A. Industry News

Supercart trolley crowned Recycled Product of the Year

A HUMBLE supermarket trolley has been crowned the Best Recycled Product of the Year at the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation’s biennial competition, which took place on 14 October 2021. Manufactured by Supercart SA for Pick n Pay and entered for the Consumer & Leisure category, the trolley is moulded in HDPE and comprises of… Read more »

Big expansion projects for Mpact Plastic Containers

FRESH from the fiasco of its venture into PET recycling, Mpact Group is involved in further major expansion of its plastics business with a sizeable chunk of that going into recycling, now for polyolefins. In this case the vehicle for the expansion is Mpact Plastic Containers (MPC), which is a separate business within the Mpact… Read more »

Roto supplier Fenix Rising opens plants in Cameroon, DRC

THERE may be some confusion about the origins of the name of the company Fenix Rising, but there’s no doubt about its intentions, it literally is rising from the ashes of a failed business venture. Fenix is a Cape Town-based multi-channel roto supply business which, besides manufacturing roto powders as well as its own roto machines,… Read more »

Safrique celebrates 25yrs of intra-Africa trade

INTRA-AFRICA trade specialist Safrique of Johannesburg is celebrating its 25th year of doing business across the continent. Cross-border trade is difficult on most continents, and in Africa the challenges are possibly even greater, but Safrique has survived and thrived during this period, with Merwyn Moodley and Safrique’s team of traders having literally crisscrossed the continent… Read more »

Technology boost for SA’s recycling sector

INNOVATIVE technology to track, trace and record the trading in recyclable materials is being rolled out across South Africa. The move is set to empower recycling SMMEs, strengthen the value chain and promote the economic inclusion of the informal sector. An innovative digital platform called BanQu will help buy-back centres accurately record and track their… Read more »

S&N buys Rubbertek’s sponge pressing plant

S & N RUBBER of Port Elizabeth has purchased the sponge moulding and component production assets of Rubbertek of Durban. Established by the late Reg Connelly in the late ’80s, Rubbertek was involved in both rubber compounding and the production of rubber technical components, mainly by injection and compression moulding and sponge extrusion. It had… Read more »

Honeydew toolroom builds biggest mould yet

THERE are few experiences for mould makers to top that of having a mould accepted at the initial mould trial. In most cases, minor adjustments need to be undertaken to meet the end user’s brief. The more complex the job is – the more satisfying this can be. For Wizard Tool & Die of Johannesburg,… Read more »

Performance pioneers ‘micro-granule’ technology for consistent tints

PERFORMANCE Colour Systems is pioneering micro-granule technology for use in colouring applications where only light colour tints are required. A main feature of this market is that, although addition levels are relatively low, many of the applications are in popular consumer products where on-going colour tint consistency is extremely necessary. Brand suppliers desire extremely minimal… Read more »

Nylopack installs another big 5-layer line

LEADING coex films manufacturer Nylopack has, in the quiet times that Covid induced, installed yet another big 5-layer Rajoo extrusion line. Continuing with its plant buildup since entering the multi-layer films sector in 2010, when the Nylopack partners bought the films business of Huhtamaki, the company has made successive investments in plant including the purchase… Read more »

Khaya Khanya lightweight concrete factories bring hope to communities in SA

SOUTH Africa’s first community polystyrene brick making factory using recycled polystyrene opened its doors in Atlantis outside of Cape Town in November 2021. The Khaya Khanya Atlantis Lightweight Concrete Factory is the first franchise of many that will be established in municipalities around South Africa over the next five years. The factory is expected to… Read more »

No more lost time as Conver-Tek commissions solar, back-up power plant

By BEVAN DAVIS, Managing Director, Conver-Tek   I ASKED a highly respected, senior ex-Eskom engineer and power consultant to assess the risk of not converting my factory to a system totally independent of Eskom. Any 24-hour plastics manufacturer, whether they are doing injection moulding, blow moulding or extrusion or other process, needs a continuous process… Read more »

Why SA leads the African circular plastics industry

By Carolina Perujo Holland, Analyst, Plastic Recycling at Independent Commodity Intelligence Services (ICIS) WASTE management is currently one of the main challenges faced by the African recycled polymer supply chain. Population growth rates are over 2% per year and the consequent increase in consumption of plastics packaging makes this the largest fraction of waste after… Read more »

From recycled polystyrene to concrete blocks

Envirolite is proof that polystyrene CAN be recycled – and even better, that any colour of polystyrene can be used. Envirolite work closely with waste management services across South Africa to divert polystyrene waste from landfill to be used in the manufacture of energy efficient walling and flooring products. Our vision is to turn the… Read more »

Section 18 EPR is here…are you ready?

