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Plastics and Synfibres

PVC industry to launch quality product label

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2014 The Southern African Vinyls Association (Sava) will launch its Vinyl. product label and industry-specific stamp of quality next year to promote local compliant polyvinyl chloride (PVC) products and to ensure that local PVC products, with the Sava-endorsed mark of quality, are nontoxic and... 

Local plastics industry globalising, despite challenges

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2014 The South African plastics industry is increasingly becoming part of the global market, states local plastics industry body Plastics South Africa (SA) executive director Anton Hanekom, adding that more trade agreements are taking place, making the import and export of plastics easier. He points... 

Separation-at-source recycling initiatives promote recycling growth

By: Samantha Herbst     18th January 2013 Industry stakeholders’ and recycling companies’ promotion of separation-at-source recycling initiatives and investment in the improvement of washing and drying facilities have contributed to growth in plastic recycling. The amount of plastics being recycled in South Africa grew by 1.6% – from 241... 

Significant seven-year growth in PET recycling

18th January 2013 Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycling company Petco is confident of reaching its target of recycling 50% of post-consumer PET in 2015, having grown recycling targets from 16% to 42% since the company’s establishment in 2004. In the last seven years, the number of post-consumer PET bottles... 

Pilot project creates viable end-market for contaminated polystyrene

By: Samantha Herbst     18th January 2013 A pilot programme to recycle the coloured or black contaminated polystyrene used in food packaging applications, including fast-food trays, takeaway cups and trays used to package meat and fresh fruit, has been launched in Pretoria through a joint venture (JV) involving Emalahleni-based... 

Career guide to assist in creating jobs in plastics industry

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     20th January 2012 Industry association, Plastics South Africa’s (Plastics SA’s) training division plans to create an electronic career guide that will list the available skills and job opportunities in the local plastics industry. 

New thermoplastics made available to rest of market

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     20th January 2012 Composite specialist Lomold’s subsidiary, Lomotek Polymers, says although the initial local application for its new range of Lomotex long-fibre-reinforced thermoplastics (LFTs) will be in the manufacturing of its Lomold pallet, the material will also be made available to other plastic... 

Packaging company designs locally manufactured plastic core tray

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     20th January 2012 Returnable transit packaging specialist Mpact Plastic Containers, part of paper and plastic packaging group Mpact, claims it has launched South Africa’s first locally manu- factured plastic core tray – the Rock-Box. 

Industry expects govt feedback on waste management plan this year

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     20th January 2012 Feedback from government on the draft Paper and Packaging Industry Waste Management Plan is expected this year, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic recycling company Petco CEO Cheri Scholtz tells Engineering News. 

Plastic composites gaining popularity in South Africa 

By: Henry Lazenby     21st January 2011 Fibre polymer composite (FPC) materials are gaining popularity in the polymers sector, business incubator ChemCity polymers unit business support manager Hennie Roets reports. He explains that, although FPCs are not a new technology, the market has matured enough to make it economically viable... 

Stronger plastic results in environment friendly solution

By: Henry Lazenby     21st January 2011 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe manufacturer DPI Plastics reports that it has managed to save about 38,78% in electricity demand within its factory, by implementing power factoring technology. 

Mixed outlook for plastics sector

By: Henry Lazenby     21st January 2011 Research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan expects that the South African plastics sector will have grown by only about 2% during 2010, following the impact of the global economic recession. The sector also continues to feel the effects of the strong rand and volatile raw materials prices. 

Furniture manufacturer discovers the benefits of polypropylene

By: Henry Lazenby     21st January 2011 Local corporate furniture manufacturer Dauphin HumanDesign Group (Dauphin) reports that it is investigating using polypropylene more extensively in its office furniture designs, necessitating further research and development (R&D) to be undertaken. 

New plastic film for pharmaceuticals industry

22nd January 2010 Chemical group BASF reports that a new plastic film, for which a patent has been applied, will protect its pharmaceutical excipient polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) even better against the penetration of atmospheric oxygen and thus against oxidation. “With this product, BASF will be able to offer... 

New waste management plan for plastics industry 

By: Eleanor Seggie     22nd January 2010 One of the challenges currently facing the plastics industry is developing a new waste management plan, which is concerned with how best to avoid landfilling and also with carbon and water footprints, says Plastics Federation of South Africa (PFSA) executive director David Hughes. The National... 

New project aims to improve black pipe resin 

By: Eleanor Seggie     22nd January 2010 Polypropylene and high-density polyethylene manufacturer Safripol, is undertaking a new project to improve the black pipe resin used to make high-density polyethylene, says Safripol research and development director Mike Gradwell. A new international standard, ISO 4427-1:2007 stipulates the... 

Challenging times mould SA's plastic industry

By: Darren Parker     23rd January 2009 Predictions of tough times abound for the South African plastics industry in 2009, Plastics Federation of South Africa (PFSA) executive director David Hughes tells Engineering News. 

Looming synfibre plant closure threatens bleak future for SA plastics industry 

By: Darren Parker     23rd January 2009 Diversified speciality products group AECI’s intended shutdown of the last of Sans Fibres’ remaining plants in Bellville, in the Western Cape, could signal the end of the line for South Africa’s nylon synthetic fibre (synfibre) manufacturing capability. 

