Author: Samantha Choles

ANDRITZ pulp drying plant achieves new world record at UPM’s Kymi mill, Finland

The ANDRITZ pulp drying plant installed at UPM’s Kymi mill in Kouvola, Finland, achieved a new record production capacity of 2,452 tons per day on May 31, 2018. Photo: Andritz

The ANDRITZ pulp drying plant installed at UPM’s Kymi mill in Kouvola, Finland, achieved a new record production capacity of 2,452 tons per day on May 31, 2018. In terms of specific drying capacity, this equals 389.2 tons per day and meter of working width on the 6.3m wide sheet drying machine, which is a new world record for drying of bleached birch and pine kraft. The mill was started up successfully in 2015 and has achieved several production records…

Sappi to fund research on Artificial Intelligence and bringing carbon emissions to net zero

Sappi to fund research on Artificial Intelligence and bringing carbon emissions to net zero in the paper and pulp industry as one of the founding partners of The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme Sappi Limited, a leading global producer of dissolving wood pulp, speciality and packaging papers, graphic (printing and writing) paper and biomaterials, is pleased to announce its support as one of the founding partners of The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme . The 3-5…

Sappi approves construction of demonstration plant for Xylitol & Furfural production in line with strategic biorefinery plans

Ngodwana Mill night shot
Credit: Sappi

Sappi has announced further progress in the development of its biorefinery capacity with the confirmation that it will construct a demonstration plant to further scale up its novel Xylex® technology for the production of Xylitol and Furfural. The plant will be located adjacent to the existing sugars and lignin extraction plant at Ngodwana Mill. It should be operational early in 2019. Pending successful results and further approvals it is anticipated that Sappi may construct commercial Xylitol and Furfural plants adjacent…

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…