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Toyo Ink Group to Open Sales Office in Morocco

June 11, 2019adminUncategorized0

Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co., Ltd., the parent company of the Toyo Ink Group of Japan, has announced plans to open a new sales subsidiary in Casablanca, Morocco, in preparation for a full-scale business launch into the African continent. Eyeing the future economic progress of Africa, the company will set up its very first office on the continent, Toyo Ink North Africa S.A.R.L., for the medium- to long-term timeframe, with paid-in capital of E2.4 million.

‘Following China and India, the African continent is believed to be one of the future growth engines of the global economy,’ said Katsumi Kitagawa, Group CEO of Toyo Ink Group. ‘Up until now, the Toyo Ink Group had been developing its business in the region by way of our existing operating bases. These efforts are now beginning to pay off as sales in the region have been steadily rising. The decision to establish an office in Morocco is a result of this early success and our need to focus on branding efforts, as we continue to solidify our position as a global single-source provider of integrated printing and packaging solutions.’

Toyo Ink North Africa will be engaged in developing business opportunities for a wide range of Group products such as commercial printing inks, liquid (flexo and gravure) inks and adhesives for food packaging, and can coatings. It will market existing Group products while functioning as a market research hub to help promote products customised to the unique needs of local markets. Moreover, the new subsidiary will not only focus on expanding sales and the development of ink products, but also work to increase sales of the Group’s growing chemical businesses. Through its business activities, Toyo Ink North Africa aims to form a solid foundation on which to make a positive contribution to the growth and development of African nations over the long term, and to ultimately realise the Group vision of creating a vibrant world in which all living beings and the environment can coexist harmoniously.

WPO launches the contest: ‘Redesign the WorldStar Packaging Award trophy’

WPO (World Packaging Organisation) has launched an unique opportunity to students around the world: to participate in a competition to redesign the trophy of the most prestigious global packaging award, the WorldStar. According to WorldStar co-ordinator, Rachel Bayswater, ‘The expectation is that students will really challenge conventional thinking and break the rules with off-the-wall creativity. And this will be the key criteria for judging success.’

The competition is open to students enrolled in college or university courses, undergraduate or graduate, anywhere in the world. Typical courses would be linked to graphic/product/structural design as well as those from material/technology and engineering. Only individual entries are accepted and the points to consider are:

•maintaining the importance and prestige of this world class award;

•commercial awareness – does it make sense from a financial point of view?

•Maximum cost to the awards organiser – €35 per award;

•transportable protective box for each trophy;

•the prototype can be made of any material designs which demonstrate awareness of environmental issues through economic use of the material.

Winners will receive €500 from WPO and the criteria for success are:

1. Originality and aesthetic qualities of the design

2. Commercial viability

3. The WPO / WorldStar branding recognition

4. The quality of portfolio, which must include evidence of research and the development of the design

5. Inclusion of a protype – a good quality mock up to withstand transport and handling (applicable to round 2 judging)

6. A written summary explaining why the design is the best, how it meets the criteria and the material/s to be used for the final award

7. Lightweight trophy not exceeding 0.0700kg

8. A design that can be easily manufactured in quantities

Closing data for entries is 27 September 2019; results will be announced on 1 December. Judging process will be carried out in two rounds. The first one, on-line, will involve professionals from IOM3, WPO member in UK and responsible for running the WorldStar program. The second round will be judged by WPO Marketing Group during the second WPO Board Meeting of 2019, in November, in Indonesia.

 

Entries are online at www.worldstar.org

DuPont Electronics & Imaging showcase innovations at SignExpo 2019

DuPont Advanced Printing and DuPont Advanced Materials together presented their newest innovations during SignExpo. Visitors to the booth learned more about a new clear DuPont Tedlar film for indoor and outdoor signage applications, and digital textile inks for roll-to-roll (RTR) applications including banners and signage made from DuPont Artistri inks. At the show, DuPont Advanced Materials showcased its new formulation of clear DuPont Tedlar. Continuing its commitment to innovation, this film raises the bar for durability. Visitors to the booth saw how it can help customers save time and money on cleaning, maintenance and replacements in addition to providing a long-lasting canvas for brands.