GROWTH in South Africa’s population and increased urbanisation has led to an increase in per capita waste generation. This places stress on current landfills and results in litter in the environment. As a pro-active response to the growing national concern around waste and its impact on society and the environment, South Africa recently published the… Read more »

Precision Valve SA goes global

PRECISION VALVE SA in Rosslyn established in 1968 and since then one of South Africa’s leading manufacturers of aerosol dispensing products, is living up to its status as a member of the international PRECISION Group by going, literally, global too. It has recently exported a number of containers of aerosol parts to back up the… Read more »

Principle chills out with new solution

PRINCIPLE Plastics in Port Elizabeth has come up with a novel cooling solution for its fleet of injection moulding machines – by circulating water from its firefighting water storage tanks via a Plate Heat Exchanger system, to keep the moulding machines oil at optimum temperatures. The solution saves both water and energy costs. Principle is… Read more »

Boost for recycling as bottle labelling trial signals success

A GROUND-BREAKING trial that renders plastic bottles with self-adhesive labels fully recyclable promises positive spin-offs for the environment and plastic producers who have until November to comply with Section 18 of the National Environmental Management Waste Act. Until now, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles with adhesive labels have hampered South African recycling processes, because the… Read more »

Second venture by Ebor group as Ebor East London starts

EBOR East London, the second manufacturing unit in the Ebor group following the establishment of Ebor Automotive Systems in Port Elizabeth in 2014, has gone into operation at the East London IDZ. A major venture following the success of the group’s first venture in PE, Ebor EL has been set up specifically to supply first-tier… Read more »

There’s no twist in the Taili, new machines prove popular

INTRODUCING a new make of machine (into any country) is always a difficult undertaking, not just for the machine manufacturer – it’s a challenge too for the machine supplier and for the first customers. By now skepticism about Chinese injection moulding machine has faded to a distant murmur, although it wasn’t so at first. In… Read more »

Cabletech Marketing expands range with Haitian Precision’s new Hision VMC II CNC machine tools

CABLETECH Marketing, suppliers of solutions to the South African plastic’s industry since 1976, and proudly associated with Haitian International, has added Haitian’s Hision CNC range to the already very successful Haitian injection moulding machine range. The VMC series machines was specifically built for the mould making industry and features Hision’s own 12 000rpm BT40 spindle, Fanuc… Read more »

Safripol approves more than R100 million to upgrade Sasolburg plant

SAFRIPOL, which operates HD and PP manufacturing plants in Sasolburg and a PET plant in Durban, has for long been one of South Africa’s most reliable material suppliers, but the second half of 2020 saw a number of supply interruptions. We asked chief operating officer at Safripol, Nico van Niekerk, what happened? SAPT: Nico, you… Read more »

Rigifoam group buys National Urethane Industries

RIGIFOAM has purchased National Urethane Industries, including all its plant, lab and intellectual property, in the process creating one of the top polyurethane solutions supply operations in Africa. The transaction was completed recently, for an undisclosed sum. Like Rigifoam, National Urethane Industries (NUI) is a Johannesburg-based polyurethane systems house with a national footprint plus exports… Read more »

Extreme shortage in material supply heaps pressure

COVID-19 has created many complications but one of the least expected was the effect the crisis would have on supply chains, a situation which has seriously affected polymer availability around the world as well as in South Africa. The slowdown induced by the lockdown from March 2020, saw material manufacturers reduce output as demand slowed,… Read more »

New compounding company, Kainotomia Polymers, sets up in Centurion

KAINOTOMIA Polymers opened its doors in September 2020 in Icon Industrial Park, Centurion. Owned and run by Albert Gildenhuys, the company has seen consistent growth in the first seven months of operations. Kainotomia specialises in the colour compounding and milling of LLDPE into powders for the rotomoulding industry. The name ‘Kainotomia’ is derived from a… Read more »

Requirements for the production of tethered caps

FOLLOWING the recent new EU regulation for caps and closures, manufacturers in the EU must ensure that any caps and closures they manufacture must be ‘tethered’ by July 2024 at the latest. Tethered caps are caps which remain firmly attached to the bottle after opening and during the product’s service life or life cycle. “Plastic… Read more »

Unique PET tray-to-tray recycling in a single extrusion step

WITH the innovative MRSjump Extruder, Gneuss offers an optimum solution for post-consumer tray-to-tray recycling, which meets all requirements of completely circular modern food packaging. Recycling and decontamination with the MRSjump Extruder are possible in one single extrusion step without upstream or downstream material treatment steps. This opens up new possibilities for the recycling of tray… Read more »

Trends in automotive-parts manufacturing

ELECTROMOBILITY, autonomous driving and connectivity are among the major trends that are set to fundamentally change demands on vehicles and consequently on how they are manufactured. The body, the lighting systems, the glazing and the interior must be thought of differently, requiring new technologies. Injection moulding technology, with its diverse options for process integration and… Read more »

Craft Plastics branches out

WITH a solid foundation, Craft Plastics, which started in 1994 in Gauteng, was built up with blood, sweat and tears.  Director Bevan Lambinon has now been able to branch out both in his business offerings and his imagination. Craft Trading and Projects Pty Ltd was launched In February 2020 to facilitate the exponential growth of… Read more »

Rush Recycling separates aluminum from ABS, HIPS

RUSH Recycling, which specializes in the separation of aluminium foil from thermoformed plastic sheeting, has put its plant into operation in a venture that has the potential to be a first for South Africa. Based in Wadeville, Johannesburg, Rush is a startup venture by Brian Fetting which is recycling material which up until now has… Read more »

