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Forest Products News

Mondi considers gas-turbine cogen investment for Durban mill

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2008 South Africa-domiciled global pulp and paper group Mondi has confirmed that it is in discussions with petrochemical company Sasol in a bid to secure gas for a possible power-generation investment at its Merebank mill, near Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. It also emerged that the gas-turbine project... 

Paper action programme in six months

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 It is expected that an action programme for the paper, pulp and timber sector, stemming from the findings of the National Industrial Policy Framework, will be completed for approval by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the next six months, after which the implementation process will... 

Foreign manufacturer services local paper and pulp markets

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 Manufacturing and refurbishing company Harcliff Mining Services MD Darren Bagnall says that the company has recently been appointed as the agent and authorised service centre, a distributor of Moventas industrial gears products, for the paper and pulp as well as minerals processing industries for... 

Mill expansion set for May completion

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 Chemical cellulose producer Sappi Saiccor’s production is expected to increase by about 225 000 t a year with the completion of its current expansion venture, the Amakhulu Project. 

Cylinder conversions reduce friction, energy consumption

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 Engineering solutions company SKF South Africa has converted the bearings on forty drying cylinders at Mondi Packaging’s plant in Piet Retief, by replacing white metal bearings with rolling bearings. 

Conference seeks to build SA’s paper, pulp industry

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 The Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry of Southern Africa’s (TAPPSA’s) forest product conference held during February, focused on improving forest product processes, from fibre to markets, TAPPSA executive director Jane Molony tells Engineering News. 

Local company develops waterproof paper

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 Paper coating company Morgan Paper Coaters, of Durban, has made significant strides in developing waterproof paper by coating paper surfaces with waterproof, greaseproof and non-toxic sterile coatings, Morgan Paper Coaters CEO Mike Morgan tells Engineering News. 

Motor control equipment supplier, paper giant sign MoU

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 Components manufacturer CHI Control Components met with Mondi Paper systems integrator, AMJ Electrical in January, to establish a memorandum of understanding for future work at Mondi, CHI Control marketing director Rob Hare tells Engineering News. 

Coir – a potential wood alternative

By: Desislava Tzoneva     7th March 2008 Coir-promoting association, the Coir Institute, which has expressed interest in introducing and manufacturing coir products in South Africa is undertaking a number of tests to determine the feasibility of coir as an alternative to wood Coir Institute MD David Hoff tells Engineering News. 

Particle board plant fully commissioned

7th March 2008 South African rigging and engineering provider Vanguard, has handed over a fully commissioned particle board plant to Sonae Novobord in White River, Mpumalanga. 

Paper giant adds voice to power supply crisis

7th March 2008 Paper manufacturer and producer Sappi is adding its voice to an increasing number of business leaders requesting Eskom and government to consider all options to make it economically viable for companies already producing their own power to increase output to assist in rectifying the current... 

KZN project to balance timber supply and demand

7th March 2008 Sappi Forests will be able to supply current and potential timber resources for the proposed Project Amakhulu. The project will have a positive effect on Sappi Forests by balancing timber demand with supply. 

Mondi eyes emerging markets for growth

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     28th February 2008 Paper and packaging firm Mondi reported on Thursday that its underlying earnings a share had increased by 74% taking the figure to €46,9c a share for the 2007 financial year. The group, which would continue to pursue growth in emerging market countries, specifically, Poland, Russia and South... 

Rapid exploitation of African forests may lead to wood shortages

By: Leandi Kolver     8th February 2008 Forests are under immense pressure for human, agriculture and animal needs. Many forests are being converted for agricultural use in the sub-Saharan African region, which is happening at alarming speeds. Between 1981 and 1990, an estimated 25% of forest loss was accounted for by agriculture... 

Despite ‘real challenges' Sappi Saiccor expansion remains on track

By: Christy van der Merwe     31st January 2008 Pulp and paper firm Sappi confirmed that its Saiccor expansion project in KwaZulu-Natal, which would increase capacity at the plant by some 30%, was "running a week and half behind, but very much on track to be up and running by the third quarter of 2008". 

Sappi's first quarter profits rise on higher sales

By: Christy van der Merwe     31st January 2008 Pulp and paper giant Sappi on Thursday reported that basic earnings a share had jumped by 38% to $0,18 a share for the first quarter ended December 2007. Operating profit, excluding special items, increased by 46% to $92-million from $63-million a year ago, the company said.  

Mondi to set up container-board machine at Polish mill

By: Christy van der Merwe     31st January 2008 Paper and packaging manufacturer, Mondi announced on Thursday that its new lightweight recycled containerboard machine would be situated at it's Swiecie mill, in Poland. 

Mondi to go ahead with €525m Russian project

By: Matthew Hill     7th December 2007 Paper and pulp manufacturer Mondi said on Friday that it would proceed with a €525-million project in Russia to modernise and expand the low-cost and vertically integrated Syktyvkar.  

