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Mondi expects earnings for 2018 to rise 25% to 29%

By: African News Agency      15th February 2019 Paper and packaging company Mondi said on Friday it expected earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization for the year ended December 31 to be above that of the comparable prior year period of €1.48-billion. Mondi, which will release its results on February 28, said special... 

An early diagnosis for the crane under a microscope: A deep look into the crane machinery at Germany’s Palm paper factory

14th February 2019 Konecranes investigates the hoisting gears of the critical overhead cranes at the Palm paper factory, with Oil Analysis and Crane Reliability Study (CRS)  Churning out corrugated base paper: The paper machine 6 (PM6) at the Palm paper factory in Wörth am Rhein, Germany, annually produces some... 

Macro Engineering Starts 2019 with Record Sales

12th February 2019 Film and sheet extrusion machinery supplier Macro Engineering & Technology Inc. (Canada) has had an excellent start to the year 2019. Following the success of launching Macro's new line Quadex (Bi-axially oriented multiple-bubble lines) in 2018 and adding two new agents in Spain, Portugal, and... 

Industry leaders share latest insights at Propak Africa 2019

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2019 From packaging 4.0, to the latest flexographic print trends, from serialization to evaluating the plastics alternatives flooding the local market. More than 20 industry leaders from the packaging, printing, and plastics industries will be sharing their insights into the latest developments and... 

Propak Africa to showcase latest products, technologies and innovation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th February 2019 The importance of packaging and related industries will take centre stage at Africa’s ultimate packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling trade exhibition, which will afford over 600 exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their latest technologies and innovations.    Taking... 

Sappi delivers strong Q1 performance despite difficult operating environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th February 2019 Despite a difficult operating environment, diversified woodfibre company Sappi’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) increased by 15% year-on-year and its profit by 29% year-on-year in the quarter ended December 31. Profitability for the first quarter of the... 

Biltong receives gas flush and packaging makeover

1st February 2019 South Africa’s unique and favourite snack, biltong, has received a packaging makeover from equipment manufacturer Safari-Vac, in partnership with modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) specialist Afrox. To give biltong a longer shelf life, industrially produced biltong can now be sold in MAP.... 

Shrinkflation

By: Riaan de Lange     1st February 2019 Isn’t it curious how, daily, we see and hear words, without really seeing and hearing the words, with the meaning and definition of the words, rightly or wrongly, set and formalised in our minds. We no longer even give the words a second thought or even a second glance. In addition to not paying... 

Exhibition Freighting GSM

1st February 2019 An exhibition, trade show, event or demonstration would not be able to take place without the proper equipment and products. A major player in the exhibition freight forwarding arena in South Africa, Exhibition Freighting GSM (EF-GSM) is the obvious choice to handle the logistics for both local... 

Tribunal prohibits merger of steel drum makers Rheem and Greif

By: Schalk Burger     31st January 2019 The Competition Tribunal on Thursday announced that it had prohibited the proposed merger between industrial packaging companies Rheem and Greif, in which Greif would have acquired a majority interest in Rheem. International Greif and local Rheem are suppliers of industrial packaging products,... 

Trends driving on-pack promotions

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2019 Mintel revealed six key consumer trends that will impact global markets in in 2019 and beyond. In its report, Mintel states that the global consumer landscape will evolve as never before, driven by themes of privacy, individuality, wellness, convenience and connectivity. Total wellbeing 

Engineering firm changes name

18th January 2019 Engineering consultants SMC Pneumatics South Africa has changed its name to SMC Corporation ZA, which reflects the growing range of non-pneumatic components being developed by SMC globally, owing to its continued focus on research and development (R&D). With the objective of producing cutting... 

Companies to boost cobot industry

By: Halima Frost     18th January 2019 Electronics company Omron Corporation and collaborative arm robot manufacturer Techman Robot have provided collaborative robots, or cobots, that can be used for a variety of applications such as electronics assembly, product testing and inspection. This comes after both companies signed an... 

