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You don’t get involved in recycling to make a quick buck Publisher: Martin Wells ( Editor: Tessa O’Hara ( Editorial assistant: Heather Peplow ( Financial manager: Lisa Mulligan ( Designer: Jeanette Erasmus Graphic Design ( Summit Publishing cc t: +27 (21) 712 1408 f: 086 519 6089 c: +27 (82) 822 8115 e: Postnet Suite 42, Private Bag X16, Constantia 7848, Cape Town, South Africa 70 Newton Drive, Meadowridge, Cape Town

GAUTENG Lowrie Sharp t: (011) 793 4691 f: (011) 791 0544 c: 082 344 7870 e: KZN Lynne Askew t: (031) 764 2494 f: (031) 764 0676 e: Printed by: Tandym Print, Maitland, Cape Town SA Plastics Composites + Rubber Technology is published six times a year and focuses on these industries in South and southern Africa. We welcome news, articles, technical reports, information in general and photographs about events and developments related to the plastics industry. The views expressed in the magazine are not necessarily those of the publisher. Views expressed are not necessarily those of the Plastics Converters Association, Institute of Materials or Association of Rotational Moulders either. Copyright: All rights reserved. ISSN number: 1684-2855 (ISDS Centre, Paris) Summit Publishing: CK 9863581/23 VAT reg: 4600187902

IN THE last issue we published an article about the new Enviroserv tyre recycling plant in Cape Town. Enviroserv is one of the top multi-material recycling businesses in South Africa which has been “partnering with organisations looking for best practice sustainable waste solutionsâ€? for over three decades. As many of us know, tyre recycling        About 10 James Parks of Victoria International of million tyres Durban, a supplier of a range of materials enter waste itself (including plastic and rubber materials), wrote and summarised the stream a year        in SA tyres, of which there are a LOT – about 10 million tyres enter the waste stream a year in South Africa. Parks noted that the energy and transport costs are high, and would probably amount to about 70% of the total cost. Another hazard is the     Peter Waldburger of Enviroserv thanked James for his summary and said Enviroserv (which has proven that it can manage the logistics aspect of recycling process streams) could adequately deal with the transport issues, in terms of the Waste Act and REDISA initiative. He added: “The only comment I can make is that no one goes into any            

Tragic setback for leopard conservation man IN OUR last issue we reported optimistically about the leopard conservation programme embarked on by industry veteran Bob Boden of Johannesburg, who’s been hard at work trying to capture leopards on camera. Working near Broederstroom and Hartbeespoort in the Witwatersberg hills, Bob had as yet had no success with his camera ‘traps’. Very sadly, poachers were successful. On the night of 14 January at Hartbeeshoek, about 20kms west of the study area,          !     "#$             &  restriction. Bob and his team were deeply traumatized by the tragedy, but the number of people who came out in support of their work and the conservation programme has created hope. Keep up the good  '*     

Massive PVC reservoir was not made in SA IN OUR August/September 2013 issue we published an article â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Two  ;<=>     ?QY Z#$      stated that the PVC-lined tank was installed in SA. The installation was done by Steelfab with whom Steelfab Water Solutions Africa have a joint venture, but not in South Africa as mentioned. The tank was installed by Steelfab Water Solutions Asia in Subic Bay in the Philippines. The technology and capability for an installation like this is available in South Africa through the joint venture between Steelfab Water Solutions Africa and Steelfab Water Solutions Asia.

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REGLOPLAS High-performance temperature control units â&#x20AC;Ś for large injection moulds, extruders, rollers, autoclaves and other processing equipment

INDUSTRY NEWS Sasol inaugurates plant to boost polyethylene production


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Temperature control units for water up to 90°C

West African Group buys Frontier


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West African Group buys Frontier WAG expands service to rubber and tyre market WEST AFRICAN Group (WAG) has expanded its materials portfolio for the rubber and tyre markets through its recent purchase of Frontier Industries (FI). As one of South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top suppliers of rubber-related raw materials, processing aids and additives, FI was established in 1981 in Durban by John Everitt. FI supplies both natural and synthetic rubber grades as well as a comprehensive range of processing aids and rubber/plasticrelated raw materials and chemicals; it supplies the tyre and rubber/plastic industrial sectors across southern Africa. WAG, set up by Jack Doherty in 1992, also in Durban, has due to the strategy adopted over the past two decades become a far larger entity with regional      '  various natural and synthetic rubber grades, WAG also supplies a range of strategic polymers and other materials. Frontier enjoys a good reputation in 10


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the marketplace, dating back to the time of Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, the late Ray Everitt. Cofounder of the erstwhile Lewis & Everitt  ZÂ&#x201E;Â&#x2C6;Â?*       material supply businesses in South Africa. With the market having changed      *  viability of smaller operations supplying a national Industry has been tested.

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Seecor goes on its own, JV with Maritime ends Top blow moulding marques now represented by SA machine â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;rebuilderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; SEECOR Blow Molders and Maritime Marketing have terminated their cooperation arrangement by mutual consent. The companies entered into a marketing and technical cooperation agreement in 2010 but decided to end the deal late last year. Seecor is South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading manufacturer and supplier of blow moulding machinery. One of the sequels to the scenario is that two of the Maritime groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blow moulding specialists, John Craw and Joe Spohr, have now joined Seecor. The advantage for Cape Town-based Seecor is that it now gains direct representation in Johannesburg and Durban, through Craw and Spohr respectively. Clive Corder and Darrin Botha head Seecor, based at the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s machine building centre in Viking Business Park,

Epping, Cape Town, where it â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;rebuildsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; blow moulding equipment. Backed up by a full contingent of service and technical personnel, Seecor continues to supply the very popular SIKA extrusion blow moulding machines, built in Taiwan, but it will from now also supply machines from Urola, Keli and Magic, agencies which have been brought on board by Craw and Spohr. KELI, of China, is a manufacturer of injection blow moulding machines. Magic, of Italy, is a top international builder of extrusion blow moulding equipment. The Urola rotary-wheel extrusion blow moulders for high-speed mono- and multilayer bottle production, as well as re-heat PET equipment from 2-8 linear cavities, are built in Spain. Urola also supplies moulds.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seecorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rebuild and remanufacturing business is going strong, focusing on shuttle and small-wheel rebuilds,â&#x20AC;? said Corder. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also supply complete control and automation services, machinery maintenance and up-keep programmes, as well as a full range of material handling and granulator machinery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We now focus on the entire African market â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we have been involved in Â&#x192;       Â&#x203A;* \* Â&#x203A;* `* Â&#x161;  sub-Saharan areas, plus Israel,â&#x20AC;? said Corder. Seecor will continue to cooperate with Maritime when turnkey systems are required, such as for injection moulding and recycling, he added.

Owner-managed businesses can take it to the next level with the right â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;coachingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Most of use have skills in some areas â&#x20AC;Ś and a lack of skills in others â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but solutions that work for you are achievable THE challenges for SMEs are enormous, from red tape to access to market. However, one of the biggest problems for entrepreneurs is that they usually have huge passion and skill in one area of the business â&#x20AC;Ś and a lack of skill or        * * sales, and team management). As a result they may be overwhelmed by the admin, work longer hours than they ever imagined as an employee,

      & *  to delegate work, are trying to compete on price and try to be everything to everyone. It used to be said that over 60% of all start-up businesses would fail in the

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for growth. This year, Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry reported that the business failure rate has worsened to 71%. Margaret Fry, well-known to the plastics and packaging industry after more than two decades in technical service, product development, key account management and business   Q{=* ; * ? and Huhtamaki, has established a new venture, ActionCOACH, which provides guidance to owner-managed businesses       !  â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a business coach I want to help business owners to grow their business. My aim to work with business owners so that running their business becomes fun again. Together we identify new business leads, improve turnover, improve   *          Â&#x152;   strategy and goal setting, to take the

ActionCOACH â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Margaret Fry has strategies that could help you make running your business fun again

business to the next level. Our aim is      *   enterprise that works without you. This will give you the freedom to take holidays, have a succession plan and a   ! *  ! Â&#x201D;Â&#x152;    *     something to do that would give back, doing things I am passionate about and using my skills and education. I was already coaching MBA students at Wits Business School and candidates in the Cape Wine Master programme, so when I founded ActionCOACH, it provided another opportunity to do something in that line. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fascinating to challenge people out of their comfort zone and to expose them to the self-limiting beliefs that are holding them and the business back.â&#x20AC;?