Cape recycler Pelmanco installs biggest Erema yet

PELMANCO, the polyolefins recycler based in Blackheath near Cape Town, has recently installed its biggest Erema system yet. Established in 1992, Pelmanco has installed a series of Erema systems over the years, starting in 2003, as it steadily increased volume throughput, and the commissioning of the new system in November last year is evidence that… Read more »

Banbury & Hubron: Powering Black Masterbatch success across SA

BANBURY and Hubron will be celebrating their 24th year of partnership this year, having come together in 1997. The collaboration has been a catalyst for success and expansion in South Africa, with thousands of tons of Hubron’s Black Masterbatch being used for a large variety of applications. As one of the world’s leading suppliers of… Read more »

Extrupet commissions its 3rd food-grade line

EXTRUPET commissioned its third food-grade line in January and now has three operational food grade rPET lines. SA Polymer Technology spoke to Harjinder Kaur Jutley (Jiney), Extrupet’s sales coordinator. How has the installation of your third food-grade line been going? Jiney: Wow, what a journey! The start of lock down, at the end of March… Read more »

Africa’s first fully biodegradable rigid plastic jar from Teqal

TEQAL, the specialist producer of injection moulded rigid plastic containers for the cosmetics and industrial sectors, has been awarded a R50-million financing facility by the IDC to expand its factory at the Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone. Started as a greenfields venture in 2016 in a mini-factory at Dube Trade House in KZN, Teqal ‘cherry… Read more »

Metals group Insimbi introduces its plastics drum business

METALS business Insimbi Group has settled its plastic container and drum manufacturing venture and is now ready to tell the market about it. JSE-listed Insimbi’s core business prior to its entry to the plastic container sector was the supply of metals, including steel and aluminum as well as foundry products. It became involved in plastics… Read more »

Danone takes on challenge to provide COVID-compliant desks to schools

DANONE has taken on the challenge to provide COVID-compliant desks to seven ECD schools, five of which are based in Ekurhuleni, the metropolitan in which its production facility is situated. What makes these desks unique is that they are made up of recycled yoghurt tubs. Converting waste into resources addresses a social need in two… Read more »

Bagman recycles BOPP, finds some applications

BAGMAN of East London has entered into one of the more unusual recycling ventures of late, the reprocessing of bioriented polypropylene film. Few, if any, have been involved in reprocessing BOPP, mainly originating from film scrap, which is widely used (chip, biscuit and other packets) and virtually all of which goes to landfill. But Bagman… Read more »

DRV Plastics ramps up productivity

DRV Plastics, based in Roodepoort, Gauteng, has commissioned two Wintec injection moulding machines supplied by local agent, Greentech Machinery. DRV Plastics specialises in the production of aerosol and generic closures, promotional packaging and containers and larger part injection moulded parts for the industrial industry.  It prides itself on its ability to provide customers with fast… Read more »

Bokamoso Polymer Fund launched

TSHWANE University of Technology launched a new qualification in October ­ the Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Materials Engineering in Polymer Technology. The aim of this new qualification is to addresses the critical shortage of qualified plastics technicians and engineers facing South Africa, as the global competition and technical skills gaps in the industry increase…. Read more »

SA’s first road made of recycled tyres performs well

SOUTH Africa’s first road made from a mixture of recycled tyres and asphalt has been hailed a success, and it may be the start of a new road structure for the country. In November 2019, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in partnership with Much Asphalt, the largest commercial asphalt producer in southern… Read more »

Plastics recycling figures for 2019

PLASTICS/SA, the umbrella body representing the entire South African plastics industry, has just released the plastics recycling figures for the year ending December 2019. A detailed survey into the state of the country’s plastics recycling industry is conducted annually by Annabé Pretorius of Plastix 911 – an independent consultant who has an unsurpassable knowledge of… Read more »

Ótima brand proves very popular

DARSIM Tool & Die, founded in 1992 by Jorge Simoes, began to really surge ahead after its Ótima housewares brand was brought to life by Jorge and his son Dario in 2012, as the need for quality and affordable houseware products emerged in South Africa, and later in southern Africa By the time of the… Read more »

Polyoak innovates through pandemic

POLYOAK Packaging embraced the important role it plays in ensuring uninterrupted supply of essential packaging for food, beverages and products throughout the COVID lockdown during which it took proactive steps early on to ensure the safety of its people and bolster its operations. Before the official lockdown commenced, the country-wide group had already placed preventative… Read more »

Massive rPET challenge as Zibo begins recycling of PET trays, punnets

Zibo Containers of Cape Town has taken a bold step with the installation of a Vacurema line that will enable it to recycle post-consumer PET material for the production of FDA/EFSA approved food-grade trays and punnets. Up to now, PET trays – which although highly popular, constitute only about 10% of SA’s estimated 260 000… Read more »

Plans for Utshongo PET plant progress

PLANS for the construction of a PET plant at the Coega IDZ near Port Elizabeth by Utshongo Polytech have progressed, even during the lockdown, and the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) study now being conducted is the next step for the ambitious, estimated R1,3-billion project. The Utshongo project was introduced to the local market in November… Read more »

