Author: Samantha Choles

Omron to fly Sysmac motion solutions flag at KITE 2017

The main target for Omron at KITE 2017 is the agro-processing industry, which uses products such as its LD mobile robot.

Omron will showcase its flagship Sysmac motion solutions, incorporating robotic and visual inspection control, at the Kwazulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (KITE) from 26 to 28 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre in Durban.…

Volume 1 2017: Upfront | Bitter pill of rejection

Upfront Volume 1
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UPFRONT Dear reader, Welcome to our first issue of 2017. In case you missed the news, in 2016 we took the decision to publish quarterly issues instead of six bi-monthly issues. As always we welcome your suggestions for improvement and contributions to upcoming issues. Thanks to those who have provided suggestions for a more readable layout; I hope that our larger and darker font makes the Journal easier on the eyes.…

Start-up organizations partner with AkzoNobel on global chemistry challenge

chemistry challenge

AkzoNobel has teamed up with two organizations focused on supporting start-ups, Lux Research and StartupDelta. The partnerships will focus on developing business opportunities stemming from the company’s Imagine Chemistry start-up challenge. Designed to solve real-life chemistry challenges, the initiative has attracted more than 200 submissions.…

11% of South Africans committed to recycling, research finds

Recycling

Baseline consumer research, commissioned at the end of 2016, profiles current attitudes towards recycling in South Africa and where our nation sits on PETCO’s Consumer Engagement Journey. Of the South Africans interviewed (LSM 7 to 10, ages 18 to 49, nationwide), 67% claim to recycle ‘some’ of the time, while only 11% claim to recycle ‘all’ of the time. The lack of storage space at home, and the absence of ‘easily accessible’ depots were cited as two of the biggest…

Valmet winder destined for Shandong Chenming Paper in China

OptiWin Drum two-drum winder

Valmet will supply a new winder for Shandong Chenming Paper Ltd at its Zhanjiang site in Guangdong province, China. The board machine BM 4 producing folding box board (FBB) will be equipped with a new solution to increase winding capacity. Start-up is scheduled for 2018. Valmet’s delivery for BM 4 includes a high-capacity OptiWin Drum which is easy to operate, has excellent web separation and its set changes are reliable and fast. “The high-capacity winder with the latest two-drum technologies is designed…

Appita’s 2017 Fibre Value Chain Conference – Call for papers

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Appita’s 2017 Fibre Value Chain Conference – “The rise of business ecosystems” – will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Events Centre from 14–16 November 2017. The 2017 event marks Appita’s 70th year and will bring together association members and industry leaders from across the sector to celebrate this important milestone.…

Forests and renewable energy are the focus of the UN’s International Day of Forests

Renewable energy - Turbine at Sappi's Ngodwana mill
Renewable energy produced by the pulp and paper industry, by virtue of the cogeneration process and biomass based lignin content in black liquor, uses less water and emits less CO2 than regular coal based power production. Credit: Sappi

The theme of the 2017 United Nations International Day of Forests (IDF) is Forests and Energy. Heralded annually, it shares the day with South Africa’s Human Rights Day. The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) is proud to represent the global forest products industry, which plays an important role in contributing to the production of renewable energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels by using wood manufacturing residuals, byproducts and forest residues – collectively known as biomass – to produce much of…