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Forest Products News

Iliad gets nod for timber business sale to York

By: Natalie Greve     26th July 2013 The Competition Commission has unconditionally approved the sale of Iliad Africa’s wholesale timber business to York Timbers for R45.5-million, following a decision by the building materials provider to streamline its portfolio. The transaction, which will become effective on August 1, would see... 

Sappi offloads Usutu subsidiary for R1bn

By: Natalie Greve     1st July 2013 Paper, pulp and packaging group Sappi will sell its Usutu Forest Products subsidiary to timber products provider Montigny Investments for R1-billion in cash. The proceeds from the sale of Usutu, which controlled some 67 000 ha of softwood plantations and a decommissioned pulp mill, in Swaziland,... 

Sappi offloads Usutu subsidiary for R1bn

Plan to bolster farm-supporting infrastructure starting to take shape

By: Joanne Taylor     28th June 2013 South Africa’s agriculture sector faces a number of serious challenges and constraints. The spatial-zoning policies enforced before and during apartheid resulted in the extreme marginalisation of black farmers and foresters.  

Plan to bolster farm-supporting infrastructure starting to take shape

Phaswana appointed joint Mondi chair

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st May 2013 International packaging and paper group Mondi has appointed Fred Phaswana as joint chairperson with effect from June 1. Phaswana, who was currently chairperson of Standard Bank Group, Standard Bank of South Africa, the South African Institute of International Affairs and nonexecutive director of... 

Waste and residual biomass can be converted into energy products

10th May 2013 A biomass-to-energy plant is being built to convert sugarcane waste to ‘green charcoal’, which will provide additional revenue for small-scale farmers in Nkomazi, Mpumalanga, says consulting engineering firm Aurecon project manager Jean Bouwer. Second-generation biomass-to-energy technologies... 

Forestry group moves ahead plan to integrate Sabie site, extract more value 

By: Samantha Herbst     10th May 2013 Forestry and forest products group York Timbers is hoping to break ground early next year on its R1.5-billion site integration project at its Sabie facilities, in Mpumalanga, once it receives a record of decision from the Department of Environmental Affairs on its environmental-impact assessment... 

Sappi reports ‘disappointing’ Q2 results, dragged down by European market

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     9th May 2013 JSE-listed paper, pulp and packaging group Sappi recorded a 68% drop in operating profit for the second quarter of the year to $40-million, down from $125-million in the 2012 equivalent period, dragged down by worse-than-expected European market conditions. “The results were disappointing.... 

Sappi reports ‘disappointing’ Q2 results, dragged down by European market

Mondi achieves 35% growth in Q1 underlying operating profit

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     3rd May 2013 JSE- and LSE-listed packaging and paper group Mondi recorded a 35% year-on-year increase in underlying operating profit to €162-million during the first quarter of 2013, in line with its expectations, despite the effects of a one-off write-down in the value of green energy credits of €11-million.... 

York Timbers granted leave to appeal confiscation order

By: Sapa     3rd May 2013 The Nelspruit Magistrate's Court has granted forestry company York Timbers leave to appeal against a confiscation order. The court granted a confiscation order of R450 000 in April, after York Timbers pleaded guilty in 2011 to widening a forest road on its premises in Sabie without authorisation. 

Ngodwana mill receives new pulp dryer

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2013 Global paper and dissolving wood pulp producer Sappi recently replaced the pulp dryer at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, after its old dryer had reached the end of its economic life. 

Sappi to issue notes for bond payment, expansion

By: Natalie Greve     15th April 2013 Sappi Southern Africa will, on April 16, issue senior unsecured rate notes worth some R1.5-billion under its 2011 R5-billion domestic medium-term note programme. The total notes will comprise R255-million senior unsecured floating rate notes due on April 16, 2016, R500-million senior unsecured... 

