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Paper, Plastics, Packaging, Printing News

Funders give Nampak until April 2023 to reduce debt by R1bn

By: Schalk Burger     Updated 5 hours ago JSE-listed packaging company Nampak says funders have agreed to extend the date by which the company is required to reduce its net interest-bearing debt by R1-billion to April 1, 2023. Nampak is expected to repay the R1-billion in debt following either strategic asset disposals or a combination... 

Competition Tribunal allows Mpact to intervene in Corruseal, Neopak merger

By: Donna Slater     1st July 2022 The Competition Tribunal has granted paper and plastics packaging manufacturer Mpact leave to intervene in the intermediate merger proceedings between paper packaging company Corruseal and recycled containerboard company Neopak. In March, the Competition Commission prohibited the proposed... 

Mondi completes sales of personal care components business to Nitto Denko

By: Donna Slater     1st July 2022 Paper and packaging solutions company Mondi has completed the sale of its personal care components business (PCC), part of the engineered materials business unit, to Nitto Denko Corporation for an enterprise value of R1.05-billion (€615-million). Mondi group CEO Andrew King says the sale of PCC,... 

Nampak reports satisfactory but challenging interim period  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th May 2022 JSE-listed Nampak has announced improved trading conditions for the six months ended March 31, in what it says was a challenging period. The period was characterised by robust trading conditions in key markets and Nampak’s Metals businesses were the main contributors to revenue and trading profit... 

An image showing a still from a presentation by Nampak
Nampak CEO Erik Smuts outlines the company’s progress in implementing its focus areas during the interim period.

Growing demand for fire solutions in food industry

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has noted a steady increase in its percentage of food industry-related revenue, owing to the insurance industry placing stricter fire safety requirements on clients. The increase in revenue has also been driven because of word-of-mouth referrals and ASP... 

Nampak to post higher interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th May 2022 Packaging group Nampak expects to report headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between 33c and 36.5c for the six months ended March 31. This is an improvement of between 91% and 109% year-on-year, which the company attributes to improved trading conditions and lower net devaluation losses... 

Nampak cans

New products added to portfolio, renew interest in metrology solutions

By: Nadine Ramdass     13th May 2022 Measuring instruments supplier B&R Metrology introduced new products to its portfolio to counteract the decline in enquiries for metrology products as manufacturing and engineering companies navigate Covid-related impacts, and to pursue new sales tactics and increase its online presence. As a... 

An image of Scantech's Simscan
SCANTECH SIMSCAN The Simscan has been popular in the local market since its introduction October last year

Tight global paper markets give Sappi a boost

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2022 Pulp and paper company Sappi recorded a strong performance in the quarter ended March 31 – the second quarter of its 2022 financial year. It was able to weather headwinds to improve earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) by 201% year-on-year and by 40%... 

An image showing the Sappi Saiccor Mill
Sappi Saiccor Mill

As world celebrates glass, SA industry seeks to up circular-economy game

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2022 Glass manufacturers in South Africa are working to improve the energy efficiency of their products, including by using more energy efficient equipment and furnaces, improving the efficiency of the products through design, and making supply chains more efficient. The United Nations (UN) General... 

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Lifting project comes to a close

By: Halima Frost     29th April 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros has successfully concluded a longstanding contract with a global pulp and paper company based in South Africa. The contract, initially signed in February 2019, commenced in May 2019 and concluded in February 2022. 

A night time photo of a large truck mounter crawler crane, lifting boiler plant elements for the refurbishment of a boiler plant at a paper mill in  South Africa
HOT N HEAVY The heavier elements of the boiler refurbishment were undertaken by Lovemore Bros

Sappi halts operations in KZN

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2022 JSE-listed paper and packaging manufacturer Sappi says it has been feeling the brunt of the KwaZulu-Natal flooding through impaired or disrupted transportation of goods and services, as well as staff being unable to travel to and from work. The province has been experiencing heavy rainfall and... 

Sappi's Saiccor Mill, in KwaZulu-Natal
Sappi's Saiccor Mill, in KwaZulu-Natal

Sappi launches campaign to attract skilled engineers

By: Donna Slater     11th April 2022 Woodfibre products manufacturer Sappi has launched a campaign to encourage skilled engineers and production specialists to join its growing team and its endeavours of pursuing a circular economy. Besides a number of current vacancies in various fields, Sappi is also building up a database of... 

