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Paper, Plastics, Packaging, Printing News

Innovation, outward-looking approach will bolster industry growth

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 The plastics converter industry needs to alter its mindset and look for innovative solutions while becoming more outward-looking to experience real economic growth, says industry body Plastics SA. Plastics SA chairperson Bernhard Mahl describes real growth as “thousands of tons of plastics,... 

Moody’s upgrades Sappi from positive to stable

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th November 2016 Ratings agency Moody's Investors Service has upgraded the corporate family rating of JSE-listed pulp and paper company Sappi to Ba2 (stable) from Ba3 (positive), owing to the company’s intention to repay its $400-million bond, due in 2017, from generated cash. The ratings agency further noted... 

Sappi declares first dividend in 8 years

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2016 Paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi on Thursday declared a dividend of $0.11 for the year ended September 30, its first since 2008, when it stopped paying dividends as it grappled with losses caused by the economic crisis in Europe and falling demand for paper, as well as crippling debt. However,... 

Sappi declares first dividend in 8 years

Austrian FM highlights need for predictable regulation during South Africa mission

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2016 Austrian Foreign Affairs and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz used a business forum in Johannesburg this week to highlight regulatory stability and predictability as a “necessary condition” for future investment into South Africa and the rest of the continent. Kurz, 30, is Austria’s... 

Austrian FM highlights need for predictable regulation during South Africa mission
Austrian Foreign Affairs and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz

South Africa recycles more plastic bottles than it throws away

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th October 2016 New statistics from recycling company Petco have revealed that more polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles are being recycled than are sent to landfill, with about 4.7-million bottles recycled every day. This resulted in 112 000 t of carbon emissions, as well as 461 000 m3 of landfill space,... 

South Africa recycles more plastic bottles than it throws away

Industries should collaborate in submitting industry waste-management plans – law firm

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th October 2016 It appears industry will soon have to collaborate and share their current research and other resources to develop industry waste management plans (IWMPs), states legal services firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. It is likely that IWMPs will not only have to comply with challenging timeframes but also... 

Industries should collaborate in submitting  industry waste-management plans – law firm
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ONEROUS MATTER? Contentious content for industry waste management plans include the way in which affected industries will prioritise reduction, reuse, recycling, and waste recovery

Astrapak strategy bears fruit as interim profit rises

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th September 2016 Packaging company Astrapak on Thursday reported a 25.4% year-on-year increase in its profit of R27.6-million for the six months ended August 31, while its revenue rose 15.2% year-on-year to R734-million. The increases came on the back of the company having exited all noncore businesses and... 

Astrapak strategy bears fruit as interim profit rises
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Astrapak CEO Robin Moore

Mondi reports solid H1 earnings, despite difficult trading environment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th August 2016 International packaging and paper group Mondi’s underlying earnings a share improved to 75c apiece for the six months ended June 30, up from 67.8c in the six months to June 2015. Its profit after tax increased from €313-million in the six months to June 2015, to €390-million in the period under... 

France, South Africa to foster pulp, paper industry relationships

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th July 2016 With South Africa and France being “well recognised” as key players in the international paper industry, it is essential to engage in “fruitful exchanges”, including knowledge sharing and stakeholder solutions for the industry. This is according to Ambassador of France Elisabeth Barbier, who... 

France, South Africa to foster pulp, paper industry relationships
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IMPARTING EXPERIENCE Key industry players shared expertise, case studies and solutions at the French South African Technical Symposium for the pulp and paper industry

Computer-based training tool developed for process operators

By: Sascha Solomons     22nd July 2016 Electrical engineering services provider Matra has developed a computer-based training (CBT) tool to demonstrate how multiple variables affecting one another can be applied to any process in the chemicals and pulp and paper industries. Matra sole proprietor David Leigh highlights that the... 

Computer-based  training tool developed  for process operators
COMPUTER-BASED TRAINING Is beneficial because expert knowledge of process engineers can be encapsulated in graphic format

Good-quality waste necessary for increased mechanical recycling

By: Simon Sonnekus     8th July 2016 The South African plastic industry requires a constant stream of clean, high-quality plastic waste to maintain and increase the level of mechanical recycling in South Africa. While there has been concern over the past few years that the amount of waste exported is increasing, findings from the... 