SABIC now warehousing in Cape Saudi group improves supply to local market SABIC group has expanded its footprint in South Africa with the opening of a warehouse in Cape Town. The Saudi Arabian materials manufacturer decided in 2007 to introduce storage facilities in South Africa and      in the country in Durban, to supply the Gauteng and KZN markets. The Cape warehouse in Montague Gardens, opened late last year, will be            materials as well as PET and PVC grades for converters in the Western and Eastern Cape which will greatly improve logistical        This is an important step for SABIC group as it strengthens its position in the local market and improves customer service levels, especially as regards supply reliability and delivery lead times. SABIC South Africa director Dr Antonie Potgieter said the decision to warehouse material in Cape Town was aimed at improving the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service offering to customers in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth

Waseem Abdulla and Antonie Potgieter, sales manager for polymers and managing director of SABIC South Africa respectively, with Sipho Manjenjalo of FreightMax at the warehouse in Montague Gardens

and surrounding areas. Sub-Saharan Africa is a key and strategic market for not only SABICâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s polymer products, but also for its wide range of chemicals, specialty chemicals and fertilizer products, he added. Waseem Abdulla, acting sales manager

for polymers at SABIC SA, said initial market reaction to the improved Cape        stocks had moved rapidly.

Best of the West â&#x20AC;Ś in the East ! pressing businesses prior to the founding WHEN a well-known local household  \\* QÂ        appliance manufacturer approached a mould to be able to produce components Miracle Mould International with a request with repeatable accuracy and quality, to â&#x20AC;&#x153;design and manufacture a new kettle the rigidity, build proportions and quality requiring minimum post-moulding assembly of a mould is crucial. This cannot be of components,â&#x20AC;? MMI accepted the more evident than when viewing the challenge without hesitation. moulds in operation and comparing MMI, Brian Almanzaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s company in them to similar moulds, while running. Durban, chose a product designer to work Hot job â&#x20AC;&#x201C; To all intents and purposes, the new â&#x20AC;&#x153;This project has become something with and guided the designer through kettles appear very similar to those available on of a conversation topic with visitors to the the design phase. The end result was a the market, but the big positive from the Miracle plant,â&#x20AC;? said Almanza, in Durban after a cordless kettle which can be assembled Mould project was that a minimum of postrecent visit to China. with minimum post-moulding work, and moulding work is required, and the production â&#x20AC;&#x153;When purchasing a mould from which is practical from both a moulding and of the moulds was easier Eastern companies, it should be taken mould manufacture point view. ]  !        *  &  into account that, yes, you can get cheaper moulds, but you will always only get what you pay for. analysis was conducted and a team of experienced MMI engineers â&#x20AC;&#x153;MMi prides itself as being the best of the West in the East! MMI was assigned to design the suite of moulds. The moulds provided    *  *         interesting challenges, particularly regarding core extraction and â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is achieved by careful design and an effective and post-moulding shrinkage. While the handle was moulded with cores continuous benchmarking system coupled with comprehensive extracted on a radius that was actuated with a hydraulically driven and analytical project management, assisted and made possible rack-and-pinion system, post-moulding shrinkage was predicted by by carefully chosen colleagues and partners,â&#x20AC;? said Almanza, who sequential mould completion and shrinkage measurement which is involved in mould production in South Africa as well as in China, allowed accurate measurement of the shrinkage direction and the depending on the needs of the project. extent of shrinkage of the mating surfaces. Having run successful plastic injection moulding and metal Brian Almanza, +27 82 821 4775 14


SABICâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s products touch the lives of millions of people around the world. The company works closely with its customers to achieve their commercial ambitions and provides the right level of support to meet their manufacturing challenges. SABIC offers its customers a wide range of polymer products such as LLDPE, HDPE, Bimodal HDPE, LDPE, PET and EPVC. SABIC South Africa (Pty) Ltd 18th Floor, Metropolitan Centre, 7 Walter Sisulu (Coen Steytler) Avenue, Cape Town, 8001 Tel: +27 21 409 6100 Fax: +27 21 409 6101


Habitat expands, opens mould service centre

Making a Habitat of it! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Donovan Barnes of Habitat Industries and Cornelius Bezuidenhout, who is running the Habitat Mould Services business nearby in Killarney Gardens, which handles mould refurbishing (see below), repairs and ultrasonic cleaning of moulds, plus other services

HABITAT Industries, one of South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top blow mould manufacturers, has opened a new business, Habitat Mould Services, where it is handling mould refurbishing, repairs and ultrasonic cleaning of moulds, plus other services. Habitat MD Donovan Barnes found that production at the main mould manufacturing plant in Killarney Gardens, Cape Town, was being interrupted by requests from convertors to refurb or service moulds, so â&#x20AC;&#x201C; when premises nearby became available â&#x20AC;&#x201C; decided to hive off these activities. A substantial investment has been made in the new plant, with facilities including CNC mills and lathes, ultrasonic cleaning equipment and baths as well as a 3D printing system for the development of prototypes. The plant became operational in March 2012 and is now running sevendays-a-week. Cornelius Bezuidenhout (ex-Rage Tool & Die, Bowler) was strategically planned into the system and made managing director of HMS, which

has helped make the strategy feasible, said Barnes. Habitat Mould Services also offers laser welding, which enables it to repair split-line and other wear related problems in moulds, minimising the cost of re-manufacturing cores and components. The opening of the Mould ?       to Habitat Industries, creating more â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for its main mould manufacturing operation and         more moulds at the main plant. Barnes has been running Habitat Industries since 2002 (he worked at the company from 1995, left and joined another mould maker and then returned to Habitat, and ultimately purchased it from the previous owner). The company builds blow moulds for most of South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top container manufacturing businesses, for both extrusion-blow moulding, injectionstretch blow moulding (for PET bottles) and injection-blow moulding (mainly for PP jars).

Emeraude group in Cape clean-up International polymers and chemicals supplier Emeraude held its annual sales meeting in Cape Town in December, a move wisely and timeously coordinated by Emeraude SA manager Trevor Moroney. On one of the afternoons the sales team took part in their own beach clean-up on Milnerton Beach and, even though the Cape Town council had already been to clean the beach earlier in the day, they managed to collect a fair amount of waste, as can be seen. That    gesture by the French groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team â&#x20AC;&#x201C; well done! 16


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RARE Holdings invest in pipe manufacturing plant Some pipe capacity lost in the First Tech fallout is re-entering the market RARE Holdings has purchased the assets of an HDPE pipe extrusion business at Meyerton near Vereeniging and commenced production, marking its entry to the plastic pipe manufacturing sector. The plant was formerly run by the First Tech group company Flexicon, of Witbank, but ceased production after the First Tech implosion last year. In a R30.9-million investment, RARE purchased the production assets and structured the business to recommence

production. It has employed Tony Dean, formerly MD of Flo-Tek Pipe, Tanks & Irrigation of Olifantsfontein, to run the plant. The development effectively means that some of the pipe capacity lost in the First Tech fallout â&#x20AC;&#x201C; when both the First Tech group companies involved in the sector, Flexicon and Gazelle Plastics, shut doors â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is re-entering the market. RARE is a distributor and service provider of piping and related products    &   

cycle. It evolved through management buyout and acquisitions from a specialist pipe supplier in 1975 through to the listed entity, RARE Holdings in 2007 and ultimately the current B-BBEE-accredited and transformed RARE Group. This deal includes the acquisition   * !    in Meyerton, which will enable the company to manufacture HDPE pipe up to 1000mm in diameter for the mining, infrastructure, agricultural and industrial  Â&#x201A;   Q{Y  


MCG gains access to Schoellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s global product range and R+D

ZICO, a leading privately-held investment company, together  ?  ; {*  >    Â&#x2020;?{>  ?  _ *       Â   in MCG Industries. Q >  ? * Â&#x203A;        in the business. MCG is a market leader in the manufacture of injection moulded products, particularly crates, servicing customers in the beer, soft drinks, agricultural, dairy, bread and poultry industries. It operates manufacturing plants in Â&#x2020;  = Â&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;MCG is a solid business with strong market position. This acquisition presents us a solid platform on which we would seek to bolt on other synergistic businesses. Additionally; we are           ?  ; Equity, our partner in the business,â&#x20AC;? said Zico CEO Tshego Sefolo. Â&#x201A;         \=]*     in operation since 1956: the company is currently involved in a growth phase, including product expansion, made possible through a licence agreement with Schoeller Arca Systems of Germany, one of the largest global manufacturers of injection moulds. The agreement gives MCG access to Schoellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s global product range and R+D resources for future product  \ !          opportunities for MCG to take its product offering beyond South Africaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s borders into the rest of Africa will also provide growth.



