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Paper, Pulp and Board

R545-million revamp project on schedule

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The R545-million revamp of Mondi’s Richards Bay operation is proceeding according to a tight project schedule, reports newly-appointed Mondi Kraft MD Andrew Thompson. The project, which gained approval in May last year, and was formally initiated in June, involves the upgrade of the PM2... 

Focus on global aspirations as company grows beyond borders

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The global aspirations of South African forest-products and fine-paper specialist Sappi are being realised after a protracted focus on growing the company outside of the country’s borders. The company’s march towards globalisation was heralded by its acquisition of Hannover Papier in... 

R20-million contract for paper machine

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The R20-million contract for detailed engineering work for Mondi Richards Bay’s paper machine (PM) 2 refurbishment has been awarded to Jaako Poyry Southern Africa (JPSA) of Durban. The company, wholly-owned by Finland’s Jaakko Poyry group, has been operating in South Africa since... 

Critically important event

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The privatisation of the South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol) will be the single most important event in the history of the forestry industry, according to Yorkcor chairperson Solly Tucker. “The sawmilling industry has been in limbo ever since Safcol launched its policy of... 

Taiwanese filter contract for KZN company

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A contract for filters to be used in Taiwan’s Chung Wa pulp mill has been awarded to Sunds Defibrators of Queensburgh, Kwazulu-Natal. Although undisclosed, the contract value is rumoured to be in the high seven-digit bracket, giving South Africa’s balance of trade a welcome boost.... 

R300m supply contracts

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Two contracts – one for the supply of a new recovery boiler, and the other for a Kraft liner-board machine rebuild for Mondi’s Richards Bay expansion – will be managed by Valmet and Kvaerner’s South African representative, NDK Teknik. Valued jointly at R300-million, the... 

World’s largest restructuring of forest assets

By: System Author     19th March 1999 What is on offer? The government is offering the assets of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol), and half of the forests of the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. All in all, this amounts to 332 000 ha of forest plantations, and five sawmills. This is the largest restructuring of... 

Timber growers oppose timing of Safcol deal

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The privatisation of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol) has generated much debate and comment since the inception of the idea about 15 years ago by the government of the day. Although the deal is certain to have far-reaching implications, few will feel the implications of the unbundling... 

Forestry Act sows growing uncertainty

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The South African Lumber Millers Association (Salma) is monitoring closely the privatisation of the South African Forestry Company (Safcol), which was announced by Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Kader Asmal and Public Enterprises Minister Stella Sigcau on February 16. Salma executive... 

Forestry industry faces legislative burden

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The forestry industry is struggling to bear the weight of what it perceives to be restrictive and, in some cases, discriminatory legislation affecting every forester in South Africa, reports Forest Owners’ Association (FOA) executive director Mike Edwards. “This legislation is making... 

Cheap products flood SA timber market

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Although the lifting of sanctions was greeted with jubilation by many South African manufacturers, few anticipated the problem of cheap products flooding the market, points out Timber Products Exporters’ Association (TPEA) executive secretary Nora Hill. Funded by contributions from its 24... 

Forest-worker safety sharpened

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The general conditions under which forest workers operate are receiving attention from industry-funded research and development organisation Forest Engineering South Africa (Fesa) in order to optimise productivity and reduce costs. Fesa chairperson Migal Brink defines forest engineering as... 

Finishing touches for R110-million plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The finishing touches are being applied to a new R110-million lignosulphonate plant at Saiccor, Umkomaas, an operation owned by Lignotech SA, a joint-venture company established by Sappi and Borregaard Lignotech of Norway. The decision to invest in the plant was made in mid-1996, with the... 

State loosening oil grip

By: System Author     12th March 1999 THE first steps in the restructuring and possible privatisation of parts of the controversial Central Energy Fund (CEF) have been taken. It is understood that moves are under way to separate the strategic, regulatory, promotional, administrative and commercial aspects of the fund so as to... 

Leading gas manufacturer in expansion drive

By: System Author     12th March 1999 Leading manufacturer, supplier and distributor of industrial and speciality gas products and chemicals into Southern Africa Air Products reports that the main challenge encountered over the last 30 years includes moving from being a new player in the market to establishing itself as one of the... 

White Paper sparks review of energy plan

By: System Author     19th February 1999 With the target of electrifying 2,5-million households in rural areas by the end of the year within reach, government is laying the groundwork for future electrification projects in the White Paper on Energy Policy released in December last year. Until now, the national electrification programme... 

Italians furnish SA with trade secrets

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Italians are renowned for their woodworking skills, with Italy’s furniture-making segment representing 36 500 companies and a production of US$15-billion a year. Of this output, 54% is exported (US$8,4-billion), and 46% is consumed within the country. The sector includes production of... 

Italians furnish SA with trade secrets

By: System Author     19th February 1999 Italians are renowned for their woodworking skills, with Italy’s furniture-making segment representing 36 500 companies and a production of US$15-billion a year. Of this output, 54% is exported (US$8,4-billion), and 46% is consumed within the country. The sector includes production of... 

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