There’s a tiny plastic enemy threatening the planet’s oceans

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Environmentalists have identified another threat to the planet. It’s called a nurdle. Nurdles are tiny pellets of plastic resin no bigger than a pencil eraser that manufacturers transform into packaging, plastic straws, water bottles and other typical targets of environmental action. 

Nampak produces ‘pleasing’ FY18 results despite challenging environment

By: Nadine James     27th November 2018 Packaging company Nampak has achieved positive results for its continuing operations for the financial year ended September 30, with profit up 29% year-on-year to R1.2-billion and headline earnings a share up 15% year-on-year to 168.7c a share. Nampak CEO André de Ruyter told Engineering News... 

Tomra Sorting Recycling Creates Managerial Role To Strengthen Focus On New Plastics Economy

30th October 2018 New appointment reflects TOMRA’s full commitment to the ambitious vision for a circular economy TOMRA Sorting Recycling has promoted Business Development Engineer László Székely to the newly-created post of Head of New Plastics Economy. This initiative reinforces TOMRA’s commitment to the aims of... 

SKF Cooper bearings get a facelift

30th October 2018 SKF Cooper split roller bearings will get a brand new look with new colour, product markings and box design starting 1 November 2018. The new SKF Cooper dual product branding and identity will be applied for all split roller bearings. The change from the current Cooper product brand and identity... 

Ferodo® Quantum Taxi pads feature innovative Eco-Friction® technology in new packaging

26th October 2018 Product offering from Ferodo increases stopping power, improves safety and durability Federal-Mogul Motorparts today announced the launch of new packaging for its Ferodo® Eco-Friction® Taxi brake pad range. The pads are designed specifically for the extremely popular Toyota Quantum minibus,... 

Polyol integrated chemical complex, Hungary

By: Sheila Barradas     26th October 2018 The polyol integrated chemical complex will make MOL Group the only integrated producer of polyether polyols in Central and Eastern Europe.  

Tetra Pak celebrates 60 years in South Africa

25th October 2018 Tetra Pak, the leading food processing and packaging company, is celebrating 60 years in South Africa. With a world class manufacturing plant, established in 1979 in Pinetown, Tetra Pak South Africa has grown since its establishment to almost 2 billion packages to meet the needs of the growing... 

Emerson’s New Compact, Hygienic Transmitters Meet Food And Beverage Industry Challenges

25th October 2018 The Rosemount™ 326/327 line of pressure, level and temperature instruments offers food and beverage facilities the opportunity to improve efficiency, safety, product quality and consistency. Emerson today unveiled a new line of transmitters designed specifically for hygienic applications in the... 

Danone Southern Africa joins Polystyrene Association of South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2018 Danone Southern Africa (Danone SA) has become the latest producer of high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) to join the Polystyrene Association of South Africa, which represents the entire value chain of polystyrene packaging manufacturers, collectors and recyclers. According to the association’s CE Adri... 

Pyrotec and The Age of Agile

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2018 The Age of Agile is the title of Steve Denning’s most recent book that describes a shift in business to adopt an agile mindset for management, leadership, innovation and narrative. Having taken root in the software development sector, Steve describes how the Agile Movement is now spreading... 

Danone Southern Africa Joins Polystyrene Association Of SA

24th October 2018 Danone Southern Africa has become the latest producer of High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) to join the Polystyrene Association of South Africa, a non-profit Product Recovery Organisation (PRO) representing the entire value chain of polystyrene packaging manufacturers, collectors and recyclers.... 

Shoprite to pay South African customers for reusing plastic bags

By: Reuters     23rd October 2018 Shoprite Holdings, South Africa's biggest supermarket chain, said on Tuesday it would pay customers for reusing its newly introduced recyclable bag as it joined domestic rivals in efforts to curb plastic pollution. Supermarkets have come under increased pressure to cut their use of plastic as... 