â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Acquisition opportunitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Â&#x201D;Â&#x201A;    \=]  ?   Â&#x203A;             prospects. We are excited to be supporting the robust management team of the business to achieve such growth prospects. Furthermore, we are actively exploring additional acquisition opportunities in the  *  Â&#x161; {*      ?  MCG has a predominantly blue-chip customer base in a number of different industries; its products include crates and containers, pallets and chairs (for schools, auditoriums, passenger trains and stadia). New MD for MCG opportunities Ian Victor has been appointed managing director of \=]*   \* Â&#x2020; Q    engineer with an MBA, Ian has extensive experience in  ^           Â&#x2122; then joined the Group 5 company Everite Building Products. In 2001 he joined Dunlop Industrial products in Benoni as works manager and, when Dunlop sold off its Industrial products division, moved to Pandrol SA as MD. Pandrol is a manufacturer of products for the mines and railways; he was MD of Pandrol Mozambique for the     _       ; Y   company, Sturrock & Robson Industries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I needed a new challenge and this came about when I was offered the opportunity to join a consortium, which eventually bought


Tony Dean, who is wellknown in plastic pipe industry, has been appointed MD of the RARE Plastics

into pipe manufacturing. The new division will trade under the name RARE Plastics. Dean previously managed some well-known plastic pipe businesses in South Africa and Botswana and comes with over 30 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; industry experience. According to the CEO of RARE Holdings, Wally van Coller, this acquisition will improve RAREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s competitiveness in offering piping solutions to the industry by supplying a turnkey service ranging from

Wally van Coller of RARE group was formerly involved in pipe production at DPI

manufacturing through installation and maintenance. RAREâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main activities will remain in Kliprivier while RARE Plastics will manufacture the HDPE pipe in Meyerton. RARE has evolved through a management buyout and acquisitions from a specialist pipe supplier in 1975 through to the listed entity, RARE Holdings, in 2007 and ultimately to the current B-BBEE-accredited and transformed RARE Group.

Ian Victor has been appointed managing director of MCG, based in Malvern, Johannesburg

MCG Industries,â&#x20AC;? said Ian. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We plan to develop the group and grow     !    â&#x20AC;&#x153;We understand it is a very competitive as many viable countries as possible. I industry but there are always opportunities believe the key to success is people, and available, even if it means some this will determine our growth path and the consolidation. It is a known fact that rate at which we grow, so we will look for         talented people to join MCG,â&#x20AC;? he added. fragments up to a point and then some consolidation takes place: maybe this holds true for our industry? )  ))~



INDUSTRY NEWS Prototyped components such as even fairly large housings are produced to scale on the Objet printer; here the process is overseen by Christo Botha, one of the engineers at Skeg

Skeg achieves design direction    



   BEAUTIFUL design is all well and good, but what actually matters is that a product sells and makes you money. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the rationale behind the strategy at SKEG Product Development, a Cape Town design business which has put together a strong team for just this purpose and backed that up with a range of equipment to manufacture close-toidentical prototypes as well as moulds for short-run or trial production.

Skeg founder Pierre Becker, who trained as a mechanical engineer while in the Navy before becoming involved in plastic converting, was part of the team that oversaw the relocation of local production of the Freeplay â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wind-upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; radio to China in the 1990s. Although it appeared at the time that it would be far more cost-effective to produce the radios in the East, the process ultimately proved to be massively disappointing as the SA team lost control of the development process â&#x20AC;Ś but the experience led directly to the creation of Skeg. Becker believes the South African scenario is highly suited for active design and development and that there is a creative culture in the country to support this. South Africa has a proud record of product development, with a lot of independent thinkers and mavericks active in the plastic moulding sector. That was turned into reality during the sanctions era under the former regime in South Africa, when import substitution was a necessity. That period had barely drawn to a close in the mid-â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s,

To achieve fully functioning prototypes, all the necessary components are produced in-house at Skeg. The machinist deburrs and polishes tiny parts such as this accessory 20

however, when brand owners began to be enticed to manufacture in China. Chinese mould makers and convertors were offering very attractive rates, which led to the large-scale shift of mould manufacture as well as mould design and development to the East. This was obviously disheartening for designers and mould makers around the country, but Becker resolved to start a prototyping business and Skeg was duly formed in 2004. The intention was to produce prototypes that would resemble        *   Skeg team has built on this standard since and produced work for over 150 customers. It develops the technology for new products; does the industrial and electronic design; builds fully functional prototypes and handles functional lifetime testing. It designs for manufacture in either South Africa or the Far East. Â&#x201D;Y         attractive designs, but whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more important is to generate products that will be popular with consumers and sell â&#x20AC;&#x201C; otherwise you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually have a product,â&#x20AC;? said Becker. Skeg has focused on integrating the varied skills of its 20-strong team â&#x20AC;&#x201C; including industrial and electronics



Best Plastics exits production in Cape Town, sells plant

Moulds for large components such as gym equipment are cut from polyurethane block. The             texturing is handled in a subsequent process. Such large components are normally produced in composite materials, possibly by vacuum infusion

The main processes the company employs include: 3D printing; CNC turning and milling (for the cutting of metal or cast polyurethane slab); vacuum casting; overmoulding for short-run production; and low-pressure casting and fabrication. designers, mecatronics specialists as well as model makers and machinists â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to enable it to achieve good turnaround times and world class standards.

Using its in-house facilities, Skeg can manufacture products in the 5-500 unit range quickly and cost effectively, without the major outlay of expensive tooling.

Skeg operates its own paint booth, allowing it to generate exactly the appearance required



BEST Plastics has ceased production in Cape Town and will in future operate as a distribution business in the Western Cape, supplying products from its parent company, Best Engineering of Turffontein, Johannesburg. In what was virtually the end of an era for the area in which it operated, Phillipi, Best Plastics auctioned off the manufacturing equipment at its premises in Protea Road in January: the same large factory was used previously by the Harmed medical mouldings venture in the 1990s. That visionary business failed, after which Best Plastics took over the site and, under the management of Elsa Spiess, operated successfully for over a decade. The company moulded mainly household items. But the operation became tenuous in recent years, leading Spiess and her father, Bruno Spiess of Best Plastics Engineer, to consider switching focus. Last year they received an attractive offer for the property, which they accepted. Elsa now begins a new career as a distributor, supplying the Best range of products and potentially other products as well.

Hedge fund suggests Dow spin off petrochemicals AMERICAN hedge fund Third Point LLC purchased a stake in Dow Chemical in January and, incredibly, immediately urged the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s management to evaluate a spin-off of its petrochemical operations. Third Point CEO Daniel Loeb called on Dow to hire advisors to conduct an assessment of whether its current     !    and aligns with Dowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal of transforming into a specialty chemicals company. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The review should explicitly explore whether separating Dowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s petrochemical businesses via a spin-off would drive greater stakeholder value,â&#x20AC;? Loeb said in a letter to investors. Dow shares were up 6% on news of this on 21 January. Third Point did not disclose the actual size of its stake, but says Dow is now its largest current investment. Sources put the size of the investment at $1.3-billion, a roughly 2.3% stake based on Dowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current market capitalization. Third Point has about $14 billion in assets under management. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weak performance is even more surprising given that the North American shale gas revolution has been a powerful tailwind for Dowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest business exposure in petrochemicals,â&#x20AC;? said Loeb.

Packaging industry plays important role in recycling plastics

Johannesburg-based packaging solutions provider Damax Sebenza Pack operates from a 3 500 m2 manufacturing facility

Buying recycled products ensures sustainability RECENT studies have revealed that South Africa boasts the second highest plastics recycling rate in the world, with 18% of all virgin plastics produced in the country being processed for reuse. However, according to Damax Sebenza Pack managing director, Brian Lovell, while the ranking is impressive, there is room for improvement, particularly within the local packaging industry. Lovell says that although the annual percentage of plastic recycled in South Africa is slowly increasing, the total amount of plastic that is not recycled is rising due to annual increases in the amount of the material being produced. Johannesburg-based packaging solutions provider Damax Sebenza Pack operates from a 3 500 m2 manufacturing facility that specialises in the production of plastic packaging for numerous products, including; food, cosmetics, gardening and industrial applications. The company processes 75 tons per month of a variety of plastics, including PET, PVC, PP and high impact polystyrene (HIPS) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to satisfy     requirements. Lovell says that PVC is particularly well recycled in the local industry, while PET is generally not. He does, however, highlight the fact

         driving a major initiative to use up to 30% recycled rPET in its food and beverage packaging by 2014 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a move Damax Sebenza Pack fully supports. Another major environmental advantage of PET and PVC is the fact that the raw materials do not go to waste during production. Brian adds: â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the greatest advantages of these materials is that almost nothing goes to waste during the manufacturing process. The byproduct from both materials is used in the manufacture of numerous items, ranging       â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the USA, a polylactic acid polymer (PLA) bioplastic â&#x20AC;&#x201C; manufactured from carbon found in simple plant sugars â&#x20AC;&#x201C; has proven to be highly popular, as it is easy     PLA is manufactured by NatureWorks, a US-based company jointly-owned by Cargill and PTT Global Chemical. Brian points out that the implementation of PLA in packaging locally is challenging, as it is almost double the price of other materials, with no local recycling facilities. Lovell points out that organisations can help to improve plastic recycling rates in South Africa by separating waste at source and by purchasing recycled plastic products. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even if there are no recycling companies nearby, waste can still be easily separated at source to ensure

