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Cutting complexity from coding

     19th September 2017 Every business involved in production and packaging aims for optimum efficiency in their coding processes. No organisation can afford the frustration of unnecessary break-downs or down-time due to complex maintenance problems. In this environment, the demand for reliable, innovative coding... 

Laser cuts time and costs for welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The link between welding, cutting and grinding is an intricate one, as refining and perfecting one aspect of these three processes will greatly enhance the proficiency of all of them, says cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut. Owing to this, First Cut has optimised the... 

The well-known UNION brand of locks and door furniture gets a make-over!

     13th September 2017 UNION, one of ASSA ABLOY’s leading brands, is currently rebranding and Vice President for ASSA ABLOY South Africa, Riaan Olivier, gives a brief overview and explains what this means for contractors, locksmiths and installers. UNION has sought out and listened to feedback from distributors,... 

Numsa downs tools at plastic factory in KZN

By: African News Agency      13th September 2017 Members of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) have downed tools at Mpact Plastics in Pinetown in Durban in protest against unequal wages and employee benefits. Mpact Plastic is a major supplier of plastic containers and manufacturer of Jumbo Bins, wheeled bins, and a... 

BI offers mounted, unmounted bearings and housings from KML

     13th September 2017 KML Bearings, distributed locally by leading supplier Bearings International (BI), offers a range of mounted and unmounted bearings and bearing housings. In addition, it also has automotive-specific products for the passenger and commercial vehicle sectors. There is even a product range dedicated... 

Afrox unveils Genie® Helium N6.0

     12th September 2017 Afrox has unveiled its own genie in a bottle in the form of Genie® Helium N6.0. With a guaranteed minimum purity of 99.9999%, this speciality gas is a certified Helium N6.0 product, and also offers smart technology and portability in a revolutionary new packaging. Andisha Dukkan, Head of... 

Coastal Clean-Up assists in educating public on responsible plastic use

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 As part of the yearly initiative Clean-up & Recycle SA Week, taking place from September 11 to 17, industry body Plastics|SA says the yearly International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) day on September 16 is the highlight of the week, as it is the world’s biggest yearly volunteer effort for ocean... 

Don’t make an impact – consciously limit it

By: Riaan de Lange     8th September 2017 Sometimes I wonder about the costs that I personally impose on the planet. This usually happens when I hear of people being held up, by others, as having made a positive contribution. Is it not interesting that society is seemingly constantly being deprived of its best people? In the main, these... 

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Despite numerous recycling initiatives and incentives in communities across the country – including collection points in close proximity to neighbourhoods – metal packaging recycling organisation MetPac-SA believes that an inherent recycling culture still needs to be established in South Africa.... 

Propak Cape to showcase latest products and innovation

     6th September 2017 All the latest international packaging trends will be on show at this year’s Propak Cape trade exhibition, which takes place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) from 24-26 October. Visitors will be able to see the latest advancements in machinery, equipment, products,... 

Attract shoppers’ attention when and where it matters most

     5th September 2017 Why shoppers decide to buy a particular brand or product is a question every manufacturer, marketer and retailer would love answered, especially as we’re told shopping is not rational and most shoppers make instant decisions subconsciously. Although many consumers research brands online before... 

Revolutionary industrial changes set to shift the heavy haul industry

By: Kim Cloete     4th September 2017 Heavy haul rail operators across the world have been urged to adapt to rapid advances in technology and improvements in cybersecurity. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution will change everything. The rise in technology will be profound, but it will also open up bridges for us,” World Economic Forum... 

SMC Pneumatics to Showcase at ProPak Cape 2017

     4th September 2017 SMC Pneumatics is a proud, official sponsor of ProPak Cape 2017 As the world leaders in pneumatics and industrial automation, SMC Pneumatics prides itself on developing solutions for almost every industry. One of the largest and most vital sectors to the company is that of the food, beverage and... 

'Zero-waste' stores put consumers on frontline in fight against packaging

By: Reuters     4th September 2017 When Ingrid Caldironi decided to start living a more eco-friendly lifestyle, she made a few changes to her routine. Caldironi bought a reusable coffee cup, started making her own beauty products and tried to stop buying packaged products. 

Necsa says second reactor would strengthen Pelindaba’s global nuclear medicine position

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2017 The worldwide nuclear medicine market in 2016 was worth more than $11-billion and is projected to be worth almost $20-billion by 2021. The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), through its use of its Safari-1 research reactor and its subsidiary company, NTP Radioisotopes, is one of... 

Metair says lead-acid battery will still have key role as EV revolution takes hold

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2017 Metair is ready for the anticipated revolution in the automotive industry, including the introduction of electric vehicles (EV), hybrid vehicles and autonomous drive vehicles. These vehicle still need lights, brakes and wiring harnesses, for example, said Metair MD Theo Loock at the announcement... 

Necsa says second reactor would strengthen Pelindaba’s global nuclear medicine position

By: Keith Campbell     1st September 2017 The worldwide nuclear medicine market in 2016 was worth more than $11-billion and is projected to be worth almost $20-billion by 2021. The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), through its use of its SAFARI-1 research reactor and its subsidiary company NTP Radioisotopes, is one of... 

Solutions specially designed for protection of data

     1st September 2017 South Africa-based electrical and digital infrastructure product supplier Legrand Electrical’s extensive range of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems have buttons and light-emitting diode, known as LED, signalling that provide real-time control of the status of the UPS systems. 

Steti mill modernisation and expansion project, Czech Republic

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 Mondi has reported that it will postpone its €135-million investment in a new machine-glazed speciality kraft paper machine, at its Steti mill. 

