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Paper, Pulp and Board

Sale of all non-core assets to be wrapped up by mid-year

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 State-owned forestry company, the South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol) has begun the sale of its non-core assets and has called on the private sector to submit bids for these properties. 

Mossel Bay firm wins R14-m timber trailer contract

15th March 2002 Mossel Bay-based engineering and transportation solution company John Daniel Containers (JDC) has been awarded a R14-million contract for the supply of 35 trailers and the fitment of truck bodies, which will be used in the transportation of timber. 

Restructuring to revive rural communities

15th March 2002 The restructuring of South Africa’s commercial forest plantations is being undertaken in a way which will ensure their continued contribution to rural economic development and poverty reduction in rural communities, said Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry Ronnie Kasrils at a... 

South African forest products inch down on the value chain

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 The South African forest products industry is steadily moving away from its tradition of exporting of rough sawn timber and is beginning to edge down the value chain towards a situation where more and more local beneficiation is taking place. 

Technology is key to forestry's success

15th March 2002 South Africa has about 1,5-million hectares of plantations, which produce more than 16-million tons of timber a year. 

Landmark electricity-supply deal

By: nkolola halwindi     15th March 2002 An energy supply agreement will be signed this month between Anglo-owned paper manufacturing company Mondi and a consortium, Biotrace Trading, a grouping of the Gensec-owned Fieldstone Incorporated and Babcock Africa Contracting, a subsidiary of Babcock. 

Harnessing safety

15th March 2002 Distributors of the tractel range of safety-equipment in Southern Africa Bellambie Mining and Industrial, has a range of fall-arrest equipment, including safety harnesses and working belts, suitable for use in the paper, pulp and timber industry. 

Forest engineering centre of excellence

15th March 2002 Forest Engineering, a section of the Forest Science Department of the University of Stellenbosch and the Forestry Department of Port Elizabeth Technikons' George Campus, have formalised a strategic partnership which they call the Centre of Forest Operations Management. 

SA business could face 'corporate punishment'

By: Irma Venter     15th 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. 

Seeing the wood for the trees

15th March 2002 According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s most recent State of the World's Forests report , there are an estimated 3 870-million hectares of forest worldwide, of which almost 95% are natural forests and 5% are forest plantations. 

Paper firm to invest in Russian mill

7th March 2002 Paper firm Mondi Europe, an Anglo American subsidiary, has agreed to acquire an additional 68,5% of the voting stock in the Russian Syktyvkar Forest Enterprise business. 

Safety kudos for Cape paper mill

By: Jill Stanford     8th February 2002 Paper group Sappi's yearly global safety achievement awards competition for the 22 operations in the group has judged the company's Cape Kraft paper mill as the most improved. 

Paper group hits hard times, but is optimistic of turnaround

29th January 2002 South African pulp and paper group Sappi posted sharply lower first quarter headline earnings on Monday, but said it expected profits for the rest of the year to return to levels seen in its fourth quarter. 

Filling the energy gap – with wood

By: Karel Smrcka     18th January 2002 A fifth of the energy used in Finland comes from wood. The need to limit climate change is increasingly shaping national energy policies, and greater use of this renewable resource can be to help to reduce dependency on fossil fuels. 

Paper giant to fight competition ruling

4th December 2001 A South African pulp and paper producer on Monday denied contravening the country's Competition Act and said it would oppose a hefty fine recommended by country's Competition watchdog. 

US knife-gate valves arrive in South Africa

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 A new range of knife-gate valves became available to the paper and pulp, mining, steel, sugar, automotive and sewerage and effluent industries two months ago. 

Hi-tech biotech helps to meet enviro targets

By: Karel Smrcka     16th November 2001 Cleaner, greener and more efficient too – that's why more industries are recognising the potential benefits of biotechnology for developing more environment-friendly and competitive manufacturing processes. 

SA paper giant’s profit falls

13th November 2001 Pulp and paper producer Sappi unveiled a sharp drop in 2001 earnings, as expected, and warned of a slow start to the new financial year because of a depressed global economy. 

R450-million upgrade on the cards at paper mill

10th October 2001 Pulp and paper giant Mondi has announced plans to upgrade one of its fine-paper machines, the PM2, and the installation of a multifuel boiler at its Merebank integrated pulp and paper mill located in Durban South. 

New economy is not paperless

By: Irma Venter     22nd June 2001 It was supposed to be a sleek, seamless information technology (IT) driven economy; a paperless environment where the press of a button would have replaced the turning of a page. 

SA wood-chip exports to Japan

By: System Author     17th November 2000 After only its first year of operation, wood-chip producer and exporter Shincel, of Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal, is exporting some 35 000 t of wood-chips monthly to the fastidious Japanese market. 

$63m timber plant

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Two Pretoria companies, Yebo Investment and Afri-Logs, have joined forces with a Japanese consortium to establish a $63-million timber-processing plant at the Walvis Bay export processing zone in Namibia. 

Integrated approach considered

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Forestry research funding slashed

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board & forestry products 

Timber industry to pick up this year

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Restructuring is taking too long

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Future of forestry being planned

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

Balancing the forestry sector

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

In search of new uses for the eucalyptus saligna inner core

By: System Author     17th March 2000 Paper, pulp, board and forestry products 

New environment White Paper

By: System Author     3rd March 2000 The White Paper on Integrated Pollution and Waste Management for South Africa is expected to be published this month. 

Plastic pallets challenge wooden rivals

By: System Author     3rd December 1999 Developments to Watch 

Company seals supply contract with paper mill

By: System Author     17th September 1999 Seals, Gaskets & Sealing Mechanisms 

So much complex technology hangs on a thread

By: System Author     18th June 1999 When you think about it, nuts and bolts play a vital, but seldom-recognised role in our lives. Although based on a simple helical thread, they represent a highly complex niche of technology, which impinges on virtually every facet of the manufacturing industry. The Greek mathematician Archimedes... 

Aussie model for SA small business

By: System Author     9th April 1999 IN March the National Small Business Regulatory Review advisory board tabled a discussion paper on the legal and regulatory problems that hamper growth and development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) and in this regard an Australian reform model is being adapted for South Africa. A... 

Roller re-covering contract for paper mill

By: System Author     9th April 1999 The order for re-covering between four and six heavy press rolls for Mondi’s PM2 rebuild at Richards Bay is expected to be awarded to the paper division of heavy-duty roller re-covering company, Rubber Rollers, of Wadeville, Gauteng. The size of the order has not yet been specified, but the... 

R200m upgrade boosts paper mill output

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 A seven-year R200- million investment programme to enhance Mondi Kraft’s Piet Retief, Free State, mill has been completed, resulting in increased capacity, improved efficiency and higher quality. Mondi MD Andrew Thompson tells Engineering News that the improvement in production performance... 

New truss launched

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A new product designed for use in the construction industry has been developed by Johannesburg company International Truss Systems in partnership with Mondi Timber. The new truss, called the Spacejoist, consists of parallel stress-graded lumber flanges manufactured from kiln-dried timber and... 

R20-million contract for piping system

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A R20-million con- tract for the sup- ply and installation of an upgraded piping system at Mondi’s Richards Bay project has been awarded to Kentz, of Randburg, Gauteng. The contract was signed in November last year and is due to be completed by September, contingent on a successful shutdown... 

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