Damax Sebenza Pack managing director, Brian Lovell 22


easy access for waste pickers, who are           collections, thereby increasing collected tonnages. This not only increases the earnings of the individual waste picker, but also the total amount of plastics     *   According to Lovell, the purchase of recycled products ensures sustainability, in addition to stimulating the plastic      Â&#x201D;;      wrapping, supermarket carrier bags and garbage bags amount to approximately one third of recycled plastic products in South Africa. By making the simple decision to consciously purchase everyday products that are manufactured from recycled plastic, individuals and companies can continue to play their role in ensuring that South Africa remains a world leader in    *


Coke testing shrink sleeve designed for easier recycling          


FULL-WRAP shrink sleeve labels are a marketerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream and a recyclerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nightmare. But one of the largest companies in the world believes it is on to a solution for a problem thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been creeping up on the PET recycling industry in recent years. Full-sleeve labels can fool optical sorting equipment into believing they are seeing coloured resin. They also can mix with and contaminate clear PET grind at the bottom of separation tanks. And they can become mixed in with PET from

lightweight water bottles because of their similar characteristics when recyclers use an elutriation process that uses air for sortation. Bottles with full-sleeve labels account for about 5% of the recycled plastic bale these days and is expected to continue to grow in the years ahead. Now Coke has developed a new label       !       ;{Â&#x201A;  !     &   &   Â&#x201A;       &     from PET that settles to the bottom. =         Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers compatible label â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a trade group that has been working to address shrink sleeve label impacts on recycling. The group has established a set of shrink sleeve guidelines to help manufacturers make their products more recyclable. Coca-Cola tested thousands of bottles in real-world conditions by     !   labels and pushing product through the supply chain to make sure this

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new material would stand the test of time in real-world conditions. Cole also sent the bottles to a few different PET recycling plants. With encouraging results, Coca-Cola decided to use the new shrink sleeve on its single-serve orb-shaped bottle available during the holiday season at Wal-Mart. Every one of those bottles has the new label. â&#x20AC;Ś and the last word from our very own AnnabĂŠ Pretorius (SAPRO) The South African Plastics Recycling Organisationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (SAPRO) AnnabĂŠ Pretorius was extremely happy to hear the news! Â&#x201D;Â&#x201A;       Â&#x201D;Â&#x201A;   shrink sleeve is certainly a step in the right direction. What is excellent news for me is that a brand owner is thinking about the end-of-life of his product at the design stage; actually thinking about the way the product will be recycled. This is exactly what SAPRO is asking from brand owners. With all the check-boxes for market appeal, aesthetics, shelf life, etc, there should also be a check-box for recycling at its end-of-life stage. Congratulations, Coca = FEBRUARY / MARCH 2014


Dickieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 40yr career spanned the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;bag revolutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Played important role in open communication process at Nampak CHRIS Dickie of Nampak Flexible has retired from active duty after a 40-year career which virtually spanned the entire history of the plastic shopping bag to date. Dickie was working as an industrial engineer trainee at Cullinan Refractories in Â&#x201C;    ZÂ&#x201E;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2014;     about the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;newâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plastic bag, which was              $ _        potential customer, wanting to develop an all-weather plastic cement bag with Reed Corporation. Dickie was approached by the young and dynamic Polyfoil Packaging management team to join them and, under the mentorship of Austrian-born technical manager Paul Meusberger, he started his career in plastic packaging. Polyfoil was at the time      =       ZÂ&#x201E;"Â&#x2C6;  the reputed inventor of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Paperliteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; plastic shopping bag, Tommy Hutt). Polyfoil had established a strong national structure by setting up four regional  * ; Â&#x152;   *     $* ;* Â&#x161; { ;{$  ? = Â&#x201A;$ It was an exciting time: retailer demand for the Paperlite bags took off and the technology developed at a rapid pace. The

     =    ~Â&#x2021; microns thick, a yellow masterbatch colour  

   !  *  =    & !       and the famous â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tchekkersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; was born. The next 30 years until 2003 saw constant improvement in extrusion and conversion technology as well as raw material advancement: the bag thickness      *  ~Â&#x2021;    ZÂ&#x201E;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2014;  Z~    #Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;Â&#x2014;*     same carrying capabilities.

Career with Nampak Dickie had in the meantime switched to Nampak: ironically, his former employer,  =*   ZÂ&#x201E;Â&#x2019;"   majority control of Nampak group and the business was renamed Reed Nampak Ltd. Â&#x161;! *  ZÂ&#x201E;Â&#x2019;~* Â&#x2022;     to the Nampak Polyfoil plant in Sander Road, Pinetown, where he was appointed factory manager. The bag evolution process continued at pace and a custom designed factory was constructed in Westmead, Pinetown. Nampak Polyfoil in 1978 acquired  ;   Â&#x161;   * Johannesburg, and Dickie was transferred from Pinetown to manage the new amalgamated factory. The production equipment from the Pretoria factory was moved to the Johannesburg plant, which at the time was reputed to be the largest plastic packaging factory in the Southern Hemisphere. In 1983, he was transferred to the Nampak Polyfoil plant in Bellville, Cape Town, and shifted from production to sales, taking up positions of general manager and sales director. The momentum did not drop; he could virtually enter a retail area and sell bags to just about every shopkeeper in sight! One of Polyfoilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successes at the time was exporting container loads of printed carrier bags to supermarkets in the United Kingdom, Asda and Tesco being the most notable. That phase came to an abrupt halt with the passing of the plastic bag legislation        Z~ micron to 30 micron) and the introduction of the government bag levy in 2003.  #Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;" Â&#x161;      to exit the retail checkout bag market and the Nampak Polyfoil plant in Bellville â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which

Chris Dickie with some of the printed       manufactured at Nampak Flexible. Chrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; involvement in the packaging industry began with the development of HDPE shopping bags in 1973 and he continued with that until 2006; more recently heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked with reclosable      

had been one of the top bag manufacturing factories in Southern Africa â&#x20AC;&#x201C; began a gradual decline that culminated with its    Â&#x201A;    #Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;" That year Dickie relocated to the Nampak Flexible Packaging plant in Ndabeni, Cape Town, where the group was involved in the         and pouches for the multi-national FMCG companies. Dickie has enjoyed the Nampak culture throughout his four decades of service, and played a key role in the process. He coined the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;moreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concept, which implied that one of the best strategies for a company to gain customer loyalty was for all its employees to deliver â&#x20AC;&#x153;more value for the same priceâ&#x20AC;?. This theme has played an important role in the retention of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s valued customers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; well done Chris! Next phase(s) Chrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; strategy from here involves two new ^ Â&#x201D;; #  *  * cycling, golf and tennis will take priority. And phase 3 is possibly a training function.â&#x20AC;?

Brief history of Nampak CHRIS Dickieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four decades in the plastic industry overlapped almost entirely with the formation and history of the Nampak group to date, and makes for interesting. The sequence, based on the book â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Making of Nampakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by Anthony Hocking, was as follows. 1964 Tommy Hutt forms Polyfoil Packaging in Pretoria; 1968 National Packaging/Natpack and Amalgamated Packaging Industries/API agree to merge through 24


a new holding company, National Amalgamated Packaging Ltd â&#x20AC;&#x201C; or NAMPAK; 1970 Reed group takes over Polyfoil Packaging of Pretoria, notable for its â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Paperliteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; shopping bags made from HDPE; 1976 Reed achieves majority control of (June) Nampak by buying the 31 percent of Nampak shares held by St Regis, and also buys Oscar Frumanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stake; 1976 Nampak reregistered as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Reed

(Sept) Nampak Ltdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;; 1977 Reed Nampak takes over Reed Corporationsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; packaging interests, one of which was Polyfoil; 1978 Reed Nampak taken over by Barlows (July) Packaging and renamed Nampak Limited; 1978 Nampak Limited acquires Rubenstein (Nov) Plastics, which operated a factory in Â&#x161;   * Â&#x2020;* 

Polyfoil Pretoria transfers to Â&#x161;    ;


Interpack just around the corner!

