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Paper, Pulp and Board

Productive forestry industry achieving success in beneficiation, says report

14th March 2003 South Africa’s world-class forestry industry is a highly-productive sector, says a report by Forestry South Africa, tracking the industry’s performance over 2001 and 2002. 

Strong rand puts Sappi’s margins under pressure

4th March 2003 South African pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi said yesterday it expected flat earnings in the current quarter, but saw an improvement in the full year as a strong rand put pressure on margins. 

Polish paper firm to raise dividends

4th March 2003 Polish paper firm Frantschach Swiecie said it planned to spend 239,5-million zlotys ($62-million) on its annual dividend, indicating its payout per share would nearly triple from last year. 

Sappi appoints Leslie new CEO

11th February 2003 South African pulp and paper giant Sappi said yesterday it had appointed Jonathan Leslie to succeed Eugene van As as CE from April this year, ending months of speculation. 

Sappi’s Q1 profit falls in tough market

4th February 2003 South African pulp and paper giant Sappi said on yesterday its first-quarter headline earnings per share (EPS) fell 28% due to tough market conditions and that it expected a similar trend in the second quarter. 

Bamboo set to make its mark on SA building, paper sectors

31st January 2003 An ambitious, multimillion-rand project, which could have significant long-term impact on South Africa’s building and pulp and paper industry and provide an economic lifeline to marginalised communities, is taking shape in the Limpopo Province. 

SA paper group’s earnings expected to fall

30th January 2003 South Africa's Sappi is expected to report lower first quarter earnings next week, and the trend is likely to continue for the rest of 2003 due to pricing pressure on coated wood-free paper, analysts said. 

Composite tube in demand from pulp and paper industry

24th January 2003 Producer of composite tubes for black-liquor recovery boilers Sandvik Steel has received several large orders, valued at around $3-million, for advanced composite tubes for use in the pulp and paper industry. 

Technology group clinches $2-million contract

13th December 2002 Power and automation technology group ABB will supply Sappi's Ngodwana Kraft Mill with Industrial IT Open Control. 

Particle board producer to build new plant

13th December 2002 In response to growing domestic and export demand, South Africa’s leading wood panel products business, PG Bison, has confirmed that it is to build a new particle board manufacturing plant. 

Forest products firm optimistic about 2003

8th November 2002 South African pulp and paper giant, Sappi reported a 13% drop in full-year earnings yesterday, due to the global economic slowdown, but said it was positioned for profit growth in the year ahead. 

Paper group’s 2002 earnings seen down on weak prices

29th October 2002 South African paper giant Sappi is likely to report 2002 headline earnings per share (EPS) down at least 11,5%, bruised by poor prices and the global economic slowdown, analysts said yesterday. 

African pulp and paper week attracts interest

14th October 2002 Every two years the world joins the local pulp and paper industry for its African Pulp and Paper Week conference and exhibition, which was held in Durban between October 8 and 10 this year. 

World's first cardboard building is constructed

By: Karel Smrcka     27th September 2002 When a school needed an after-hours club, inventors in the UK constructed what is possibly the world’s first cardboard building, using a timber truss to support the centre of the roof. 

Steam drying chips away at cost curve

By: Karel Smrcka     20th September 2002 Large quantities of wood chips are dried for the production of chipboard. Modifications to a widely implemented large-scale industrial process lead to enormous savings: 15% less heat energy is required and emissions are markedly reduced. 

R300 000 funding for a World Summit waste plan

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 In efforts to minimise the amount of waste produced at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the Development Bank of South Africa has invested R300 000 in the Zero Waste programme devised by environmental group EarthLife Africa (ELA). 

Call for legislation enforcing paper recycling

By: candice haase     30th August 2002 In efforts to promote the recycling of waste paper in the country, Mondi Recycling has been lobbying government to devise and implement a legislative framework that will encourage South Africans to recycle. 

Paper firm battles sluggish US market

1st August 2002 South African paper giant Sappi reported a modest rise in third-quarter earnings yesterday, battling a sluggish US market, and said it expected profits to improve slightly in the final quarter. 

Eagle eyes detect flaws in paper

By: Karel Smrcka     26th July 2002 Today’s paper-making machines produce paper so rapidly that visual quality control is stretched to its limits. New automated systems with cameras and image analysis algorithms manage this flood of paper with no problem – they can even tackle the job with patterned wood and textiles. 

