keyboard_arrow_upMondi commits to limiting greenhouse gas emissions
keyboard_arrow_downMondi commits to limiting greenhouse gas emissions

The group has joined the ranks of global climate leaders by signing up to Climate Savers, which is the independent conservation organisation, WWF’s climate leadership programme for businesses. The packaging and paper group commits to reducing its specific production-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 0.25 tonnes CO2e per tonne production by 2050. This commitment and […]

keyboard_arrow_upConvenient coding with Anser U2 hand-held printer
keyboard_arrow_downConvenient coding with Anser U2 hand-held printer

Coding and marking have come a long way since the concept of a machine-readable barcode was first patented in America in 1949. Innovation in this field has been fuelled by a growing demand for solutions that enable traceability through the entire value chain. It’s also been driven by a demand for coding technology that produces […]

keyboard_arrow_upGrowth in leaps and bounds
keyboard_arrow_downGrowth in leaps and bounds

A number of representatives of the Global Plastics Alliance (GPA) gathered in Penang, Malaysia from 13 to 15 December 2017 as guests of the Malaysian Plastic Manufacturers Association. The congregation was met with a view on how to accelerate and advance The Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, which is […]

keyboard_arrow_upCraft beer makes headway in France
keyboard_arrow_downCraft beer makes headway in France

A recent Euromonitor report indicates that craft beer was the most dynamic category in France in 2016. This is set to continue as French consumers increasingly seek a wider selection of beers from around the world.

keyboard_arrow_upCollaboration aids promotion of wines
keyboard_arrow_downCollaboration aids promotion of wines

Along with its beauty, culture and charm, Stellenbosch is best known for its wines and has long been promoting itself as a premium wine growing area, especially for Cabernet.

keyboard_arrow_upNovus Holdings acquires ITB Manufacturing
keyboard_arrow_downNovus Holdings acquires ITB Manufacturing

In June, the Competition Commission South Africa approved the proposed merger between the two companies, which has recently come into effect. Novus Holdings operates in the commercial print and manufacturing industries while ITB Manufacturing manufactures and supplies flexible plastic packaging solutions.

keyboard_arrow_upNew innovative thermoforming technology bags a gold international award
keyboard_arrow_downNew innovative thermoforming technology bags a gold international award

A new generation of thermoforming packaging machines, the X-line, has been awarded the Gold International FoodTec Award 2018. The machine sets a new benchmark in the market thanks to its range of innovative technology. As a result of its seamless digitalisation, comprehensive sensor system and networking with the Multivac Cloud, the X-line creates a new […]

keyboard_arrow_upCelebrate responsibly, don’t forget to recycle
keyboard_arrow_downCelebrate responsibly, don’t forget to recycle

Festive season celebrations bring many opportunities to recycle. There’s no excuse for not making an effort to be green. If there are any doubts on why and how you should recycle, The Glass Recycling Company provides tips listed below.

keyboard_arrow_upSappi to expand capacity by acquiring Cham Paper Group Holding
keyboard_arrow_downSappi to expand capacity by acquiring Cham Paper Group Holding

The global producer of dissolving wood pulp, speciality and packaging recently announced that it had signed an agreement to acquire the speciality paper business of Cham Paper Group Holding (CPG) for approximately US$149 million. The transaction includes CPG’s Carmignano and Condino mills in Italy, its digital imaging business located in Cham, Switzerland and all the […]

keyboard_arrow_upALPLA’s acquisition of Boxmore Packaging officially approved
keyboard_arrow_downALPLA’s acquisition of Boxmore Packaging officially approved

ALPLA’s takeover of Boxmore Packaging, which was subject to legal and regulatory approval by the competition authorities, was recently approved.

keyboard_arrow_upTetra Pak’s carton equity
keyboard_arrow_downTetra Pak’s carton equity

More than 60 per cent of consumers agree that glass packaging is better for the environment than other types of packaging. Tetra Pak believes this is erroneous as life cycle assessments (LCA) on carton indicate it is environmentally friendlier than glass.

keyboard_arrow_upIshida’s inspection system ensures superior quality cheese
keyboard_arrow_downIshida’s inspection system ensures superior quality cheese

The Famous Brands Cheese Company, managed by Coega Dairy in the Eastern Cape, has enhanced its stringent quality control standards with a new Ishida x-ray inspection technology.

