In the wake of recent communication sent to the South African paint industry by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) regarding plans to ban the import of all leads, the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) is proud to confirm that all lead and chrome pigments have been eliminated from locally-manufactured PVC products. One of the key areas of SAVA’S Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC), has been the phasing out of potentially dangerous or hazardous heavy metals from the PVC production process. Other objectives of SAVA’S Product Stewardship Commitment include: 1. A commitment to the responsible and sustainable vinyl recycle programme that quantifies the opportunity for recycling in post-production and post-consumer waste and sets realistic and sustainable goals. 2. Ensuring open and effective communication with industry role players, the public and government in order to correct perceptions about the science, reality and local applicability of PVC. 3. Ensuring industry health through product, market and application opportunities, thereby improving human capital and overall growth, prosperity and sustainability of the vinyl industry. 4. Ensuring a fully functional industry initiative that adds value to both members and the industry by growing a sustainable membership base with an effective marketing plan. SAVA believes that raw material suppliers, product manufacturers, product distributors and consumers are joint stewards for the responsible and sustainable production, use and disposal of PVC products. By signing our PSC, our members voluntarily commit themselves to ensuring that all heavy metal additives are removed from their workplace environments, as well as to reaching the highest possible product quality standards and environmentally friendly production processes and materials. They are bound to an open disclosure commitment and are required to supply general data related to a specific commitment to an independent auditor. The . . .
The Installation and Fabrication Plastics Pipe Association (IFPA) has announced that it will be qualifying welding procedures and weld jobs performed by its members going forward. Mike Smart, IFPA Chairman, explained that this decision was taken in the interest of ensuring consistent quality installations. IFPA was formed by SAPPMA to expand regulation of the Plastic Pipe Industry in Southern Africa, and open to all fabricators and installers of plastic pipe, as well as suppliers of pipe fittings and related equipment. “A good weld is of paramount importance to ensure a good installation. However, owing to the fact that conditions change from site to site and the ever-present possibility of poor quality from unethical suppliers, we felt it necessary to qualify welding procedures and jobs in line with SANS 10270:2015 standards. This is in line with our mandate of ensuring a consistently high standard of fabrication and installation and ensuring peace of mind to customers,” Smart clarified. A simple process explained Prior to the installation, a contractor (preferably an IFPA member), will be responsible for compiling a Preliminary Welding Procedure Specification (P-WPS). This will be submitted to the customer for approval. Upon approval, the inspector (with a Thermoplastic Welding Inspection certificate of competence from Plastics SA|) will be required to witness the qualification weld. “On the day of the qualification weld, the inspector will inspect the contractor’s premises or site to ensure that the contractor will be able to reproduce the work to the standard that is required for the welding procedure approval test. The inspector will also inspect the contractor’s welding equipment in line with requirements of the relevant South African national machines and equipment standard, such as SANS 1671:2007 - Part 1: Heated-tool welding,” Smart explains. Other information that will be recorded by the inspector includes the identity of the welding . . .
Legwear specialists FALKE South Africa will this month be expanding its global footprint, when they establish a retail presence in Australia. According to Group Marketing Executive Keaton Quarmby, they have just returned from an extremely successful visit to Australia. “There are definitively great similarities between the target markets here in South Africa and in Australia. Our audiences share comparable lifestyles, which will provide a great fit for the FALKE brand. We are continuously investigating opportunities to extend our market share and are convinced that this partnership will assist us in creating a brand presence in Australia,” said Quarmby. The Australian endeavour will be spearheaded by former South Africans Matt and Brad Milne. The Sydney-based brothers have been running a successful distribution company in Australia for the past five years. The online shop will carry the Advance Performance range of sport-specific socks in the Run, Hike, Bike and Golf categories as well as a selection of everyday sports socks. FALKE South Africa is a subsidiary of the German textile giant, a fourth-generation family owned business that was founded in 1895. The South African operation was established in 1974 and is widely recognised as a local market leader. FALKE South Africa currently manufactures approximately 7 million pairs of socks per year for the domestic and export market. For more information, contact FALKE South Africa on 021 951-2137. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Consumers hold all the power in today’s market and retailers need to make the most of every interaction if they want to maintain a competitive advantage. Modern retailers can now run their entire operation, from point of sale (POS), eCommerce and loyalty programmes through to inventory management, financial reporting and business intelligence, with a single, integrated business management solution. SAP Business One Retail is an omnichannel business management solution developed to help retailers effectively manage every part of their operation. This unique retail system has the full backing of one of the world’s top Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and can integrate financial and inventory visibility to provide a seamless experience for their shoppers. “Todays connected shoppers expect to interact with retailers through a variety of platforms and they demand the same level of service and rewards across all of these,” explains Craig Johnston, marketing manager of Bluekey Seidor, the leading SAP Business One partner in Africa. “That is why it makes sense to use a single solution to recognise and reward shoppers wherever they interact.” Here are some of the features that contribute to retail businesses improving their customers’ experiences at various touch points: • The fast, reliable point of sale (POS) system facilitates quick and seamless transactions, both on- or off-line. • Stock visibility from the front-end allows store assistants to solve customer queries faster. • Mobile POS makes it possible to take payment on the floor, removing the need for a fixed counter to reduce queueing time for customers. It can also be used remotely at pop-up stores, or events. • Customer data is built into the front-end of both the standard and mobile POS systems, giving store assistants access to customer profiles, as well as customer specific coupons or rewards to enhance the customer experience. • The comprehensive eCommerce platform integrates with the . . .
