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Packaging, Labelling and Barcoding

A world first in design

By: khalid patel     7th July 2006 Unilever South Africa Food’s two-year Project Astro, aimed at relaunching the packaging of its well-known food-seasoning brand, Knorr Aromat, has met withsuccess. The KZN-based project has demonstrated the capacity of local companies and their ability to work cooperatively in order... 

Energy drink proves thinner is better

By: khalid patel     7th July 2006 Since being successfully sued by competitor brand Red Bull, energy drink Mad Buzz, (formerly Mad Bull) has been invigorated by a new slimline-can packaging and has seen 35% growth since its relaunch last January. 

Astrapak buys 60% in rival Consupaq

30th September 2005 JSE-listed specialist plastic packaging group Astrapak has acquired a 60% interest in Durban-based Consupaq, it said yesterday. 

Consol mulls expansion options

By: Liezel Hill     6th September 2005 Packaging firm Consol yesterday said that it would look to add further production capacity and expand into new markets on the back of strong annual results and upbeat consumer-demand outlook. 

Scanning the RFID horizon

By: peter cromberge     8th July 2005 While radio-frequency identification (RFID) is storming its way into the local market, barcode technology is a fry cry from fossilisation. 

Glass manufacturer pours R42-million into fresh air

By: peter cromberge     8th July 2005 The R42-million waste-gas-treatment plant for reducing emissions at Consol Glass’s manufacturing plant in Bellville South was fully commissioned last month. 

Empowerment deal in the bag

By: peter cromberge     8th July 2005 The second tier of Astrapak’s black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal was concluded in March. 

Lasers writing their way into labelling

8th July 2005 Fraud-resistant laser labeling ensures the traceability of components in all areas of industry. 

Plastic pallets pack potential for local market

By: peter cromberge     8th July 2005 Following international trends, rental of plastic pallets and other plastic materials-handling products has now become available to local markets. 

Labelling sensors for packaging

8th July 2005 Controlling labelling in packaging applications especially when labels are of metallic or transparent materials is a lot easier than one would imagine, especially when using sensors developed specifically for this type of application. 

Low-cost barcode scanner now in SA

8th July 2005 A new pocketsize barcode scanner – available from mobile computing and barcoding company Harmonic Group – has been introduced into the country. 

Cyber window opens on plastics

By: peter cromberge     8th July 2005 An online business-to-business plastics directory and portal, to promote the local plastics industry, was launched this year by CM Web Design in Johannesburg. 

Corrugated gets colourful

By: peter cromberge     8th July 2005 A new printing press was installed last month at Nampak Corrugated’s Wadeville facility that will improve the quality graphic printing for corrugated packaging. 

Packaging company to restructure SA operations

27th May 2005 After a difficult 2005, packaging manufacturer Nampak is restructuring in the hopes of an improved 2006. 

Packaging company reports earnings growth

11th May 2005 Packaging group Astrapak yesterday announced a 28% rise in headline earnings on a 22% improvement in revenue for the year to February 28, 2005. 

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. 

Packaging giant acquires bottle-blowing company

By: Mariaan Webb     4th March 2005 In the modern world, there is huge demand for convenient, fresh products in functional packaging that is eye-catching. 

Alliance set to expand labelling-equipment maker's market

By: Mariaan Webb     4th March 2005 Boksburg-based Unique Filling & Labelling Machines develops and manufactures filling and labelling equipment, mainly for the South African market, but has recently broadened its activities in partnership with Brazilian companies. 

Packaging group concludes second leg of BEE deal

3rd March 2005 JSE Securities Exchange-listed plastics packaging group Astrapak announced yesterday that Royal Bafokeng Finance (RBF), the investment arm of the Royal Bafokeng Nation (RBN), has exercised it right to acquire a further 15-million linked units in Astrapak, with effect from March 1. 

Tristar Plastics

25th February 2005 Tristar Plastics, a division of packaging group Astrapak, manufactures plastic packaging, including pallet stabilisation products. 

Firm’s focus shifts onto facilities management

By: Nicola Mawson     4th February 2005 Not many people know that Lithotech, a company that has always operated in the shadows, is responsible for some 30% of the mail arriving in post boxes daily. 

Innovative alcoholic beverage packaging

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

Strong demand for pallet stabilisation spurs investment

By: Helene Le Roux     19th November 2004 Strong demand for pallet stabilisation products in the South African market has prompted Tristar, a division of plastics packaging group Astrapak, to embark on an expansion project at its local manufacturing facility. 

Astrapak acquires further 21% of packaging group

11th November 2004 Specialist plastic packaging group Astrapak yesterday announced the acquisition of a further 21% of Knilam Packaging, for a cash consideration of R2,34-million. 

Packaging group overcomes oil price challenge

14th October 2004 After reporting a strong earnings growth for the six months ended August 31, South Africa's second-largest listed packaging group, Astrapak, said yesterday it expected the local market to remain buoyant for the remainder of the year, underpinned by expectations of a stable rand and low interest... 

Aluminium producer tenders for Gautrain project

By: elizabeth rebelo     1st October 2004 Aluminium and packaging solutions company Alcan, has tendered to supply aluminium extrusion systems for the Gautrain rapid rail link project to one of the two tendering consortiums. This is according to Andre De Wet of Gauteng based Alutrade – the local agent of Alcan 

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. 

Packaging group launches expansion programme

By: jenny furness     9th September 2004 Plastic packaging group Astrapak the listed plastic packaging group, announced on Tuesday the launch of a strategic expansion programme at one of its subsidiary companies, Tristar Plastics. 

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... 

Retailers turn to wireless solutions

By: Helene Le Roux     23rd July 2004 As wireless technologies are becoming more affordable, price is no longer a barrier preventing smaller and midsize retailers from implementing wireless stock management systems.?Digital solutions company Kemtek Imaging Systems reports that more South African 

Labeller targets small and medium wine estates

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 A low volume, locally-manufactured labelling machine was successfully launched by Unique Labelling and Filling Machines at this year’s Propak exhibition. 

Scribing laser is launched

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 A new scribing laser using a special wavelength CO2 laser beam that produces a more crystalline and, therefore clearer code than ‘standard’ lasers on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging has been introduced to the South African market by Coditech, the variable data coding and... 

Local packaging industry is wrapping up exports

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 The local packaging industry is wrapping up exports for South Africa, especially in the wine and agricultural sectors. 

Plastics group adds new packages to its portfolio

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 Since Astrapak’s last significant acquisition in March 2002, South Africa’s largest plastic packaging group has recently made a few more acquisitions. 

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. 

Clothing-of-origin labelling proposed

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 Proudly South African (SA) will be launching a R2-million media campaign to educate consumers on the new country of origin labels. However, this campaign will only be rolled out once the legislation for clothing-of- origin labelling is passed by Parliament, says the organisation’s CEO,... 

Own brand to contribute R1,2bn by 2010

By: elizabeth rebelo     9th July 2004 Since the launch of Pick’nPay’s new Choice brand the turnover derived from these products has grown by more than 30% for the past three years, contributing 5% to the company’s overall turnover, says corporate brand GM Kevin Corb. 

R6m Egyptian contract awarded to local firm

By: elizabeth rebelo     4th June 2004 Manufacturer of specialist coatings for the construction industry Marmoran has celebrated its 34-year anniversary by winning one of the largest specialist coatings contract to be awarded in Africa. 

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