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Paper, Pulp and Board

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... 

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.  

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. 

Significant drive to reduce paper wastage

5th March 2010 Paper merchants for commercial printers NOR Paper, a division of Bytes Document Solutions, MD Raymond Blake says that there are several initiatives currently employed in the corporate world to reduce paper wastage. 

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. 

New framework for skills development

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th March 2010 The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) is tackling the skills shortage in the paper industry through the implementation of its newly developed national research framework. 

Innovation provides alternative energy source

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th March 2010 Local handmade paper and products marketer and sales agent Phumani Paper is actively involved in assisting community-based enterprises to diversify their income base by introducing new and innovative products. One of these products is the ecofuel briquette.  

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... 

Technology boom – a potential threat to industry

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th March 2010 The technological boom poses a potential threat for the paper and pulp industry in that globally, more people are turning to digital media rather than newsprint. Paper and pulp producer Sappi is responding to this threat with its own initiatives.  

Mill expansion project under way

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th March 2009 Africa’s largest packaging group Nampak is currently rolling out its R600-million expansion project at its corrugated paper mill in Rosslyn, Pretoria. 

Packaging group anticipates demand drop

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th March 2009 Diversified packaging group Nampak states that the paper and board packaging industry has moved into a period of lower demand owing to falling global and local consumer demand. 

Instrument specialist supplies paper industry

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th March 2009 Instrument specialist Endress+Hauser supplied all the process instrumentation equipment for paper and packaging group Mondi’s RB720 expansion and its Merebank mill upgrade.


New papermaking concept released

6th March 2009 Paper manufacturer Metso Paper has released its improved concept for uncoated wood-free production (WFU). The new concept is based on standardised solutions and is designed for a yearly production of up to 250 000 t. 

Paper industry remains competitive despite economic pressure

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th March 2009 Like many other manufacturing sectors in the country, the paper manufacturing industry is experiencing increased pressure as a result of the current economic crunch, states the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa). 

Plans in place to develop local forestry industry

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th March 2009 The South African State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is working with the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (Dwaf) and local growers to develop South Africa's forestry industry. 

Printer acquires new press

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th March 2009 Printer of books, magazines, newspapers and commercial print in South Africa, CTP Printers has installed a new 48-plus page long hybrid Lithoman printing press from MAN Roland, with the latest technology, the first of its kind in the country. 

Increased focus on energy 
efficient projects 

By: Loni Prinsloo     6th March 2009 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) envisages an increase in more energy-efficient investments in the wood, paper and board industry during the course of the year. 

Carmaker teams up with forestry group on carbon-offset scheme 

By: Dennis Ndaba     26th September 2008 Paper giant Sappi has teamed up with Volvo Car South Africa to promote the planting of indigenous trees by local communities and schools. 

Private sector has key role to play in wetlands conservation

By: Dennis Ndaba     27th June 2008 Over 70% of all wetlands are on privately owned land and ignorance and poor land management have resulted in about 55% of all South African wetlands being significantly affected. 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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 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... 

Growing skills to grow trees

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th March 2007 South Africa is still experiencing a general shortage of tree-breeding researchers and qualified plant geneticists. CSIR natural resources and the environment tree improvement research group leader, Dr Steve Verryn concurs that there still is a limited number of qualified pine-breeding... 

Small-scale timber farmer project to expand

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     9th March 2007 In an effort to provide small-scale farmers access to knowledge and skills through regular practical workshops and infield training, NCT Forestry (NCT) initiated Project Regeneration in 2005. Two years later, this successful project has assisted in sustaining many rural plantation operations in... 

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