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Paper, Pulp and Board

Success abounds in paper recycling and recovery

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Despite South Africa having less easily accessible recycling initiatives in place than in developed countries, such as recycling bins in every park or street, or systematic waste recovery at household level, the Paper Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa) says the country’s paper... 

Sustainable industry dispels misconceptions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     31st March 2017 Contrary to the misconceptions about the paper industry being detrimental to the environment, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony posits that the sector is “incredibly sustainable” and shows a circular economy in action. Whether made from virgin... 

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

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.  

Plan in motion to manage carbon tax uncertainties

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 Through education, lobbying and research, the paper industry will manage policy uncertainties regarding the inception of carbon tax, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. 

Plan in motion to manage carbon tax uncertainties

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

Industry body prioritises education, empowers full-time employees

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th March 2015 In an effort to replace the old N-level courses previously offered by former further education and training colleges, the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa), in partnership with the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing (FP&M) sector education and training authority (Seta) and... 

Industry body prioritises  education, empowers  full-time employees
RECYCLING REWARDS One tonne of recovered paper saves three cubic metres of landfill space, reducing costs for municipalities

Local paper producer remains committed to local industry

     27th March 2015 While local paper and pulp producer Sappi remains a committed partner to South Africa’s paper and board markets, the company has shifted its focus from manufacturing graphic papers to packaging papers, owing to declining local demand for graphic papers and a strong increase in demand for... 

Local paper producer remains committed to local industry
Sappi's significant investments in four of its mills, including its Ngodwana Mill (pictured here), have culminated in the expansion of the company's pulping and fibre production capacity

Mpact revenue rises to R8.6bn in tough 2014

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th March 2015 JSE-listed packaging company Mpact’s basic underlying earnings a share, for the year ended December 31, increased by 15.3% to 269.2c, while revenue increased by 11.9% year-on-year to R8.6-billion, owing to a drop in the oil price, capital expenditure investments and higher average selling prices.... 

New tax mooted by DEA could impact negatively on paper industry

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th March 2015 Currently the paper industry is largely responsible for its own collections of recyclable paper needed as a raw material. Owing to transport and labour costs, collection  is an expensive exercise, a situation manufacturers can do little to improve, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South... 

New tax mooted by DEA could impact negatively on paper industry
POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES There is no guarantee that an EPR tax will feed money back into developing the paper and packaging sector

Paper industry doing well, despite struggling economy

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th March 2015 While the South African economy has been relatively stagnant over the past two years and is not expected to grow much this year – with 2% being an optimistic upward growth projection – the pulp and paper industry is “doing  well under extremely difficult circumstances”, says Paper Manufacturers... 

Paper industry doing well,  despite struggling economy
Photo by Sappi
GROWTH PROJECTION The paper industry’s energy-saving initiatives are paying off amidst South Africa's stagnant economy

Rope-access specialist continues with repair services for Sappi mills

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th March 2015 Rope access specialist Skyriders completed hard-to-reach inspection and repair work on time and within budget early last year for South African pulp and paper producer Sappi’s Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn tells Engineering News. Zinn explains that, rather... 

Rope-access specialist continues with repair services for Sappi mills
Skyriders technicians use ropes to abseil down into confined spaces as a means of moving from point A to point B.

Zest WEG signs long-term deal with paper mill

By: Jonathan Rodin     27th March 2015 Following the successful installation of a steam turbo generator set for packaging and paper group Mondi’s Richards Bay facility, motors,  controls, electrical products and solutions provider Zest WEG Group, through its subsidiary Zest Energy, on November 14, 2014 signed a five-year long-term... 

Zest WEG signs long-term deal with paper mill
INCREASED EFFICIENCY The 48 MW TGM multiextraction condensing steam turbine rotor, which is designed to maximise efficiency and power generation capability

Air motors ideal for use in paper, pulp and board industy

By: Ilan Solomons     28th March 2014 Industrial products supplier Dowson & Dobson assembly technology manager Herman Parsons says air motors are generally well suited to the preparation of materials in the harsh operating conditions of the paper, pulp and board industries. “These industries’ operating environments are usually... 

Air motors ideal for use in paper, pulp and board industy
DEPRAG AIR MOTOR Dowson & Dobson stocks a range of Deprag air motors which are made entirely from stainless steel

Association upbeat about stressed industries

By: Ilan Solomons     28th March 2014 If the weak rand persists during this year, producers of paper, pulp and board will register stronger returns, particularly from bleached hardwood pulp and chemical cellulose exports, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony tells Engineering News.... 

Association upbeat about stressed industries
JANE MOLONY The paper, pulp and board sectors employ 146 000 people who are involved in every process, from planting the trees to making the paper

Cellulose production provides new opportunities  

By: Ilan Solomons     28th March 2014 Paper and packaging group Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel is confident that the company will be successful this year, as it aims to diversify some aspects of its operations and streamline others. He says that following the global downturn in 2008, there has been less demand for graphic paper... 

Cellulose production  provides new opportunities
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel discusses the company's current operations and its future prospects.

