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Plastics and Synfibres

Innovation, outward-looking approach will bolster industry growth

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 The plastics converter industry needs to alter its mindset and look for innovative solutions while becoming more outward-looking to experience real economic growth, says industry body Plastics SA. Plastics SA chairperson Bernhard Mahl describes real growth as “thousands of tons of plastics,... 

HDPE pipe manufacturing facility to open in February

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 Plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will launch its new Germiston-based manufacturing facility in February. The facility will manufacture high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes from 16 mm up to 1 000 mm in diameter. DPI technical and product manager Renier Snyman says the facility will enable... 

HDPE pipe manufacturing facility to open in February
NOT A PIPE DREAM DPI's new facility will enable it to supply pipes to South Africa's burgeoning gas market.

Local plastics sector shows solid growth performance

By: Dylan Slater     15th January 2016 Plastics sector representative body Plastics South Africa (SA) has predicted a positive outlook for 2016, following a solid growth performance in the past financial year.  

Local plastics sector shows solid growth performance
RECYCLING POTENTIAL The total volume of plastics recycled in the 2014/15 financial year was 20.3% of all plastics manufactured in 2014

Plastics industry propelled by recycling versatility

     15th January 2016 The inherent versatility of plastics recycling, including the industry’s ability to recycle most grades and compositions of plastics, contributes strongly to plastics and synthetic fibres’ strong market acceptance, sustainable use and eco friendliness, says Cape Town-based plastics recycler the... 

Plastics industry  propelled by  recycling versatility
RECYCLING AWARENESS Polyco aims to promote separation-at-source within every municipality

Industry body donates plastic recycling bins to charity organisations

By: Dylan Slater     15th January 2016 Nonprofit polyolefin recycling company Polyco has donated 12 branded, yellow wheelie bins and 500 rolls of clear refuse bags to the Oasis Association in Claremont, Cape Town and the Breede Valley Association for Persons with Disabilities, in Worcester, as part of a social responsibility initiative.  

Industry body donates plastic  recycling bins to charity organisations
RECYCLING BINS Newly donated plastics recycling bins will assist plastics recyclers to more easily separate material into different grades for recycling

PVC body releases results of first recycling survey

     15th January 2016 Local vinyls representative body the Southern African Vinyls Association (Sava) has released the results of its first-ever polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling survey, which details the state, scope and size of PVC recycling currently taking place in South Africa.  

PVC body releases results of first recycling survey
PVC PIPING The potential for PVC waste recycling is largely determined by the degree of contamination

R7m distributed among six plastics recyclers

     16th January 2015 South Africa-based Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) released the names of the six successful applicants who will be receiving total investment loans of R7-million over the next six months to fund existing polyolefin recycling operations, in November last year. The company’s second request... 

R14m to be spent on polyolefin recycling in 2015

By: David Oliveira     16th January 2015 South Africa-based Polyolefin Recycling Company (Polyco) will have three project funding cycles in 2015 and has budgeted R14-million to support key collection and recycling projects, Polyco CEO Mandy Naudé tells Engineering News. “Polyco’s project support programme is based on a continuous cycle... 

R14m to be spent on polyolefin recycling  in 2015
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RECYCLING SUPPORT Polyco’s project support will increase the tons of polyolefins collected by about 40 000 t over the next three years

Plastics industry plans growth initiative 

By: David Oliveira     16th January 2015 Industry association Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA) will develop implementation and operation plans for four industry initiatives aimed at stimulating growth in the plastics industry in March. Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom tells Engineering News that the first initiative,... 

Plastics industry plans growth  initiative
Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom discusses the plastics industry’s growth initiatives.

Local company looks to introduce cost-effective silage bag

     16th January 2015 Johannesburg-based agriculture equipment supplier Addcon Africa Feed and Grain Additives is looking to introduce a new system for ensiling grain and silage in plastic bags at lower capital investments. Known as the farm bagger, which is developed by Germany-based agricultural company Budissa Bag... 

