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Paper, Pulp and Board

Paper firm mulls ‘green’ projects

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     4th June 2004 One of South Africa’s pulp and paper firms could implement projects costing hundreds of millions – and possibly billions – of rands over the next few years if it secures funding under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), a Kyoto Protocol initiative which allows developed and... 

Paper giant to pursue KZN mill expansion

By: Zonika Botha     21st May 2004 Paper giant Sappi’s plans to increase production output at its Saiccor paper and pulp mill, in Umkomaas, in Kwazulu-Natal, which has been running at full capacity since January last year, are gaining momentum. 

Supplier notches up quality certification

By: elizabeth rebelo     14th May 2004 Local supplier to the pulp and paper industry, Valve and Automation, has attained ISO 9001/2000 certification. 

Bridgette Radebe joins Sappi board

23rd April 2004 Global pulp and paper group Sappi yesterday said that Bridgette Radebe has joined its board as a nonexecutive director. 

New industrial strategy on cards

16th April 2004 A new far-reaching industrial strategy for the Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) province is due to be completed this month, Engineering News can today exclusively report. 

Anglo to buy out Frantschach minorities for €320m

6th April 2004 Resources group Anglo American announced yesterday that it had concluded an agreement to acquire the remaining 30% minority interest in Frantschach it did not already own for a total consideration of €320-million. 

Paper-mill contract awarded

19th March 2004 The contract to design, supply and install a new 50 m3/hr water filtration plant at the Mondi Felixton Paper Mill in Kwazulu-Natal has been awarded to Best Water Technology (BWT). 

Local machinery competes against international designs

12th March 2004 The local industrial machinery manufacturing industry has always been a difficult and risky, and still is, according to Muller Production Systems (MPS) MD Hennie Muller. 

Richards Bay may be the site for new mill

By: renay de     12th March 2004 Richards Bay has been pinpointed as the site for a possible 300 000-t pulp mill. 

Empowerment partner will focus on strategic industrial investments

By: renay de     12th March 2004 A wholly-owned subsidiary of Beier Industries, Beier Felts and Filters, in a broad-based black-economic-empowerment (BEE) deal, has paved the way for Black Entrepreneurs to make a tremendous contribution to the additional growth of the organisation, reports Beier Industries sales manager Otto... 

Paper and pulp contributes to the manufacturing sector

By: renay de     12th March 2004 The paper and pulp industry is a significant contributor to the manufacturing sector in South Africa, and it plays an important role in adding value to locally-produced raw materials, reports the Paper Manufactures Association of South Africa (Pasa) executive director John Hunt. 

Increasing productivity and combating diseases and pests is important

By: renay de     12th March 2004 In the latest Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR) Annual Research Review, its chairman, Prof Charles Breen, states: “Research is not an end in itself. ?“In the forest industry it is a service through which the ICFR (and other forestry research institutions) provides... 

R4b in projects announced, but afforestation needed

By: renay de     12th March 2004 Last year, confidence in the future of the forest sector was given a considerable boost through the announcement of a number of new and possible investment projects in the timber-processing field. 

Company continues to develop chemicals for paper industry

12th March 2004 Global speciality chemical company Rohm and Haas researches, develops and manufactures emulsion polymers for paper processing and surface finishing for paper and board applications. 

Mill project is progressing

12th March 2004 Mill project is progressing?Paper producer Mondi South Africa is proceeding with the expansion and modernisation of its Richards Bay mill, which will increase capacity for bleached eucalyptus pulp production by some 33%. ?The R2,3-billion expansion will augment the mill’s total capacity... 

Wear-resistant alloy lasts longer

12th March 2004 Emphasis on research and development has allowed Rely Precision Castings to build a strong reputation for solving short casting life problems and making suitable material recommendations to end-users, reports business development manager Ian Gibson. 

52% of paper recovered due to informal collectors

By: renay de     12th March 2004 The paper industry collects 922 000 t/y of waste paper in South Africa, which equates to a recovery rate of 52%, which is slightly above the US and the UK rates, Mondi Recycling national sales and marketing manager Peter Hunter tells Engineering News. 

New certification procedures launched 

12th March 2004 The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International Center has launched its new requirements for small- and low-intensity managed forests seeking FSC forest certification. 

Two new forestry products launched

12th March 2004 Years of research and development into meaningful mechanisation for the?South African forestry industry have finally paid off for Bell Equipment,which unveiled a prototype debarking head and all-terrain loader in November. 

