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Paper, Pulp and Board

South Durban community welcomes move to reduce emissions by 66%

By: tom robbins     10th October 2003 Part of Mondi’s ‘Blue Sky’ project to upgrade its Durban paper mill includes a commitment to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by 66%, GM John Barton said. 

Sappi wins competition case

1st October 2003 Paper manufacturing giant Sappi confirmed yesterday that it has received notification from the Competition Appeal Court that its case against the Competition Commission's attempt to re-open a matter involving Papercor has succeeded. 

Mondi announces R1,1bn Merebank mill upgrade

30th September 2003 Mining giant Anglo American said Mondi South Africa would proceed with a $150-million (R1,1-billion) conversion and expansion of paper machine 1 (PM1) at its Merebank paper mill, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

SA is set to become a biomass-pellet exporter

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th September 2003 Two South African companies are investing tens of millions of rands in projects to make biomass pellets for export to electricity producers in Europe, especially those in the Scandinavian region, where restrictions on greenhouse-gas emissions from power-generating plants are becoming increasingly... 

Paper recycling surges

By: zeena isaacs     29th August 2003 The amount of waste paper and cardboard recycled in South Africa has increased by 60% in the last ten years, with the overall recovery rate of paper currently at 52%, says Mondi national sales and marketing manager Peter Hunter. 

Mondi awards $10m electrical contract for expansion

29th August 2003 Power and automation technology giant ABB has received a $10-million order to supply electrification and automation equipment to Mondi’s Kraft mill in Richards Bay as part of the mill’s $260-million expansion project. 

15% of paper-mill capex to be placed with BEE firms

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd August 2003 Some R1-billion has been committed of the total R2,3-billion which has been allocated by paper producer Mondi for the expansion and modernisation of its Richards Bay kraft paper facility. 

World’s largest lignin chemicals producer

By: Martin Creamer     18th July 2003 South Africa has become the world’s largest producer of lignin chemicals, Engineering News can today report. 

Sappi probes expansion of Ngodwana mill

By: Martin Czernowalow     11th July 2003 Paper and pulp producer Sappi has launched an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) study ahead of a feasibility study into a proposed?expansion of its Ngodwana Mill near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province. 

World’s biggest lignin plant opens in South Africa

By: Martin Creamer     7th July 2003 A South African-Norwegian joint venture on Friday became the world’s largest single producer of special lignin chemical when Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin officially opened the R350-million expansion of Lignotech South Africa’s new plant in Kwazulu-Natal. 

R400m capital expenditure is under way at paper mill

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 A R400-million capital expenditure programme is under way at the Ngodwana pulp-and-paper mill in Mpumalanga, Engineering News can today exclusively report. 

R58m modernisation of old chemical recovery furnace

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 The No 1 chemical recovery furnace (CRF) at Sappi’s Ngodwana pulp-and-paper mill in Mpumalanga is being modernised at a cost of R58-million. 

The four component parts of the Ngodwana mill

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 The Sappi Ngodwana pulp-and-paper mill in Mpumalanga consists of four distinguishable parts, Engineering News has been informed in an exclusive presentation at the large forest-products operation. 

Racing car pitstop model used to create an environmental record

By: Martin Creamer     4th July 2003 A pitstop model, similar to those used in Formula One motor racing, was used to fast-track the retrofitting of environment-protecting electrostatic precipitators at a large pulp and paper mill in Mpumalanga, Engineering News can today exclusively report. The innovative model was developed by the... 

Sappi probes expansion of Ngodwana mill

By: Martin Czernowalow     4th July 2003 Paper and pulp producer Sappi has launched an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) study along with a feasibility study into a proposed expansion of its Ngodwana Mill near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province. 

Wood more versatile than ever as a building material

By: Karel Smrcka     27th June 2003 The vast range of presentations at this year’s Ligna, the world fair for the forestry and wood industries held in Hannover, Germany (see part one in Engineering News June 20), is clear testimony to the fact that wood is and remains one of the most important and versatile building materials... 

Paper mill mulls new pulping technology

By: Zonika Botha     13th June 2003 Independent consultant, Golder Associates Africa, has been appointed by Sappi Stanger to carry out a R200 000 environmental impact (EIA) assessment on a proposed project to replace the current soda pulping process at the mill in Kwazulu-Natal with a semi-alkaline sulphite anthraquinone (SASAQ)... 

Job to retire from Sappi

28th May 2003 Global pulp and paper firm Sappi said yesterday that John Job, the chairperson of its South African operations, would retire at the end of 2003, but would remain group director for technology. 

