Nampak Glass has bolstered its leadership team with the appointment of several senior people.
Fanie Vermeulen is Operations Director. He has been bottling and filling for more than 30 years. Sales director, Paul Coombe, has 23 years of packaging experience under his belt. During his Nampak career, he has held various management positions and offers a broad perspective and knowledge base.
The company has employed two women in the roles of finance director and supply chain director, namely Gerda Janse van Vuuren and Alida van Bruggen. Previously, Gerda was a finance manager at Nampak head office, while Alida was a strategic role player elsewhere.
As a founding member of The Glass Recycling Company, Nampak Glass is involved in many community programmes, such as placing 2800 glass banks nationally, assisting more than 1600 entrepreneurs and creating income-generating opportunities for 35,000 glass collectors.
In 2012, one billion glass bottles were recovered for recycling, which is approximately 2.8 million per day. As a result, South Africa's glass recycling rate is 40.1%, the highest in Africa.
All glass produced in South Africa has at least 40% recycled content; and of all the packaging produced in the country, glass has the highest recycled content.
One tonne of 'new' glass made from recycled glass saves 315kg of CO2.
The Nampak group has made investments in Nampak Glass, including a ZAR160 million ($16.1 million) for a cullet (waste glass) processing plant, ZAR938 million ($40 million) for the 50% previously owned by Wiegand-Glas, and nearly ZAR1 billion ($100.7 million) for a third furnace.
It said the third furnace will improve manufacturing efficiencies and enable the supply of a broader range of containers.