local steel wire company, Bastion Wire and the world’s largest steel wire manufacturer, Bekaert. 

Multimillion-rand upgrade for Tugela paper mill

By: Joanne Delaurentis     19th July 2002 Global pulp and paper firm Sappi’s Tugela paper machine 4 (PM4) is about to undergo a multimillion-rand upgrade that will move the mill into the international sack paper arena. 

Bugs clean paper mill's effluent

5th April 2002 The R600 000 pilot project at Sappi’s Tugela mill, in Kwazulu-Natal, which uses bugs to clean up its effluent, and aims at reducing the mill’s water consumption, is already providing excellent results. 

Safety kudos for Cape paper mill

By: Jill Stanford     8th February 2002 Paper group Sappi's yearly global safety achievement awards competition for the 22 operations in the group has judged the company's Cape Kraft paper mill as the most improved. 

Paper group hits hard times, but is optimistic of turnaround

29th January 2002 South African pulp and paper group Sappi posted sharply lower first quarter headline earnings on Monday, but said it expected profits for the rest of the year to return to levels seen in its fourth quarter. 

Filling the energy gap – with wood

By: Karel Smrcka     18th January 2002 A fifth of the energy used in Finland comes from wood. The need to limit climate change is increasingly shaping national energy policies, and greater use of this renewable resource can be to help to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. 

New economy is not paperless

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2001 It was supposed to be a sleek, seamless information technology (IT) driven economy; a paperless environment where the press of a button would have replaced the turning of a page. 

Bid to conserve medicinal plants

By: System Author     8th December 2000 The reopening of a plant propagation facility in White River, Mpumulanga, marks a bid by the Medicinal Flora Co-operative to conserve South Africa’s medicinal plants and facilitate greater employment for traditional healers and rural communities. 

SA wood-chip exports to Japan

By: System Author     17th November 2000 After only its first year of operation, wood-chip producer and exporter Shincel, of Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, is exporting some 35 000 t of wood-chips monthly to the fastidious Japanese market. 

Upgrade to distribution centre completed

By: System Author     10th November 2000 Warehousing & storage 

Energy-efficient focus needed

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Initial case-studies into increasing energy efficiency at three prominent South African companies have revealed that local corporations could be saving millions of rands a year by implementing simple energy-saving strategies. 

$63m timber plant

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Two Pretoria companies, Yebo Investment and Afri-Logs, have joined forces with a Japanese consortium to establish a $63-million timber-processing plant at the Walvis Bay export processing zone in Namibia. 

Restructuring is taking too long

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Future of forestry being planned

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Oldest mill wins global award

By: System Author     21st January 2000 The oldest mill in the Sappi group, Adamas, proved that biggest is not always best when it was awarded the inaugural Sappi global award for safety achievement and improvement. 

Plastic pallets challenge wooden rivals

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Developments to Watch 

National packaging-industry awards

By: System Author     16th July 1999 Over the past 20 years, the Gold Pack Awards have developed a credible relationship with the South African packaging industry through recognising good design and innovation in those companies and individuals unwilling to accept the ordinary. Early in the history of the Institute of Packaging of... 

Vote for corrugated board

By: System Author     16th July 1999 The recent South African general election revealed an innovative use for corrugated board. Leading corrugated-packaging manufacturer Nampak Corrugated designed and manufactured the voting booths for the country’s 14 500 polling stations, and the tables and chairs used in more remote areas.... 

Year 2000 upgrade is finally in the can

By: System Author     16th July 1999 One of the largest manufacturers of tin-plate cans for the South African food-canning industry, Foodcan, of Bryanston, Gauteng, a subsidiary of the Nampak group, has taken steps to streamline and upgrade its production facilities nationwide as part of a multimillion-rand Year 2000 initiative. As... 

Big control system contracts are awarded

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Several significant control system contracts have been awarded to automation and control specialist Siemens, of Halfway House, Gauteng, Automation and Drives automation product manager Cornu Perold tells Engineering News. These include a drying line for Sappi Swaziland and a contract for the... 

Official accreditation body

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The University of pretoria’s graduate school of management is a leader in logistics, and has just become the official accreditation body in South Africa on behalf of the European Certification Board for Logistics. “We have taken the lead to implement value-chain optimisation at Sappi... 

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