Author: Samantha Choles

Printing and delivery of over 60 million school workbooks continues uninterrupted

Future Foundation Novus Holdings
Mike Ehret, Business Development Group Executive at Novus holdings share a reading experience with the pupils from Bonteheuwel High School.

Novus Holdings, Africa’s leading commercial printing company, has said it is pleased with the recent judgement delivered in the High Court of Pretoria, which will see the consortium continue to print and distribute 60 million school workbooks per annum for the Department of Basic Education (DBE). This consortium comprises Novus Holdings, Lebone Litho and DSV. “This judgement validates the decision of the Department of Basic Education to award the tender for the printing and nationwide distribution of workbooks,” said Mike…

It’s a sticky situation

TAPPSA Journal release liner recycling

Is there enough being done to address liner waste in South Africa? Labels are everywhere. Critical in the packaging value chain – whether on paper, plastic, tin or glass, whether for brand identification or ingredient specification, labels matter. But there are some unsung heroes that marry the labels to their products: release liners. Label waste is a challenging material to recycle as it comprises layers of different substrates. Over and above the sticker label (facestock), there is adhesive, silicon and…

Print and paper still packs a punch in a digital world

Print and paper still packs a punch in a digital world

The results of an international survey by Two Sides provides unique insight into how print and paper is viewed, preferred and trusted by consumers around the globe. In June 2017, a survey of over 10,700 consumers was commissioned by Two Sides and carried out by research company Toluna. Nationally representative surveys were undertaken in ten countries including South Africa. The results reveal a strong preference for print when it comes to recreational reading e.g. books, magazines, news etc. Some 72%…

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…

Local Lake St Lucia team scoops South African Wetland Awards

Local Lake St Lucia team scoops South African Wetland Awards
Elephants in the rehabilitated area Elephants in the rehabilitated area

A dedicated team of South African environmentalists, Andrew Zaloumis, Nicolette Forbes, Bronwyn James and Peter Gardiner, scooped two awards for their work in conserving Africa’s largest and oldest proclaimed estuarine system, Lake St Lucia. The team has worked together over decades to ensure that one of the world’s greatest natural treasures will endure for generations to come. At the National Wetlands Indaba at the end of October, Zaloumis, founder CEO of iSimangaliso, and Gardiner, Mondi’s group natural resources manager, received…

Upfront: TAPPSA Journal Quarter 3

TAPPSA upfront

Spring has finally arrived, and the world feels a little lighter – more positive. The people around us have a certain spring in their step and even scientists maintain that the season is inextricably linked with a sunnier outlook. Admittedly, in this issue of TAPPSA Journal, we highlight some pretty heavy challenges – like manufacturing’s falling contribution to the country’s GDP and the pressing need to adapt and transform so many aspects of our industry’s value chain. On the other hand,…