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OVERVIEW

Forestry and paper South African companies have a global presence.

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he forestry and paper sector is one of the most important within the KwaZulu-Natal economy and the province is a national leader. The forest-product export sector in South Africa is made up of paper (45.2%), solid wood (23.3%) and pulp (28.9%). The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government's strategy of creating Industrial Economic Hubs (IEHs) includes the development and expansion of wood processing in the Harry Gwala District Municipality. This is in the wooded south-western part of the province and includes the towns of Kokstad, Harding, Ixopo and Underberg. The province’s two biggest companies in the sector, Sappi and Mondi, are both diversified global companies. Mondi is an integrated packaging and paper value company with more than 100 operations in more than 30 countries. Recent upgrades to Mondi’s woodyard at Richards Bay (shown above) have made a big impact on efficiencies. The addition of an unbleached kraftliner product has expanded the company’s range. Sappi makes paper at two mills in South Africa: the mill at Tugela makes 185 000 tons of speciality paper per annum. A big focus for the company is dissolving wood pulp, made at one site in America and two in South Africa. Dissolving wood pulp is sold as a raw material to converters around the world who produce from it a range of products such as textiles, cellophane wrap and pharmaceuticals. The giant Sappi Saiccor mill 50km south of Durban is the world's biggest manufacturer of dissolving wood pulp. The mill's capacity is 800 000 tons, which makes it the biggest of its kind in the world. Sappi KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2018/19

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SECTOR HIGHLIGHTS • Mondi manages more than 250 00 hectares of plantation in South Africa. • The Sappi Saiccor mill is the world’s biggest site for the manufacture of dissolving wood pulp. is actively looking into the new fields of bio-materials and bio-energy. Nampak produces crêpe paper at Verulam and Rafalo produces tissue paper. SA Paper Mills is another paper producer. Mpact's upgrade of its Felixton mill has increased capacity and improved efficiency. The project cost R765-million and takes overall production up to 215 000 tons (from 60 000) and a lightweight containerboard option has been included in the product lines. This is in response to market demand for lighter packaging. The first phase of the upgrade began in

KwaZulu-Natal Business 2018/19  

The 2018/19 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has es...

KwaZulu-Natal Business 2018/19  

The 2018/19 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has es...

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