Local study to lengthen the life of concrete applications

By: Jonathan Faurie     25th January 2008 Recent studies into the use of synthetic fibres to improve the longevity of concrete applications have yielded results that are set to make a positive impact on the South African construction industry, reports the Cement and Concrete Institute (C&CI). 

Component manufacturer hopes to capture the market

By: Jonathan Faurie     25th January 2008 Electrical manufacturing company Legrand South Africa, part of the Legrand Group, is hopes to capture a significant share of the South African market with its plastic-based electrical products. 

New factory for polyurethane company

25th January 2008 Polyurehtanes focused company Industrial Urethanes has closed its ageing factory at Sebenza, near Edenvale in Gauteng, and has implemented a new prepolymer production and blending facility at its Umbogintwini plant, south of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. 

Local plastics producer automates production processes

26th January 2007 Pretoria based process plant manufacturer, VJL Manufacturing, has commissioned two advanced Wegener butt welding and bending machines to streamline its thermoplastics division and increase production. 

New polycarbonate glands enable easy cable installation

26th January 2007 Specialists in electrical equipment and wiring accessories, Legrand, has made a significant contribution to the local electrical industry by introducing plastic based electrical products to the South African market. 

Plastic conveyor belts demonstrate wide-range applicability

26th January 2007 Bearing Man’s specialist belting division, Belting Solutions, distributes the HabasitLink range of modular plastic conveyor belts that provide an ideal support for efficient and safe conveying in diverse industries. 

Increased company involvement needed in skills development initiatives – Merseta

By: Dennis Ndaba     26th January 2007 The lack of employer participation in training initiatives within the plastics industry is a cause for concern, says Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) senior plastics chamber coordinator Sabelo Buthelezi. 

High raw material and labour costs hamper growth

By: Dennis Ndaba     26th January 2007 Growth in South Africa’s plastics industry is hampered by high raw-material and labour costs and, to a limited extent, by foreign investors entering the country with foreign materials and labour, resulting in the loss of 10 000 jobs in the industry, says Plastics Converters Association... 

Pipe and hose producer anticipates industry growth

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     19th January 2007 Producers of plastic pipeand hose systems in South Africa Petzetakis Africa’s black economic-empowerment partner (BEE), Sekunjalo MD Ronnie Dennison, says that theoutlook for the pipes and hose industry for the next few years is positive. He anticipates that theindustry will reap financial... 

Sasol gas-to-liquids project wins global award

17th October 2006 Joint-venture partners Sasol and Qatar Petroleum have won a global achievement award for the Oryx gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Qatar in the Middle East. 

Locally-designed ‘mag drive’ range experiences global success

By: Clement Deane     6th October 2006 Owing to a shift in local market requirements from conventional sealing methods to magnetic drive couplings, KSB South Africa has developed a locally-designed and -manufactured petrochemicals ‘mag-drive’ pump range. 

Reserve replacement vital, but contingencies in place

By: Laura Tyrer     28th July 2006 State-owned oil company PetroSA has set a host of contingency plans in motion ahead of its anticipated reserve shortfalls from the company’s current assets. 

Shutdown won't precipitate shortages

By: Laura Tyrer     28th July 2006 National State-owned oil company PetroSA does not anticipate fuel shortages over the period of its scheduled 26-day maintenance shutdown in October this year. 

Automotive goes natural

By: Irma Venter     2nd June 2006 Japanese vehicle manufacturer Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that it has developed a high-strength heat-resistant bioplastic for use in vehicle interior parts, as part of an industry-government-academia joint research project in Hiroshima. 

New venture to help develop black engineering talent

24th March 2006 Joint-venture partners Fluor SA and Igoda Projects have announced that they have formed a new company, Fluor Igoda Projects. 

Local manufacturer in R100m plastics acquisition

By: Liezel Hill     10th March 2006 JSE-listed manufacturing group Control Instruments (CI) reported late last month that its subsidiary, Shurlock Engineering, had acquired the automotive-plastics businesses of local group Sagercy, for R100-million. 

Empowerment firm breaks into plastic piping market

27th January 2006 RMB Corvest, a private equity business within the Firstrand Group, has facilitated the entry of empowerment investor Tandem Capital into one of the country’s leading piping manufacturers, Gazelle Plastics. 

Profit surge for local plastics manufacturer

By: Nelendhre Moodley     27th January 2006 Despite the sharp slowing down of the manufacturing sector last year, specialist in plastic design and manufacture Durattract Plastics, reports a profit surge of over 33% for its last financial year. 

Innovations to benefit packaging, medical and textile industries

By: Nelendhre Moodley     27th January 2006 As part of the redesign process that recently took place at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the areas of bioceramics and composites within CSIR Materials Science and Manufacturing were integrated with the former Centre for Polymer Technology, and the new area is now... 

Plastic-pipe cutting made easy

27th January 2006 Two new products – pipe shears and an orbital circular saw – have been added to Rothenberger’s range of tools for professionals working with plastic pipes. 

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