‘This new film is designed for indoor/outdoor signage durability with extreme UV protection and cleanability to remove common graffiti, stickers and other debris. Even the harshest chemical cleaners won’t damage the film,’ said Chris Marino, Global Marketing Leader for DuPont Advanced Materials. DuPont Advanced Printing showcased Artistri Xite digital inks, which are easily printed onto surfaces including nylon, polyester and vinyl, making them the perfect choice for printing signs, banners and flags. These inks deliver excellent colour saturation as well as UV and water resistance for outdoor applications. ‘From dye sub, direct disperse and pigment, to acid and reactive inks, DuPont Artistri digital inks provide rich, bright colours across many substrates within the sign industry. Because DuPont proprietary dispersions, polymers and ink formulations span a range of viscosities, they allow Artistri inks to work with almost any wide-format digital printer,’ said Jeff Hansen, Regional Marketing Manager, Americas – DuPont Advanced Printing.

On April 25, Eric Beyeler, Global Marketing Leader – digital inks, shared the benefits of printing with water-based ink jet inks for signage applications during his presentation: ‘Low Environmental Footprint and Simplified Workflow in Fabric Printing’.

6th drupa Global Trends Report shows global print in good health overall

The 6th drupa Global Trends Report shows that the global print industry as a whole is in a stable condition. Global figures remain positive overall, with some regions and markets doing much better than others. Political and economic concerns for the future cloud otherwise positive prospects for the majority. Globally 40 per cent of printers stated their company economic condition was ‘good’ in 2018 versus 13 per cent who described their condition as ‘poor’, the rest were ‘satisfactory’. This gives a positive net balance of 27 per cent. For Suppliers the positive net balance was 19 per cent. Both groups remain optimistic with 50 per cent expecting things to be better in 2019.

Conditions vary between regions and between markets. So North America continued to enjoy strong growth in 2018, Europe and Australia enjoyed steady growth, whilst Asia, the Middle East and S/C America were cautious and Africa was in decline. The 2018 results reflect the established pattern in most regions, although the decline in the Middle East and South and Central America appears to be worsening.

The Packaging market thrives as does Functional, but there are clear signs of increasing caution in the Commercial market and Publishing remains subdued, with the encouraging exception of the books market. Sabine Geldermann, Director drupa, Messe Duesseldorf, commented, ‘The report shows that with a little more than a year to go to drupa 2020, the global industry is in robust health overall. Clearly, there are significant differences in prospects across different regions and markets as demand rapidly changes with economic conditions and evolving uses of print. That is the real value of this drupa Global Trends series. It allows readers to track those trends over time and identify how printers and suppliers alike can best invest to secure a strong future within the industry.’

The findings come from the 6th major annual survey issued last autumn to the drupa Expert Panel of senior decision takers recruited from printers and exhibitors at drupa 2016 and run by Printfuture (UK) and Wissler & Partner (CH). Over 600 printers and 200 suppliers participated with all regions well represented. Richard Gray, Operations Director at Printfuture stated, ‘Most panel members are positive overall about the future, despite very clear concerns about the economic and political prospects for 2019 and beyond. It is striking that many show an increasingly confident grasp of how to exploit the rapidly changing opportunities for print, as the wider markets make increased use of digital communications.’

Most printers make money despite huge pressure on margins by increasing revenues through raising utilisation while keeping overheads as stable as possible. Globally we even saw a small increase in prices, despite substantial increases in paper/substrate prices. Suppliers also saw revenues and prices rise globally but with an even sharper decline in margins.

Conventional print volumes continue to decline but slowly. In 2013, 23 per cent of printers reported that Digital print was more than 25 per cent of turnover. In 2018, the proportion of printers had increased to 29 per cent. Nevertheless, sheetfed offset remains the most common form of print technology, present in 66 per cent of all printers. Sheetfed offset volume continues to grow in Packaging but there was a clear decline amongst Commercial printers for the first time. Web to Print volumes are climbing, but slowly. In 2014, 17 per cent
of participants with W2P installations reported more than 25 per cent of turnover came from that source. By 2018, that proportion of participants had increased to 23 per cent. Yet the proportion of printers with W2P installations is static – 25 per cent in 2014 and 25 per cent in 2018.

In terms of Capital Expenditure, 41 per cent of printers spent more in 2018 than 2017, while just 15 per cent spent less and expenditure grew in all regions except Africa. Those in Packaging and Functional markets were very bullish while those in Commercial and Publishing markets were more cautious. It was broadly the same pattern amongst Suppliers. For printers, Finishing equipment was the most common target in 2019, followed by Print technology and then PrePress/Workflow/MIS. As for Print technology, Digital toner sheetfed colour was the most common target for investment in 2019 for all markets, except for Packaging where Sheetfed Offset took first place. Yet the Packaging market saw a 5 per cent growth in the proportion of SKU’s specifying digital print across all applications, except for Labels where the figure is already 40 per cent.

