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Packaging, Labelling and Barcoding

Anglo subsidiary acquires Mexican sack producer

17th December 2003 South Africa’s Anglo American has announced that Frantschach, its 70%-owned Austrian subsidiary, has signed an agreement for the acquisition of the sack business of Mexican paper and packaging group Copamex, for a total cash consideration of $52-million. 

Anglo in merger agreement with Bauernfeind

10th December 2003 South African giant Anglo American has announced that it has entered into an agreement for the merger of Bauernfeind's corrugated paper and packaging business with Anglo American's corrugated packaging business, Mondi Packaging. 

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. 

Cape Town seeks to market rural areas as tourist destinations

2nd October 2003 An ambitious strategy of the City of Cape Town and the Provincial Government of the Western Cape to market the city and the province’s rural regions to national and international tourists has taken another step with the announcement of the transitional Destination Marketing Organisation... 

New voice added to plastic-bag debate

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th September 2003 In the latest contribution to the ongoing debate regarding the government’s plastic-bag policy, a top official at the Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe (APME) has said that littering – which prompted the ban on the free issuance of thin bags by retailers – is a... 

Middle manager productivity project launched

25th August 2003 The National Productivity Institute (NPI) has launched a new learning programme for South Africa’s middle managers. 

Acquisition spurs growth for packaging group

By: zeena isaacs     11th July 2003 The largest listed plastic packaging group in South Africa, Astrapak, has seen an increase in turnover, for the financial year ending February 2003, of R816-million to R1,38-billion. 

R18bn industry focusing on training and quality improvement every year

By: zeena isaacs     11th July 2003 “The South African packaging industry is worth R18-billion a year, with an estimated R500-million a year exported directly by the industry, discounting the hundreds of millions being exported indirectly by food and other producers,” says Packaging Review editorial director and member... 

Filling machine installed at sauce maker’s factory

11th July 2003 Gauteng company ZME Filling and Labelling Machines has delivered a new 12-head piston filler with a rotary capping machine to All Joy. 

Pneumatic components developed to meet hygiene standards

11th July 2003 In spite of high hygiene standards in industrial countries, the danger of bacterial contamination in the food industry does not seem to have been fully eliminated. 

Food producer investigates exporting opportunities

By: zeena isaacs     11th July 2003 Specialist in blending and packaging of dry food products and engineering services, Continuum, is registering as an exporter this month. 

Packaging method ensures products’ a long life

By: zeena isaacs     11th July 2003 One of the world’s largest suppliers of packaging systems for milk, fruit juices and drinks, Tetra Pak, aims to preserve products by its aseptic packaging method, which keeps products fresh for up to six, and even 12 months without refrigeration. 

Plastic bag production plummets

By: zeena isaacs     11th July 2003 The Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Deat) has received reports from industry that it anticipates a general decrease of between 50% and 80% in the production of local plastic bags, following the ban on thin plastic bags that came into effect on May 9. 

Untold ramifications of new plastic-bag standard

By: Kelvin Kemm     27th June 2003 When something touches a spider’s web the whole web vibrates, and that’s how the spider knows he has a visitor or a victim. 

An African Christmas is to be exported to the rest of the world

13th June 2003 The fusion of African folklore with the heritage of Christmas has ignited a niche industry in South Africa. 

Organisation tackles poor container management

By: Zonika Botha     30th May 2003 The Responsible Container Management Association (RCMASA) is continuing in its fight against the improper disposal of used containers and drums in South Africa. 

California port group visits SA

22nd May 2003 Executives from the Port of Stockton in California, are participating in a trade mission to South Africa, led by port director Richard Aschieris. 

Packaging group reports good earnings

8th May 2003 Specialised packaging group Astrapak continued its record of unbroken earnings growth, posting a 71% surge in operating income to R139,99-million, for the year to February 28. 

