We use our substantial base of factories and equipment in 11 African countries and the United Kingdom and Ireland to manufacture the fit-for-purpose packaging products our customers require. We also rely on public infrastructure, including roads, rail and ports, to transport both raw materials and finished products. To achieve our promise of “Packaging Excellence”, we continue to upgrade and invest in new technologies. This enables us to further reduce the impact on the environment of our manufacturing processes and products.
Trade-offs in our use of manufactured capital
By investing in more efficient modern equipment and closing factories to remain competitive, we require fewer employees. Job losses negatively impact human capital. Investments have a short-term negative impact on financial capital, but a long-term beneficial impact on this capital stock. The closure of the tinplate Bevcan facility in Durban is forecast to result in savings of R30 million a year.
|Rest of Africa||Number||18||13|
|Cullet||Tonnes||63 000||59 000|
|Polymer resin||Tonnes||105 000||97 600|
Dependable packaging products made of metals, glass, plastics and paper, the quantities of which we do not disclose for competitive reasons.
|Depreciation and amortisation||R billion||896||912|
|Impairment of assets||R billion||668||360|
HOW WE ACHIEVED THESE OUTPUTS AND OUTCOMES
- Pursued operations excellence and enhanced our maintenance practices
- Benefited from first full year of production of expanded beverage can ends plant in Springs
- Installed and commissioned a gas transmission line to our Glass plant
- Incurred transport costs and delays because of poor state of some public roads near our sites
- Closed our tinplate Bevcan line in Durban
- Acquired two can assembly lines in Botswana
- Installed multi-deck printer at our paint pail facility in Mobeni
- Upgraded large format can assembly line in Paarl
MANUFACTURED CAPITAL FOCUS: BEVCAN EXPANDS ENDS CAPACITY
2017 marked the first full year of production of the expanded can ends plant in Springs, Gauteng. The end is an essential part of the beverage can – it is the top of the can, containing the aperture through which the drink can be poured or sipped.