An image of Sappi engineers at a plant
Engineers at a Sappi plant

Extrupet doubles food-grade recycling with new R300m facility

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2022 Plastics recycler Extrupet has announced an expansion of its food-grade plastic recycling operations in South Africa to more than 60 000 t/y. “Extrupet will double our food-grade operations by adding a fourth food-grade recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) facility, which will increase our... 

Companies need to support pulp and paper industry

1st April 2022 The role of local pumps distributor AQS Liquid Transfer/Axflow’s support in the South African pulp and paper industry is not limited to the pumping or transfer of pulp, but to the full product range sold and supported by AQS Liquid Transfer/Axflow across its geographical footprint. The company... 

Image of an infographic showing the pulp production process
EXPANSIVE OFFERING AQS covers most of the pumping requirements of the paper and pulp industry

Local paper recycling has room to grow – association

By: Cameron Mackay     1st April 2022 Despite the local recycling rate of 70% being above the global paper recycling rate of 59.1%, South Africa can still improve in its treatment of paper waste, states industry body the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. Through Pamsa’s paper... 

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Photo by Sappi
STRONG BASE TO BUILD FROM South Africa average paper recovery rate of 70% makes paper the second-most recovered material in the country

Expansion secures company’s position in growing market

By: Cameron Mackay     1st April 2022 With the global increase in the demand for dissolving pulp, paper and pulp company Sappi’s current business strategy for local growth is focused on the R7.7-billion expansion project at its Saiccor mill in KwaZulu-Natal called Project Vulindela, which is now responsible for more than 60% of its... 

Image of Sappi’s Saiccor mill
PROJECT VULINDLELA The R7.7-billion project is aimed at increasing the capacity and global competitiveness of the Saiccor mill

Nampak reports improved profitability

By: Schalk Burger     29th March 2022 JSE-listed packaging multinational Nampak says trading conditions for the five months ended February 28, were robust, with strong demand for the majority of its products, strong volume growth for beverage cans in its key markets and higher pricing having contributed to revenue growth of more than... 

Commission prohibits Corruseal's proposed buyout of Neopak

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd March 2022 The Competition Commission has prohibited Corruseal Group's proposed acquisition of Neopak, saying the merger is likely to result in a substantial prevention and lessening of competition. Neopak and Corruseal are both active in the recycled paper value chain. 

Mondi assessing options for its interests in Russia

By: Donna Slater     11th March 2022 JSE- and LSE-listed packaging and paper company Mondi says it is assessing all options for the group’s interests in Russia, including any form of legal separation. It states, however, that this move does not mean, or imply, that it is planning, or initiating, any liquidation or bankruptcy... 

Mpact declares dividend, sees rise in product demand amid global supply chain challenges 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2022 JSE-listed paper and packaging group Mpact has reinstated a final dividend of 50c apiece for the year ended December 31, 2021. It did not declare a dividend for 2020 in order to exercise caution over capital following the outbreak of Covid-19 in South Africa and the resultant lockdowns.  

Mpact recycling operation
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mpact recycling operation

More than 200 exhibitors expected at expo

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     4th March 2022 Despite Covid-19 placing restrictions on face-to-face events and, consequently, some international exhibitors having to reluctantly withdraw their participation, Africa’s leading packaging, printing, plastics and labelling trade exhibition Propak Africa 2022 is hosting more than 200 exhibitors at... 

visitors at the Propak exhibition on the exhibition floor
OPEN FLOOR Many exhibitors will present live demonstrations of machinery and equipment at their stands

PVC recycling on the rise

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     4th March 2022 With a year-on-year increase of 9.5% in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling, the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) tells Engineering News that additional initiatives can be implemented to increase the recycling rate of vinyl material. “We can attribute the 9.5% recycling increase to two... 

a plastic wash plant at a plastic recycling factory
CLEANER PVC PVC recycling has increased by 9.5% year-on-year

Plastics initiatives to help environment

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     4th March 2022 With a much greater focus and emphasis on sustainability and minimising waste in the marine environment, industry representative body Plastics SA says the various clean-up projects nationally are growing and expanding this year. “We have a number of clean-up projects planned including our river... 

Plastics SA coastal clean-up initiative
CLEAN UP Plastics SA has a number of clean-up projects planned including the river catchment projects, litter boom initiatives and the coastal and inland clean-up projects

New efficient method for PET bottles production

4th March 2022 Preferential heating, filling and packaging equipment supplier KHS Group provides an energy-efficient method for producing oval polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles with an optimised weight. Companies in the food industry and consumer goods manufacturers such as chemicals company Henkel, are... 

