May 19, 2020

Borregaard and Sappi announce South African capacity increase

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Borregaard
Sappi
lignin
mahlokoane percy ngwato
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Borregaard and Sappi announce South African capacity increase

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Borregaard and Sappi have announced that they will work to increase lignin production capacity by 20,000 tonnes at the jointly managed LignoTech facility in South Africa.

LignoTech South Africa is a joint venture for the manufacture of lignin products, with ownership split 50/50 between Borregaard and Sappi, established in 1997 in KwaZulu-Natal. The investment by LignoTech is estimated at ZAR 105 million, with the project marked for completion in 2017.

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The new investment will increase the installed capacity to an approximate annual output of 180,000 metric tonnes of dry substance.

Borregaard brings its sales and marketing expertise to the joint venture with particular experience in overseas export markets, alongside its technology and R&D capabilities. Sappi is firmly responsible for the production side of the partnership, supplying and processing raw lignin.

Per Arthur Sørlie, President and CEO of Borregaard said: “It is a strategic priority for Borregaard to grow our lignin business. This investment will strengthen LignoTech South Africa’s competitive position, and improve our offering to key markets in Asia, The Middle East and Africa.”

Steve Binnie, CEO of Sappi Limited, added: “Looking to the future, Sappi will target strong growth from new business opportunities related to energy, nanocellulose and bioproducts including lignin and sugars.”

The Borregaard Group employs just over 1,000 people, across 16 countries and had a turnover in 2014 of roughly $500 million. Lignin accounts for close to 50 percent of its turnover.

Sappi is a global company whose main operations focus on dissolving wood pulp used in the manufacture of viscose staple fibre and pharmaceutical products, as well as printing and packaging. The company employs over 13,000 people across three continents and has group sales of $6 billion. It is head quartered in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

GfK
VMware
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VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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