keyboard_arrow_upDevoted to zero pellet loss
keyboard_arrow_downDevoted to zero pellet loss

Polyoak Packaging has become part of a worldwide drive by leaders in plastics to reduce the number of plastic pellets ending up in rivers and ultimately the ocean. The company signed a pledge on 24 October, to prevent resin pellet, flake and powder loss as part of Plastics|SA’s Operation Clean Sweep launched earlier this year.

keyboard_arrow_upLatest survey indicates more South Africans are recycling than ever before
keyboard_arrow_downLatest survey indicates more South Africans are recycling than ever before

The latest plastics recycling figures released by Plastics|SA reveal that South Africans are recycling more plastics than ever before.

keyboard_arrow_upRewarding excellence in packaging
keyboard_arrow_downRewarding excellence in packaging

This year’s Institute of Packaging SA (IPSA) Gold Pack Awards presentation, which will be held on 22 November, is designed to showcase the best of the South African packaging industry. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three winners in each of the various categories. All entries that achieve finalist status […]

keyboard_arrow_upUptick in manufacturing positive for packaging industry
keyboard_arrow_downUptick in manufacturing positive for packaging industry

A recent announcement by StatsSA indicating an uptick in manufacturing data offers the packaging industry an opportunity to ramp up the move towards digitising their production in preparation for further growth. This is according to Bruce Peters, regional manager in charge of manufacturing at Cisco Southern Africa.

keyboard_arrow_upFlint Group’s acquisition enables expansion of its African business
keyboard_arrow_downFlint Group’s acquisition enables expansion of its African business

The Flint Group recently announced the latest expansion to its African business with the acquisition of the remaining shares in Continental Printing Inks and Eagle Ink Systems. The group became the sole owner of the entity on 24 October.

keyboard_arrow_upSharp tooling makes its mark
keyboard_arrow_downSharp tooling makes its mark

Renlaw was established in 1985 by Swiss toolmaker, Walter Brunner. The company is now run by his son Mikko. In the past five years, Renlaw has become one of Africa’s leading manufacturers of precision cutting tools for the food processing and packaging industries.   In 2012 Renlaw realised that the only way to compete globally […]

keyboard_arrow_upModern packaging solutions
keyboard_arrow_downModern packaging solutions

Geiger & Klotzbücher (G&K) is one of southern Africa’s leading suppliers of packaging material and equipment for the food processing of perishable products. It services the meat, seafood, poultry, dairy and convenience food industries, offering modern, in-house, BRC certified printing and converting facilities. The company’s main areas of expertise lies in packaging, machinery and consumables. […]

keyboard_arrow_upDeliver world class food packaging solutions
keyboard_arrow_downDeliver world class food packaging solutions

Cibapac offers UV and solvent-based printed flexible packaging. Up to eight colours are available on its new flexographic press. The company serves the local and export markets with a diverse range of packaging products. The range includes base and lidding, foam trays, overwrap cling film, seamless polony casings, barrier vacuum bags, barrier laminations, barrier shrink […]

keyboard_arrow_upNew appointments at the Polystyrene Packaging Council
keyboard_arrow_downNew appointments at the Polystyrene Packaging Council

Thinus Prinsloo has been appointed as Recycling Coordinator for the Polystyrene Packaging Council.  Prior to joining the PSPC with effect from the 3rd of January 2014, Thinus was involved in various government departments over the past 21 years, including the Department of Health, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and the Department of Environmental Affairs.   His main area of focus will be coordinating the collection of polystyrene from collectors for recycling around the country, and facilitating the entire process making use of the new PolyNet software.  He will also be responsible for conducting training on polystyrene recycling and help to educate the general public and schools about the process.

keyboard_arrow_upPackaging design students awarded
keyboard_arrow_downPackaging design students awarded

Winners of the Food Science and Technology Category of the 2013 Institute of Packaging SA Student Gold Pack Awards were recently announced.

keyboard_arrow_upInternational recognition for student’s pop-up yoghurt cup
keyboard_arrow_downInternational recognition for student’s pop-up yoghurt cup

Stellenbosch University (SU) Food Science student Sarah Erasmus’ eye-catching design of a collapsible plastic cup in which to mix instant yoghurt was placed among the top 13 entries in the International Student WorldStar packaging design competition.