PVC industry to launch quality product label

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2014 The Southern African Vinyls Association (Sava) will launch its Vinyl. product label and industry-specific stamp of quality next year to promote local compliant polyvinyl chloride (PVC) products and to ensure that local PVC products, with the Sava-endorsed mark of quality, are nontoxic and... 

Local plastics industry globalising, despite challenges

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2014 The South African plastics industry is increasingly becoming part of the global market, states local plastics industry body Plastics South Africa (SA) executive director Anton Hanekom, adding that more trade agreements are taking place, making the import and export of plastics easier. He points... 

Separation-at-source recycling initiatives promote recycling growth

By: Samantha Herbst     18th January 2013 Industry stakeholders’ and recycling companies’ promotion of separation-at-source recycling initiatives and investment in the improvement of washing and drying facilities have contributed to growth in plastic recycling. The amount of plastics being recycled in South Africa grew by 1.6% – from 241... 

Significant seven-year growth in PET recycling

     18th January 2013 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling company Petco is confident of reaching its target of recycling 50% of post-consumer PET in 2015, having grown recycling targets from 16% to 42% since the company’s establishment in 2004. In the last seven years, the number of post-consumer PET bottles... 

Pilot project creates viable end-market for contaminated polystyrene

By: Samantha Herbst     18th January 2013 A pilot programme to recycle the coloured or black contaminated polystyrene used in food packaging applications, including fast-food trays, takeaway cups and trays used to package meat and fresh fruit, has been launched in Pretoria through a joint venture (JV) involving Emalahleni-based... 

Career guide to assist in creating jobs in plastics industry

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     20th January 2012 Industry association, Plastics South Africa’s (Plastics SA’s) training division plans to create an electronic career guide that will list the available skills and job opportunities in the local plastics industry. 

New thermoplastics made available to rest of market

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     20th January 2012 Composite specialist Lomold’s subsidiary, Lomotek Polymers, says although the initial local application for its new range of Lomotex long-fibre-reinforced thermoplastics (LFTs) will be in the manufacturing of its Lomold pallet, the material will also be made available to other plastic... 

Packaging company designs locally manufactured plastic core tray

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     20th January 2012 Returnable transit packaging specialist Mpact Plastic Containers, part of paper and plastic packaging group Mpact, claims it has launched South Africa’s first locally manu- factured plastic core tray – the Rock-Box. 

Industry expects govt feedback on waste management plan this year

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     20th January 2012 Feedback from government on the draft Paper and Packaging Industry Waste Management Plan is expected this year, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic recycling company Petco CEO Cheri Scholtz tells Engineering News. 

Plastic composites gaining popularity in South Africa 

By: Henry Lazenby     21st January 2011 Fibre polymer composite (FPC) materials are gaining popularity in the polymers sector, business incubator ChemCity polymers unit business support manager Hennie Roets reports. He explains that, although FPCs are not a new technology, the market has matured enough to make it economically viable... 

Stronger plastic results in environment friendly solution

By: Henry Lazenby     21st January 2011 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe manufacturer DPI Plastics reports that it has managed to save about 38,78% in electricity demand within its factory, by implementing power factoring technology. 

Mixed outlook for plastics sector

By: Henry Lazenby     21st January 2011 Research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan expects that the South African plastics sector will have grown by only about 2% during 2010, following the impact of the global economic recession. The sector also continues to feel the effects of the strong rand and volatile raw materials prices. 

Furniture manufacturer discovers the benefits of polypropylene

By: Henry Lazenby     21st January 2011 Local corporate furniture manufacturer Dauphin HumanDesign Group (Dauphin) reports that it is investigating using polypropylene more extensively in its office furniture designs, necessitating further research and development (R&D) to be undertaken. 

New plastic film for pharmaceuticals industry

     22nd January 2010 Chemical group BASF reports that a new plastic film, for which a patent has been applied, will protect its pharmaceutical excipient polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) even better against the penetration of atmospheric oxygen and thus against oxidation. “With this product, BASF will be able to offer... 