INTERPACK will take place at the DĂźsseldorf exhibition grounds from 8-14 May, and is again building on the Innovationparc packaging and Metal Packaging Plaza, the special themes that were so successful at interpack 2011. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The elaborately planned and organised special themes have now become a hallmark of Interpack and attracted much acclaim. We shall therefore continue to do all we can to carefully prepare forward-looking topics with our partners from industry and present them visually and thematically to the highest standards,â&#x20AC;? said Bernd Jablonowski, Interpack Director. Pictured here at a breakfast seminar in November in Johannesburg to promote the fair were, Werner Dornscheidt, president & CEO of Messe DĂźsseldorf, F. Klefenz, director of Interpak and president of Robert Bosch, and Carryn Todd and Marc Cousins, both of the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

SA thermoforming fundi transfers skills in USA IAN Strachan at the Gordonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bay waterfront, during a recent visit to the country. He has found     _       thermoformed polystyrene trays, to be of a very high level in South Africa. In the USA, says Ian, brands owners wanting high quality have to pay a premium

THERMOFORMING fundi Ian Strachan has transferred many of the skills gained in South Africa for effective use in the USA, where he has been involved in thermoforming consulting and training for the past two decades. Originally a millwright and engineering trainee with Iscor in the ZÂ&#x201E;"Â&#x2021;* ?           ZÂ&#x201E;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2021;  he was general manager of the blow moulding business Elvinco  Q  \  Q$*     Â&#x2018;  ZÂ&#x201E;Â&#x2019;Â&#x2C6;  ZÂ&#x201E;Â?Â? Â&#x2018; he was MD of the thermoforming business Mono Containers. He then joined Sun Packaging in Atlantis, a company which challenged the conventional leaders in the polystyrene foam thermoforming sector with some unconventional strategies and products. After 1992 Ian became involved in consulting to the        $   Â&#x192; \]Q Inc of the United States. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been consulting in this area for the past two decades. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am working wherever I can help in the USA and occasionally other strange places,â&#x20AC;? says Ian. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My son, Mark, has made his mark in the US in the thermoforming industry and is now chairman of the SPE thermoforming division.â&#x20AC;? Ian and his son run several training programmes in the USA in between their respective consulting projects. The SPE thermoforming conference in Atlanta in September is an annual event where Mark and Ian host a one-day thermoforming workshop. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also occasionally get involved in waste management and PET bottle projects in various parts of the world, but still mainly with roll fed thermoforming companies,â&#x20AC;? Ian adds. Mark and Ian also serve on the Advisory Board of Penn State Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College of Plastics Innovation and Technology.

Intrinsysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Giuliano back from 6 months in the UK GIULIANO Minucci has recently rejoined the Intrinsys engineering services team after six monthsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; training at Intrinsys in the UK. Giuliano is now charged with delivering his newly developed experience and skill back in South Africa. During his secondment to the UK, Giuliano was exposed to all aspects of the company and was involved in a number of engineering projects, software support activities and training activities. Giuliano has a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. His lifelong interest in motor racing and the automotive industry is the primary reason for choosing a career in mechanical engineering and his four years at university fuelled his passion and excitement for high-performance engineering and innovative thinking. While at university, Giuliano developed strong design skills as he worked in a closeknit team on a high performance internal combustion engine and enjoyed his

      Â&#x192;   ?;   {  leading SA production car racing series team) performing a number of tests and analysis on the torsional rigidity of a roll cage. Welcome back Giuliano!

Sun Ace board appointments SUN ACE South Africa has appointed two new directors, with Alistair Calder and Veronique-Chantelle Mew joining the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board in January. Alistair, who is well recognised for his prowess in PVC converting locally and regionally in African markets, has been appointed as an executive director, and will champion the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision to take advantage of economic growth north of our borders. Alistair was invited to join the Sun Ace Group technical department to provide specialist skills developing business opportunities internationally. His competence was instrumental in supporting the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s investment in South America. He will also progress business opportunities on the subcontinent, where the group has been present for over 12 years. During 2013 Sun Ace Kenya was established; the business unit has a fully equipped technical service centre. Veronique, who has a B Comm from Tukkies, completed        =Q ?Q$  ; =Y { Q   Â&#x2022;  #Â&#x2021;Â&#x2021;~ Â&#x201A;        ;=Y    {  ? Â&#x192; ? Q     and effective 1 January this year joined the board as an executive director of Sun Ace South Africa. _          

 to Sun Ace South Africa, developing its overall African strategy alongside new investments in non-vinyl production.

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Foundation Lecture, 13 March, in Boksburg KEN BARNES, rubber business unit manager for Protea Polymers, will give a presentation titled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How Globalisation and the Economy has Impacted on the South African Rubber Industryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at the Institute of Materialsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Foundation Lecture at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg on Thursday 13 March.

The event â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the 32nd occasion on which the IOMÂł has hosted the Foundation Lecture â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is being presented by the Instituteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Northern Branch. Ken has been involved in the rubber industry for a whopping 38 *       market and more â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;recentlyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in the

material supply sector, with Protea group. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also assisted the IOMÂł over many years and knows the industry well, so his presentation will be enlightening. Accommodation is available at the Birchwood Hotel; for more info, contact one of the IOMÂł branches.

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Ken gets in practice with IOM3 web upgraded rubber additives chat KEN BARNES, the man who is going to give the IOMÂł Foundation Lecture in March, got some practice in when     Â&#x20AC;Â&#x2014; &     of the year in November. His title was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Compounding with Antioxidants and Anti-ozonants,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; which included a brief history of antioxidants and anti-ozonants in rubber. Ken highlighted the theory of oxidation and the effects of vulcanization and antioxidants. He discussed the rate of oxidation due to temperature, light and motion. He also listed important properties of antioxidants and antiozonants and concluded his presentation with the various types of these additives used in the rubber industry. The function, held at the Victoria Country Club in Maritzburg, was sponsored by Protea Polymers, a member of Omnia group. 26

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Tuks student wins IOMÂł global lecture event THE exposure and experience gained on a trip to the Far East for young individuals can be invaluable. That certainly was the case for Cornelis van Niekerk, the South African entrant in the IOMÂłâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Young Personsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; World Lecture Competition in Hong Kong in October 2013. Cornelis travelled to the Far East with the IOMÂł secretariate Wendy Knott-Craig for a 6-day tour which involved visits to industrial and research locations as well as cultural experiences in the company of fellow entrants from Brazil, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and USA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all countries where the IOMÂł is strong. The tour included visits to a large recycling plant; the Hong Kong Polytechnic University; a construction site on the MTR underground/subway transportation system, which is being extended; the Haesl plant, where repairs and overhauls of Rolls-Royce aircraft engines are conducted; and visits to two power plants (where coal imported from Singapore is used). Besides that, the group also received a

thorough â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;introductionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to Chinese cuisine and enjoyed a cruise on a junk â&#x20AC;&#x201C; courtesy of the IOMÂł HK members â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to Lamma Island that included watching sunset over Hong Kong. The lecture competition itself, held at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, was both intense and entertaining, with high standard presentations from all the participants. Cornelis was phenomenal on stage, with his passion for his topic, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Novel Technique for in-situ laser alloying of AISI 410L stainless steel with nitrogen during laser cladding,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; quite evident. Cornelis, who is studying towards a Masters degree in metallurgical engineering at the University of Pretoria, also performed well during judgesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; question time. Dr Phil Bischler, senior vice-president of the IOMÂłâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in London who has visited South Africa on a number of occasions, then announced the winners: third place went to Adam Brown of the UK and Hendrik Hans of Singapore was adjudged as the runner-up. The South African attendees were thrilled when Cornelis was announced as the winner: congratulations

The students visited power stations as well as an underground construction site on the MTR subway system, which is being extended: witnessing the challenges of this complex undertaking was      

are due to the Tukkies student. That evening the contingent was bussed to The Peak to enjoy a celebratory dinner at CafĂŠ Deco, one of the territoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most successful restaurants. The evening ended with a few cocktails at a nightclub at the top of the tallest building in Kowloon with, once again, phenomenal views of Hong Kong Island. Wendy was also able to attend the IOMÂł International Affairs Forum meeting, which was held before the lecture competition,          from the experience of the other IOMÂł delegates. Â&#x201A;           academic is the opportunity to visit industries of a global nature, to participate in experiences they would not have in their own country, to network with other like-minded individuals and to enjoy a new culture. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the type of international experience that could be of huge value to all young people entering the industry, many thanks to the IOMÂł. Cornelis and Wendy enjoyed the vibe at the night markets in Hong Kong, with shopping and eating being interspersed with karaoke, and quite a bit besides

