A. Industry News

‘Waste Shark’ aquadrone tested for harbour clean-ups, and more

RANMARINE Technology, a drone technology company from the Netherlands, specialises in remote controlled and autonomous drones called ‘Sharks’ that operate on water, extracting unwanted material and gathering data about the marine environment. RanMarine’s WasteShark™, modelled on Earth’s biggest fish, the whale shark, will ‘eat’ plastics and other floating litter; extract alien and pest vegetation; and… 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 »