New waste management plan for plastics industry 

By: Eleanor Seggie     22nd January 2010 One of the challenges currently facing the plastics industry is developing a new waste management plan, which is concerned with how best to avoid landfilling and also with carbon and water footprints, says Plastics Federation of South Africa (PFSA) executive director David Hughes. The National... 

New project aims to improve black pipe resin 

By: Eleanor Seggie     22nd January 2010 Polypropylene and high-density polyethylene manufacturer Safripol, is undertaking a new project to improve the black pipe resin used to make high-density polyethylene, says Safripol research and development director Mike Gradwell. A new international standard, ISO 4427-1:2007 stipulates the... 

Challenging times mould SA's plastic industry

By: Darren Parker     23rd January 2009 Predictions of tough times abound for the South African plastics industry in 2009, Plastics Federation of South Africa (PFSA) executive director David Hughes tells Engineering News. 

Looming synfibre plant closure threatens bleak future for SA plastics industry 

By: Darren Parker     23rd January 2009 Diversified speciality products group AECI’s intended shutdown of the last of Sans Fibres’ remaining plants in Bellville, in the Western Cape, could signal the end of the line for South Africa’s nylon synthetic fibre (synfibre) manufacturing capability. 

Local study to lengthen the life of concrete applications

By: Jonathan Faurie     25th January 2008 Recent studies into the use of synthetic fibres to improve the longevity of concrete applications have yielded results that are set to make a positive impact on the South African construction industry, reports the Cement and Concrete Institute (C&CI). 

Component manufacturer hopes to capture the market

By: Jonathan Faurie     25th January 2008 Electrical manufacturing company Legrand South Africa, part of the Legrand Group, is hopes to capture a significant share of the South African market with its plastic-based electrical products. 

New factory for polyurethane company

     25th January 2008 Polyurehtanes focused company Industrial Urethanes has closed its ageing factory at Sebenza, near Edenvale in Gauteng, and has implemented a new prepolymer production and blending facility at its Umbogintwini plant, south of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Local plastics producer automates production processes

     26th January 2007 Pretoria based process plant manufacturer, VJL Manufacturing, has commissioned two advanced Wegener butt welding and bending machines to streamline its thermoplastics division and increase production. 

New polycarbonate glands enable easy cable installation

     26th January 2007 Specialists in electrical equipment and wiring accessories, Legrand, has made a significant contribution to the local electrical industry by introducing plastic based electrical products to the South African market. 

Plastic conveyor belts demonstrate wide-range applicability

     26th January 2007 Bearing Man’s specialist belting division, Belting Solutions, distributes the HabasitLink range of modular plastic conveyor belts that provide an ideal support for efficient and safe conveying in diverse industries. 

Increased company involvement needed in skills development initiatives – Merseta

By: Dennis Ndaba     26th January 2007 The lack of employer participation in training initiatives within the plastics industry is a cause for concern, says Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) senior plastics chamber coordinator Sabelo Buthelezi. 

High raw material and labour costs hamper growth

By: Dennis Ndaba     26th January 2007 Growth in South Africa’s plastics industry is hampered by high raw-material and labour costs and, to a limited extent, by foreign investors entering the country with foreign materials and labour, resulting in the loss of 10 000 jobs in the industry, says Plastics Converters Association... 

Pipe and hose producer anticipates industry growth

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     19th January 2007 Producers of plastic pipeand hose systems in South Africa Petzetakis Africa’s black economic-empowerment partner (BEE), Sekunjalo MD Ronnie Dennison, says that theoutlook for the pipes and hose industry for the next few years is positive. He anticipates that theindustry will reap financial... 

Sasol gas-to-liquids project wins global award

     17th October 2006 Joint-venture partners Sasol and Qatar Petroleum have won a global achievement award for the Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Qatar in the Middle East. 

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