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Plastic backlash results in ramped up can production at Nampak

Nampak is ramping up manufacturing of aluminium cans as Africa's most significant manufacturer of drinks packaging reacts to shoppers' world-wide plastic rejections. The company is also placing increased focus on cardboard cartons and the development of a sustainable plastic lid made predominantly of sugar cane, CEO Andre de Ruyter claimed in a telephone interview. That is the result of an ever-growing concern regarding the effect of plastic on the environment, especially on products like single-use straws. "Consumer sentiment against plastic [...]

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South Africa Welcomes Aluminium Product Exclusions From US – Section 232 Duties

USA Flags Trade & Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has welcomed a recent announcement regarding improved trade developments with the United States as a positive step towards normalising relations between South Africa and The United States. This follows an announcement made by the US Department of Commerce stating that the department has granted exemptions for certain steel and aluminium products.   In a statement, the Department of Trade and Industry said; “The exemption of some of the aluminium and steel lines confirms that [...]

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Here’s how much metal it takes to make your iPhone

Credit: Jeremy Berke, Business Insider US Jul 12, 2018 Each iPhone contains 31 grams of aluminum. istock; Jenny Cheng/Business Insider iPhones contain a number of different metals, including titanium, iron, and aluminium. There is far more aluminium than any other metal in your phone — it makes up about 24% of an iPhone's mass. While rare Earth elements comprise only a fraction of an iPhone's mass, mining for these elements is a huge global business.  Your iPhone is a complex piece of machinery. Each phone contains a number [...]

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South African farmers play chicken with Trump tariffs

By: REUTERS Via Engineering News Aug 29, 2018 Free-range chickens. Herman Pretorius is just the kind of white South African farmer US President Donald Trump expressed concern for when he barged into the country's delicate land reform debate by ordering an investigation into the "large-scale killing of farmers". But for the greying, bespectacled 58-year-old, wading knee-deep through some 35 000 chickens at his isolated homestead in South Africa's North West province, it's the United States and it's cheap poultry exports that are a threat. "We cannot compare our chickens with theirs. The [...]

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