Composites cluster winding down

AFTER four years of operation, the Mandela Bay Composites Cluster has had to close due to funding difficulties. The Cluster was initially established by funding from the DTI as part of the national Cluster Development Programme and was co-funded by industry partners . “As a result of funding shortfalls, that are expected to persist, and which… Read more »

Bagman goes up a gear, commissions Polystar recycling extruder

BAGMAN of East London, a bag manufacturer which switched to mainstream recycling, recently went up a gear when it commissioned its most advanced line yet, a Polystar Repro-Flex 100 recycling extrusion system. Bagman obtained its Waste Licence in early 2019 after a long and expensive process, according to Bagman MD Wouter de Lange, who was… Read more »

New agency partnership for Banbury in colour dosing for PET packaging

BANBURY Colour & Dosing Solutions has taken on a new agency – Kalay, a Brazilian-based manufacturer of high-quality colorants and additives for the plastics industry, at the same time parting ways with Holland Colours who Banbury has represented in SA for many years. “We look forward to continuing our relationships with every single customer and… Read more »

Interest in PhoenixPET® goes global

We talk to Russell Westley, who looks after Extrupet’s key accounts, about the addition of the new Starlinger line and what this means for food grade recycling SAPT: Good morning to Extrupet, how is the recycling business in the middle of the pandemic? Russ: Good morning! Yes, it certainly has been a time of reflection…. Read more »

Chimei steps up!

RAWMAC Import and Distribution celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, marking an illustrious career in the SA plastics raw materials industry. Established in 1980, Rawmac supplies engineering polymers to the industry, also providing logistics and technical backup. With a presence in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth, the company is one of SA’s longest… Read more »

Continental opens specialised production site for engineering polymers

CONTINENTAL Compounders, the largest PVC compounder in Sub Saharan Africa, has expanded its range and compound product offering to now also offer the South African market engineering polymers, opening a specialised production site in Marianhill, KwaZulu-Natal, to accommodate this. Continental Compounders compound in excess of 40 000 metric tons a year, together with its engineering… Read more »

Rare Plastics achieves certification for manufacture of HDPE gas pipe

RARE Plastics, Meyerton-based HDPE pipe manufacturer and distributor, recently achieved its SANS ISO 4437.2 certification to manufacture HDPE gas pipe. “Rare Plastics believes in setting the benchmark for quality in our industry, so achieving this certification ensures that we continue to strive for perfection. It enables us to give our clients the assurance that they… Read more »

Cabletech commissions blow moulder & injection moulder at Polar Plastics

POLAR Plastics, based in Robertville in Northern Johannesburg, successfully commissioned two new machines at its premises in recent months – a Haitian MA160 International IMM injection moulder and a Dawson ABLB80 Single Head Double Station blow moulding machine. Established in 1996, Polar Plastics specialises in plastic screw-on closures and a range of bottles, serving the… Read more »

What manufacturers can do now to maintain continuity in the new normal

By SYSPRO chief product officer, Paulo de Matos MANUFACTURERS and distributors are operating in intensely pressured times. Stats SA reported that manufacturing output decreased for the ninth consecutive month in February of 2020 with the full extent of the damage caused by Covid-19 and the nationwide lockdown still unknown. There is no doubt that COVID-19… Read more »

Plastic bags have smallest enviro footprint, CSIR confirms

THE South African plastics industry has welcomed the recent findings released by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), confirming that reusable, plastic shopping bags have the lowest environmental footprint compared to carrier bags made from alternative materials. The study was funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and aimed to identify… Read more »

GPS Plastics makes & donates thousands of face shields

KZN-based GPS Plastics has manufactured and donated more than 17 500 face shields to frontline workers in SA, with the majority going to state-run hospital staff. GPS Plastics is now also looking at various other products that it can assist with during the Covid-19 pandemic. Kevin Govender, MD of GPS Plastics said that a 3D… Read more »

Preparing for a progressive manufacturing base amidst COVID-19

  COVID-19 is reshaping the South African and African  manufacturing sector and is compounding existing challenges while simultaneously eradicating established practices, subsequently altering the manufacturing world as we know it for the foreseeable future. However, with change, brings opportunity. The Manufacturing Indaba, together with Futureworld invite you to re-envisage your manufacturing or related business by… Read more »

Fighting COVID-19 in SA: A challenge to the SA plastics industry to get onboard

THE Coronavirus outbreak has left no person or industry unaffected. Whilst the rest of the country is in lockdown at their homes, South Africa’s police force, healthcare professionals and other workers in the frontline fight against the Covid-19 virus are ill-equipped and face serious shortages of gloves, masks and other protective gear. “As the plastics… Read more »

SAPPMA urges government to allow pipe manufacturers to re-open their doors

The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) – the standards body for the local plastic pipe industry, is urging Government to allow its members to reopen their manufacturing facilities four weeks into the national COVID-19 lockdown. “Safe drinking water is a prerequisite for protecting public health and all human activity. Properly treated waste water… Read more »

Search for solutions continues at Safripol sustainability conference

SAFRIPOL’S 2020 Sustainability Conference focussed on the many environmental problems faced by the industry with presentations from across the board adding to the mix as, let’s face it, the search for solutions continues. Of considerable interest to all delegates was the presentation by Craig Arnold, formerly president of Dow Chemical Sub-Saharan Africa, but since seconded… Read more »

