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Ótima range expands – Darsim Tool & Die of Wadeville (est 1992) introduced its own range of domestic ware containers under the Ótima brand in 2012, which have proved quite a hit in the market (Ótima means ‘great’ in Portuguese). The Simoes father-and-son team at the helm at Darsim, Jorge and Dario, have steadily expanded the company’s capabilities and capacity. They recently installed a number of high-tech Chen Hsong machines. Darsim introduced 18 new products in 2018 and the tally for 2019 is already growing. – See page 18

Suppliers are still functioning in Zimbabwe – and successfully too

AMAZINGLY and incredibly, material suppliers are still functioning in Zimbabwe – and even expecting a successful year in 2019. That is the case at Acol Chemical in Harare, which is one of the largest chemical suppliers to the agriculture, mining and industrial sectors in Zimbabwe. Acol is run by Rick Kriel, who has vast experience and expertise in the supply market, and is tied up with SA’s Omnia group. The main problem for suppliers and convertors in the country is the availability of foreign currency. Exporters who earn foreign currency are allowed to retain a portion of foreign earnings for use to import inputs or sell to those companies that do not earn forex. The sale of foreign currency takes place at very inflated rates. If you are purely an importer, which most suppliers are, the only access to forex is to purchase it from sellers at these high rates. The banks are unable to supply any forex. So you thought we have problems in South Africa?

Global directors enjoyed short sojourn in Africa

THE hosting by Plastics|SA of the Council of International Plastics Association Directors’ (CIPAD) annual assembly in South Africa in November last year appears to have been very popularly received by the visiting delegates. Philip Law, director of the British Plastics Federation, said he thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to meet PSA member companies and staff, people from industry and being able to interact with them socially. Directors from far afield attended the two-day event, visited factories, a waste management business, went on a cruise in Table Bay and even had time to visit a game park, during which they got close to lions – which still seems to be the main attraction for visitors to Africa! Congrats to Anton Hanekom and the PSA team for entertaining the guests.

Safepak staff received zero retrenchment

THE article in our last issue about the closure of Safepak, the Cape film and bag manufacturing business, summed up some of the reasons which may have led to its demise and added that ‘the only good news appearing to be that all staff were paid off,’ a statement which has since been shown to be incorrect. In fact, virtually all of the company’s 180 employees left without a cent, and it was quite likely all – with the exception of the MD and the ‘turnaround specialist’ who oversaw the implosion. Two HAVE … IF YOU of those who we have been in contact with, G TO SAY IN H ET SOM de: if you si ht who spent 14 and 30 years with the company e brig Look at th isdom to w of e gem respectively, received no retrenchment package us at have som to te ri ease w impart, pl at all. We apologise for the error. tics@iafr saplas

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