Chocolate maker turns to local IT market for solutions

7th March 2003 The Port Elizabeth branch of Cadbury has launched Project Olympus, an undertaking to build a worldclass chocolate manufacturing plant, incorporating state-of-the-art facilities and best practices in manufacturing and production. 

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. 

Good sales reported for new valve series

25th October 2002 Within a month of introducing its HF03, HF02 and MC valve block series version two, Tectra has sold an unprecedented compilation of 60 valves to one customer. 

Association formed to advance responsible container management

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 The irresponsible disposal of drums and containers that contain hazardous and potentially dangerous contents is an issue which the newly-established Responsible Container Management Association of Southern Africa (RCMASA) wishes to confront. 

Stakeholders to meet on plastic-bags ban

27th August 2002 The Minister of Environment Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa convened a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the plastic bag regulations, which were promulgated on May 9 this year and which come into effect in May 2003. 

How digital printing paints the future

By: Karel Smrcka     2nd August 2002 In digital or electronic printing the page information to be printed is transferred directly from the computer to the printing press. 

Firm erects R4m plastic packaging factory

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 In a R4-million investment, plastic packaging firm Alfa Plastex is constructing a new factory in Edenvale to increase its capacity to 250 t of low density polyethylene (LDPE) a month from the current monthly-capacity of 190 t. 

R123-m buyout to increase turnover by 40%

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 In a R123-million acquisition, South Africa's largest listed plastics packaging group Astrapak has bought a 75% controlling stake in Master Plastics, in a move that will take Astrapak's turnover to above R1,3-billion at the end of this financial year. 

Packaging tape distributor accelerates acquisition drive

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 Leading distributor in packaging tapes Wilec is looking for local acquisitions to accelerate the growth of its share of the local market for packaging tapes and it is also investing in capital equipment. 

Grip chains expedite packaging handling

12th July 2002 Durban-based Bearing Man’s power transmission division distributes a range of high performance Tsubaki chains designed specifically for the packaging industry. 

High-speed colour contrast detection is facilitated

12th July 2002 The detection of contrasts or colour differences is of great importance, particularly in the packaging and printing industries where markings with minimal contrasts have to be identified with absolute reliability, often at ultra-high processing speeds. 

Packaging protection firm expands range

12th July 2002 Leading manufacturer and converter of cross-linked, closed-cell expanded polyethylene, EVA, foam plastics and closed-circuit rubbers Sondor Industries is the sole supplier of Ethafoam brand of polyethylene cushion and protective packaging. 

Combined valve/cylinder automation solution on offer

12th July 2002 Integrated subsystems have enabled Festo to meet the growing need for full functionality with reduced costs for purchasing, installation and maintenance with its DNCV standard cylinder/valve combination. 

Packaging meets stringent hygiene specs

12th July 2002 Durban-based Rohm and Haas supplies the food and beverage industry with a complete range of packaging solutions, that meets stringent international quality and hygiene specifications and that consistently delivers high performance for every application. 

Need for aseptic packaging on the rise

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 Every day throughout the world, about 5 000-billion litres of water, milk, juice and other liquid foods are consumed. Packaging firm Tetra Pak has developed packages which protect both the nutritional value and the taste of the packaged product. 

Competition body approves packaging takeover

11th June 2002 South Africa's Competition Commission gave conditional approval for packaging giant Nampak's takeover of smaller rival Malbak. 

Comonomer focus shifting from hexene to octene

By: Marius Roodt     24th May 2002 The past year has seen petrochemical prices weakening, yet Sasol’s Chemical Industries (SCI) division has come up trumps, growing its operating profits with 78% in the six-month period preceding December 31, 2001. 

Packaging firm in R1,9bn bid

29th April 2002 South African packaging firm Nampak said it had refined an offer to buy smaller rival Malbak for R1,97-billion, a premium of 31,2% on the share prices of both companies. 

Outsource Packaging

26th April 2002 Outsource Packaging speclialises in the manufacture of industrial crates and packaging solutions for the local and international markets. 

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