Company contributes to job creation through paper recycling

By: Ilan Solomons     28th March 2014 The pulp and paper industry is one of the largest employers in South Africa, making a significant yearly contribution to the economy of about R35.26-billion, says the Paper and Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa). Paper and plastic packaging manufacturer Mpact plays a significant part... 

Company contributes  to job creation through  paper recycling
PILING IT ON Piet Matentshi has been running a successful business for more than ten years, collecting recovered paper and delivering it to Mpact’s paper mills

Company empowers rural communities to grow trees for timber use

By: Ilan Solomons     28th March 2014 Paper and packaging group Sappi Southern Africa’s Project Grow programme is supporting emerging historically disadvantaged tree growers to produce timber for the local paper, pulp and board industries. Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel tells Engineering News that the programme forms the... 

Company empowers  rural communities to grow trees for timber use
Photo by Duane Daws
EMPOWERING RURAL COMMUNITIES Project Grow comprises more than 4 500 tree growers, from small individual growers to larger community projects, farming on about 19 250 ha

Paper remains important in the digital age, despite criticism

By: Ilan Solomons     28th March 2014 While the paper industry is facing significant challenges, owing to the increasing use of digital online platforms and the convenience of receiving documents electronically, the electronic distribution of information should not be touted as being more environmentally friendly than distributing... 

Paper remains important in the digital age,  despite criticism
Photo by Paper Recycling Association of South Africa
PAPER AND BOARD RECYCLING Paper is not only biodegradable but also recyclable

R20m invested in packager’s product line

By: Ilan Solomons     28th March 2014 Local moulded fibre packaging manufacturer Huhtamaki South Africa’s Finnish parent company, Huhtamaki Oyj, is investing R20-million in the installation of a new Leotech pulp-moulding machine to enhance the range of products that the company can manufacture. Leotech equipment is used to produce... 

R20m invested in packager’s product line
HUHTAMAKI SOUTH AFRICA MANAGEMENT National sales and marketing manager Henry Nel, Atlantis plant manager Athool Lakhoo and GM Wil Rigby

Company supplies automated valves to paper manufacturer

     8th March 2013 Global engineering and technology corporation Metso began supplying more than 700 automated process valves to paper and pulp producer Sappi’s Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, in August 2012 for its Project GoCell, Fibre Line 3 expansion. 

Crane company secures pulp and paper contract

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th March 2013 International lifting equipment manufacturer Konecranes has been contracted by JSE-listed paper and pulp manufacturer Sappi to install two cranes at the paper manufacturer’s Ngodwana mill, near Nelspruit, in Mpumalanga. 

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. 

Local operations, community engagement essential in paper industry

     8th March 2013 The paper and packaging industry is a significant contributor to local manufacturing and recycling and continues to create local job opportunities, says JSE-listed plastic and paper packaging group Mpact CEO Bruce Strong. 

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. 

Government-funded company considers exporting its products

By: Yolandi Booyens     9th March 2012 Local producer and marketer of handcrafted paper products Phumani Paper is considering the potential of exporting its products to neighbouring countries, entering new markets and securing more consistent clients within South Africa. 

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.  

Paper products manufacturer acquires laser technology

By: Yolandi Booyens     9th March 2012 Durban-based innovative paper products manufacturer Pandu Paper will add a new laser cutting machine to its production line.  

Skills shortage a weak link in the paper chain

By: Yolandi Booyens     9th March 2012 The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) is recruiting young postgraduate chemical engineering students into the paper and pulp industry and will, going forward, start its recruitment drive earlier in the year to ensure it meets its targets. 

Drying system optimisation reduces energy consumption

By: Henry Lazenby     4th March 2011 As no other section of the papermaking process consumes as much energy as drying, even minor savings in drying steam consumption may result in significant production cost savings, technology specialist EV Group MD Esa Virtanen reports. Drying is the primary energy consumer in a papermaking... 

Expansion on the cards for local paper distributor

By: Henry Lazenby     4th March 2011 Business paper merchant NOR Paper reports that it is aiming to become a R1-billion company by 2013, up from about R650-million at the end of last year. New company MD Ronnie Oeschger says that NOR Paper plans to achieve this through a combination of strategic key account growth, while... 

New spray technology results in increased throughput

By: Henry Lazenby     4th March 2011 A new technology in precision spraying enables engineered wood product manufacturers to increase product throughput, while simultaneously giving the products harder and smoother surface finishes. 

Retailer spearheads paper grocery bags

     4th March 2011 Local grocery retailer Pick n Pay and South African paper group Sappi have joined forces to launch an ecofriendly alternative to plastic shopping bags and spearhead a new direction in paper food packaging. 

Scientists develop erasable paper

     4th March 2011 Paper manufacturer and merchant Xerox Corporation reports that its scientists have invented a way to make paper prints with images that last only a day, enabling the used paper to be put back in the paper stream for reuse.  

Broader mix for paper 
machine supplier

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th March 2010 Paper machine supplier Metso Paper South Africa will offer a broader product range in response to the financial downturn MD Pierre de Villiers says. 

Exports on the rise for industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th March 2010 The South African paper, pulp and board industry has consistently increased exports of paper and board and maintained imports at similar levels for the past three years, despite facing a number of challenges, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa), executive director Jane... 

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