SAB invests R2.8bn in expanding Gauteng breweries 

     31st August 2017 Multinational beverage and brewing company AB-InBev subsidiary South African Breweries will invest R2.8-billion into brewery expansions, including two new packaging lines for returnable glass bottles, at its Alrode and Rosslyn breweries, in Gauteng. 

Mondi postpones €135m investment in new paper machine at Czech mill

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2017 Packaging and paper group Mondi will postpone its €135-million investment in a new 90 000 t/y machine-glazed speciality kraft paper machine, at its Steti mill, in the Czech Republic. “While the proposed new machine remains an exciting investment opportunity, offering the lowest-cost production of... 

ILPS-27 Series Industrial Duty LVIT Linear Position Sensor Factory Automation by The Sensor Connection

     28th August 2017 The Sensor Connection has expanded its sensor product offering by adding a line of ILPS-27 Series Inductive Linear Position Sensors using LVIT Technology; contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of industrial or commercial applications such as motor sport vehicles,... 

Metpac-SA Encourages Households To Practice Mindful RecyclingClean-Up and Recycle Week the ideal opportunity to reduce, reuse and recycle

     28th August 2017 MetPac-SA, the new industry body representing the interests of the local metal packaging industry, will be joining forces with the various packaging streams in South Africa during the month of September to encourage households to practice mindful recycling as part of Clean-up and Recycle SA week... 

AfriSam sees merger as key to surviving cement glut

By: David Oliveira     25th August 2017 Cement manufacturer AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes has stressed the need for the cement manufacturing industry to consolidate. On a site visit with members of the media to its Ulco plant, in the Northern Cape, earlier this month, he said the situation in the industry was... 

Air filtration solutions ensures that requirements are met

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 Filter technology manufacturer Freudenberg Filtration Technologies says its hygienic air filtration solutions help ensure that clients in the food and beverage sector meet the most stringent regulatory requirements. 

Better business practices required in industry

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 As a response to the increase in recalled products in the food and beverage industry worldwide, global electronics company Omron Industrial Automation (Omron) has started to introduce more sustainable business practices by improving product quality and assistance for food and beverage producers. 

Cost-effective fire suppression product has desired impact

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Fire-protection equipment supplier Fire Security and Techniques (FST) has just started supplying the FST Fire Orb – which supresses fires – to those living in informal settlements to mitigate the damage caused by a fire incident. 

Hotel group moves to integrate bamboo products into facilities

By: Ilan Solomons     25th August 2017 Bamboo producer and products supplier EcoPlanet Bamboo and hotel group Mantis Collection have signed a memorandum of understanding which could have “far-reaching benefits for the environment and the global movement towards sustainable tourism”, says EcoPlanet Bamboo CEO and co-founder Troy... 

S African packaging specialists acquired by international company

     25th August 2017 International supplier of plastic packaging ALPLA – which produces packaging for the food and beverage industry – last month bought South Africa-based packaging specialists Boxmore Packaging. 

Transpaco sees dip in FY17 performance

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd August 2017 JSE-listed Transpaco on Wednesday reported an across-the-board year-on-year decline amid challenging economic conditions. “Revenue, operating profit and headline earnings declined as a result of selling price deflation, reduced customer spend and continued softening demand for recycled material,”... 

Long4Life to buy beverage packaging business for up to R360m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2017 Investment holding company Long4Life will acquire Inhle Beverages, a contract packaging business in Gauteng, for up to R360-million in cash and shares. Inhle, which is based in Heidelberg, specialises in the canning and bottling of carbonated soft drinks, mineral water and energy drinks. It is... 

E-cigarette manufacturers: is your labelling in line with global best practice?

     22nd August 2017 In South Africa, there is currently no specific legislation that governs the labelling and marketing of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other products in the wider vape industry. However, as these products and the e-cigarette lifestyle grow in popularity, this legal situation could... 

Metair ready for market shift to electric vehicles, says Loock

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2017 Metair is ready for the anticipated revolution in the automotive industry, including the introduction of electric vehicles (EV), hybrid vehicles and autonomous drive vehicles. These vehicle still need lights, brakes and wiring harnesses, for example, said Metair MD Theo Loock on Thursday at the... 

Aveng Infraset builds new concrete roof tile factory in KZN

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th August 2017 Full-scale production at Aveng Infraset’s under-construction multimillion-rand concrete roof tile manufacturing facility, in Effingham, Durban, is scheduled to start in January. Construction of the factory, which will ultimately employ 17 people, started in June and is expected to be completed by... 

Company ships dryers and convection oven

     11th August 2017 Global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment Thermal Product Solutions has shipped two Gruenberg dryers to a prominent diesel engine manufacturer. The drying ovens – whose shipment was announced in March – will be used to dry diesel particulate filters after they are washed during the... 

Western Cape’s agricultural growth to drive economy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Supported by the Western Cape government’s strategic initiatives to help farmers grow their crops – and their market share – the province’s official tourism, trade and investment agency Wesgro has successfully committed investments in the Western Cape agricultural sector of R1.56-billion over the... 

Atlas Copco’s new rotary vane vacuum pump series – cooler, quieter and up to 15% more efficient

     10th August 2017 Atlas Copco’s new GVS A rotary vane vacuum pumps feature a very compact design, fewer components, excel in reliability and are up to 15% more efficient making them ideal for a wide range of both industrial production and research applications. The new generation GVS A which is completely... 

Mpact halves H1 dividend amid weaker trading environment

By: Anine Kilian     8th August 2017 Packaging company Mpact halved its interim dividend from 30c to 15c, the company said on Tuesday. Presenting Mpact’s financial results for the six months ended June 30, CEO Bruce Strong said headline earnings a share decreased by 64% to 33.9c from 94.9c in the first six months of the prior year,... 

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