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KwaZulu-Natal Business 2019-20 edition

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A unique business and investment guide to KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa. The 2019/20 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has established itself as the premier business and investment guide for the KwaZulu-Natal Province. In addition to the regular articles providing insight into each of the key economic sectors of the province, there is a special feature on the surge in investment in new tourism projects, from casino expansions to the building of a dedicated cruise-liner terminal. Another special feature surveys other large investments in a wide variety of sectors, showing the diversity and strength of the provincial economy. For monthly updates about the region, subscribe at or visit our portal at

OVERVIEW Forestry and

OVERVIEW Forestry and paper Diversification is a growing trend. Big forestry and paper companies have been preparing themselves for change for many years now. The computer age and digitalisation presented complicated challenges to paper manufacturers and companies. In response, Sappi and Mondi, global leaders in paper and packaging with strong roots in KwaZulu-Natal, have embraced diversification. Sappi has a strong emphasis on dissolving wood pulp and Mondi reports growing demand in its packaging divisions. Although Mondi closed one machine at its Durban plant in 2018, it will continue to make uncoated fine paper for the domestic market at the plant. Recent upgrades to Mondi’s woodyard at Richards Bay have made a big impact on efficiencies. The addition of an unbleached kraftliner product has expanded the company’s range. Three investments in eastern Europe will see the company’s saleable pulp and paper production go up by about 9% overall. Sappi makes paper at two mills in South Africa: the mill at Tugela makes 185 000 tons of speciality paper per annum. A big focus for the company is dissolving wood pulp, made at one site in America and two in South Africa. Dissolving wood pulp is sold as a raw material to converters around the world who produce from it a range of products such as textiles, cellophane wrap and pharmaceuticals. SECTOR INSIGHT TWK is the latest agricultural company to list on a stock exchange. The giant Sappi Saiccor mill 50km south of Durban is the world's biggest manufacturer of dissolving wood pulp. The mill's capacity is 800 000 tons, which makes it the biggest of its kind in the world. Sappi is actively looking into the new fields of bio-materials and bio-energy. Both company’s investments in the province are outlined in a special feature elsewhere in this publication. National production figures in the forestry sector declined KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2019/20 34

manufacturing, auto identification, bar coding and labelling sectors. As such, we are proud to be the sole distributor in Southern Africa for many of the leading internationally-renowned brands in those sectors in which we operate, such as HP Indigo, Komori, Flint, Fujifilm, Argox, CipherLab, Datalogic and Brother. Kemtek pursues continual growth Kemtek keeps abreast of industry developments and potential new markets while offering the best solutions to customers. FOCUS And, with a focus always on providing highly skilled services and post-sales support, we’re ensuring our customers are maximising their potential for growth and profit - day in, day out! NATIONAL: 0861 KEMTEK • JHB: +27 (0)11 624 8000 • PTA: +27 (0)12 804 1410 • DBN: +27 (0)31 700 9363 • CPT: +27 (0)21 521 9600 • PE: +27 (0)41 364 3690 WWW.KEMTEK.CO.ZA J25589 J25589_Kemtek_Propak_Advert_FA.indd 1 2019/02/14 16:12 Targeted industry events and product demonstrations are proving highly popular with Kemtek customers and prospective customers alike. Long-established in the lithographic, flexographic, digital and large-format printing and packaging arenas, Kemtek has evolved over time into a multi-pronged organisation, entrusted with channel responsibility by many of the world’s leading brands in the barcoding and labelling sectors through widespread professional resellers, plus 3D printing, through its joint venture partner Rapid 3D. Aligning with internationally-acclaimed brands is one aspect of Kemtek's continued success, coupled with expert sales and service support, and an agile and specialised national distribution network, annually achieving some 15 000 deliveries. This fast-growing enterprise also represents specialist additive manufacturing equipment and materials providers in multiple sectors including aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, medical, dental and jewellery, with brands such as EOS, Envisiontec, MCor and Zortrax. Building on core strengths Creating value on a sustainable basis is Kemtek’s marketing approach that's based on a detailed understanding of markets and the needs of the end user. These needs are then married to the technologies provided by Kemtek's principal brands. Providing a winning edge for all Kemtek's customers means delivering the most advanced technological equipment and service, backed by a total commitment to service excellence. With digital printing firmly growing in Southern Africa, Kemtek and partner, HP Indigo, have recently expanded their labels and packaging portfolio with technology solutions to drive printing and converting toward more flexible, productive and profitable digital printing. Taking digital finishing to the next level is the ability to integrate the Indigo 6900 with an HP Indigo GEM digital embellishment unit – a onepass label printing and embellishment system for spot, tactile, foil, holograms, mini textures and lamination. In the packaging sector, Kemtek’s alliance with Flint Flexographic products goes from strength to strength. Flint has extended the range with nyloflex FTF-UV plates, designed for high-resistance to UVbased inks, and nyloflex FTP for paper packaging applications such as multiwall sacks and liquid dairy cartons. Another important development between Kemtek and Flint Group is a distribution agreement that allows Kemtek to supply the full range of ThermoflexX laser imaging systems in South Africa. For more information, visit 35 KWAZULU-NATAL BUSINESS 2019/20

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