Entries now open for Label Industry Global Awards 2019

The search is now underway for the world’s leading innovators in the label and package printing industry, with a total of six awards available at the 16th Label Industry Global Awards 2019. This year is particularly special as they will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of Labelexpo. Two of the awards, one for emerging talent and one for the top converter in the European label industry, have been introduced to mark this milestone.

The Label Industry Global Awards recognise those organisations and individuals who have excelled in the label and package printing sector through innovation and best practice in 2018. This year, there will be two individual or team awards, and four organisation awards. The top honour, awarded to either an individual or team, is the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award, sponsored by Avery Dennison. This recognises an innovation or idea that has helped transform and progress the label industry across the world. Bestowed in memory of Stan Avery’s pioneering spirit and values, the award builds on the previously named R. Stanton Avery Pioneer Award to reflect the global nature of the industry and recognize the collective contributions of the many as well as individuals.

New for 2019 is the Rising Star Award, sponsored by the Label Academy and Avery Dennison. This award recognises the emerging talent of an individual starting their label and package printing career, with the potential of becoming one of tomorrow’s leaders. Nominees should have worked in the industry for at least five years and demonstrate a strong potential for appointment at the highest levels of the profession. The Award for Innovation is split based on size; one for companies with over 300 employees and another for those with less than 300 employees. Entries must be for the development of a specific innovation by a supplier or converter company in 2018 and can either be for a new business process or technology-related.

The Environmental and Sustainability Award acknowledges a new sustainable product or process introduced by a converter or supplier company in the label industry during 2018. Finally, the European Converter of the Year Award recognises the company that has made the biggest advances in the European converting business over the last year. This might include a key record of innovation or product and technical development, the development of a pan-European product in its chosen market(s), a solid record of staff training and development, and a strong involvement with its local community.

Mike Fairley, chair of the judges said, ‘It is always a privilege to be involved in the Label Industry Global Awards, the highest accolade within the label and package printing industry. Each year, as we embark on the quest to find our leading innovators, the high standard of entries never fails to impress. This year will be no exception, as we set the bar even higher, with the introduction of a further two awards to mark the 40th anniversary year of Labelexpo. The accelerating pace of change and the talent coming through in this industry is extraordinary, and one that is becoming ever more global, so we felt the time was right to recognise these developments through this year’s Awards.

‘Many previous Label Industry Global Award winners have gone on to even greater success and inspired others in the sector to continue to drive the industry forward, so we urge all sectors of the label and package printing industry from across the globe to submit their nominations as soon as possible.’ He added, ‘We look forward to celebrating all the award winners, finalists and participants at our 16th annual Label Industry Global Awards event in September, and making it our biggest, most memorable one to date as we also celebrate 40 years of Labelexpo. It promises to be a truly special night.’

Entry is free and submissions must be received by 17 May 2019. Finalists, along with the winner of the R. Stanton Avery Global Achievement Award, will be announced in June. All winners will be announced during the 40th anniversary edition of Labelexpo Europe 2019, at a 1000-capacity gala evening event in Brussels on 24 September. Entry forms and full details of how to enter are available at www.labelawards.com

Security Information at Your Fingertips

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Security breaches are constantly in the news. From hacks, to breaches to identity theft it is an ongoing battle to secure your information. Every time a vulnerability is identified for a Xerox printer or multifunction printer, processes are in place to fix it and post the fix in a timely manner. It is important to keep up with news of threats and understand what you need to know and watch for when it comes to securing your data. So when was the last time you checked the Xerox Security website for any updates or patches for your Xerox equipment?

We try to make it easy to find all the information and resources you need to help you meet your security goals. We know that the security of your information is important to you and it is important to Xerox. We will provide you with the tools to safeguard your information, but it is up to you and / or your IT staff to utilise these tools. Please subscribe to or check our Security webpage periodically to keep updated on any new security information. Information is posted as required and will be product specific or generic depending on the issue.

Simply navigate over to the Security webpage and select the model of your machine to see any updates or patches available for your product. You will also find news as well as Security Resources and information about the Xerox Security Model. The ‘Contact Us’ section is a link to a form where you can report vulnerabilities, request information and submit questions. Another feature of this page is the See all Security Bulletins link near the top of the page that will list in chronological order all the security bulletins that have been released.