Competition complaint withdrawn against paper firm

26th July 2002 South Africa's Sappi yesterday confirmed that the Competition Commission had withdrawn complaints of anti-competitive behaviour levelled against it by a client, Papercor. 

Demand for sophisticated steel castings climbs

19th July 2002 The increasing demand for sophisticated stainless steel and other castings from the basic iron and steel industry has lead to Steloy Castings becoming a preferred supplier to the industry. 

Multimillion-rand upgrade for Tugela paper mill

By: Joanne Delaurentis     19th July 2002 Global pulp and paper firm Sappi’s Tugela paper machine 4 (PM4) is about to undergo a multimillion-rand upgrade that will move the mill into the international sack paper arena. 

World's largest turbine for paper and pulp industry to be built

18th July 2002 Siemens Power Generation (PG) Industrial Applications Division will build the world's largest turbine-generator set with a backpressure turbine in the paper and pulp industry, with delivery set for April 2004. 

Packaging tape distributor accelerates acquisition drive

By: nkolola halwindi     12th July 2002 Leading distributor in packaging tapes Wilec is looking for local acquisitions to accelerate the growth of its share of the local market for packaging tapes and it is also investing in capital equipment. 

Big order for paper machine drives

31st May 2002 One of the largest paper machine drives orders in South Africa took place when Mondi selected ABB, reportedly the world’s leading drives supplier to the pulp and paper industry, to supply its DriveIT sectional alternating current (AC) drives for its machine number two at its Merebank... 

Paper giant to issue $500m in bonds

31st May 2002 South African pulp and paper group Sappi said that its European subsidiary Sappi Papier Holding (SPH) planned to launch at least $500-million in bonds with a minimum maturity of ten years. 

Launch of new boiler feed-water valve

17th May 2002 A new range of boiler feed-water valves has been launched by local valve designer and manufacturer Mitech. 

Competition dispute will not hurt us says paper giant

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     17th May 2002 Global pulp and paper giant Sappi says its dispute with small paper wholesaler Papercor, which has been referred to South Africa’s Competition Tribunal, will not affect its future performance, which it says should improve, given an expected increase in demand in North America, low consumer... 

High-speed, accurate temperature calibrator introduced to S Africa

By: nkolola halwindi     10th May 2002 A high-performance industrial temperature calibrator, which combines the accuracy of laboratory calibrators with the speed and portability of dry-block calibrators, has been launched in the South Africa by East Rand-based Blanes Instruments. 

SA paper giant forecasts improving price trend

8th May 2002 Pulp and paper group Sappi’s headline earnings per share (EPS) for the three months to end-March rose 86% on the previous quarter and said it expected quarterly results to improve further on firming paper and pulp prices. 

Watchdogs rules that paper giant refile on penalty

19th April 2002 South Africa’s Competition Tribunal ruled that a lower watchdog must refile its recommendation within ten days to penalise pulp and paper group Sappi, by providing more details. 

SA waste-to-wood-to-energy initiative

By: marisa rodrigues     5th April 2002 The concept of using trees to treat waste water and simultaneously using the waste water as a resource to grow productive plantations for renewable energy from biomass, is being investigated by the CSIR. 

SA paper giant in US acquisition

19th March 2002 South Africa’s Sappi said it would buy US forest products firm Potlatch Corporation’s coated paper business for $480-million in cash in a deal which would immediately enhance earnings. 

SA business could face 'corporate punishment'

18th March 2002 Two years ago medium-sized paper distribution group Papercor took paper giant Sappi to the Competition Commission for what it cited as restrictive business practices. 

Deal struck in competition for French paper firm

18th March 2002 A three-month battle for control of French paper firm La Rochette ended in a backroom deal between rival bidders on Friday, when they teamed up to make a joint offer and agreed to carve up its assets. 

R17m paid out to SMME paper recyclers

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 Last year, largest paper recycling company in South Africa, Anglo-owned Mondi Recycling, paid out more than R17-million to small businesses and hawkers in its programme of recycling 300 000 t/y, reports sales and marketing manager Peter Hunter. 

Financier pumps R850m into wood and paper

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 Industrial finance institution Industrial Development Corporation's (IDC’s) wood and paper strategic business unit (SBU) has invested a total of R848-million in the wood, paper other related industries during its 2001 financial year, reports wood and paper SBU head Dean Webster. 

One voice for SA timber growers

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 An association to represent and serve the interests of South African timber growers which will enhance long-term sustainability and profitability of forestry activities, has been formed. 

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