Good-quality waste necessary for increased mechanical recycling
EXPORTS While exporting recyclable plastic material does bring in foreign exchange, the export of good-quality waste impacts South African recycling operations

Sustainable disposal methods to be investigated

     8th July 2016 The rise in waste generated by South Africa has led to the need for responsible and environment-friendly disposal methods. According to local waste management business Interwaste sales and marketing director Jason McNeil the default method of disposal for many years has been directing this waste... 

Sustainable disposal  methods to be investigated
Photo by Duane Daws
Caption: WASTE DISPOSAL Companies are being driven to innovate by changing methods of disposal

Horizontal flow wrapper available for Southern African countries

     1st July 2016 Processing and packaging equipment supplier Bosch Packaging Technology is focusing on entry-level and mid-range automation solutions for its customers in the Southern African countries, which will enable producers with small to medium production volumes to tap into automation or increase their... 

Optimised packaging solution introduced to the packaging industry

     1st July 2016 With the combined range of proficiency in design, mechanisation, performance packaging and shopper marketing, paper-based packaging manufacturer Smurfit Kappa launched the SKMF 146 in an effort to provide customers with the most optimised packaging machine solution. According to Smurfit Kappa the... 

Optimised packaging  solution introduced to  the packaging industry
OPTIMISED SOLUTION The SKMF 146 designed with the flexibility to pack multiple design formats

Plant-based packaging gains popularity

By: Sascha Solomons     1st July 2016 Food processing and packaging solutions provider Tetra Pak produced the world’s first package made entirely from plant materials, the Tetra Rex Bio-based, using a combination of Forest Stewardship Council-certified paperboard and certified bio-plastics materials. The company is expected to... 

Technology redefines warehousing

By: Sascha Solomons     1st July 2016 With labelling and barcoding being critical elements of the packaging process, companies are increasingly exploring innovative technology to unlock economies of scale and the potential of space, says beverage manufacturer and distributor ABI Bottling. “The process of getting one’s product to... 

Technology redefines warehousing
Photo by Duane Daws
A SYSTEMS APPROACH Allows accurate real-time reporting on various activities, increasing the workflow capacity of warehouses while reducing costs

Company affirms commitment to sustainability in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     10th June 2016 Executives from chemicals, materials, agrosciences and plastics company Dow reassured African clients that the company’s commitment to servicing the continent will remain and grow sustainably, as flexible plastic packaging can play an important role in spurring economic development and supporting... 

Company affirms commitment to sustainability in Africa
CONSISTENCY Dow aims to ensure that the quality of goods received by the end-customer is consistent

Mpact Polymers new R350m PET recycling plant to ease burden of plastic waste 

     8th June 2016 Paper and plastics packaging business Mpact has unveiled a new R350-million PET recycling operation in Wadeville aimed at reducing the impact of plastic waste in South Africa.  

Mpact Polymers new R350m PET recycling plant to ease burden of plastic waste
Mpact Polymers new R350m PET recycling plant to ease burden of plastic waste

Mondi to acquire 90% stake in Turkish consumer packaging company

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2016 Packaging and paper group Mondi will acquire a 90% interest in Turkish consumer packaging company Kalenobel for €90-million. “The acquisition of Kalenobel supports the growth of our consumer packaging business, broadening our product portfolio and geographic reach to better serve our customers in... 

Mondi to acquire 90% stake in Turkish consumer packaging company
Mondi CEO David Hathorn

Nampak moves to build resilience in tough market

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2016 JSE-listed Nampak planned to increase its resilience in the face of challenging conditions as it entered the second half of the financial year. “Proactive and prudent” steps had been taken to reduce the JSE-listed group’s cost base and improve operational performance, while strengthening its... 

Nampak moves to build resilience in tough market
Nampak CEO Andre de Ruyter

Competition Commission sets sights on paper packaging companies

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th May 2016 The Competition Commission on Thursday said it was investigating packaging paper products producers Mpact and New Era Packaging over allegations of collusion. A search and seizure operation of the parties’ Gauteng and Free State premises got under way on Thursday after warrants were obtained from... 

