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Category Archives: Packaging

Nampak’s profit surge 41% in half-year despite flat sales

Nampak Limited, the South African beverage can and bottle manufacturer hailed its first-half results which ended on 31 March 2017, as profit surged 41% to R853m (approx. $65m).

“We have delivered improved results, net profit up 41%, despite a tough trading environment,” said Andre de Ruyter, Nampak CEO.

“A major achievement is we were able to improve our operating efficiencies, and managed costs very closely,” he said on Tuesday.

Beta Glass first quarter profit surges as revenue growth fuels strong start to 2017

Beta Glass Plc, on Friday reported its first quarter results for the 2017 financial year, with the glass bottle and metal crowns company posting a profit after tax of N800m, up from N62m declared in the same period in 2016.

The company which has sustained strong sales and profit growth in the last three quarters said that revenue in the first quarter grew 44% to N4.4bn bolstered by a surge in local demand as foreign exchange headwinds force a drop in imports.

Beta Glass maintains momentum as year-end profit surge 91%

Beta Glass Plc, the glass container and metal crowns company on Friday reported its results for the 2016 financial year, with the firm maintaining the same momentum it experienced in the first nine months of the year.

The company said that full year profit grew 91% to N3.8bn, from nearly N2bn in the previous year, driven by a surge in local demand as foreign exchange headwinds force a drop in imports.

Avon Crowncaps posts loss despite strong revenue growth in Q3

Avon Crowncaps & Containers Nigeria Plc, makers of screw caps and metal containers for the beverage industry and others said that revenue for the third quarter (Oct – Dec) rose 67% to N6.4bn, from N3.8bn in the prior period.

However, a higher cost of sales of N5.8bn, an 87% increase from the prior year’s N3.1bn left little gain in the form of operating profit to cover expenses.

Avon Crowncaps extends loss to Q2

Avon Crowncaps & Containers Nigeria Plc, makers of screw caps and metal containers for the beverage industry reported a net loss of N86m for the third quarter ending 30th September. In the same period in 2015, it recorded a net loss of N16m.

South Africa’s Nampak posts 11% revenue growth despite currency losses

South Africa-based Nampak, maker of glass bottles, metal cans and a range of cardboard boxes for the beverage industry among others, said on Monday that full-year results ending 30th September 2016 was positive, with revenue rising 11% to R19.1bn ($1.4bn) and group trading profit up 4% to R1.9bn ($139m).

The performance was due to the turnaround at Glass, good trading in Nigeria and Zimbabwe, volume increases from new customers and benefits from operational improvements that resulted in improved efficiencies and cost savings. The group-wide comprehensive performance improvement plan is delivering good results,” said Nampak CEO, André de Ruyter.

Beta Glass sustains profitability as 9-months profit soar 81%

Beta Glass Plc, the glass container and metal crowns company on Thursday reported a profit surge of 81% for the first 9-months of 2016, rising to N2.9bn, from N1.6bn in 2015.

Despite the macroeconomic difficulties hampering the activities of some of its trading partners, Beta glass said that revenue for the 9-months ending 30th September grew 16% to N13.3b, from N11.5bn in the preceding year.

Irish Whiskey Association launches campaign to protect Irish Whiskey

The Irish Whiskey Association has unveiled a new campaign to protect the category from products that are wrongly advertised, packaged, displayed or named in a way that makes them appear to be Irish Whiskey.

The group said that Irish whiskey must be distilled and matured in wooden casks on the Island of Ireland for at least three years for it to be called Irish whiskey. They add that the campaign is directed at whiskey producers, distributors and all who value Irish whiskey.

Avon Crowncaps losses widen in Q1 despite revenue growth

Avon Crowncaps & Containers Nigeria Plc, manufacturers of screw caps, metal containers and steel drums for a diverse industry which includes beverage companies (makers of soft drinks, juice, dairy, brewers, spirits producers), pharmaceutical and oil industries among others reported a net loss of N202 million in the first quarter of 2016 (Apr – Jun) despite posting a 20% rise in revenue to N4bn, up from N3.4bn from the same period in the previous year.

Beta Glass toasts impressive results amid currency headwinds

Beta Glass Plc, the glass container and metal crowns company said on Friday that net profit for the second quarter ending June 30 climbed 140% to N1.4bn, up from N579m a year ago.

The company which manufactures glass bottles for beverage companies among others reported a 32% increase in revenue to N4.7bn, from N3.5bn recorded a year earlier.