Nature’s incredible ecosystems do not produce waste.

23rd October 2018 Rather, they are the ideal example of how nature reuses and recycles its embedded chemicals and nutrients, generating and regenerating the raw materials of life. For a sustainable planet, we need to start replicating these natural systems. This closing of the loop is what is called a ‘circular... 

De Beers eyes tech markets for synthetic diamonds future 

By: Reuters     19th October 2018 Anglo American unit De Beers is going after lucrative, but elusive high-tech markets in quantum computing, as it aims to expand its lab-grown diamond business beyond drilling and cutting. Element Six, De Beers' synthetic diamond arm, is building a $94-million factory in Portland, Oregon, an... 

Plain packaging suggested as safety measure

By: Thabi Madiba     19th October 2018 To reduce tobacco-related deaths that are estimated to amount to seven-million people a year globally, the Department of Health published a proposed Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill in May for broader public comment, which will regulate all tobacco products to be... 

Packaging market volumes declines

By: Thabi Madiba     19th October 2018 The potential imposition of an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) tax by the Department of Environmental Affairs will have a negative impact on the packaging industry, which may result in the collapse of numerous packaging manufacturers in South Africa, says Packaging South Africa executive... 

Kimmo guarantees safe packaging for transportation

19th October 2018 When choosing a packaging option for goods that will be shipped to neighbouring countries, honeycomb fibreboard manufacturer Kimmo Packaging director Jan Vreken says it is essential to look for a packaging option that is International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM-15)... 

Recognition increases for improved packaging

19th October 2018 To increase brand recognition, bearings manufacturer Kharkov Bearing Plant (HARP) decided to improve its multi-unit package for transportation of ball bearings with an outer diameter of 180 mm. HARP MD Natalia Akimenko states that the decision was taken in order to take care of its European... 

Packaging system saves about 76% of plastic

19th October 2018 Brewery company Carlsberg Group has switched to packaging solution Nature Multipack which is aligned to its new industry-leading sustainability programme called ‘Together towards Zero’ to be implemented by 2030. Being an innovation of global company KHS subsidiary NMP Systems, Nature Multipack... 

Better recycling requires pact with consumers

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2018 While commercial companies continue to work to reduce the impact of their products on the environment, improving the recycling of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) requires the involvement and understanding of consumers, said recycling company Mpact GM Nicholas Schild. PET recycling rates in South... 

Coca-Cola says all containers to be made from recyclable materials by 2025

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2018 Beverages multinational subsidiary Coca-Cola Southern and East Africa (CCSEA) continues to reduce the weight of its bottles and has committed to recovering the equivalent of 100% of  all its packaging by 2025, says CCSEA head of sustainability Dr Casper Durandt. These commitments are part of... 

RS Components expands LED lighting portfolio with Osram high-power devices

18th October 2018 OSCONIQ® P series of high-power LEDs targets architectural design and general lighting applications RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a global multi-channel distributor, has expanded its lighting portfolio and provided more options for engineers and... 

Mondi proceeds with Slovakia kraft top white machine project, but costs rise

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th October 2018 After receiving permitting approvals, global packaging and paper group Mondi will invest in a new 300 000 t/y kraft top white machine at its Ruzomberok factory, in Slovakia, with start-up expected towards the end of 2020. “This investment provides an exciting opportunity for Mondi to leverage... 

Rand-Air’s contaminant and oil-free air makes for good medicine

12th October 2018 In the process of manufacturing pharmaceuticals, every input into the final products has to be scrupulously hygienic and sterile, from the start to the end of the manufacturing process. Leaders in the rental of portable air and power solutions Rand-Air is proud to have been able to contribute to... 

Opportunities abound for Italian entrepreneurs expanding into Africa

By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th October 2018 The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries says Italian companies are becoming increasingly positive about the opportunities offered by South Africa, which is being acknowledged as a hub from which to expand and invest into surrounding African countries, says Italian-South African... 

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