Author: Samantha Choles

How to improve your paper machine performance – presented by IBC Paper Training

IBC Paper Training is organising a web seminar on How to improve your paper machine performance. Register for the live or  streamed version.  The seminar will provide tips to reduce total operating costs and improve your paper machine efficiency.  Learn how to understand, measure and analyse key parameters on your paper machine. Contact: ISABELLE.BARET@IBCPAPERTRAINING.COM IBCPAPERTRAINING@GMAIL.COM…

VTT Webinar to Explore Low CAPEX Solutions for Thermochemical Biorefinery Investments

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland will conduct a free webinar on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, on Low CAPEX Solutions for Thermomechanical Biorefinery Investments. The webinar will focus on new technologies for converting residues and waste to high-value products. It will take place at 3 p.m. London time, 10 a.m. New York time, and 5 p.m. Helsinki time. Register online for this special webinar. The VTT webinar will explore the global trends and patent environment of large biorefinery investments.” It…

ICFR Seminar – Biorefineries Technologies in the Forest Products Industries

The seminar – Biorefineries Technologies in the Forest Products Industries – is being held this week on Friday 14 October 2016, at 13h45 for 14h00 -15h00 in the ICFR Conference Room, ICFR, Pietermaritzburg, UKZN, Carbis Rd. It will be presented by CSIR’s Dr Bruce Sithole. Dr Bruce Sithole is a Principal Researcher and Director at the Forestry & Forest Products Research Centre, University of KwaZulu-Natal/Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Durban. Dr Sithole leads a programme which is focused on development of new value chains…

SPECIAL CONFERENCE OFFER – ‘South Africa @20 for Better or for Worse?’

Nisi mortuos piscem fluxum. Only dead fish go with the flow. If you attended the 2016 TAPPSA conference and enjoyed Steuart Pennington’s informative and entertaining presentation on the paradox that is South Africa, then you will remember that he brought along a few copies of his book – ‘South Africa @20 for Better or for Worse?’.…

#TAPPSA2016 in pictures

Thank you and well done to all exhibitors, presenters, delegates and visitors at this year’s TAPPSA Conference and exhibition which took place at the UNITE building, School of Engineering at UKZN from 21-22 September. Here are some of the photos taken over the two days.…

TAPPI calls for paper for PaperCon 2017

TAPPI is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the PaperCon 2017.  Authors interested in presenting in the Papermaking Program or the Recycled Paperboard Technical Association Production-Technical Seminar (RPTA P-T) should submit an abstract before November 11, 2016.  Authors interested in presenting in the Coating & Graphic Arts Program should submit their abstract by October 28, 2016.  All abstracts should be submitted electronically to the TAPPI Speaker Management System. The Papermaking Program will focus on papermaking best practices, papermaking…

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There are more formally protected grasslands and natural forests under management of the plantation industry, than in any other commercial land use sector. Photo: Mondi
There are more formally protected grasslands and natural forests under management of the plantation industry, than in any other commercial land use sector. Photo: Mondi

In June, I represented both Forestry SA and PAMSA at an event hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at the CSIR. We had put up some banners depicting plantation trees and set up a table with an array of printed brochures.…

Good news is coming to the TAPPSA Conference

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” These words of American author and political activist Helen Keller are cited on www.sagoodnews.co.za, a website which highlights the positive developments in South Africa. The pioneer behind sagoodnews.co.za, Steuart Pennington, will be delivering the keynote address at the 2016 TAPPSA Conference and Exhibition. Pennington and his team assert that many media channels are trapped in a “good…

Volume 3 – 2016 | Making time

I’m sure I’m not the only person who sighs at the fact that half of 2016 has passed us by. Time passing all too quickly niggles at me often and so I approached Google for some insight. According to neuroscientist and science writer Jordan Gaines Lewis on www.scientificamerican.com, I am not the first to ponder this phenomenon.…