SAPPMA has welcomed the South African Bureau of Standardsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (SABS) announcement that all PVC pipes manufactured in South Africa have to be free of heavy metals by July 2015. ? \   ?Q'?* ? Â&#x2022;*   earlier that the technical committee of the SABS has amended its standards to ensure that all heavy metal stabilisers are removed in the manufacturing of PVC pipes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Local manufacturers of PVC pipes have been granted a window period of 18 months to get their house in order and to comply with the new legislation,â&#x20AC;? Dhlamini said, adding that the SABS will be the custodian of the new standard and enforce the new legislation. Pipes bearing the SABS mark of quality would have to be resubmitted for testing, after which new permits will be issued. SAPPMA chairman Jan Venter said that the association welcomed the decision by the SABS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;SAPPMA already embarked on a voluntary removal of heavy metal stabilizers from PVC pipes back in 2006 because it added value to SAPPMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life cycle thinking and took into account endof-life issues and waste management options. The reason for the initiative was based on health and environmental considerations and was done at considerable cost to our members,â&#x20AC;? Venter explained. The policy was fully implemented by SAPPMA in July 2009 and applied to drinking water systems as well as


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SAPPMA signs cooperation agreement with SAICE 30 FEBRUARY / MARCH 2014

SAPPMA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) aimed at expanding the associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reach to the new generation of engineers entering the South African market. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is important for the local pipe industry to ensure an & !          the sector,â&#x20AC;? said SAPPMA CEO, Jan Venter. The MoU encourages the two parties to cooperate to lobby and challenge statutory legislation and structures to facilitate the achievement of their common objectives. Some of the areas of cooperation agreed on include the mobilisation of resources, where the two parties have agreed to support each other in sourcing funds for the implementation of their activities and plans that fall within the framework of the MoU. The agreement also entails a commitment to enhance and support each party in the creation and maintaining of relations with similar international institutions. With SAICEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backing, SAPPMA will be able to participate in graduate engagement programmes at various universities in the country and spread the message about the need for engineers who are dedicated to advancing the pipes and plastic industry.

Rotation 2014 heads for Cape Focus on sustainability and design Â&#x201A;_? Y Q\?Q  conference will be held in Cape Town on 29 and 30 May. The ARMSA team is busy organising the annual event, to be presented at the beautiful < _ The Rotation conferences have proved successful and grown in popularity over the years. Some big names in the rotation industry have shown interest in presenting papers and delegates across the globe       attendance. The focus of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s     }Â&#x2022;Y    }?Y Cape Town has recently    } 

one place to visit this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by the New York Times. The city has apparently secured the top spot ahead of Los Angeles, the Vatican and the Seychelles islands. Its natural beauty, diversity of its people and the role it played in the victory of democracy were attributed to making the city a preferred destination for people from around the world. Anyone interested in attending, presenting a paper, exhibiting or sponsorship can contact Petro Geldenhuys at Also, keep your eye on the ARMSA website for further information.

SAPPMA 5th annual golf day SAPPMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5th annual golf day will take place on Thursday, 20 March at the Copperleaf Golf Estate. Built on land once lived on by Ernie Elsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; grandfather, Ernie Vermaak, =       ? Q  Y  { Club, and the second signature Ernie Els designed golf course in South Africa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are very excited to host this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf Day at a          }   Y â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the layout tests every aspect of the game and provides even the longest hitters with a challenge. The course is one    !   _  * and players experience a sense of openness and freedom with the Magaliesberg backdrop adding to the country atmosphere,â&#x20AC;? says SAPPMA CEO, Jan Venter. Entry fees for four balls are R3 500 and SAPPMA is inviting all golfers to enter early to enjoy a great round of golf, fun and relaxation. The dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities will once again conclude with a gala dinner at the clubhouse, during which various prizes will be awarded. The following sponsorship opportunities are available: Tee: R4 000; wet hole: R4 000; green/hole: R3 000. Other sponsorships could include caps, shirts and team prizes. For more information or entry forms, visit the SAPPMA website or contact Louise Muller via email on FEBRUARY / MARCH 2014 31



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Plastics|SA takes to the airwaves! First-ever Plastics|SA advertising campaign on radio PLASTICS|SA will be telling the plastics story in a series of light-hearted, but educational English and Afrikaans radio spots that will be kicking off at the end of February 2014. According to Monya Vermaak, Plastics|SA Marketing and    



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ADVENTURER Ray Chaplin celebrates the end of his 2,460km river boarding journey down the length of the Orange River. Sponsored by Plastics|SA and Nampak Rigid Plastics, Ray started his quest in April 2013 from the riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s source in Lesotho, reaching Alexander Bay in early December. Doing presentations on environmental responsibility and the importance of living sustainably to schools along the way was part of the programme. Ray presented to over 9,500 learners along the river with over 5,500 bags of litter collected by schools and communities.

February, March and April and will raise awareness of the versatility of plastics, and that this is a material that has made modern convenience a possibility. A second three month campaign will begin during the Monya Vermaak, Plastics|SA Marketing and last week of May, focusing more Communications Executive on the message of plastics recycling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are hoping to conclude this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advertising campaign with a broader selection of radio stations and possibility also a television advertising campaign on selected DStv channels, which will coincide with our national Clean-Up and Recycle campaign which take place in September each year,â&#x20AC;? Vermaak explained. Last year alone, Plastics|SAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website and social media platforms attracted close to 8 000 unique visitors per month, while its public relations strategy generated exposure worth more than R18 million â&#x20AC;&#x201C; compared to R4.5 million during 2012.

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New faces at PSPC Thinus Prinsloo has been appointed as Recycling Co-ordinator for the Polystyrene Packaging Council (PSPC). Prior to joining the PSPC, Thinus was involved in various government departments over the past 21 years, including the Department of Health, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and the Department of Environmental Affairs. His main area of focus will be coordinating the collection of polystyrene from collectors for recycling around the country, and facilitating the entire process making use of the new PolyNet software. He will also be responsible for conducting training on polystyrene recycling and help to educate the general public and schools about the process 34


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Investment in research and design resulted in phenomenal growth DESPITE a challenging economic climate, cheap imports threatening our local manufacturing industry, expensive operating costs and other obstacles, the South African plastics industry has managed to achieve impressive growth in all areas this past year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Few industries in South Africa, and indeed around the world, have seen such rapid growth, technological advancement, innovation and a changing business environment, as we have in the local plastics industry this 

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SAVA welcomes three new members in one month THE Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) has welcomed three new companies as members to the association â&#x20AC;&#x201C; CJP Chemicals, Eastman Chemicals and Betafence South Africa. CJP Chemicals is a leading importer, stockist and distributor of chemical raw materials and ingredients into the South African market. ( Eastman Chemicals is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of advanced materials, additives and    #    $    #  


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SAVA members who have committed to the Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Product Stewardship Programme â&#x20AC;&#x201C; front from left, Maria Stephanou (SASOL), Pat Govender (NCP Chlorchem), Andy Halls (Floorworx), Charl Fourie (Capital Polymer Additives), Mark Holtes (Isegen), Nico Scheepers (independent consultant). Back from left,  _X "   [" " X"Â&#x201C;[?   X"Â&#x201C;[^  !_X [Â&#x20AC; Â&#x2014; X [^>   (Continental Compounders) and Delanie Bezuidenhout (CEO: SAVA)

Dates to diarise The SAVA AGM on 9 April SAVA will also be representing the local vinyls industry at the PVC2014 conference in Brighton Vinyl Sustainability Conference hosted by SAVA in October which will be attended by members of the Global Vinyls Council Enquiries about membership should be directed to Delanie Bezuidenhout via email at or telephonically at (082) 444-6866.


Welltec Plastics has the injection moulding machines to meet your requirements.