HG Molenaar’s Packaging Equipment division is offering GERNEP labellers to reliably wrap high-density polyethylene (HDPE) fresh milk containers in normal polypropylene (PP) labels usually associated with carbonated soft drinks (CSD). This departure from the low-density polyethylene stretch sleeves typically used for fresh milk containers provides enormous cost advantages without the detrimental effects usually associated with glued labels on the hard-working milk packaging. “HDPE plastic fresh milk containers are typically subjected to tough forces, such as freezing and thawing, flexing, and heavy handling during the transport and retail phases of the supply chain,” says Reinhard Watermeyer, business manager at HG Molenaar. “Stretch sleeves adequately handle those pressures but the low volumes associated with limited application focused on the dairy industry increase the unit costs of those labels. But, before now, there was no reliable alternative.” Normal PP labels are, by contrast, widely used in the CSD industry in high volumes that significantly reduce the per unit costs. While the ability to apply these labels to milk containers is not entirely new it is the first time it is possible using standard, un-modified equipment that significantly boosts peace of mind around line uptime and production availability. HG Molenaar’s Packaging Equipment division has a long-standing supplier relationship with GERNEP for its full range of pressure sensitive, wet glue, and hot-melt for roll-fed or pre-cut labelling systems. Now, however, GERNEP’s closed loop glue method, with its unique spray system, allows the same labels that wrap CSD products to be applied to milk containers. “There is already significant market interest in this capability and the equipment we make available from GERNEP,” says Watermeyer. “Dairies and bottle manufacturers in South Africa have equally expressed their interest since it provides outstanding competitive advantage in what are, . . .
Monday, 14 May 2018 – A recent report published by Statistics South Africa on jobs data for the last quarter of 2017, shows that the Western Cape created the most jobs in the last quarter of any province, at 92 000 jobs. [Source: parts extracted from https://goo.gl/yscCsq ]. Servest could not be more pleased to have contributed towards this number, it being 0.83% across the board of its service offerings. Although it reads marginally as a percentage, it should be viewed within the larger context of the provincial economy, which makes the actual number of jobs created by one company, rather significant. “Since launching the Servest head office and increasing our dedicated team in Cape Town on all levels, traction within the province has definitely increased – and this is only the beginning, says Steve Wallbanks, Servest’s CEO. Servest Cleaning division recently won the PMR diamond award for Cleaning Companies, who are doing the most in their sectors over the past 12 months, to stimulate the economic growth and development of the Western Cape Province. This is in line with the company’s commitment to doubling its 4000+ jobs in the Western Cape, almost a year ago. On 02 May 2017 Servest celebrated the opening of their new regional headquarters in Cape Town, at which time they were already employing over 4500 people. At the time, the company’s Group Head of Marketing,Farhaana Mohidien said “the Cape Town economy is growing rapidly and Servest is proud to be an active contributor to the growth in the region.” “We anticipated that our expansion would see the number of jobs double at an exponential level over the next 3 – 5 years and less than a year later, we are proud to report that we have contributed 0.83% to the overall job market in the Western Cape and 19% in respect of our company’s contribution that we envisioned at the time. We believe that we are on track to achieving the 4000 number of jobs over the next 5 years”, concludes Mohidien. Servest . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 14 May 2018, KaChing, the ticketless parking app is fast becoming a preferred payment method for parking. Just over seven months ago, KaChing was launched at the Mall of Africa, which follows its pilot launch at a few smaller malls, such as Melrose Arch, Thrupps and Morningside Shopping Centres. The system uses automatic number plate recognition cameras and smartphone app technology to make paying for parking much easier. This ticketless, cashless parking app is being installed at all 22 Netcare hospitals across the country. This will really add value to the hospitals, which serves as more than just a healthcare facility, it will also greatly assist in lessening the time it takes to park during emergencies. The drive in drive out experience uses number plate recognition cameras at each entry and exit, which automatically picks up customer details and opens the boom; customers don’t even need to stop, which not only saves on time, but comes at no extra cost to the driver. It also provides for the safety of the driver, particularly at night or in big parking lots where security guards are not always close at hand. This, the first such parking technology in more than a decade makes your parking experience, a non-event - you no longer need to take a parking ticket, you don’t need cash, there are no queues to pay, and you have no hassle with change or lost tickets. KaChing allows parking customers to use flexible payment options such as pre-pay, top up or credit card payments to securely pay for their parking. In addition to the ease of payment, the app also gives customers the security to track their parking activity online, and the option to connect multiple vehicles to one account. KaChing currently do in excess of 1500 parking instances, per day. Other property management companies that have also come on board with this technology include GrowthPoint, Investec, Attacq, Resilient and Pareto. Whether you are stopping off to make . . .