R44m coater plant for Cape paper mill

By: Zonika Botha     23rd May 2003 South African paper and pulp giant Sappi is installing a R44-million coater plant at its Cape Kraft Mill to add value to the operation’s current product portfolio. 

10m valve order for Chinese petrochemical development

16th May 2003 The joint venture between Shell Nanhai BV and CNOOC Petrochemicals Investment, CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company (CSPC), will construct a $4,3-billion petrochemicals complex in China. 

Mondi’s KZN project given enviro approval

8th May 2003 The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs has given approval for the expansion and modernisation of Mondi’s Richard’s Bay mill, following the completion of an environmental-impact assessment study. 

Sappi likely to report flat earnings

30th April 2003 The world's largest producer of fine paper, Sappi, is expected to post flat second-quarter earnings next week, with the outlook for 2003 still uncertain for the weak industry, analysts said yesterday. 

Epoxy product allows flooring company to expand its reach

By: candice haase     18th April 2003 While the African division of an international flooring company has traditionally focused its activity on the industrial sector, a product, launched locally in January, will enable the company to venture into other more aesthetically orientated sectors. 

R800m to be procured in SA for R2bn KZN mill upgrade

By: Deborah Spicer     4th April 2003 Timber products beneficiator Mondi South Africa is merely waiting for approval from the departments of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs and Forestry before it proceeds with a R2-billion expansion at its Richards Bay mill, in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Fitch upgrades Sappi’s ratings

28th March 2003 International rating agency Fitch Ratings has upgraded Sappi Limited's short- and long-term national ratings to 'F1+(zaf)' and 'AA-(zaf)' (AA minus) respectively. 

Madinane appointed to Mondi board

28th March 2003 Wiseman Madinane (35) has been appointed as a non-executive director to the board of Mondi South Africa, with effect from March 1. 

R2bn expansion of KZN pulp mill to proceed

By: Martin Czernowalow     26th March 2003 Natural resources giant Anglo American announced yesterday that its wholly-owned forest products subsidiary, Mondi South Africa, is to proceed with a R2-billion ($220-million) expansion and modernisation of its Richards Bay mill in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, increasing capacity for bleached... 

Industry faces water charges, wage dilemma and hike in transport costs

By: Marius Roodt     14th March 2003 Although the growth of the South African forestry industry has been slowed over the last few years, its contributions to export earnings has been rising rapidly. 

Survey reveals a high HIV/Aids infection rate in forestry sector

By: Marius Roodt     14th March 2003 HIV/Aids is affecting every facet of the South African social fabric and economy, and the local forest industries are no different. 

University highlights industry’s skills shortage

By: Marius Roodt     14th March 2003 The University of Stellenbosch (US), or Maties as it is also known, is the only university in the country to offer wood science and forest science degree courses, says senior lecturer Dr Tim Rypstra. 

Wood pellets are gaining ground as energy source

14th March 2003 The issue of global warming is an extremely emotive one, and fossil fuels are increasingly seen as damaging the environment. 

Log homes for R300m residential dam development

14th March 2003 Knysna’s T & B Log Homes will be playing a prominent role in a six sector R300-million residential development known as the Cove that is planned on 196 ha of farmland on the southern banks of the Hartebeespoort Dam, west of Pretoria. 

One thousand motors in the last three years

14th March 2003 One thousand WEG electric motors have been supplied to the local pulp and paper industry over the past three years, says Zest Electric Motors marketing manager Chris Chryssoulis. 

Gear-couplings available for paper and pulp industry

14th March 2003 Durban-based Bearing Man’s range of Esco flexible gear-couplings has been designed to meet the specific requirements of light-, medium- and heavy-duty rotating machines in diverse applications, including the pulp and paper industry. 

New innovation to increase water-holding in the soil

14th March 2003 A new product designed to drastically increase the water-holding capacity of soil and improve the efficiency of fertiliser application has taken the forestry world by storm. 

Instruments facilitate wastewater treatment

14th March 2003 The treatment of wastewater in the pulp and paper industry is a complex process. 

Company introduces linear cut-off saw

14th March 2003 The concept to deliver tree length stems to the log yard and cutting them to length after scanning, has been in practice in Europe and the US for over 30 years. 

UK research aims to track forests’ ability to absorb carbon emissions

14th March 2003 Soil from a prairie in Kansas, US, may hold the key in answering questions about whether or not forests can continue to absorb the world’s carbon emissions, states a report from Vicky Terrell from Lancaster University, UK. 

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