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Linear actuator drive selection – a precise balancing act

     16th February 2018 No ‘one size fits all’ for linear motion system drive train designs Olaf Zeiss, Product Manager, Linear Actuators Parker Hannifin Motion Systems Group 

Convenient coding: the hand-held printer

     13th February 2018 Coding and marking have come a long way since the concept of a machine-readable barcode was first patented in America in 1949. Innovation in this field has been fuelled by a growing demand for solutions that enable traceability through the entire value chain. It’s also been driven by a demand for... 

Sappi moves to consolidate dissolving pulp leadership

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi plans to significantly expand its operations in South Africa, Europe and the US by 2020, starting with the preparatory work for the potential expansion of its South Africa-based Saiccor dissolving wood pulp (DWP) mill. The South African group supplies about 20% of... 

SA pulp and paper group moves to consolidate dissolving pulp leadership

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi plans to significantly expand its operations in South Africa, Europe and the US by 2020, starting with the preparatory work for the potential expansion of its South Africa-based Saiccor dissolving wood pulp (DWP) mill. The South African group supplies about 20% of... 

Supplier adds food-grade range to lubricant offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2018 Engineering consumables and components distributor BMG will start supplying a National Sanitation Foundation International-certified H1 food-grade range of lubricants from the third quarter this year to the food and beverage industry.  

Varaka paper mill PM 2 rebuild, Turkey

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 Albayrak Group is reinstalling and rebuilding the PM 2, which is a second-hand newsprint paper machine, into a modern, brown-packaging-paper machine. 

Sappi's Q1 results in line with expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi's performance for the first quarter of the 2018 financial year was in line with group expectations, with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), excluding special items, reaching $172-million. This was, however, lower than the... 

The legal storage and disposal requirements for generators of used oil

     2nd February 2018 Used oil is a common by-product of mechanised processes in all industry sectors, and because of its harmful properties it is classified as a hazardous waste. Used lubricants contain harmful compounds and carcinogens that can easily contaminate the environment, especially if thrown down drains,... 

Exhibition Freighting GSM

     2nd February 2018 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... 

Rio-Carb is a one-stop shop for complete wear solutions

     29th January 2018 A number of innovations adopted successfully in 2017 has seen Rio-Carb become a one-stop shop for all wear solutions, in addition to supplying a range of wear materials.These innovations include modular chutes, the design of hybrid liner packages for haul trucks, upgraded liner packaging, and an... 

City of Cape Town set to reach out to the bottled water industry

By: News24Wire      25th January 2018 With less than 80 days to go until Day Zero, the City of Cape Town may want to consider getting help from the bottled water industry. South African National Bottled Water Association (Sanbwa) chairperson John Weaver said that some of their members have donated water to afflicted areas in the past... 

Bass Metals moves closer to commissioning graphite mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd January 2018 ASX-listed Bass Metals, which is developing the Graphmada large flake graphite mine, in Madagascar, has completed a major component of the recommissioning process at the project. The mine is now nearing completion of Stage 1 of delivering a 100%-owned mine free of any serviceable debt. "With... 

Verder pumping solutions into the Pharmaceutical Industry.

     22nd January 2018 Owing to the pharmaceutical industry requiring gentle pumping solutions, pumps solutions supplier Verder Pumps South Africa emphasises the importance of the standard peristaltic pump for the pharmaceutical industry. Verder International has proven success in the pharmaceutical market and has led... 

Do-It® Hang Tab Testing

     22nd January 2018 Pyrotec PackMedia is the sole distributor of Do-It® Corporation’s   Tabs and Display Strips in South Africa.We are proud to be associated with Do-It® Corporation who takes the utmost care in testing all  their hang tabs to ensure lower packaging costs whilst creating optimum retail visibility. In... 

Coca-Cola increases recycling efforts to contribute to waste-free world

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 To battle the increasing number of plastic items on landfills and in the world’s oceans, beverage giant Coco-Cola plans to take one can or bottle “back”, for every bottle or can sold globally, by 2030. “We are fundamentally reshaping our approach to packaging, with a global goal to help collect... 

Sawis warns wine grape crop may be smallest since 2005

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2018 Continuing drought and low water supplies in the Western Cape may lead to South Africa’s smallest wine grape harvest since 2005, when 1.15-million tonnes were harvested owing to drought and diseases in some production areas. Industry body South African Wine Industry Information and Systems... 

Mitigating plastic’s negative public image

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 Continued local and international pressure to ban plastic bags and other single-use plastics, as cited in the media and social media, is at an all-time high, says plastic industry representative body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA).  

Recycling rate increases, boding well for environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th January 2018 The latest plastics recycling figures released by industry body Plastics South Africa (Plastics SA) indicate that South Africans are recycling more plastics than before, which bodes well for local environmental sustainability.  

National nanotechnology centre developing prototypes, commercialising technologies

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2018 The National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research plans to commission its third pilot plant during the course of this year (2018). The centre’s current two pilot plants were both brought into operation in the middle of 2016. One of... 

On-pack trends: Augmented reality enabled packaging

     17th January 2018 In theory, augmented reality (AR) could allow product owners and marketers to add a virtual layer of communication and promotional messaging to their brand packaging. Wondering about the difference between augmented reality and virtual reality? 