New company Tego Plastics launches bulk bin

KAAP Agri, the JSE-listed group trading in agricultural, fuel and related retail markets, has unveiled its first major investment of more than R150 million to further bolster its manufacturing capabilities. The investment entails the establishment of Tego Plastics (Pty) Ltd, a new subsidiary of the Kaap Agri Group, based in Brackenfell, Cape Town. Tego Plastics… Read more »

Inkulu installs major Yili 1200mm pipe line

INKULU Plastic Pipe of KZN has recently completed one of its biggest capex projects to date, the commissioning of a 1200mm solid wall pipe extrusion line from a Zhangjiagang City Yili Machinery Co. of China. The order was placed in August 2018 and delivery was made during December 2019. The first production was run during… Read more »

‘One for one’ face shields

Plasticpreneur, a global company that develops and provides easy access, small-scale plastic recycling machines, and teaches social entrepreneurship skills enabling grassroots access to turning plastic waste into new products, is giving one Face Shield free to someone in need with every one bought. With its machines in place the batch production of products like a… Read more »

Industry urges govt to classify plastics manufacturing sector as essential workers

PLASTICS/SA, the umbrella body representing all sectors of the South African plastics industry (including polymer producers and importers, converters, machine suppliers, fabricators and recyclers), is urging the Government to classify certain of its sectors as essential workers. This comes in the wake of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the nation will be locked down from… Read more »

SAVA postpones VINYLS 2020 conference

THE Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) has postponed its upcoming 1-day industry conference, Vinyls2020, which was scheduled to take place at Emperors Palace on Friday, 12 June, until next year following the escalation of the Corona Virus (Covid-19). “Our aim with hosting this industry event is to ensure that we offer a truly world-class conference… Read more »

Plastics industry defined as a priority sector by govt

MILLIONS of South Africans were glued to their television sets on 13 February, to watch President Cyril Ramaphosa deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA) to the joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. As the President was setting out government’s key policy objectives and deliverables for the year… Read more »

SA Plastics Pact a first in Africa!

THE official launch of the SA Plastics Pact on 30 January saw a 100-seater conference room left with only standing room as key stakeholders in the plastics value chain – including businesses, governments and NGOs – gathered to learn more about this bold initiative. The statistics about plastic pollution are overwhelming, but initiatives such as… Read more »

Recycled Product Awards shine light on industry innovation

THE all-new rPET shipping pallet made manufactured by Palletplast trumped 27 other semi-finalists to win the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation’s Best Recycled Plastic Product Award for 2019. Dubbed the ‘Oscars of the Plastics Industry,’ the Best Recycled Plastic Product Awards event was held at Workshop17 in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town on 4… Read more »

Purple Line goes 2-stage, again … this time with PP

PURPLE LINE PLASTICS, the Cape small container manufacturing specialist, has achieved another coup with the introduction of new technology for the 2-stage stretch blow moulding of polypropylene containers, possibly the first in South Africa to do so. Purple Line MD Charl du Plessis and ‘lieutenant/sheriff’ Kevin Marle have been operating the company in Triangle Farm,… Read more »

Botswana’s Sun Plastics gears up, gains BRC accreditation & sets up depots in SA

SUN Plastics, the Botswana-based manufacturer of innovative and advanced barrier flexible packaging, has recently gained A-category BRC accreditation. With over 40 years experience in the flexible packaging market within the Southern Africa region, Sun Plastics is dedicated to produce the most technologically advanced films and offers quality and service to international standards. Sun Plastics is… Read more »

Biggest injection machines from China yet, commissioned in SA

TWO huge Tederic injection moulding machines, of 4500 and 2700 tons clamp force capacity, have been commissioned at Tego Plastics in Cape Town. The new systems are the biggest injection machines from China to be installed in South Africa to date, an impressive showing of the growing efficiency and capability of the Chinese machine manufacturers,… Read more »

New Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree starts 2020

Three-year qualification specifically to prepare plastics technicians and engineers for SA market AFTER a few years of developmental workshops, Plastics/SA, the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and various other stakeholders  . More than 50 people from various companies in the plastics industry, representatives of the Plastics Institute (PISA) and students attended. This qualification seeks to… Read more »

Industry leaders make steady progress in efforts to end plastic waste

THE South African Initiative to End Plastic Waste has already made important progress in its efforts to find workable solutions that will end plastic from polluting the environment. According to Plastics/SA executive director, Anton Hanekom, the initiative was formed earlier this year and enjoys the support and active participation of the entire packaging value chain… Read more »

K2019 gives a clear signal for responsible handling of plastics

K2019, the leading global trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, has drawn to a close in Düsseldorf after eight days. The 3,330 exhibitors from 63 nations proved impressively: plastics continue to be an innovative, indispensable, future-oriented material. But they also unanimously underscored the necessity of having operational circular economies along the complete material… Read more »