Remember knowledge is power when it comes to security. So, another resource to review is the Xerox Product Security Frequently Asked Questions page. Please review all these resources to stay up-to-date with security features, updates, upgrades and tips. This is the proverbial ‘you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink’. Please take the ‘drink’, the information you will safeguard is your own. Our goal is to help you keep your information secure. Online Support also has information about security. You can search on ‘security’ to find out what you need to do or what you can do to protect your information on your particular printer. Please look over the information provided and contact Xerox with any issues, questions or concerns. In this digital data age security is everyone’s responsibility, do your part to secure your important data.

Scanning – So Many Choices, So Much Support

Scanning is one of the subjects Xerox receives many questions about. There are several ways to scan and that is what seems to bring all the questions. On the multifunction printers (MFP), there is scan to PC, scan to e-mail, scan to a shared folder, scan to desktop, scan to USB, and more. Not all MFPs have all of the different types of scanning and some forms of scanning may be an option.

To help you navigate the scanning setup(s) the Xerox Support YouTube channel has several videos to help you set up the different types of scanning. Recently two new videos have been uploaded. One video will walk you through setting up the scan to pc desktop on the Xerox WorkCentre 6027 Family products. The other newly uploaded video shows you how to setup scan to smb on Windows 10 OS Xerox AltaLink Family products. Many of the steps in these videos, as it relates to the setup on the PC, translates to most of the multifunction printers that have the same feature.

Here is the Setting Up the Scan to PC Desktop video
As you can see the instructions for the setup on the PC side would be the same regardless of the multifunction printer you are using. Search on the Xerox Support YouTube channel for ‘scan’ to see all the videos that will walk you through scan setup. Further instructions and instructions for the MAC OS are available on the support pages for your machine. Simply search on ‘scan’ or narrow your choices by searching on the type of scan you want to use (ex. Scan to desktop, scan to smb, etc.).

After reviewing these resources, if you still find you have more questions on scanning consider contacting your support centre by phone or chat, or you can search posts or post a question on the Xerox Support Community Forum. Scanning is one of the most popular features. If you have not tried scanning from your Xerox device consider giving it a try, the only the thing you have to lose is all those stacks of paper!

3D Printing is a game changer for global power market

April 29, 2019adminUncategorized0

One of the most innovative and disruptive technological advancements that will transform the global power industry is 3D printing (Additive Manufacturing), according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Recently, additive manufacturing (AM) has found its application in different sectors of the power industry, both in building prototypes and in main stream production leading to process simplification and operational efficiency. Contrasting to the prevalent manufacturing processes, additive manufacturing can produce components with complex geometries, consume fewer raw-materials, produce less waste, have reduced energy consumption and decreased time-to-market.

GlobalData’s latest report, ‘3D Printing – Potential Game Changer for Global Power Market’, highlights key developments and trends to understand the influence 3D printing will have in transforming the power sector.
Ankit Mathur, Practice Head of Power at GlobalData, commented, ‘With the power industry under pressure, manufacturers are turning towards AM for solutions with reduced costs and shorter timeframes. During the initial phase of making inroads in the power industry, 3D printing has achieved a fair level of success with the power industry and technological firms creating an ally for the benefit of each other.

3D printing is gradually finding its application in various facets of the power industry including renewable and conventional power sectors and battery storage devices. 3D printing of solar panels, wind turbine parts and conventional power generation equipment such as heavy duty ancillary parts of gas and steam turbines reflects upon its reliability and versatility. This technology is also finding its application in the nuclear power industry, including new builds for fuel and for in-reactor components. However, qualifying the material and demonstrating that components meet nuclear codes and standards will remain a key challenge for applications in this particular industry.

Mathur added, ‘Additive manufacturing has already resulted in shorter lead time, reduced costs and increased efficiency, and is expected to further improve with the invention of larger printers. However, as the technology is still in experimental stage and yet to achieve full commercialisation, it will be a matter of time to fully understand how deep this new technology can penetrate in the power industry, given the high equipment standards required for efficient plant operation and the hazardous environment they endure.’

Packaging designers eye aluminium as viable alternative for packaging

April 24, 2019adminUncategorized0

Canned food various2The world of packaging is changing rapidly and right before our eyes. Packaging that has been generally accepted as conventional for many years, has suddenly become unacceptable. Reacting to a very vocal consumer market, as well as statutory and regulatory pressures that demand alternative, environmentally responsible packaging, marketing gurus and brand owners are gradually seeing the merits of circular economies of aluminium and tinplate packaging for their products. ‘The world has undoubtedly shifted to a much more sustainable one, and metal packaging is finding itself on the right side of this equation,’ said Kishan Singh, CEO of MetPac-SA, the Producer Responsibility Organisation representing the aluminium and tinplate packaging industries in South Africa.

