WITH A Bow ON TOP WRITTEN BY DON CAMPBELL
Fima South Africa, previously known as Treofan South Africa is the packaging solutions partner for the day to day packaging needs of business across South Africa. Specially in the production of Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) with a local production plant in Chamdor, South Africa. Today BOPP has become a popular packaging solution because of its wide variety of benefits including the unique combination properties such as stiffness, transparency, sealability, barrier shine. Providing the wrap up of the industry we spoke with CEO Patrick Munyebate.
“We can offer you a range of clear, white, matt and metalized products in packaging, labelling and carton overwraps.” Fima South Africa was a part of the Treofan Group for over 25 years, and during this time built a solid reputation as producers and suppliers of BOPP products with expert knowledge in the industry.
ima South Africa was a part of the Treofan Group for over 25 years, and during this time built a solid reputation as producers and suppliers of BOPP products with expert knowledge in the
industry. In October 2009, a management buyout saw the local company gain financial control and Treofan SA was re-launched as Fima, which is short for “film making”. Now having gone solo, making this the first local management buy out, we aim to focus on our own product range as well as the development of a bigger and better product range. The Treofan Group, with whom we are still closely connected, has granted Fima exclusive rights to sell their product range into Africa and southern Africa, so there are no worries about not being able to get your hands on your most loved Treofan film, as we will still be working very closely with them. To add to this, we have also teamed up with the well known Dor Films which will enhance our already impressive product range and your packaging solutions needs. In August 2010 a BEE transaction took place and now Wendile Investment Holdings, a 100% black-owned company, has a majority shareholding of Fima, making us a value added company in terms of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment. The principal shareholders of Wendile are Empowa Investments, represented by Molefi Madisikwane, Caesar Molebatsi, Abner Mariri and Patrick Munyembate.
Focus On Staffing In 2011, Fima launched a bid to meet the growing demand of the plastic market and began expanding plans to ultimately produce
32,000t of film at plate capacity per annum. In addition, this naturally had a downstream effect of creating jobs.
“It is imperative for the local market to support local production to ensure sustainability and growth of this industry.”
“With this investment, we aim to produce a Plastics Campus in
Previously part of the Treofan group, Fima is the exclusive
Chamdor offering an array of plastic products that include Biaxially
producer of BOPP products in South Africa and has exclusive rights
to sell Treofan products in South Africa and southern Africa. In
(PET) / Cast Polypropylene (CPP) and metalised films,” said Patrick
line with Fima’s business growth strategy, the company aims to be
Munyembate, Chief Executive Officer at Fima.
exporting to the greater part of Africa and largely the West African
Munyembate went further to say that as a 100% BEE Company -
market based on the new film line, which will increase capacity and
Fima’s values and strategy are kept in line with government’s strategy
ensure that the market needs are met.
to create jobs in South Africa and this capital injection will assist to
New Developments For 2013 And Beyond
address this need. “The plastics industry in our country is declining and job creation is a challenge. The DTI is working hard to revive this industry and with our plant expansion, we will realise this with
“We are currently installing a metalliser which would be
approximately 110 job opportunities by 2013 and the industry as a
operational in January 2014. This would benefit the current market
whole is projected to create approximately 2,000 jobs.
as metallised films are problematic when it comes to printing due
According to Caesar Molebatsi, head of Empowa Investments,
to rapid treatment decay,” Patrick reveals, “All metallised BOPP
which owns majority shareholding at Fima, job creation and
is currently imported. Local supply would eliminate some of the
preservation is important in our country and through government’s
problems with ink adhesion during printing.”
back up and support against imports, the company will have the ability
The market for Anti-mist and MAP films for the fresh produce
and capacity to serve the growing local market without resorting to
industry is increasing and Fima are currently developing a suitable
grade for this market and will be able to supply second quarter 2014.
He added, “In order for businesses to survive in the plastics
“And as always, more variations on our 3 layer films with lower
industry, Fima needs to expand and the plastics industry relies on local
densities that will be available for the snacks and confectionery
production as opposed to imports, as well as sustainability of jobs.”
markets.” He concludes.
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