Chromaflo acquires SA colour firm Liquid Colours

GLOBAL colorant provider Chromaflo Technologies, has made its second international acquisition in less than a year, this time buying Liquid Colours (Pty) Ltd of South Africa for an undisclosed price. Liquid Colours’ colorant dispersion division includes pigment dispersions and colorant technologies for decorative paint point-of-sale, in-plant systems, industrial coatings and other applications. That business will… Read more »

PESC lab achieves ISO accreditation – first in SA

PRODUCTIVITY Engineering Services and Consultants (PESC), an independent polymer and plastics testing laboratory, successfully obtained SANAS accreditation for ISO/IEC 17025 at the end of July, a first of its kind in South Africa. François Prinsloo (Ndip & BTech Polymer Technology), PESC lab quality manager, says ISO 17025 accreditation is awarded for the competence of testing… Read more »

Start-up PlasX installs major plant in PE

PlasX, a new injection moulding business in Port Elizabeth, has recently commissioned its plant – including 14 Haixing injection moulding machines – in what must be one of the most impressive ventures in SA this year. The start-up business, in totally refurbed industrial premises in Korsten, is a collaboration between a number of shareholders, including… Read more »

Cabletech commissions first Haitian Mars at Ian Brown Engineering

CABLETECH installed a Haitian Mars 2500/1000G injection moulding machine at Ian Brown Engineering, owner and manufacturer of the Rybro brand of castors and wheels. This increases the company’s fleet to seven injection moulding machines, with the MA2500/1000G unit being the largest. Based in Kya Sands in Johannesburg, Ian Brown Engineering – widely known as ‘IBE’… Read more »

Airtect mould leak detection system from Injection Technik

SPECIALIST mould repair/maintenance business, Injection Technik, is now also supplying the Airtect leak detection system for hot runner moulds. Manufactured by the eponymously name Airtect of Ireland, the system is a modular and fixed leak detection technology designed to monitor the injection process, starting with the barrel and nozzle up to the hot runner mould,… Read more »

SA company paves the way with plastic road

In a ground-breaking, market-leading initiative, Shisalanga Construction – a majority owned subsidiary of Raubex Group Limited – has paved a South African road using a locally recycled plastic compound as part of the formula ingredient in the asphalt. During August, the South African recycled plastic road paving trial was successfully completed in Cliffdale, KwaZulu-Natal, in… Read more »

Utshongo unveils plan to put up PET plant at Coega

UTSHONGO Polytech has lifted the lid on its ambitious plan to construct a PET manufacturing plant at the Coega IDZ near Port Elizabeth in what is estimated to be a R1,3-billion undertaking . “We are going ahead with the project,” said Mphumezi Penny of Utshongo, based in Midrand. “The South African PET market needs a… Read more »

Austrian company introduces small-scale recycling machinery to SA

AUSTRIAN company, Plasticpreneur, visited South Africa recently to promote machinery the company has developed that facilitates empowerment of individuals and communities involved in small-scale recycling by re-creating value from waste products. SA Polymer Technology met with Plasticpreneur’s Søren Lex to find out more. What started for Soren as a social entrepreneurship project in Uganda a… Read more »

Global 4IR experts for African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show

TWENTY-three presenters, including several European-based advanced manufacturing experts, will address the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on South Africa’s manufacturing sectors at the African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show from 27-28 November. The international line-up includes Grafton LSR Ltd Engineering Director, Mark Chapman, whose team has engineered the Bloodhound –  the most advanced straight-line… Read more »

Boost for Ermelo recycling project

MOTIVATED by a strong desire to clean up the environment, while also fighting unemployment, hunger and the growing threat of drugs in her community, Johanna Leshabane launched the Bophelo Recycling project in 2007. And while the project started out relatively small, the power of partnerships has seen it grow to the point where it now… Read more »

MBT changes name to Meraxis South Africa  

A NEW global materials distributor entered the international polymers market in July in the form of Meraxis Group, following the merger between the Swiss businesses MB Barter & Trading and Rehau GmbH. Meraxis made its official debut in the market on 1 July.and will be promoting itself as a new player in the market at… Read more »

CTP Flex, Polyplank develop solution for laminate scrap

BENEFICIATION is a term usually applied to the mining sector, a process that involves improving the economic value of ores, but there’s no reason for convertors to not look at a similar scenario for production scrap. These polymer materials are, after all, commodities and in some cases production scrap – including start-up scrap, edge trim… Read more »

BFG Africa: Black industrialist company takes off in composites industry

BFG Africa Rail, a joint venture by global composites group BFG International of Bahrain and local black industrialist group Mergence, opened its South African moulding plant in Johannesburg on 18 July. Mergence, a diversified financial services group based in Cape Town. acquired a 51% stake in the R50-million venture, set up in June 2018, with… Read more »

The reinvention of mobility

The car of the future will be a multifunctional, mobile living and working space. This is the guiding principle of a new interior concept for future mobility, which Covestro will present at the K 2019 plastics trade fair. Like the smartphone, it will seamlessly accompany its user around the clock and adapt to his or… Read more »

Zerma launches new machines at Chinaplas

ZERMA exhibited at Chinapas in May and Zerma Africa’s Jeff Cawcutt was there to check out the company’s exciting new machinery – some of which are destined for South Africa. www.zerma.com