York Timbers faces penalties for environmental contravention 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2013 JSE-listed York Timbers has been ordered to pay R450 000, plus interest, in a confiscation order granted to the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) by the Nelspruit Regional Court. The DEA on Wednesday said the penalty was granted as York had failed to obtain environmental authorisation... 

York Timbers maintains earnings despite strikes, operational cost pressures

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     12th March 2013 Despite a softening market, industrial action at the Komatiland Forests (KLF) operations, a fire and rising operational costs, forestry and forest products group York Timbers' headline earnings a share for the six months ended December 31, 2012, remained flat at 13c. The company’s revenue rose... 

Pulp demand increases while some paper grades slump

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th March 2013 As the worldwide recession subsides, the South African paper and pulp industry has settled, with some grades of sustainably produced pulp, packaging and tissue paper showing slight growth in demand. 

Focus on high-margin business areas

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th March 2013 A key focus for JSE-listed paper, pulp and packaging group Sappi this year is to return its Southern African business to profitability by implementing various interventions aimed at repositioning the paper business to be more competitive and better serving the requirements of its customers. 

Mpact FY earnings rise to 188.5c a share

By: Natalie Greve     7th March 2013 Packaging and paper manufacturer Mpact’s earnings a share saw a substantial rise to 188.5c for the year ended December 31, 2012, up from 54.9c in 2011. This increase, which was accompanied by a boost in underlying earnings a share from 102.9c to 191.1c, was the result of an improved trading... 

Mondi well-positioned for growth following acquisitions

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st February 2013 JSE-listed Mondi Group would continue the integration and optimisation of its latest acquisitions as the group shifted its portfolio to exposure to higher-growth products. The group injected €1.2-billion into various acquisitions within the growing corrugated packaging and consumer packaging... 

Ngodwana specialised cellulose project to be commissioned in mid-2013

By: Chantelle Kotze     15th February 2013 Paper and packaging group Sappi’s $340m-million GoCell specialised cellulose (SC) expansion project at its Ngodwana Mill, in Mpumalanga, is on track for commissioning by mid-2013 to grow its SC production. 

Mondi expects lower 2012 FY profit

By: Natalie Greve     12th February 2013 JSE-listed Mondi Group expected its underlying operating profit for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012, to be above that of the €135-million operating profit recorded in the third quarter of 2012, as well as the €132-million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2011. However, the paper and... 

Sappi expects higher H2 operating profit after Q1 drop

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     6th February 2013 Lower pulp and paper selling prices led to paper and packaging group Sappi’s operating profit dropping to $73-million for the first quarter of the 2013 financial year, compared with an operating profit of $100-million in the first quarter of the 2012 financial year. This was also lower than the... 

Nersa warned of job losses 

By: Sapa     17th January 2013 As many as 35 000 people in the sugar cane industry could lose their jobs if Eskom is granted a 16% electricity increase, the South Africab Cane Growers' Association said on Thursday. The increase could result in the closure of four mills, the association's financial affairs director Thomas Funke... 

ECDC looks to quality loan book for sustained recovery and growth

By: Joanne Taylor     30th November 2012 Development financier, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) will focus more on self-sustainable revenue for the future, said ECDC CEO Sitembele Mase at its 2012 financial results presentation earlier this month. 

Initiative to document forestry land rights under way in West Africa

By: Joanne Taylor     2nd November 2012 A US initiative to document forestry land rights is expected to promote sustainable agroforestry, environmental protection and the rural livelihoods of the upper Guinean tropical forest. Information group Thomson Reuters and the US Forestry Service (USFS) have teamed up to provide resources to... 

400 jobs on the line as Sappi mothballs paper machine

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     12th October 2012 Paper and packaging group Sappi has issued over 400 of its staff members with Section 189 notices regarding its decision to mothball the PM4 paper machine at its KwaZulu-Natal-based Tugela mill, from January 1. Although expected to be substantially lower, Sappi pointed out on Friday that the... 