Metal packaging definitely offers a viable, sustainable alternative and the metal volume slice of the SA Packaging Market is predicted to increase as a result. ‘I believe that the SA Metal Packaging Industry is offering a proven, sustainable solution to the imminent penalty clauses that will no doubt be imposed by the Department of Environmental Affairs,’ Singh declared. One of the aspects that makes aluminium packaging an alluring packaging option, is it’s very high collection and recycling rate. ‘Aluminium cans has the highest recycling rate of all packaging materials. It is infinitely recyclable with little loss of the yield of aluminium. It is estimated that roughly 75 per cent of the aluminium ever produced, is still in use today,’ he said.

The principal ore used for aluminium production is called Bauxite – a scarce natural resource that is imported from tropical and sub-tropical areas such as the West Indies, South America and Australia where it naturally occurs. However, because aluminium cans are collected and recovered at such high rates, very little of this scarce natural resource, nor the water, energy or other resources used in the original production process, is lost. Another factor that drives the successful collection and recycling of post-consumer aluminium cans the world over, is its economic viability.

‘It makes financial sense to all the stakeholders in the value chain to collect and recover as much aluminium cans as possible. Buy-back centres pay well for cans that are collected and brought in by collectors. All the stakeholders in the value chain are able to earn a decent living from their efforts, and this in turn drives the effective collection and recovery even further – preventing the cans from ending up in landfill, or even worse still – in the environment or in the ocean,’ Singh explained. In SA, the combined recovery for tinplate and aluminium was recorded at 75.8 per cent in 2017, benchmarking effectively against European recovery rates for the same materials, and MetPacSA is committed to driving this recovery rate to just over 80 per cent over the next five years. Because aluminium cans are very light, it reduces the transport costs and CO² emissions. In addition, they are stackable, physically strong and allow brand owners and packaging designers the freedom to be creative when it comes to sizes, design and colours that can be used for on-pack printing to attract the attention of potential buyers. Affirmed Singh, ‘For brand owners, the ideal packaging must make sense on all the levels and should tick all the boxes – financially, environmentally and practically. Aluminium packaging offers a solution that is workable, easy to implement and makes sense on a financial and environmental level.’

Commenting on how the demand for sustainable packaging alternatives has impacted their business, Richard Jacob, CEO of Hulamin recently told Moneyweb journalist Sasha Planting, ‘I’m very optimistic about the future of aluminium … as we are seeing a significant global trend away from plastic to aluminium [from both vehicle and beverage can manufacturers].’  Local packaging company Nampak, which derives 64 per cent of its revenue and 88 per cent of its operating profit from its metals businesses, has manufacturing plants in some of the toughest countries in the world, such as Angola, Nigeria and Ethiopia. ‘We are definitely seeing a greater awareness among producers, retailers and consumers on the impact of packaging on the environment,’ André de Ruyter, CEO of Nampak told Moneyweb. ‘However, the solution does not lie with simply replacing plastic with aluminium. It is more complex than that. For companies like ourselves, the opportunity lies in finding innovative solutions to customer sustainability concerns,’ he explained.

Agreeing with this sentiment, Casper Durandt, Head of Packaging, Sustainability and Waste Management at Coca-Cola Africa said, ‘Addressing the proliferation of waste in our environment requires a three-pronged approach. This is the design of more recycling-friendly packaging, improving collection rates, and partnering with other organisations to ensure infrastructure is established, appropriate policies are developed and attitudes towards littering and recycling are changed.’ Durandt added that Coca-Cola is currently working with its packaging partners to make its packaging 100 per cent recyclable by 2025 and to use 50 per cent recycled content in all primary packaging by 2030. ‘Without change, there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. The sudden environmental requirements that are being forced upon packaging leaders, now offers the industry the ideal opportunity to think outside the box, make the necessary differences by introducing more sustainable practices and by proactively managing a scenario that is ultimately inevitable.

‘Our message is clear: Choose wise. Choose value. Choose metal!,’ Singh concluded.

Polystyrene Association Hosts 2019 AGM

April 4, 2019adminUncategorized0

Polystyrene Trading HubThe Polystyrene Association of South Africa unveiled exciting plans to increase the collection and recycling rate of post-consumer polystyrene at its Annual General Meeting held in Midrand recently. ‘We have had phenomenal success with our various recycling projects over the last 11 years. During the 2017-2018 financial year, more than 6300 tons of polystyrene were successfully diverted from our country’s landfills. When considering how light polystyrene weighs (it consists of 94 per cent air) and that our recycling figures in 2013 stood at 1849 tons, this is truly an achievement of which we are incredibly proud,’ Polystyrene Association CEO, Adri Spangenberg, announced.

