Month: December 2017

Investment needed to create sustainable recycling industry

Paper recycling

Long-term sustainable recycling in South Africa requires long-term sustainable investment in the country’s recycling capacity. This means investing in facilities like paper and plastic mills that create a market for recyclable materials. According to John Hunt, managing director at Mpact Recycling, this will allow the approximately 100,000 people – from factory employees, informal collectors and small business owners who rely on constant volumes of recycled material – to earn a living. “At the same time, recycling decreases pressure on South…

New chipping line and chip handling system destined for Sappi’s Saiccor pulp mill

Valmet chipping line
Valmet chipping line and chip system Valmet chipping line

Valmet will deliver a new high capacity chipping line and chip handling system to Sappi’s  Saiccor mill. The upgrade is set to increase the chipping capacity, improve chip quality and minimise wood losses. The chipper will be delivered and installed at the end of 2018 and the start-up is planned for January 2019. “Valmet’s high capacity drop feed chipper was found to be favourable for the new wood yard’s current and future mill capacity requirement,” says Ryno Eksteen, Senior Regional…

UPFRONT | Taking stock

TAPPSA Journal Vol 4

Dear TAPPSA reader, It’s the final stretch of 2017, and again I found myself wondering what happened to the past 11 months. If you’re like me, it’s a time when I deliberate on the year past and what I could have done better. I also consider what I still need to get done before December. The latter often induces a state of panic! Welcome to the fourth and final issue for the year. This edition promises to be jam-packed, hopefully…

Highlights from the 2017SAEEC Conference

Actions in the energy sector can make or break efforts to achieve the world’s agreed climate goal. Energy production and consumption account for around two-thirds of global greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, meaning that the energy sector must be at the heart of global action to tackle climate change (IEA, 2015). With the above in mind, the Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation (SAEEC), a chapter of the AEE, presented the industry-leading annual Southern African Energy Efficiency Confederation Conference (2017SAEEC) on 14-15 November…

Voith’s new roll cover for coater backing rolls makes waves

With OceanCoat, Voith is adding a highly durable option to its portfolio of coater roll covers that needs less regrinding and therefor reduces shutdown and maintenance costs.
With OceanCoat, Voith is adding a highly durable option to its portfolio of coater roll covers that needs less regrinding and therefore reduces shutdown and maintenance costs.

With OceanCoat, Voith is adding a highly durable option to its portfolio of coater roll covers. The especially stable material needs regrinding less often than standard roll covers, which reduces shutdown and maintenance costs. Blue instead of black Voith’s new OceanCoat stands out from standard roll covers through its color alone. The blue shade allows the operator to quickly identify any overheating, which commonly occurs at the edges. This enables appropriate steps to be taken promptly. Additionally, the blue cover…