Sappi’s fate is not in its own hands — but that doesn’t seem to be a bad thing

Sappi’s share price was up 18% on 19 October which sparked some interest in a company with a volatile past. It has moved from buckling under debt to shifting strategy from its former paper trail to feeding into a cellulose market which has a significant number of Chinese producers. This has left Sappi with little wiggle room, but wiggling it is. Sappi is now more exposed to the expanding textile market than the shrinking paper market as a result of its growing exposure to dissolving wood pulp used in cellulose.…

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The future of retail is here – and it’s more cost-effective, sustainable and proudly South Africa

  A recent Deloitte report from April 2019, entitled ‘Consumer Sentiment in Retail’ found that consumers are becoming increasingly environmentally aware. The study revealed that 78% more consumers engaged in conversations about the environment on social media in H1 2019 compared to H1 2018. One of the results of this increase is a rise in criticism of retailers’ implementation of environmentally sustainable solutions. The study showed that, while 16% of consumers praised retailers for their environmentally responsible actions in H1 2018, a year later 48% of consumers were criticising retailers…

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Consol forecasts 15% drop in glass industry sales over next year

  In August the company halted a project because of the ban on alcohol sales in lockdown 05 OCTOBER 2020 – 18:56 ALISTAIR ANDERSON Picture: CONSOL SA’s biggest glass maker, Consol, has predicted a 15% drop in industry revenues over the next 12 months, citing slow recovery from the Covid-19 lockdown alcohol ban and the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus infections. Consol is among several companies that called off plans to invest in factories after the ban on the sale of alcohol after the lockdown restrictions choked off sales…

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Alpla builds new manufacturing plant in Lanseria, South Africa

Austrian packaging manufacturer Alpla is building a new production site near Johannesburg which will combine activities from five existing plants. As part of the consolidation, the production of five existing plants in Harrismith, Denver, Isando, Kempton Park and Samrand will be transferred to the new plant in Lanseria. Located in the province of Gauteng, the factory aims to simplify and optimise manufacturing processes while also contributing to improving logistics and transport. Standard bottle solutions and tailor-made packaging for the food, personal care, home care, chemical, detergent and pharmaceutical industries will…

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The right packaging is a winning formula

Industrial designing and packaging are some of the most essential selling points of a product and one entrepreneur perfecting the art is Sibusiso Mkhwanazi with his Sintu Design: Rooted Innovation studio. Founded in 2017 by the Centurion, Pretoria-based creator and director, Sintu Design specialises in concept development, design thinking, product development and computer-aided design. Mkhwanazi’s journey started with a job at the SA Bureau of Standards, where he developed products for the engineering and manufacturing sectors for mass production and distribution. “So my first major product was designing a prototype…

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Agile: beyond the buzz word for Pyrotec

Agile – one of business’s trending buzz words. But what does it mean? In sport, agility is the ability of athletes to be in control of their bodies while moving or changing direction or position quickly and effectively. To do this, fast reflexes, coordination, balance and speed are matched with the right response to the changing situation. In business, agility refers to an organisation’s ability to rapidly respond to change. This includes adapting goods and services to meet customer demands or restructuring operations to respond to market and environmental changes.…

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Disruptive technology for constructive change

In industry and manufacturing, we’ve seen this linked to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) and as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

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A generation without labels

According to Vaughan Croeser, brand director for Castle Lager Africa, ‘the main barrier keeping people away from each other is the pervasiveness of labels and stereotypes, and the misconceptions we carry about other people’. To help fix this divide, Castle Lager Africa launched its thought-provoking and well-received #smashthelabel campaign. While Castle Lager believes in a world without cultural prejudice or segregation, other less negatively perceived labels are also widely used to identify generations of people: Gen X, Millennials or Gen Y or, most recently, Gen Z or Centennials. But just…

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Trends driving on-pack promotions

Mintel revealed six key consumer trends that will impact global markets in in 2019 and beyond. In its report, Mintel states that the global consumer landscape will evolve as never before, driven by themes of privacy, individuality, wellness, convenience and connectivity. Total wellbeing Consumers are treating their bodies like an ecosystem and seeking solutions that complement their personal health and evolving needs. Challenge accepted There’s a growing momentum to take on new challenges, which is driving consumers to reach new heights and uncover new passions. Rethink plastic While not inherently…

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Do-It® Hang Tabs – Hang, Promote & Sell

Grabbing shoppers’ attention in the grocery aisle on a crowded supermarket shelf or at the point of purchase is becoming much more challenging, especially when competing against brands with bigger marketing budgets. Pyrotec PackMedia’s Do-It® range of hang tabs and display strips is ideal for brand owners who are looking for smart and affordable ways to increase the shelf appeal of their products in the retail space. With our range of merchandising solutions, brand owners can enhance brand presence in-store and make their products stand out from the crowd without…

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