Although various end-markets have been developed for recycled polystyrene, such as used in the production of picture frames, cornices and stationery, the biggest success has undoubtedly been achieved using recycled polystyrene in lightweight concrete solutions. Polystyrene used in this application can be of any colour or grade, clean or slightly contaminated as it gets chopped up and mixed with a special mixture of cement and other ingredients to form lightweight concrete that is waterproof, fire resistant, offers insulation against heat and cold and it is cheaper and easier to build with than traditional bricks or concrete. According to Adri, one of the biggest stumbling blocks that has been identified in the recycling supply chain, has been the challenge of getting the polystyrene out of the waste stream and to the recyclers in time and on a consistent basis.

‘There is a substantial (and growing) demand for the recycled material in South Africa and an abundant supply of polystyrene packaging material that can be recycled. However, the industry has been experiencing bottlenecks in various areas of this supply chain. A desperate need for material has necessitated the industry to address the logistical issues that are hampering the recycling of polystyrene. Much of our focus, energy and attention this past year has been on developing a workable, financially viable solution which we submitted to Government as part of our Industry Waste Management Plan,’ Adri explained. The first step to address the logistics challenges of recycling polystyrene will be taken through the forming of Trading Hub Clusters (THCs) which represent all relevant industries in the value chain.

‘This is a centralised operation which streamlines the entire process by bringing polystyrene recycling under one roof within a geographical area, thereby relieving the pressure on waste management companies and government. In effect, we as an industry are driving the implementation of a feasible business, taking responsibility for polystyrene earmarked for recycling into an BEE entrepreneur managed operation,’ Adri explained.  Initial plans are to establish three major Trading Hub Clusters in major metropoles, i.e. the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. The core focus of these clusters will be on facilitating the recycling of polystyrene in these provinces and ensuring a constant supply of materials for use in décor market (cornices, picture frames), building market (lightweight concrete bricks and screed), beads market (hobbies and crafts), and the Polystyrene Association’s Breadtags for Wheelchairs and Tutu Desk projects.

‘Although sales volumes will be determined by the capacity of the trading hub, it is estimated that the initial output to per HUB to be around 50 tons per month. The current demand, however, already outstrips this figure and this number must be increased as a matter of urgency,’ Adri explained. The second initiative that was developed this past year, is small-scale municipal polystyrene recycling hub (MPRH) facilities for the small to medium-sized municipalities situated in outlying areas of South Africa.  Each Municipal Polystyrene Recycling Hub will integrate the collection and recycling of polystyrene into a usable form. Lightweight cement blocks and screed will be manufactured on-site, which will be used to build houses and clinics in each district.

‘The lack of affordable housing and the need to create employment for communities are two of the biggest socio-economic needs facing South Africa today. Combined with South Africa’s mounting waste crisis and need for proper waste infrastructure that needs to be developed, local municipalities are facing a great challenge. However, we believe these recycling hubs will play an important role in growing the polystyrene recycling value chain and will provide much needed job creation, transformation and recycling initiatives on a community level. In effect, it will bring the solution of polystyrene recycling to the people at grass roots level and will empower them to improve their living standards and quality of life by being able to produce the material needed to address the housing crisis in their immediate area,’ she expanded. Plans to implement these innovative recycling hubs are already underway. The Polystyrene Association has already met with selected municipalities to test and discuss the implementation of pilot projects.

‘We will be launching our first pilot of a Polystyrene Recycling Hub in partnership with the George Municipality in the Southern Cape later this year. Land for the project has already been earmarked and discussions are well underway to get the recycling hub off the ground as soon as possible,’ Adri revealed. She added that various other municipalities are also showing a keen interest, including the City of Cape Town and Drakenstein Municipality.

‘These projects will enable us to increase polystyrene recycling in South Africa to 63.7 per cent (27 870 tons) per annum by 2023 as the entire process is streamlined and centralised under one roof within a geographical area. Because the local community will be responsible for collecting and sorting the polystyrene, various primary and secondary jobs will be created, while at the same time also raising awareness of polystyrene recycling. ‘Our industry is excited and supported of the project, because it allows them to demonstrate their commitment towards environment and our country’s sustainable economic development through job creation, technological advancement and sustainable economic growth,’ Adri concluded.