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Value: The local plastics industry plays a significant role in the South African economy contributing approximately 1.6% to South Africa's total GDP and 14.3% to the country’s manufacturing GDP in 2013. According to the latest available statistics, approximately 1.4 million tons of virgin plastic material, with a market value of R50.4bn, was converted in 2013.


Challenging Conditions: Challenging macro-economic conditions have been compounded by an influx of cheap imports. Between 2003 and 2012 import penetration in the plastics sector increased from 13% to 30%, and in the non-packaging plastic products sector it reached 71% by volume over the same period. As a result, a number of government initiatives have been introduced to increase competitiveness within the sector. The recently completed plastics strategy to develop the sector incorporates the promotion of localisation through designation of plastics products, the promotion of downstream polymer beneficiation and collaboration with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).


Eyeing the Rest of Africa: Investors see opportunities for the plastics industry in a continent with vast natural resources and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects sub-Saharan Africa to grow by 4.5% in 2015 and 5.1% in 2016. Plastics SA is looking at stimulating domestic growth by increasing exports into Africa and a number of South African-based and international plastics companies are focusing on developing and expanding their presence in Africa.



Report Coverage:

The Manufacture of Plastics and Plastic Products in South Africa evaluates the domestic industry, government attempts to stimulate local manufacture and factors influencing the sector’s success. The report also profiles 56 industry players, including Sasol Polymers, the country's major source of propylene, BASF South Africa (Pty) Ltd which produces polyurethanes, styrenes and engineering plastics, and Astrapak Ltd, which employs 3,132 people and is one of the country’s leading manufacturers of plastic packaging.

Table Of Contents

Manufacture of Plastics and Plastic Products in South Africa 2015
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 5
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 17
4.1. Local 17
4.2. Corporate Actions 24
4.3. Regulations 25
4.4. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 27
4.5. Continental 28
4.6. International 29
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 30
5.1. Economic Environment 30
5.2. Rising Input Costs 31
5.3. Government Incentives and Support 32
5.4. Government's Infrastructure Plans 33
5.5. Labour 34
5.6. Consumer Demand 37
5.7. Information Technology 38
5.8. Environmental Concerns 38
6. COMPETITION 40
6.1. Barriers to Entry 41
6.2. Technology, Research and Development (RandD) and Innovation 42
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 46
8. OUTLOOK 48
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 48
10. REFERENCES 50
10.1. Publications 50
10.2. Websites 51
APPENDIX 1 53
Government Support and Incentives 53
ORGANOGRAM 33430 56
Manufacture of Plastics in Primary Form and of Synthetic Rubber 56
COMPANY PROFILES 58
BASF HOLDINGS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 58
BAYER (PTY) LTD 61
CHEM SYSTEMS (PTY) LTD 65
CHEMFIT (PTY) LTD 67
CHEMGRIT PLASTICS (PTY) LTD 69
KAP MANUFACTURING (PTY) LTD 71
KARBOCHEM (PTY) LTD 75
LAKE INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES (PTY) LTD 77
LANXESS (PTY) LTD 80
MASTERBATCH SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 83
NCS RESINS (PTY) LTD 85
PLASTICHEM (PTY) LTD 87
ROCBOLT TECHNOLOGIES (PTY) LTD 89
SAFRIPOL (PTY) LTD 91
SASOL LTD 94
ORGANOGRAM 33800a 105
Plastic Packaging 105
COMPANY PROFILES 108
ALWIN LEHNER PLASTICS - ALPLA (PTY) LTD 108
ASTRAPAK LTD 110
BARRIER FILM CONVERTERS (PTY) LTD 117
BOWLER PLASTICS (PTY) LTD 119
BOXMORE PLASTICS (SA) (PTY) LTD 121
CIBA PACKAGING (PTY) LTD 124
GUNDLE PLASTICS GROUP (PTY) LTD 126
HUHTAMAKI SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 130
ITALPAC (PTY) LTD 132
ITB MANUFACTURING (PTY) LTD 134
MCG INDUSTRIES (PTY) LTD 136
MPACT LTD 138
NAMPAK LTD 143
PAILPAC (PTY) LTD 147
POLYOAK PACKAGING (PTY) LTD 149
PREMIER PLASTICS (PTY) LTD 152
PRINCIPLE PLASTICS (PTY) LTD 154
SLAVEPAK (PTY) LTD 156
TADBIK PACK SA (PTY) LTD 158
TRANSPACO LTD 160
TUPPERWARE SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LTD 165
ORGANOGRAM 33800b 167
Other Plastic Products 167
COMPANY PROFILES 169
AMPA GROUP (PTY) LTD 169
APEX CORDSET TECHNOLOGIES (PTY) LTD 172
ATLAS PLASTICS (PTY) LTD 174
BIG BOY PLASTICS CC 176
BOXMORE SPECIALITY PLASTICS (PTY) LTD 178
DPI PLASTICS (PTY) LTD 180
DURATTRACT PLASTICS (PTY) LTD 182
FIBRE-WOUND SA (PTY) LTD 184
FLOTEK PIPES AND IRRIGATION (PTY) LTD 186
MACNEIL PLASTICS (PTY) LTD 188
MARLEY PIPE SYSTEMS (SA) (PTY) LTD 190
MCG INDUSTRIES (PTY) LTD 192
MPACT LTD 194
NU-WORLD HOLDINGS LTD 199
PRINCIPLE PLASTICS (PTY) LTD 202
SAMSAC AFRICA (PTY) LTD 204
SWAN PLASTICS (PTY) LTD 207
UNIQUE TIMBER PLASTICS (PTY) LTD 209
WAXPAK (PTY) LTD 210
ZIMCO GROUP (PTY) LTD 212

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