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The Manufacture of Wooden Containers in South Africa
BY Carol Knoll
South Africa
13 October 2020
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Manufacture of Wooden Containers


Prior to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, difficulties faced by the wooden container manufacturing sector included rapidly-rising input costs, imports of cheap wine barrels and the use of alternative materials. During lockdown, the forestry sector was declared an essential service, and 60% to 70% of businesses relating to wood products, such as those used for packaging and transport of essential items, were able to continue operating, and pallets were used to move goods such as food, medicine and sanitisers. The ban on local alcohol sales during lockdown had a significant impact on wine farms, cellars and related businesses.


Increasing Competition


Wooden pallets face increasing competition from plastic pallets, many of which are made from recycled plastic which is waterproof and has a longer lifespan than wood. Wooden wine barrels have become expensive and reconditioning of old barrels has increased. Oak alternatives include the use of powder, granules, chips, blocks and staves which are infused into wine rather than putting wine into oak barrels.


Opportunities for SMEs


There are challenges with access to raw materials, and imported machinery required for tasks such as barrel making is expensive. Access to heat treatment facilities and reliable timber suppliers are necessary to become a major player. Informal vendors have created small businesses selling wooden window boxes for planting flowers, herbs and vegetables with scrap planks which are readily available.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on the manufacture of wooden containers, including pallets, crates, bins, boxes, wine barrels, vats and cable drums. It includes information on the state and size of the sector and factors that influence it. There are profiles of 32 companies including FS Smit & Co, which started making wine barrels in 1880, York Timbers, the largest manufacturer of wooden containers in South Africa, and Kimmo, the first company in South Africa to develop and manufacture a corrugated fibreboard pallet.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 4
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 4
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
4.1. Local 5
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 8
4.1.2. Regulations 8
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 9
4.2. Continental 11
4.3. International 11
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 13
5.1. Economic Environment 13
5.2. Coronavirus 13
5.3. Recycling 14
5.4. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 15
5.5. Environmental Concerns 16
5.6. Labour 17
6. COMPETITION 20
6.1. Barriers to Entry 22
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 22
8. OUTLOOK 23
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 24
10. REFERENCES 24
10.1. Publications 24
10.2. Websites 25
APPENDIX 1 26
Summary of Notable Players 26
COMPANY PROFILES 31
ADVANCED CRATING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 31
AGENTIMBER (PTY) LTD 33
ALORA PALLETS (PTY) LTD 35
BASFOUR 2783 (PTY) LTD 37
BOLAND BINS (PTY) LTD 39
CARGO HANDLING SPECIALISTS (PTY) LTD 41
CHEP SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 43
DAVIN WOODWORKS CC 47
DURBAN PALLETS (PTY) LTD 49
EKURHULENI CRATING SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 51
ELITE PALLET SERVICES (SA) (PTY) LTD 52
ENDO PACK (PTY) LTD 53
EPLANK TRADERS CC 54
F S SMIT AND CO-MANUFACTURING DIVISION (PTY) LTD 56
FORESTA DRUM MANUFACTURING (PTY) LTD 57
INVENTIVE WAYS 113 CC 59
J SMALLCOMBE 61
JOHANNESBURG TIMBER AND BOX CC 62
KIMMO (PTY) LTD 64
LOUNICS INTERNATIONAL (PTY) LTD 66
NATAL BOX FACTORY CC 68
PACKSOLVE (PTY) LTD 70
PALBIN (PTY) LTD 72
PALLET AND CRATE KING CC 73
PALLET LINK (PTY) LTD 75
PALLET SUPPLY COMPANY CAPE (PTY) LTD 77
ROSSLYN PALLETS AND CRATES CC 78
SA WINE BARRELS (PTY) LTD 79
SPRINGBOK BOX (PTY) LTD 81
THALES SERVICES (PTY) LTD 83
TWEEDIE PALLETS CC 85
YORK TIMBER HOLDINGS LTD 87