Furniture Depot is a new company that offers an exciting range of products that are rightly appropriate for the office and hospitality industries. This South Africa based company is increasingly gaining popularity for manufacturing elegant and high-quality products. All of their products are tried and tested, and they are available in various colours catering to your aesthetic requirements. The seats of their furniture are made of integral Skin Polyurethane Moulded Foam Process and the steel frame is moulded with polyurethane mix that is specially created for making thick outer skin and soft interior. Products Offered by Furniture Depot are: 1. Bar stools: Bar stools offered by Furniture Depot look trendy, stylish and elegant. They are available in different styles and designs, while taking care of comfort of the users. You can go for mid back or full back seat bar stools that are available with ergonomic features. The skin of the seat backs is made with 2mm thick durable polyurethane foam. Their bar stools are available in exotic colours like white, black, green, red and blue. 2. Benches: Furniture Depot are specialised in manufacturing a striking range of benches to meet your specific needs and requirements. The seats are made of a revolutionary new system. The benches are available in 2-seater, 3-seater and 4-seater options. This not only provides you with comfort, but also durability. 3. Office Chairs: The office chairs manufactured by Furniture Depot are ergonomically designed. They are available in ingenious and elegant designs and offer great durability. These chairs are exclusively designed for office employees as it provides proper support for the lumber region in the back reducing the chances of muscle strains. 4. Stacker Chairs: Stacker chairs manufactured by Furniture Depot are ideal for schools, churches as well as for wedding purpose. They are light in weight and available in a wide range of colours. The back seat of the chair is . . .
Pholaco started out as a large-scale manufacturer of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) mega blocks in 2008. The company has grown to provide various alternatives to the traditional methods of constructing a building. At the outset, green building may seem to be a holistic concept, but Pholaco takes care that all the stages of construction are environment friendly. Thermal Panel Construction: Being lightweight, it saves up on transport costs and requires less people to handle the objects. Applying thermal panel construction prevents the overall system from being exposed to water. The storage procedure of the products also becomes easier. Aluzinc skin ensures the durability of the product while kit construction allows for easy assemble and disassemble process. Lightweight Steel Frame Construction: Firstly, lightweight steel frame ensures durability and longevity of a building. Compared to the double skin plastered brick wall construction process, light steel frame reduces the weight by at least 10%. Moreover, this green product is also 100% recyclable and reduces 80% carbon footprint. Light steel frames provided by Pholaco for construction purposes are known to have thermal and acoustic properties. Cellulose Lightweight Cement Construction: This process includes the use of lightweight form work that has been derived from light Gauge Steel. Cellulose lightweight cement construction actually improves the structural strength of a building and complies with the eco standards. Moreover, compared to the traditional building methodologies it is much faster. Products offered by Pholaco Foundation slabs: A strong foundation is essential for every building according to the technicians. All the types of foundation are offered by the company—strip footing, pad and peer, stab on ground, and conventional reinforced raft and a waffle raft. The Pholaco team will advise on one of these foundation types depending on the ground conditions. Roof solutions: From designing . . .
The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) has reiterated its insistence that only top quality pipes manufactured by members who adhere to the association’s Code of Conduct and who meet the stringent quality standards, will be allowed to bear the SAPPMA mark. According to Jan Venter, SAPPMA’s Chief Executive Officer, board members have taken a conscious decision during a recent strategic planning session, to sharpen their focus on quality and to take a no-nonsense, uncompromising stand when it comes to pipe manufacturers who fail to comply or are found guilty of misconduct. “It has always been SAPPMA’s mandate to ensure that our members only produce and market top quality products that are fully compliant to all relevant standards and specifications, to promote and ensure ethical business activities in all areas of operation and to ensure that the SAPPMA mark is used to clearly differentiate between quality producers and others,” Venter says. The association reports that they have not hesitated to act against members who were found guilty of taking short-cuts or failed to meet their standards during various announced and unannounced factory audits. “Due to enormous expenditure on research and development by polymer manufacturers, modern pipe grade materials have such excellent properties that it is now impossible for any pipe engineer to ignore them. This is highlighted by the dominant market position of plastic pipe in just about all pressure water and gas pipe as well as sewerage applications. However, the plastic pipe industry is also facing growing temptation to cut corners for the sake of saving a few Rands. A combination of factors, such as the failure of the SABS, the big gap that exists between supply and demand, margins have come under pressure and rising raw material prices, have exasperated this problem with HDPE pipe in particular,” he explains. However, SAPPMA remains resolute in its decision not to lower . . .