Mpact is one of the leading paper and plastics businesses in southern Africa, listed on the JSE's Main Board in the Industrial – Paper and Packaging sector.
The Group has leading market positions in southern Africa in recovered paper and plastic collections, corrugated packaging, recycled-based cartonboard and containerboard, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) preforms, recycled-based PET (rPET), styrene trays and plastic jumbo bins.
Mpact's Paper division manufactures recycled-based packaging and industrial paper grades such as containerboard and cartonboard while the corrugated division makes and sells a comprehensive range of printed and unprinted converted corrugated products, including board, which is used to manufacture corrugated packaging, corrugated boxes, die-cut cases, folded glued cases, trays and point-of-sale displays. The Plastics converting business manufactures rigid plastic packaging for the food, beverage, personal care, home care, pharmaceutical, agricultural and retail markets. The Mpact Polymer's business, which is part of the Plastics business, is a bottle-to-bottle rPET manufacturing operation.
Sustainable development is inherent in Mpact. The Group's sustainability in terms of its impact on the environment and the communities in which it operates are priority considerations in conducting business and making investments.
Mpact is South Africa's largest recycler of recovered paper for recycling, collecting over 623,000 tonnes (2015: 527,000) of paper fibre and plastic for the year ended 2016.
Mpact employed 4,998 people (2015: 4,467 people) across its 42 (2015: 33) operations in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Mozambique.
For more detail on Mpact's business model and operations, refer to page 8 and 9 as well as 30 to 35, respectively, of this Integrated Report.
Mpact's B-BBEE status is a Level 3 B-BBEE Contributor, as determined by Siyandisa Verification Solutions. Mpact remains steadfast to improving its B-BBEE status to maintain a competitive rating that is in line with Government regulations and requirements.
The paper business consists of three divisions: recycling, paper manufacturing and paper converting.
Mpact Recycling has 16 recycling operations around the country, which include Remade's nine operations. Recovered recyclable materials such as paper and used PET bottles are sourced through a multitude of pre- and post-consumer programmes run by Mpact Recycling of which Remade is a subsidiary. The materials are then sorted and baled before being sent onto Mpact's paper mills and to Mpact Polymers to be used as raw materials.
Mpact has three paper mills located in Springs (Gauteng), Felixton (KwaZulu-Natal) and Piet Retief (Mpumalanga) that manufacture recycled-based packaging and industrial paper grades such as containerboard and cartonboard.
The Paper converting business manufactures premium quality corrugated packaging products, provides high-graphic printing capabilities and other converted paper products primarily for the QSR sector. It comprises 14 converting plants, nine in South Africa, one in Mozambique, two in Namibia and one in Botswana.
Mpact is a leading producer of rigid plastic packaging in southern Africa. The plastics business manufactures a range of plastic packaging products for the food, beverage, personal care, homecare, pharmaceutical, agricultural and retail markets, primarily in South Africa. Products include PET preforms, bottles and jars; plastic jumbo bins, wheelie bins and plastic crates; plastic FMCG containers other than PET, such as bottles, jars and closures, with in-mould labelling; and styrene and PET trays, fast food containers and clear plastic film; and PET products.