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Paper, Plastics, Packaging, Printing News

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... 

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... 

A photo of plastic waste

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
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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... 

Sappi’s Cloquet mill receives external environmental management verification

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2021 Dissolving pulp producer Sappi’s Cloquet mill, in the US, is one of the first dissolving pulp facilities to complete an external environmental management verification process. The mill achieved a final score of greater than 80% on the Higg Facility Environmental Management (FEM) verification... 

Pic of Sappi’s Cloquet mill, in the US
Sappi’s Cloquet mill, in the US

Afri-Plastics Challenge kicks into third gear

By: Donna Slater     8th December 2021 The final strand of the Afri-Plastics Challenge, called Promoting Change and delivered by London-based innovation foundation Nesta Challenges, will begin accepting applications from December 8. This marks the last leg of the challenge after Strand 1: Accelerating Growth and Strand 2: Creating... 

Sappi introducers vaccine mandate, majority of employees already vaccinated

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th December 2021 Dissolving wood pulp and paper-based solutions provider Sappi says that, as at the beginning of December, over 80% of its almost 5 000 South African employees have received at least one vaccine, while 73% are fully vaccinated. Sappi notes that as soon as it was allowed to open its own... 

Nampak's improved year-end results reflect focus on reducing risk, growing profits

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2021 JSE-listed packaging manufacturing multinational Nampak achieved headline earnings a share of 62.3c, a 109% year-on-year increase in trading profit to R1.4-billion and a 24% increase in revenue to R14-billion for the financial year ended September 30. These numbers reflect the company's... 

Unilever South Africa pioneers purple carbon in its homecare products

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd November 2021 Consumer products company Unilever South Africa has become the first manufacturer in the world to introduce purple carbon into its range of homecare products. For the entire month, Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid with purple carbon was used as a demonstrator product, a pioneer in its category. 

SA Plastics Pact publishes baseline report to drive innovation to 2025 targets

By: Schalk Burger     22nd November 2021 The South African Plastics Pact, which aims to have 100% of plastic packaging be reusable, recyclable or compostable, 70% of plastic packaging be effectively recycled and a 30% minimum average recycled content across all plastic packaging by 2025, as well as take action against problematic and... 

Tiger Brands delivers improved operational performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th November 2021 Packaged goods company Tiger Brands’ results for the financial year ended September 30 reflect steady progress against the company’s strategic priorities with an improved underlying performance from the core business, offset by one-off costs of R732-million (pre-tax) related to a canned vegetable... 

Sappi recovers strongly after Covid-19 impact

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2021 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has returned to profitability for the financial year ended September 30, turning a loss of $135-million in 2020 into a profit of $13-million for 2021, with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortisation (Ebitda) having increased by 40% over the prior... 

Pic of paper at Sappi mill

Afri-Plastics Challenge names 30 semi-finalists for Accelerating Growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th November 2021 Innovation foundation Nesta Challenges has announced the semi-finalists of Accelerating Growth, the first strand of the Afri-Plastics Challenge. The prize aims to reduce marine plastics in Sub-Saharan African countries by developing and scaling innovative solutions to plastic mismanagement. 

South African Investment Conference moved to March  

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his weekly letter, said the fourth South African Investment Conference, which would have been held this month has been moved to March next year owing to several events, including the local government elections, the Conference of the Parties (COP26) climate conference... 

A photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Top-performing South African fund rides bet on energy stocks

By: Bloomberg     4th November 2021 South Africa’s top-performing equity fund has reaped the benefit of a wager that battered stocks, particularly in the energy sector, would flourish as economies rebounded from the worst of the pandemic. Blue Quadrant Capital Management’s Worldwide Flexible Prescient Fund has returned 125% this... 

Tetra Pak invests R500m in Pinetown packaging factory

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2021 Food processing and packaging multinational Tetra Pak South Africa has announced a R500-million investment to upgrade its aseptic packaging materials factory in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, to ensure the factory continues to meet global safety and sustainability standards. The investment also... 

Software allows for warehouse optimisation

By: Anna Moross     15th October 2021 Using a barcode-based software system, such as the Granite Warehouse Management System, creates an end-to-end solution for efficient and effective warehouse management, says GraniteWMS marketing manager Caryn Mather. 

An image of the GraniteWMS
GRANITEWMS By implementing digital systems, such as GraniteWMS, warehouses ensure that they keep up with demand and remain competitive

Company aims to create sustainable packaging

By: Anna Moross     15th October 2021 Food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak aims to ensure sustainable packaging for its products by using ecofriendly material throughout the design and manufacture of the packaging. 

Dry running conveyors help food and beverage sector

15th October 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s light materials handling division supplies and supports a range of dry running conveyor components for the food and beverage sector, offering high productivity, low energy and reduced water consumption, as well as a safe and hygienic work environment.  

An image of BMG’s dry running conveyors
DRY RUNNING CONVEYORS BMG’s Light Materials Handling division’s range of dry running conveyor components for the food and beverage sector, offers high productivity, low energy and reduced water consumption, as well as a safe and hygienic work environment

Customised bottling service introduced

15th October 2021 Container supplier Conceptainer’s range of specialist packaging services now includes contract bottling of almost any liquid product. 

Load-shedding hinders holistic growth

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th October 2021 For custom plastic injection moulding company Bambisana Plastics, a subsidiary of Bambisana Holdings, the biggest challenges it has to contend with are labour and electricity. However, despite these challenges, along with the effects of the pandemic, the company has managed to not only avoid... 

An aerial image of Bambisana Plastics factory
BAMBISANA PLASTICS FACTORY Load-shedding is the biggest challenge the company faces

Nampak’s performance improves on the back of better trading conditions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2021 JSE-listed Nampak’s trading conditions improved for the 11-month period ended August 31, relative to the prior comparative period, as Covid-19 restrictions were eased in South Africa and most markets in the rest of Africa, resulting in significantly improved group operating results. Group revenue... 

Polyco launches municipal-focused recycling strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     15th September 2021 Producer responsibility organisation (PRO) for the plastic industry Polyco is launching a municipal-focused recycling strategy, aimed at drastically improving the country’s recycling rates. To implement this “first of its kind” strategy, Polyco on September 15 said it would work with... 

SA Plastics Pact publishes first list of problematic, unnecessary plastics to be phased out 

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2021 The South African (SA) Plastics Pact members have published a first list of problematic or unnecessary plastics for phasing out this year and next. The SA Plastics Pact is a collaborative pre-competitive initiative that brings together key stakeholders from the local plastics value chain,... 

Libstar weathers ongoing challenging market conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     8th September 2021 JSE-listed consumer packaged goods group Libstar’s interim period – the six months ended June 30 – was largely characterised by rising input costs, which CEO Andries van Rensburg said led to a “relentless focus” on cost containment during the period. South Africa’s food inflation averaged 6%... 

Pic/Image of Surface and personal hygiene product range from Libstar
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