Bulk bagging system aids in meeting demands

4th March 2022 Leading robotics and automation company RMGroup has supplied one of its industry leading bulk bagging systems, a BB-400, to building materials supplier Tippers. As an existing customer, the new equipment supplements Tippers’ existing BB-400 bulk bagging and form fill and seal vertical packaging... 

Emphasis placed on recycling

4th March 2022 In response to both consumer and legislative pressures, some of South Africa’s largest retailers and brands are now putting a greater emphasis on the recyclability of their packaging. Law firm Webber Wentzel states that significant volumes of waste are still being diverted to landfill sites,... 

Mondi increases earnings on back of higher sales volumes, prices

By: Donna Slater     3rd March 2022 JSE- and LSE-listed packaging and paper company Mondi’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) increased by 11% year-on-year to €1.5-billion for the year ended December 31, 2021, mainly as a result of higher sales volumes and significantly higher selling prices in... 

An image of a Mondi plant
A Mondi plant at Richards Bay

Enviro dept, organisations support the start of negotiations for a global plastics treaty

By: Schalk Burger     3rd March 2022 South Africa's Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) has welcomed the adoption by United Nations (UN) member States to start negotiations for a global treaty to end plastic pollution. The decision was taken at the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), in Nairobi, Kenya, this week... 

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Greenpeace calls on African governments to support resolution to curb plastic waste

By: Donna Slater     28th February 2022 With the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) being held from February 28 to March 2, environmental advocacy group Greenpeace Africa calls on all UN member States to support a comprehensive draft resolution and to adopt further measures to curb plastic waste pollution.... 

Plastics SA calls for flexible, country-specific approaches at UNEA

By: Schalk Burger     24th February 2022 Industry organisation Plastics South Africa (SA) calls for the special needs and circumstances of Africa to be recognised and for the respective capabilities of each country to be analysed in light of national circumstances at the United Nations Environmental Assembly fifth session meeting (UNEA... 

Mondi sells personal care business for €615m

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th February 2022 JSE-listed paper and packaging manufacturer Mondi has entered into an agreement to sell its Personal Care Components (PCC) business to Tokyo-listed materials manufacturer Nitto Denko Corporation for €615-million. The disposal aligns with Mondi’s strategy to focus on growth in the packaging... 

Mondi's uncoated fine paper plant
Mondi's paper manufacturing plant

Robust demand drives Mpact’s full-year earnings higher

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th February 2022 JSE-listed Mpact expects to report basic earnings a share (EPS) for continuing operations of between 340c and 360c a share for the year ended December 31. That represents an increase of between 89.3% and 100.4% when compared with the prior year. 

Consol highlights glass's recyclability in 2022 – the International Year of Glass

By: Schalk Burger     11th February 2022 Glass is a packaging material that can be recycled endlessly without losing its properties, and these same attributes help glass packaging contribute directly to three of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, glass packaging manufacturer Consol Glass says. The company adds that... 

Sappi off to a good start in FY22 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2022 Pulp and paper manufacturer Sappi has outperformed on guidance provided for the first quarter of its 2022 financial year. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) increased by 36% quarter-on-quarter to $240-million and more than doubled compared with the same... 

Sappi factory
Photo by Creamer Media
Inside a Sappi manufacturing facility

Glass shortages in Africa help indebted Nampak sell drinks cans

By: Bloomberg     9th February 2022 Demand for aluminum and tin cans is on the rise in Africa, delivering a boost to the most indebted packaging company on the continent and the Middle East. Nampak is taking advantage of the supply-chain disruptions that have led to a shortage of glass bottles, CEO Erik Smuts said in an interview.... 

Sappi highlights positive results from Higg FSLM self-assessment

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th January 2022 Dissolving pulp producer Sappi has completed a self-assessment of the Higg Facility Social and Labour Module (FSLM) at its Ngodwana and Saiccor Mills in South Africa. Sappi says the self-assessment results were very positive and that this highlights its commitment to maintaining a high level of... 

Mondi sets net zero by 2050 goal

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2022 Packaging and paper manufacturer Mondi says it is accelerating its plans to reduce its carbon emissions by committing to transition to net zero by 2050. The group plans to expand on almost two decades of such progress, including a 45% reduction in specific greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions against... 

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