Novus Holdings welcomes ITB Manufacturing on board

     17th January 2018 In June 2017, the Competition Commission approved the proposed merger between Novus Holdings, a leader in commercial print and manufacturing, and ITB Manufacturing, a private company that manufactures and supplies flexible plastic packaging solutions. Accordingly, it was announced via SENS on 19... 

Controlling Dust, Insects And Heat Means More Hygienic Conditions

     15th January 2018 Companies continue to bemoan the fact that ineffective control of dust and insects, coupled with variances in temperature, result in hygiene, and health and safety compliance problems. With large volumes of pedestrian and vehicular traffic food manufacturing facilities as well as retail stores,... 

DSV ByBox hits the 20 000 parcel mark

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2018 A partnership between South African oil and gas company Engen and logistics group DSV Global Transport and Logistics, which has seen the placement of automated parcel lockers known as DSV ByBoxes at Engen service stations since 2014, has reached its 20 000 parcel mark. There are currently 65 DSV... 

Dell to recycle gold from e-waste for use in new motherboards, jewellery

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th January 2018 Technology company Dell is piloting a project to recover gold from used electronics for use in new computer motherboards and jewellery. Dell has partnered with Wistron GreenTech, which uses an environmentally responsible extraction process to break the used electronics down into individual... 

Deionising water to protect against corrosion in heating installations

     8th January 2018 Hans-Jürgen Wedemeyer, Technical Marketing Manager of the Liquid Purification Technologies business unit at Lanxess, describes how water for heating circuits can be treated using a special new kind of mixed bed ion exchanger to reliably prevent corrosion. A dark, cloudy sludge no longer... 

Mondi Group signs agreement to acquire Powerflute

By: African News Agency      22nd December 2017 Packaging and paper company Mondi Group said on Friday it had signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares in Powerflute Group, a division of Nordic Packaging and Container Holdings for €365-million. Powerflute operates an integrated pulp and paper mill in Finland with an annual... 

Cylindrical Sensors Offer Strength

     12th December 2017 Countapulse Controls reports that the Leuze cylindrical sensors offer a higher mechanical strength than the standard sensors. Engineered for particularly arduous conditions, the Leuze 328 series sensor is based on the optical platform of the well-known standard Leuze 318B series, however this new... 

Liquid carton recycling plant brings new, high-quality stream of fibre 

     7th December 2017 In response to an increasing global call to recycle a growing number of materials, an investment of R46-million has been made by paper and plastics packaging company Mpact into a new recycling facility. Dylan Slater tells us more. 

Warne Rippon

     1st December 2017 This week we feature Warne Rippon, executive director of Allied Steelrode, a supplier and processor of steel.   

Small size particles prompt regular filter replacement

     1st December 2017 Owing to typical commercial primary filters in a pneumatic circuit being designed to filter out particles as small as 5 μm from the air, particular hydraulic systems, motion and control technologies diversified manufacturer Parker Hannifin says companies need to change or clean dirty elements as... 

Nampak delivers ‘credible’ FY17 performance despite difficult trading environment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2017 In light of the current macroeconomic circumstances, packaging company Nampak has delivered a “credible” financial performance for the year ended September 30, CEO André de Ruyter said on Tuesday, adding that the company had increased its trading profit by 2% to R2-billion. He further noted... 

Packaging trade show boosts business in the Western Cape

     24th November 2017 Taking place at the CTICC from 24-26 October, Propak Cape attracted thousands of visitors keen to find out about latest technologies and innovations in packaging and related industries. The Western Cape is home to a large agro-processing industry and is an important export province for... 

Bass gears up for first production from Madagascar mine

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd November 2017 ASX-listed Bass Metals is nearing the completion of Stage 1 of the optimisation programme for its Graphmada large flake graphite mine, in Madagascar, and expects its first production next month. In an operational update, Bass CEO Tim McManus reported on Thursday that first production would come... 

Value-adding and compliant labelling solutions for the agrochemical industry

     21st November 2017 In the interests of keeping customers and the environment safe – and, of course, to comply with the stringent legislation governing packaging and labelling in this industry – agrochemical companies have to ensure that they communicate a large volume of product information on pack, in the correct... 

Rhodes Food's FY17 performance dragged by international operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2017 The headline earnings of JSE-listed Rhodes Food declined by 19.1% to R237-million for the financial year ended October 1, as regional gains were offset by a disappointing international performance. Diluted headline earnings a share decreased by 27% to 93.4c for the year under review, with... 

Third biennial food and drink exhibition to be held in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Conceptualised as a “for Africa by Africa” event, exhibition company Messe München South Africa (SA) will host the third biennial food and drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) exhibition from September 4 to 6 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, next year. 

Swazi Rail Link infrastructure project, Swaziland and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th November 2017 An expression of interest for the proposed cross-border Swazi Rail Link infrastructure project will be released to potential investors before the end of this year. 

Sappi reports quarterly Ebitda increase of 6%

By: Anine Kilian     16th November 2017 JSE-listed pulp and paper group Sappi’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) saw a 6% quarter-on-quarter increase to $221-million for the three months ended September 31. Commenting on the group’s performance, CEO Steve Binnie said on Thursday that the company’s... 

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