BEE is paper industry’s current challenge

12th March 2004 The current challenge facing the paper and pulp industry is to facilitate black economic empowerment (BEE) participation in the industry successfully, reports the Industrial Development Corporation’s wood and paper strategic business unit (SBU) head, Rentia van Tonder. 

Pulp mill technology introduced

By: Deborah Spicer     12th March 2004 For over 40 years, Air Products has worked closely with pulp and paper manufacturers to design, develop, and implement improvements throughout the mill, providing solutions to process challenges. 

Empowered stationery firm plans to expand range

By: candice haase     12th March 2004 South Africa’s third-largest producer of computer stationery, Gillmich, is now entirely black empowered business. 

Paper and pulp involvement for over 50 years

12th March 2004 For more than 50 years, Campbell Bernstein and Irving (CBI) has provided project management, consulting engineering, architectural and quantity surveying services to the large companies in the South African pulp and paper industry, reports CBI senior partner Clive Raaff. 

Low-cost power underpins eucalyptus project

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     13th February 2004 Competitive electricity prices and South Africa’s location on major shipping routes to Europe and the Far East played a big role in drawing Sodra Cell, a big Swedish cooperative in the wood and pulp business, to this country. 

Sappi reports Q1 loss, expects poor year

3rd February 2004 The world's largest fine paper producer Sappi reported its first quarterly loss yesterday and cautioned 2004 profits were unlikely to be up year on year, prompting analysts to consider revising forecasts. 

Sappi’s Enstra mill receives safety award

15th January 2004 South African coated fine paper producer Sappi’s Enstra mill, in Springs, has this week won the group’s 2003 Southern Africa Award for Safety Achievement, as a result of its strong focus on an all-inclusive safety planning and management strategy. 

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. 

Richards Bay mill is to increase capacity by 33%

By: zeena isaacs     12th December 2003 Paper company Mondi started its R2,3-billion expansion and modernisation project at the Richards Bay mill, in Kwazulu-Natal, in April. 

First-of-a-kind filters in SA

By: zeena isaacs     12th December 2003 Process equipment manufacturer Groupe Laperri 

JV aiming for May 2004 completion

By: zeena isaacs     12th December 2003 Construction and engineering company, Group Five Kwazulu-Natal, in a joint venture with two empowerment companies, Umpheme and Pandev, has been awarded a R55-million contract for construction work at Mondi’s Richards Bay mill, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

January start for paper project

12th December 2003 Preparation for the R1,43-billion Mondi Merebank mill conversion and environmental project is currently under way in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Technology group in $10m electrification and automation equipment contract

12th December 2003 Leading power and automation technology group ABB received a $10-million order to supply electrification and automation equipment to Mondi’s Kraft mill in Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, as part of the mill’s $260-million expansion project. 

Fibreline construction project is nearing the halfway mark

By: zeena isaacs     12th December 2003 Construction and engineering group Grinaker-LTA, in a joint-venture with Sesila Civils, was awarded a R38-million contract to erect the civil structures for the new fibreline at Mondi’s Richards Bay mill, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Ramaphosa, Motlatsi in big paper deal

12th December 2003 The South African subsidiary of paper and packaging company Mondi and MCI Resources, an empowerment entity is led by Cyril Ramaphosa and James Motlatsi, yesterday announced plans for the creation of a new black empowerment partnership in Mondi’s newsprint business (MNB) based in... 

Sappi 2003 profits to fall sharply, recovery seen

4th November 2003 South African pulp and paper group Sappi is expected to report a drop of about 30% in 2003 earnings, knocked by deteriorating markets, but a recovery is likely in the new year, analysts said yesterday. 

Big Durban wood-chip export plan evolves

By: tom robbins     24th October 2003 Independent timber farmers are to build a state-of-the-art wood-chip processor and export facility on Durban’s harbour in an attempt to grow the market for their trees. 

Sappi Forest Products appoints new CEO

23rd October 2003 Fine paper manufacturer Sappi announced yesterday that Andr 

Some local spin-offs from big paper-mill upgrade

By: tom robbins     10th October 2003 Pulp and paper producer Mondi will ask major suppliers to tender for the supply of a new A4 paper machine early next year, company representatives said at a launch announcing a R1, 1-billion investment in its Durban paper mill. 

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