Vesconite Bearings invests in 5-axis capability

VESCONITE Bearings, based in the Free State-based, is ramping up its 5-axis machining capability in line with future demands for more complex machined parts made from its advanced engineered plastics. The company already has a Haas VF 11 and a 6-m Marufuku machining centre with a 5-axis head and is currently investigating the purchase of… Read more »

Dow and Menshen bring sustainable design to spouted pouches

DOW and Menshen, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of caps, closures and single-serve capsules, have launched new Reverse Spout Sealing Technology that enables the production of spouted pouches made of mono-material films. This exciting technology allows converters to address the recycling criteria for flexible packaging and can help brands meet their sustainability packaging goals…. Read more »

PET plastic bottles crest SA’s recycling wave

AS the global movement away from single-use plastics gathers momentum, South Africa continues to make significant strides in its PET plastic recycling efforts. According to the latest statistics released by national industry body PET Recycling Company (PETCO), 98 649 tons of post-consumer PET plastic bottles were recycled last year alone, saving 612 000 cubic metres… Read more »

Most advanced 3D printing centre in Africa

APRIL 10 saw the Inauguration of the 3D Printing High-Tech Centre, the largest and most advanced of its kind in Africa, at the Polytechnique at the University of Yaounde in Cameroon. The centre is the ‘brain-child’ of Israeli entrepreneur Uri Sela of Sela Educational Initiatives and incorporates state-of-the-art Israeli equipment and will offer both Cameroonian… Read more »

Namibia Plastics commissions Reifenhäuser Evolution line

NAMIBIA Plastics of Windhoek has recently commissioned a new Reifenhäuser ‘Evolution’ blown film line in a project which could result in imported film being substituted by locally manufactured films for a number of Namibia’s main brand suppliers. Set up as recently as 2011 as a supplier of a range of packaging films, Namibia Plastics had… Read more »

New Plastics Economy Global Commitment reveals efforts to tackle plastic waste & pollution

DETAILS of how brands, governments and other organisations are tackling plastic pollution have been set out side-by-side for the first time, thanks to a new report published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative, in collaboration with UN Environment. Major companies including Carrefour, Colgate Palmolive, MARS, Incorporated, Nestlé, SC Johnson, The Coca-Cola Company… Read more »

Banning plastic shopping bags is a simplistic, rash response

PLASTICS│SA has slated the move by retailers and shopping malls to ban plastic shopping bags as simplistic, rash responses to a complex problem.   In a statement by association, Executive Director, Anton Hanekom said what is required is a rational solution to the genuine crisis of plastic pollution, not an emotional reaction. “Many of those… Read more »

Cape Town PS recycler creates items valued at R3-million a month

NEW Earth Recycling, a company based in Parow and a member of the award-winning Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP), processes 40 tons of waste a month from polystyrene products to create new usable items valued at an estimated R3-million each month. Mayco Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, James Vos, explains the company’s… Read more »

Propak Africa packs a punch!

PROPAK Africa and its co-located events in March saw over 600 exhibitors showcasing their newest products and technologies. Many new products and services were unveiled at the show and visitors were spoilt for choice with the latest state-of-the-art equipment and machinery, auxiliary products and services being exhibited. Held from 12-15 March at the Expo Centre… Read more »

Packaging, PET and pipe in focus at Safripol indaba

SAFRIPOL upped its game a notch with the hosting of its first technical conference in Johannesburg in late-February, a two-day event attended by some 150 industry managers involved in the key areas where the now more diversified group is involved, packaging, pipe and PET. According to Safripol technology and innovation executive, Gert Claasen the goals… Read more »

iCatchi™ gets Intellishift off to flying start, literally

INTELLISHIFT, an injection moulding, toolmaking and product development business, has set up its new plant in Meadowdale, Johannesburg. One of Intellishift’s first products is the iCatchi™ fly catcher device, which is a wholly new solution for the business of trapping flies intended for use in environments where flies are prevalent – which is just about… Read more »

Mould engraving times slashed by laser at Habitat

HABITAT Industries, one of South Africa’s top toolrooms for blow moulds, has expanded its laser engraving capability to the point where it has become a virtual pioneer in this capacity. The springboard for its progress in this area was largely provided by its use of laser technolog for mould cleaning and repairs. Cape Town-based Habitat… Read more »

CTP Flexibles gains BRC accreditation

CTP Flexibles, CTP Limited’s flexible packaging and printing division, recently achieved BRC accreditation in a process that lifted its food grade quality standards compliance … and boosted cooperation among the company’s 170 staff. This adds to the company’s other quality standards achieved, including FSSC 22000 and FDA IMS compliance. The process at the Ndabeni, Cape… Read more »

Polyoak committed to PET recycling

POLYOAK Packaging is intensifying its commitment to extended producer responsibility, by partnering with its customers to optimise the recyclability of their packaging. Polyoak has been a contributing member of Petco, the PET industry’s recycling body, since its inception in 2004, and actively participates on the Petco board. In 2018, Petco and its member companies who… Read more »