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Xyris Technology plays active role in plastics additive R&D SOUTH African custom plastics additive compounder, Xyris Technology, understands the importance of research and development in the ever-changing chemicals industry and plays an active role in supporting research activities in South Africa. The Bashewa-based company has worked with the Institute of Applied Materials (IAM) at the University of Pretoria to supply the masterbatches that were used in the manufacture of an insecticidal wall lining developed by the University to counter the spread of malaria. This novel product combines the advantages of mosquito bed nets with the indoor residual spraying of walls. Field trials started two years ago and the product is performing very well. Xyris "$   #


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New Venus plant â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The new plant for the construction & ' **    +0 Ningbo, has a production area of 120,000m² and capacity for up to 10,000 machines a year

Haitian expands fully-electric line Venus continues to gain ground: now available up to 5500kN HAITIAN International, which has since 2010 been a world market leader in terms of injection moulding machines sold, continued its steady progress development with an outstanding display at the K show in DĂźsseldorf in October last year. The company was founded in 1966 in Ningbo, China, by Zhang Jinzhang, and in the course of the past 40-plus years has grown to be a listed company with a consolidated turnover in 2012 of about â&#x201A;Ź785-million (approximately R1.1-billion). Currently, the Haitian group of companies serves around 30,000 customers in more than 130 countries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The success of the

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eight injection units available, shorter set-up times and clamping forces up to 5,500 kN. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are convinced that full electric solutions will take the lead in the next few years, especially for small and mid clamping forces,â&#x20AC;? said Professor Helmar Franz, CSO and a board member of Haitian International Ltd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The principal market, Asia, has long set the pace, and the other markets will follow suit.â&#x20AC;? Nearly 3000 Venus machines have been sold since its introduction in 2007, with the numbers virtually doubling each year. The second generation is also available in the higher clamping forces of 3000, 3600, 4500 and 5500kN. Professor Helmar Franz, CSO of Haitian Intâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;l, believes that full electric solutions will take the lead in the next few years, especially for small and mid clamping forces 40


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Cosmo Films (India) inaugurates ninth BOPP line COSMO FILMS, one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest producers of BOPP and thermal          

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Control Cable protection systems for robots and

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your robot! handling systems Vital link Robotic cabling, harnessing and accessory specialists Helukabel, are at the forefront of technology to interface controllers with robots. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expertise ensures that the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;central nervous systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of an    


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Gamma Meccanica lines for recycling & â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;regradingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of PET

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BĂźhler launches optical sorting station


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Laser-markable compound aids development of innovative cable tie tool NEW Berlin Plastics, a custom injection moulding company, in the USA, was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for help producing an innovative cable tie tool it was developing. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the toolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plastic tension knob and be able to be imprinted with a graduated number scale. Berlin Plastics worked with custom compounder RTP Company to custom-engineer a laser-markable compound that met the tensile strength and printing requirements of the application. New Berlin met with HellermannTyton to discuss the most effective and  

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Hollow but hefty Expanded Ultramid product line for water-injection technology (WIT) BASF is expanding its assortment of polyamide grades that have been optimized for the use of water-injection technology (WIT) in injection moulding. The new WIT grades are UltramidÂŽ A3HG6 WIT Balance and UltramidÂŽ A3WG7 WIT. Thanks to water-injection technology, hollow plastic parts, for example, for medium-carrying lines that require a very good inner surface can be produced by injection moulding. These two materials are now available in commercial quantities. Resistant to water, oil and salt Owing to its improved hydrolysis resistance, the polyamide (PA) Ultramid A3HG6 WIT Balance is particularly wellsuited for components that carry coolant or that come into contact with water. At the same time, the content of PA 6.10 in this material also translates into high

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Ford F-150 gets new look thanks to plastics PLASTICS are about to give Ford Motor Co.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic F-150 truck a distinct design signature. The all-LED headlight includes an acrylic light pipe around the lamp, which sets off the all-plastic system and makes the F-150 look like no other truck on the market, even in the dark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a new design language,â&#x20AC;? said Gordon Platto, chief designer of the F-150, in an interview following the truckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s introduction at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives a unique character to the truckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front end, especially at night.â&#x20AC;? The last time the F-150 was updated, LED headlights were not quite ready for the mainstream market. Since then, they have been adapted on multiple platforms, while the auto industry has likewise


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DUPONT SurlynÂŽ was used to magnify and protect the red poppy embedded in the cap of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Flower in the airâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the most recently launched perfume from Kenzo. The new technology involves the overmoulding of a container wrapped in textile with glass-like transparent Surlyn resin. This unique encapsulation process protects even the most fragile of materials such as lace, during the injection moulding process. Objects, images, design elements and now even textiles can look as if they are suspended in a crystal-clear cap. The overmoulded decorations show no distortion

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2022 Football World Cup in Qatar and the World Expo 2020 awarded to Dubai. There will also be growth based on urbanization and the demands of a growing middle class in China and the rest of Asia, but there are also new polymer plants coming up in China, and so new markets will need to be developed. Net polymer importing regions such as West Africa and Latin America will become more important for Middle East producers. Latin America has traditionally sourced polymer from the United States, but despite the number of new projects announced in North America it is expected that the booming US market will affect polymer availability in South America. Global markets will become more competitive and without large raw material cost advantages the Middle East producers have been accustomed to, they will be forced be more innovative. The Middle East polymer industry has gone through a rapid growth spurt in the last ten years. However, there is still room for further growth which is expected to continue at least until 2020 as the industry becomes even more innovative and demonstrates more leadership as it matures. NIALL CAN BE REACHED AT: NIALL.MARSHALL@EVERSPRINGME.COM Dr Niall Marshall was formerly based in Johannesburg where he worked with Sasol and Ciba. He subsequently moved to Bahrain in the Middle East and joined Everspring Middle East, one of the largest manufacturers of polymer stabilisers, and X-ponent Three, which supplies a complementary range of additives and pigments and provides technical and business consulting services

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come from. Those that do apply have a basic understanding of design, but this usually stems from their appreciation for fast, luxury cars â&#x20AC;&#x201C; most applicants want to be car designers! However, over the last four years TUT have seen a developing interest in the course we offer, together with an improvement in the quality of applicants, so something positive is happening! Angus: With the ease of access to information through mass media, potential students and school leavers are becoming more exposed to the realm of industrial design. With organisations such as the SABS Design Institute, Southern Guild, Design Indaba and with Cape Town being awarded World Design Capital 2014, design is also being documented much more thoroughly in the popular press. This exposure is also increased for scholars with the inclusion of design and technology as a possible matric subject. Our department  # Y::    7X


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participate in multiple national industry competitions (such as the ARMSA and PlSA student design competitions), and in 3rd (NDip) and 4th (BTech) years students regularly undertake projects for international competitions and local industry briefs. Many of the projects they undertake also require them to outsource certain components of their designs to manufacturers (such as laser cutting) which stands them in good stead should they want to start their own companies directly after graduating. Design must be taken seriously as an integral part of manufacturing, business development, growth and increased employment. `: I believe there is a growing interest in industrial design within the manufacturing sector. Within small, medium and large company structures there should be a genuine acceptance that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the design factorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is a strategic business tool that can have a major impact on your companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bottom line. If we, as a developing country, are to see any improvements in our balance of payments or GDP we must start manufacturing value added products. To give industrial design just a passing glance as a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nice to haveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is not good enough. Angus: The plastics industry in Â&#x17E;   @&  Âł*+ &B*+

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see the range and quality of our student work which also allows for feedback. There are a number of hurdles for the industrial design graduates who hope to follow an entrepreneurial route. However, starting small, whilst keeping overheads low and gradually building the company has given birth to some great success stories. `: There is no easy access to venture capital to set up their operation. If it is self-funded it is heavily taxed from the start, putting a burden on cash  < B&   < 


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the greatest challenges for students trying to commercialise their designs. However, many alumni have started very successful commercial enterprises straight out of university. These tend to be students that start small, whilst keeping overheads low and gradually building their company through their success. Examples of such companies are Dokter and Misses, and Joe Paine who both recently returned from exhibiting their design work in London and New York to much praise.






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Dow Chemical to separate chlorine business PVC is at the heart of a showcase stadium design that was part of Qatarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The proof-of-concept, 500-seat structure, was constructed in just            4   4 " multi-skinned roof structure is clad with screens of triangulated PVC fabric supported on a secondary steel frame, with an inner cladding of triangulated â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pillowsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of translucent membrane, keeping radiant and conductive heat out and allowing natural lighting into the arena. Its canopy roof rotates, in 14-and-a-half minutes, to provide shade within the building and insulation against the hot sun in summer. According to Arup, the London          Â&#x2039; 0   


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Polymers in cables ACCORDING to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Polymers in Cables â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the European Marketâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, an industry study performed by Applied Market Information Ltd. (AMI Consulting), in 2013 the European market for cables was worth circa â&#x201A;Ź20 billion. Expressed in terms of plastic compound-on-the-cable, this market lost circa 15% of its 2007 peak volume. However, the performance has not been uniform â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some regions performed considerably better than others. +¤B   ? #$ #


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Label Summit Africa in March Global labels show comes to Cape Town THE Labelexpo Global Series hits South Africa again when the Label Summit Africa is presented at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 10-11 March. The event is part of an on-going international series of conferenceexhibitions which includes events later this year in Latin America, Indonesia, America, India and China. That in itself provides a springboard for delegates to learn more about label technology and dynamics in other packaging markets globally. The conference programme on Monday 10 March starts with an analysis of the global and local label market by Filip

Weymans, director for segment marketing and business development, labels and packaging at Xeikon. That is followed by a programme with local and international speakers from suppliers including Self Adhering Products, Collotype Labels RSA/Multi-Color Corporation, Accraply Inc, CGP-ETIQROLL and CODIMAG. The dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programme concludes with an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;African converter panel discussionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; moderated by Andy Thomas-Emans of Labels & Labeling and featuring Leon Witbooi, MD of SA Litho; Uwe BĂśgl, MD of RAKO labels; George Pryde of LithoChrome (Nigeria); and Peter Frost of

Associated Printers (Zambia). A networking reception and dinner follows. Day 2 has a half-day programme with a more local slant, the speakers being Gill Loubser of Packaging & Print Media publication; Bill Marshall of Syndicate Graphics (also coordinator of the Gold Pack Awards programme) and Mark Anley of Indigo Brands. It also features a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;brand and retailer panel discussionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which includes a representative from Clicks, and culminates with a look at how to revolutionise branding and design by Mike Taberner of Brandesign.

