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  • June / July 2017

    VOLUME 15 NUMBER 3

    Poor liaison with legislators, govt causes problems for convertors, recyclers

    THE fallout from the plastic bag levy of 2002 continues, and it’s not a good story.

    There was optimism in some quarters at the time, 15 years ago, when the bag levy legislation was passed and there were plans for recycling and cleanups and job creation and...

  • APRIL / MAY 2017

    VOLUME 14 NUMBER 2

    ‘Value add’ from SA’s compounders

    ADDING value to a product or service has become quite a slick sales pitch and increasingly popular these days, but it’s not always easy to achieve. One area where we do see this happening in, quite unexpectedly, is that of material compounding – and even...

  • February / March 2017

    VOLUME 15, NUMBER 1

    Only realistic forecast is: expect it to be tough

    WEATHER forecasts have become far more accurate than ever before, but the same can’t be said for economic forecasting – your money is probably safer if you’re betting on the horses.

    A lot of people are...

  • December 2016 / January 2017

    Global end-user market shows growth

    Fine result for K show as attendance grows by 5%

    THIS year’s K show achieved an exceptional result, with attendance of over 230,000 trade visitors from over 160 countries – up from 218,000 at the last event in 2013. That 5.5% increase was a good achievement for the show. The organisers put it down to the ‘globally...

  • October/November 2016

    VOLUME 15  NUMBER 5

    Are we being out-competed by global groups?

    DUCKING and diving can be a necessary strategy, especially in crossfire situations, which is not entirely unlike operating in the current market conditions. One such scenario...

  • AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2016

    VOLUME 14  ISSUE 4

    Acquisitions, expansions and innovation

    THE third quarter of 2016 has seen some interesting movement in the industry, with three of South Africa’s more significant companies involved in acquisition activities.

    WEST African International, the diversified material supply business, has been bought by enX Group in a major transaction which will...

  • June/July 2016

    VOLUME 14 NUMBER 3

     

    Material, machinery makers progress

    MOST companies around the country and even across the region are finding the going tough at the moment but it’s not as if one can switch the lights off and walk out … although some people have been known to do that – and leave the lights...

  • APRIL/MAY 2016

    ISSUE 14 NO 2

    Propak Africa was the way to rid yourself of ‘industry jitters’!

    PROPAK AFRICA has come and gone and it should be a relief to many that the event – which is to a large extent a window to our industry – went off successfully.

    The state of the packaging sector is also in many ways a...

  • February / March 2016

    VOLUME 14 ISSUE 1

    We need more ‘Made in SA’

    ‘MADE in SA’ is going to have to replace ‘Made in China’ if we are going to have any chance of growing our...

  • December 2015 / January 2016

    VOLUME 13 ISSUE 6

    Many in local plastics industry do well over challenging period

    2015 has come and gone and for many of us it wasn’t the best of years, although most of us are still here and, well, enjoying things in Africa.

    It may come as a healthy...

  • October / November 2015

    VOLUME 13 ISSUE 5


    Emerging market woes aren’t helping …
    so let’s get on with the business at hand

    IF YOU have recently become more interested in global economic trends, trying to understand how emerging markets are getting hammered and the Rand seems to continue its never-ending downward spiral, you are not alone.

    But no...

  • August / September 2015

    Managing in tough climate presents challenges

    IT’S COME as a surprise to me that several commentators as well as many citizens out there are surprised to hear that things are going quite nicely at many of the businesses in our industry around the country.

    As a matter of fact, even some convertors and suppliers are surprised to hear that others are doing, well, fine.

    It’s inevitable that the mood in...

  • June/July 2015

    VOLUME 13 ISSUE 3

    Africa’s not for sissies!

    We may have problems, but it’s what we do about them that matters

    AFRICA’S not for sissies, but you really have to be on your game to achieve a good outcome for your associates and...

  • April/May 2015

    VOLUME 13 ISSUE 2

    Sale of companies causes jitters … but it’s good news

    THE industry has been the scene of some big transactions of late, with the biggest being the sale of Nampak’s Flexibles business to Amcor, the Aussie-global packaging group.

  • February / March 2015

    VOLUME 12 ISSUE 6

    Unexpected growth of rPET demand

    OUR main story this issue is about the expansion of Extrupet’s PhoenixPET plant in Johannesburg. Extrupet is in the process of tripling its food-grade rPET capacity, and will in the near future be producing about 1750 tons a month of the...

  • Dec 2014 / Jan 2015

    VOLUME 12 ISSUE 6

    October / November 2014

    VOLUME 12 ISSUE 5

    Rise in production during the strike can’t solve the problem, maybe it is the problem

    PRODUCTION actually increased in some cases during the recent strike … but that’s not going to solve your problem or THE problem for that matter.

    The fact that production increased was mainly the result of owners and...

  • August / September 2014

    VOLUME 12 ISSUE 4

    Women are buoying our industry

    WITH August 9 being National Women’s Day, it’s appropriate that we – for the first time – pay tribute to the women who are buoying our industry!

    The various sector associations which have emerged in the industry over the past...

  • June / July 2014

    VOLUME 12 ISSUE 3
    Astrapak turnaround provides relevant lesson for all businesses

    REMEMBER the days when Astrapak was the flavour of the month, garnering glowing revues from the financial press? Well, those days are gone … but in its place we now have a fascinating revival story, with the Astrapak management involved in a 2-year turnaround programme...

  • April / May 2014

    VOLUME 12 ISSUE 2
    Record breaking and radical projects underway

    BEHIND-THE-SCENES and unseen by almost all, interesting developments are taking place in the industry – even in these challenging times.

    We have fortunately been privy to some of these projects lately and are happy to report about them here....

  • February / March 2014

    VOLUME 12 ISSUE 1
    Sasol EPU5 is seriously impressive

    I WAS PRIVILEGED recently to be a guest of Sasol Polymers at the launch of the Sasol group’s new Ethylene Purification Unit (‘EPU5’) at Sasolburg.

    For anyone involved in the polymer or chemicals business in South Africa,...

  • December 2013 / January 2014

    Industry ends year on golden note !

    WITH 13 of the 19 gold, silver and bronze awards available in six categories (in the four main packaging groups, glass, metal, paper & board and plastics), plastics entries took well over half the awards at the IPSA Gold Pack Awards in October – and capped that with the IPSA Gold Pack Trophy for 2013 too.

    That was one of the most obvious positives for the industry over the past year, and there were...