ExxonMobil helps plastics convertor achieve 7% energy saving

A SWITCH to Mobil DTE™ 10 Excel hydraulic fluid helped Mpact Plastics in Pinetown reduce the energy used by processing equipment by 7%. The move also helped optimise equipment performance which reduced unscheduled maintenance, while the hydraulic fluid’s long life cut waste oil disposal costs. Mpact Plastics in Pinetown was looking for ways to improve… Read more »

CEO’s launch Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance

SEVERAL international consumer goods companies operating across Africa, including Diageo, Unilever, The Coca Cola Company and Nestlé, launched the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance at the CEO Africa Forum in Kigali. The Alliance aims to turn the current challenge of plastic waste in Sub-Saharan Africa into an opportunity to create jobs and commercial activity by improving… Read more »

End Plastic Pollution – South African Alliance

PLASTICS|SA – the umbrella body representing the entire plastics industry in South Africa – invites all role players in the plastics value chain to jointly find workable solutions to end plastic pollution in our oceans and environment: Join the South African Alliance to End Plastic Pollution. South Africa’s plastic pollution problem is at risk of… Read more »

Industry shifts towards sustainable packaging

IN A growing industry shift towards sustainable packaging and product design, one of South Africa’s largest manufacturers of wood-based products, PG Bison, has decided to use only locally sourced and recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) strapping. According to PG Bison’s chief executive officer, Gerhard Victor, the company uses 9.1 million metres of plastic strapping per annum… Read more »

Gold Pack Awards impress yet again

The annual Gold Pack Awards once again saw the South African packaging industry come together to recognise and share in innovative and exciting achievements. “The Institute of Packaging would not be able to run this programme without the incredible support we receive from the industry – as entrants in the competition and as sponsors,” said… Read more »

First PET thermoform plastic converter signs with PETCO

Signals changing sentiment among producers RPC Astrapak Thermopac has become the first in the PET thermoform plastics sector – responsible for products such as lightweight sandwich and fruit trays, which account for just under 20% of PET products nationwide – to sign on with PETCO, which until now has been supported primarily by the PET… Read more »

Trail Shreda mountain bike training aid

THE Trail Shreda was designed in conjunction with the Crank Shop and was manufactured by Pioneer Plastics in Rosslyn South Africa. The product won the 2018 ARMSA Product of the Year Competition. The moulds are all made from CNC aluminium and were made in-house by Pioneer Plastics. Trail Shreda is the first pure mountain bike… Read more »

More high-tech test systems installed at Roediger Agencies lab

ROEDIGER Agencies of Stellenbosch, which offers SA’s only dedicated testing laboratory service for the polymer, elastomer and composites sectors, has made further investments in lab equipment. The systems installed over the past two years expand the company’s services, give it the ability to conduct a variety of new tests and also give it additional back-up… Read more »

New from Progetto: automated carton packer

PROGETTO, the in-line automation systems provider, has developed its own automated carton packer solution. At first glance, the Progetto design of this important packaging utensil appears straightforward … but on closer examination the interested party will find that there are a number of features that required highly specific and accurate positioning of shifters and moving… Read more »

PlastiColors to distribute Milliken plastics additive concentrates in SA

MILLIKEN has named PlastiColors the official distributor in South Africa for its clarifiers, nucleators, UV absorber concentrates and ClearTint concentrates. The agreement took effect on 1 August 2018. PlastiColors has actively developed markets for Milliken’s products over the past five years. PlastiColors has a thorough understanding of the value and workings of Milliken’s nucleators and… Read more »

Rehau group acquires MB Barter & Trading

Merged group will create new global player in polymer industry REHAU GmbH, the procurement arm of the Rehau Group, and the worldwide trading subsidiaries of MB Barter & Trading AG will combine their strengths into a new, yet to be named, Swiss based company with an annual turnover of $2.5-billion. Both companies are active in… Read more »

HellermannTyton SA exports tools to Germany

IT’S NOT often that you hear of tools being supplied from South Africa to Germany, if ever for that matter, but remarkably that is the case at HellermannTyton in Johannesburg. The engineering team at the company’s Linbro Business Park plant is, surprisingly, supplying moulds back to the global group’s German parent company for use there… Read more »

Capacity expansion at Concept in Howick

THE Edwards brothers of Concept Plastic Moulding of Howick, KZN, have recently commissioned their biggest blow moulding machine yet, a True Easy system from China which can manufacture containers up to five litres. Part of a capacity expansion project, Concept also recently commissioned two new Yizumi machines (120 and 260-ton systems), giving it the opportunity… Read more »

Bottle Printers opens Cape Town plant

BOTTLE Printers of SA, one of the country’s top specialised container printers, has opened a new factory in Cape Town, enabling it to expand services to the Cape market. Bottle Printers Cape Town is a joint venture with Cape-based print fundi Laurent Moret, who has over 20 years’ experience in container printing. Centrally located in… Read more »

Lovell Industries & Arengo Plastics accredited to FSSC Food Safety Standard

LOVELL Industries is one of the largest blister packaging manufacturers in South Africa and has, since its establishment in 1973, manufactured moulds and dies for various industries. In the 1980s the focus of mould making naturally moved into the blister packaging sector and, since then, Lovell Industries’ business model has continued to evolve: the company… Read more »