Food & drink technology Africa in March FOOD & drink technology Africa, a new event organised by Messe MĂźnchen International and its subsidiary MMI South Africa, will premier on 18-19 March at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. " 

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Incoe innovations AT Euromold 2013 in Frankfurt, the hot runner system manufacturer Incoe International Europe, of RĂśdermark, Germany, introduced innovations, concepts and solutions with advances in miniature hydraulics and fast colour change. HEM miniature hydraulics offers proven performance with a compact footprint approx. 50% less when compared to conventional hydraulic cylinders. For multi-cavity moulds, the mould maker can now increase cavitation allowing processors to produce more parts without the need for increased machine size. In the automotive area, frequently large moulded parts, such as door trim panels require large hot runner systems custom designed to the geometry of the unique moulded part produced. Where needed, the designer can now realize injection points that are situated very close together. The latitude for selection of the injection points is broader overall, and this facilitates the positioning 86 FEBRUARY / MARCH 2014

of slides and ejectors. The smaller milling areas strengthen tool stability for repeatable moulding of parts. HEM â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Reliable, sturdy and with the greatest design latitude possible: miniature hydraulics and screwed-in nozzles make this possible

Freeformer impresses again at Euromold High level of interest in additive manufacturing INTEREST in the Arburg Freeformer and its innovative technology was phenomenal among the plastic processing community at its world premiere at K2013 in DĂźsseldorf in October last year, and that success continued at Euromold in December where itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technology was appropriate because of its association with additive manufacturing and 3D printing. The potential of the Freeformer and of Arburg Plastics Freeforming (AKF) was demonstrated with two exhibits which produced different one- and two-component parts from standard material at the stand.

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JEC Europe THE JEC Europe Composites Show takes place in Paris from 11-13 March JEC Europe is the leading platform for the global composites industry. Two out of three visitors are users of composite solutions: Buyers from the end-user sectors, such as engineering or R&D departments, designers and manufacturers in the main application sectors. The strong informational content of JEC Europe also attracts researchers, universities and trade associations. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show saw 1,204 companies from all over the world exhibit and attend business meetings and conferences from all  #    $< The production of composite components from the wide range of materials In 2014 the JEC Europe Show and Conferences will focus on available as well as, increasingly, new production technologies is at the the development of the composites industries in the Netherlands. heart of the JEC show. Here we see a technician at BMW in Germany Combined with the Dutch aerospace industry and its strategically involved in the production of parts for the LifeDrive concept vehicle, in located cluster with over 100 companies, the Dutch high-tech which they are developing an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;architectureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to reduce the vehicleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weight and accommodating the battery, which requires additional space systems and materials sector bolsters innovations in the areas of high-tech equipment, components and materials. FEBRUARY / MARCH 2014 87



THE 12th World Pultrusion Conference takes place in Lisbon, Portugal, on 6-7 March 2014. Held every two years, the event is organised by the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA). Twenty-one speakers from around the world will offer practical presentations with up-to-date information of innovative applications for pultruded reinforced plastics.

PART of the global series of mould shows presented by Demat of Germany, ArabiaMold, takes place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, from 7-10 April. ArabiaMold 2014 together with Plastivision Show 2014, which were launched concurrently in 2012, will cover an exhibition area of 10,000m² and feature exhibitors from over 20 countries and the whole process chain from ‘idea to series production’.

JEC COMPOSITES SHOW GETS BIGGER JEC Europe, the global composites show, will be 8% bigger this year, occupying 54,400m² at the Porte de Versailles in Paris from 11-13 March. The last edition of JEC attracted close to 28,000 delegates from 1204 companies, with a fairly large group from the sector in South Africa travelling to the show. The sectors where composites appear to be generating most applications in SA at present include construction and mass transport, although the yacht building market was for long the main activity.


PROPAK EAST AFRICA IN APRIL THE PROPAK East Africa show takes place at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1-3 April. This is a new event for East Africa, introduced by the organisers of Propak Africa, and will be the first truly international platform for goods and packaging manufacturers to promote products and services to an international audience as well as for other African manufacturers to explore opportunities in the region. VDS Media, the Johannesburg specialist conference organiser, will present a conference on day 2 of the show which will focus on the East African packaging, printing, plastics and converting industry. Developments in this value chain, encompassing packaging materials, suppliers, labelling, converting equipment, flexographic and offset printing and market trends will be the highlighted.

‘EVOLUTION OF SUSTAINABILITY’ AT CHINAPLAS IN APRIL ONE of the features of this year’s edition of ChinaPlas – in Shanghai from 23-26 April – is sustainability. Echoing the increasing demand for more sustainable business practices, the Chinese show will promote sustainability under the theme of ‘Greenovation: Solution to Sustainability’. A ‘City of Tomorrow’ event will feature a circular shape structure at Central Square of the exhibition centre to showcase a sustainability model which covers the sustainability concept in terms of Alternative Raw Materials, Energy-efficient Machinery, and Recycling. Then a 2-day Green Conference – co-hosted hosted by Adsale Exhibition Services, Plastics Information Europe (PIE) and the Association of Green Molding Solutions (AGMS) – will feature ‘Innovative Solutions for Plastic Recycling’ and ‘Green Molding to Halve the Cost and Double the Wealth’ sessions.

LOWER OLEFINS SYMPOSIUM THE International Institute for Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) and the American Chemistry Council’s Olefins Panel are to present an international symposium on ‘Health Risks of Lower Olefins’ in Austin Texas on 25-26 June. Five speaking sessions are planned including a final day panel discussion in addition to a poster session. Some 20 scientists are to present their research on butadiene, isoprene, chloroprene, ethylene and propylene research work.




17-20 February

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Propak Packaging Innovations Conf

18-19 February


Pipeline Coating

24-26 February

Vienna, Austria

PVC Formulation

24-26 February

Düsseldorf, Germany

Sino Pack / Inno Pack

3-5 March

Guangzhou, China

Tyrexpo Africa

4-6 March

Sandton Convention Centre, Jhb

Label Summit Africa

10-11 March

Cape Town Int’l Convention Centre

World Pultrusion Conference

6-7 March

Lisbon, Portugal

JEC Europe

11-13 March

Porte de Versailles, Paris

Drinktec Africa

18-19 March

Gallagher Convention Centre

Multilayer Films Asia

24-26 March

Bangkok, Thailand

Propak East Africa

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Kenyatta Int’l Conference Centre, Nairobi

Stretch & Shrink Film

1-3 April

Maritim Hotel, Cologne, Germany

European Thermoforming Conference

3-4 April

Prague, Czech Rep

ArabiaMold / Plastvision Arabia

7-10 April

Sharjah, UAE

Tube & Wire Trade Fair

7-11 April

Dusseldorf, Germany

Polymers in Photovoltaics 2014

8-10 April

Maritim Hotel, Cologne, Germany


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Shanghai New International Expo Centre

Plastic Closure Innovations

28-30 April

Berlin, Germany


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Düsseldorf, Germany


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Hannover, Germany


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Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

UTECH North America Conference

4-5 June

Charlotte Convention Centre, North Carolina


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Cleveland, Ohio, USA

FIP Solution Plastique

17-20 June

Lyon Eurexpo, France

Drink Tech Africa

22-24 June

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JOGGING is a wonderful sport â&#x20AC;Ś which can, unfortunately, put strain on joints and tendons. Now German inventor Helmut Fritzsche may have found a way to prevent these side-effects. Through his online store (http://www. he supplies air-cushioned shock-absorbing inserts for running shoes that are intended to provide effective protection against certain orthopedic problems. The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Fritzschisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; are made from the high-performance ethylene-propylene-diene (EPDM) synthetic rubber Keltan 9565Q from specialty chemicals company Lanxess. The special feature of this rubber raw material is that it can hold its own against the previously unbeatable dynamic qualities of natural rubber, while its saturated molecular structure makes it far superior in terms of aging resistance. As a result, Fritzschis can be used day in, day out. Thanks to their unique design and the high-performance rubber grade Keltan 9565Q with its optimized dynamic qualities, Fritzschis can reduce stress peaks and make walking and running much more enjoyable.

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