Adding value across the pulp and paper cycle

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2007 As with just about every other commodity, China is currently offering the main price underpin for pulp prices, which have risen strongly over the last few months, but remain volatile. However, Mondi's Strategy and Business Development Director Andrew King tells Engineering News that the... 

SA unit’s BEE-plus makes it charter ready

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th November 2007 Black empowered Mondi Packaging South Africa (MPSA) - with Mondi and the Shanduka Group as its main shareholders- believes that the new forestry sector charter, which could be unveiled soon, will be aligned as far as possible to the generic broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) codes, as... 

Recycling an informal sector growth engine

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th November 2007 Recycling is a big informal sector growth engine and job creator and Mondi Packaging South Africa’s (MPSA’s) CEO Theo van Breda says he is committed to ensuring that it continues to develop and evolve despite the lack of enabling legislation. 

Development key to East Rand success, says Eaton

By: Chanel de Bruyn     30th November 2007 Development is key to the turnaround of Pamodzi Gold’s East Rand operations, says COO Tony Murdoch Eaton. 

Employees drive funds for rape victims

30th November 2007 Employees of paper and packaging solutions company Mondi Packaging South Africa (MPSA), together with the Gauteng Department of Health opened a trauma centre at the Far East Rand Hospital, east of Johannesburg in November. 

SA paper giant eyes Russia's softwood riches

By: Terence Creamer     30th November 2007 Newly independent paper and packaging group Mondi - which unbundled from resources giant Anglo American in July and became only the second company to take up dual primary listings on the JSE and the London Stock Exchange - believes its low-cost fibre advantage is being further entrenched by a... 

Newly listed KayDav eyes national expansion  

By: Matthew Hill     15th November 2007 Wooden-board supplier KayDav, which joined the JSE's main board on Thursday, has plans afoot to nearly double its South African market share to 25%, CEO Gary Davidson said. 

Komatiland Forest faces abuse of dominance complaint

By: Matthew Hill     13th November 2007 The Competition Commission has found sufficient evidence to refer State-owned forestry firm Komatiland Forests (KF) to the Competition Tribunal, after a it received a complaint that KF was charging excessive prices for its timber on the spot market, which makes it difficult for smaller mills that... 

At what cost, lower prices?

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2007 In recent years, much ink has been spilt (this publication being no exception) over the potential employment benefits that could flow from more competitively-priced basic materials, particularly carbon steel. 

York grows earnings 36% on increased volumes

By: Mariaan Webb     26th September 2007 Forestry products York’s interim headline earnings a share increased by some 36% to 11,8c a share, on higher sales volumes, the group reported on Wednesday. 

York expects interim earnings to rise 35% y-on-y

By: Matthew Hill     21st September 2007 JSE-listed timber products firm York expects its diluted headline earnings a share for the half-year ended June 30 to be 35% higher than for the figure for the same period the previous year, it said on Friday. 

Mondi orders containerboard machine for European operations

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     18th September 2007 Paper and packaging firm Mondi has signed a delivery contract with Metso for a new lightweight recycled containerboard machine with a production capacity of up to 470 000 t/y.  

PG Bison to raise capacity next year, Steinhoff says

By: Mariaan Webb     10th September 2007 Timber firm PG Bison, a wholly owned subsidiary of JSE-listed Steinhoff, would start increasing its capacity early next year, when its North Eastern Cape Forest (NECF) project becomes operational.  

Mondi wraps up acquisitions

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     5th September 2007 Paper and packaging firm Mondi has completed its acquisition of a majority stake in Turkish corrugated packaging and containerboard business Tire Kutsan. 

Business wants industrial policy implementation to be accelerated

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2007 The South African business community is displaying none of the reticence partially attributed to it in reports following the release, by Trade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa, of the National Industrial Policy Framework (NIPF) in early August, and would, in fact, like to see its... 

Bold forestry-products thrust rooted in rural development, manufacturing aspiration

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     24th August 2007 Biomass, export quality furniture, 100 000 ha of afforestation, thousands of downstream jobs - the list of possibilities and the potential for the forestry sector in the Eastern Cape and KwZulu-Natal is material. 

Paper group assessing extent of fire damage

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     17th August 2007 Fires continue to damage tracts of timberland in South Africa and Swaziland, says paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi. 

Sappi posts Q3 profit on higher prices, volumes, but input costs still weigh

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     6th August 2007 Paper producer Sappi on Monday posted a profit for the third quarter of its financial year, on improved European prices and increased export volumes, compared with a loss during the same period last year.  

Fires cost York Timber R103m

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     2nd August 2007 JSE-listed York Timber expects fire damage to its plantations and mills in the Lowveld to cost R103-million before tax, the company said on Thursday.  

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