Restructuring progress boosts York Timbers earnings 250%

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     25th September 2012 Forestry and forest products group York Timbers on Tuesday reported 250% growth in earnings a share for the year ended June to 42c, up from 12c in the previous year, while revenue rose by 16% to R1.1-billion. The group’s operating profit reached R166-million, an increase from R162-million during... 

Mondi buys Dura-Pack operations in Germany, Czech

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2012 JSE-listed Mondi Group on Friday agreed to buy two of packaging systems, material handling and loading equipment company Dura-Pack’s operations for £125-million. The operations, based in Germany and the Czech Republic, comprised two corrugated box plants and one recycled containerboard mill. 

Safcol pins hopes on new business model to unlock R3bn project pipeline

By: Terence Creamer     23rd August 2012 Stated-owned forestry company Safcol, which improved its financial performance in 2011/12 on the back of a recovery in lumber markets, expects to complete a review into its future role and structure by September, which could open the way for it to again invest in sawmilling and extend its... 

Richards Bay paper mill aims to add 47 MW of own generation by Nov 2013 

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2012 Forest products group Mondi has announced plans to install a 47 MW steam turbine at its Richards Bay mill, in KwaZulu-Natal, which will further increase the facility’s power self-sufficiency and produce surplus electricity for input into the South African grid. Mondi tells Engineering News that... 

Land Bank finances ‘healthier’, loan book doubles

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2012 Development finance institution the Land Bank reported a 54.5% jump in its performing loan book during the year ended March 2012, which was further strengthened by a 17.6% drop in nonperforming loans, CEO Phakamani Hadebe said on Thursday. Speaking at the group’s financial results presentation,... 

Sappi still looking at cogeneration opportunities

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     3rd August 2012 Paper and packaging group Sappi was still investigating possible cogeneration projects, with its Ngodwana and Saiccor mills being the best suited for such endeavours in South Africa, CEO Ralph Boëttger said Friday. He told Engineering News Online in a telephonic interview that the company... 

Manufacturer offers high-pressure monodrum boilers

By: Sashnee Moodley     8th June 2012 Boiler and environmental solutions provider John Thompson, a division of electrical products supplier Actom, is now offering the sugar industry, as well as other industrial users that want to burn biomass, high-pressure monodrum boilers. 

Sappi’s SA paper division still underperforming

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2012 Paper and packaging group Sappi said on Thursday that, while its chemical cellulose business continued to perform strongly during the second quarter of 2012, its paper division underperformed on the back of a competitive environment in terms of price, costs and volumes. However, Sappi CEO Ralph... 

Mondi operating profit falls, says demand picking up

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     3rd May 2012 JSE- and LSE-listed pulp and paper group Mondi on Thursday reported lower underlying operating profit as the weaker trading environment seen towards the end of 2011 continued into the early part of 2012. But the company said demand was improving, with its sales volumes in the three months to... 

Mondi increases its offer price for Polish unit

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd April 2012 Aim- and JSE-listed Mondi on Monday increased the price of its public tender offer for a 34% interest in Polish paper manufacturer Mondi Swiecie to €295-million. The company said that it increased the price to €17.34 a share, up from €16.62 a share in February. This represented a premium of 4.3%... 

Lion Match ordered to revise Beige comparable offer

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2012 The Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP) this week ordered Lion Match to make a revised offer to Beige Holdings’ preference shareholders, after it ruled that the R1.28 a share offer was not comparable. But despite the ruling, Lion Match posted its circular to shareholders on Monday, containing a... 

Industry bodies emphasise sustainability of SA forestry sector

By: Yolandi Booyens     9th March 2012 The domestic forestry and pulp and paper sectors do not have as negative an impact on the environment as many people might believe, industry bodies Forestry South Africa (Forestry SA) and the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) emphasise.  

Local company broadening its product range

By: Yolandi Booyens     9th March 2012 Coated and laminated paper manufacturer Morgan Paper Coaters (MPC) has strengthened its structure and broadened its product range.  

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