Competition Commission sets sights on paper packaging companies

DTI identifies first five companies in industrialist programme 

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2016 Government had identified the first five companies that would benefit from its Black Industrialists (BI) programme, said Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) incentive development and administration division deputy director-general Malebo Mabitje-Thompson on Thursday. Speaking to Engineering... 

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reaffirmed on Tuesday that government planned to pursue an increasing number of sector-specific incentive schemes, with an initial focus on the creation of new incentives for the agroprocessing and railways industries. Speaking at a business briefing... 

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

Mpact officially opens R350m rPET recycling plant 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2016 Paper and plastics packaging business Mpact’s new R350-million polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling operation in Wadeville, Germiston, has resulted in South Africa becoming the twenty-fourth country – and the first on the African continent – to meet beverage company The Coca-Cola Company’s... 

Mpact officially opens R350m rPET recycling plant

Sappi's shares rise as H1 profit surges 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2016 Following pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi’s continued recovery over the past few quarters, the group has posted a doubling of profits for the first half of the current financial year. The company’s profit increased 119% from $80-million in the six months to March 2015 to $175-million for the... 

Sappi's shares rise as H1 profit surges
Sappi CEO Steve Binnie

Alternative energy systems boosting African industrial supply chains

By: Schalk Burger     8th April 2016 Alternative energy and storage systems are being used to make various portions of African industrial supply chains more effective and resilient, as well as control energy costs and production disruptions, says electrical equipment specialist firm Eaton alternative energy specialist Winfried... 

Mondi’s Russian subsidiary under antimonopoly investigation

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th April 2016 Dual-listed packaging and paper group Mondi on Monday denied any wrongdoing following the launch last week of an investigation by Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) for allegedly violating certain aspects of the country’s antimonopoly law. In a statement released on Friday, the FAS said... 

Association sets 2020 target

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 The Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa) aims to increase the recovery of recyclable paper products to 70% by 2020 through raising awareness about the importance of keeping paper products in a recyclable state throughout their life cycles. 

Association sets 2020 target
RECYCLING IMPERATIVE Prasa urges businesses and individuals alike to maximise opportunities for paper recycling

Contraction of paper industry unlikely despite challenges

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 Despite the difficult economic climate, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony believes that it is unlikely that there will be significant contraction in the paper industry this year. 

Contraction of paper industry unlikely despite challenges
FORESTRY The paper industry aims to stimulate rural development and improve timber yield through forestry initiatives

Glass manufacturer turns it around through operational efficiencies

By: David Oliveira     25th March 2016 Despite reporting a R76-million loss for its glass business in 2015, packaging company Nampak has recorded seven consecutive profitable months since July last year, owing to improved sales, operational planning processes and key operational excellence interventions, thereby leading to greater... 

Mill upgrade set to increase capacity by 60 000 t/y

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 The R765-million expansion to paper and plastic packaging manufacturer Mpact’s Felixton mill will increase capacity by 60 000 t/y to 215 000 t/y upon completion, says Mpact CEO Bruce Strong.  

Sappi envisions growth in renewable resources

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 Despite the challenges in South Africa’s economic and political landscapes, international pulp and paper company Sappi’s Southern Africa regional CEO Alex Thiel claims that it is an exciting time for the industry, as there is opportunity for growth in renewable resources. 

Sappi envisions growth in renewable resources
ALEX THIEL Sappi is excited about upgrades to the Ngodwana and Saiccor mills, in line with the company’s new vision for itself

Improved operations brings glass operations back into profitability 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th March 2016 Packaging company Nampak invited media to its glass manufacturing facility earlier this month to highlight its improved operational efficiencies, which has taken its glass business from red to black in recent months. 

Improved operations brings glass operations back into profitability
Improved operations brings glass operations back into profitability

Improved plastics business performance lifts Mpact’s FY results

By: Anine Kilian     2nd March 2016 Paper and plastic packaging manufacturer Mpact on Wednesday reported basic earnings a share of 366.9c for the year ended December 31, compared with 259.1c the year before. Group revenue increased 10.8% to R9.5-billion, while underlying operating profit increased 21% to R909-million, with the... 

Improved plastics business performance lifts Mpact’s FY results
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Mpact CEO Bruce Strong
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