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Materials-Handling and Logistics

Consistent training crucial for materials handling

12th August 2016 In these tough economic times, it is crucially important to provide a consistent, high standard of training to workforces in the materials handling and conveying industry, says industry body Conveyor Manufacturers Association (CMA) chairperson Simon Curry. “Companies tend to reduce training... 

Company implements new logistics system

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Amid the challenges of cost transparency and inefficient vehicle use, food and beverages producer and distributor Pioneer Foods implemented solutions provider Resolve Solution Partners’ in-house transport management system PLATO at its plant. The PLATO system helps generate an optimised... 

Integrated technology mindset needed for logistics success

12th August 2016 A change in approach towards an ‘integration mind-set’ and the understanding that no part of the supply chain should be reported on in isolation is needed for the success of the logistics industry, says supply chain technology and consulting solutions provider VSc Solutions. “Solution buzzwords... 

Integrated technology mindset needed for logistics success
GRANT MARSHBANK If businesses do not move towards an integration mind-set, it is going to result in only a subset, or snapshot, of what businesses actually need to make informed decisions

Integrating supply chain systems the future of warehouse efficiency

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 With warehousing and logistics becoming increasingly complex and fast-moving, resolving operating issues regarding materials handling, data capturing, order fulfilment and software technology have become business imperatives, asserts beverage company Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA). “As... 

Implementation of change in industry increases legitimacy  

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Amid the challenges faced by the South African logistics industry, materials management and logistics consultancy Greiner Mendi MD Lars Greiner notes that logistics companies should consider change to mitigate inefficiencies in their operations. He comments that logistics has always been a highly... 

Implementation of change in industry increases legitimacy
Greiner Mendi’s Lars Greiner discusses the challenges and future developments of the logistics industry. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Policy challenges hampering logistics industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th January 2016 A key challenge for the South African logistics industry is the apparent lack of regulation and standards applicable to logistics and supply chain management companies, states materials management and logistics consultancy Greiner, Mendi & Associates (GMA) MD Lars Greiner.  

Policy challenges hampering  logistics industry
PROJECT DELIVERY Greiner Mendi and Associates services for the St Helena project, on behalf of Basil Read, included sourcing a ship and a crane and installed it on the vessel

New exhibition focuses on Cape logistics sector

By: Dylan Slater     29th January 2016 Event organising company Exhibition Management Services (EMS) will launch two logistics-oriented exhibitions, Cape Logistics and Temperature Controlled Storage and Distribution Africa (TCSD), which will be co-located with the Cape Industries Showcase.  

Positive growth predicted for logistics sector this year

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th January 2016 Despite the rate of growth of the South African materials handling and logistics industry advancing slower than comparable sectors in its Brics trade bloc partner countries Brazil, Russia, India and China, for the past two years, audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG expects positive growth... 

Crane refurbishing improves operational performance

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th January 2016 To meet the increasing need for modernising materials handling equipment, solutions provider Terex Materials Handling and Port Solutions (MHPS) has refurbished two 36 m, 30 t scrap-handling cranes as part of a crane modernisation and modifications project for a major steel producer in... 

Crane refurbishing  improves operational performance
DETERMINED STRATEGY Terex Materials Handling and Port Solutions aims to increase its local sales complement and distributor network in sub-Saharan Africa

Logistics company says award affirms service offering

By: Dylan Slater     29th January 2016 Having been finalists in the awards for Best Management Technology and Best Management Innovation for a medium enterprise at the Technology Top 100 (TT100) Business Awards 2015 late last year, Sandton-based logistics software developer Dovetail believes that this affirms its being in line with... 

Logistics company says award  affirms service offering
INNOVATING LOGISTICS Dovetail’s innovation to provide up-to-date software solutions for the logistics and supply chain industry is driven by these niche industries’ constantly changing needs

New acquisition aims to increase local sales, expand abroad

29th January 2016 Docking systems manufacturer and supplier for South Africa’s materials handling market, DDL Equipment, has been acquired by private equity investment company Helikaon Investments.  

New acquisition aims to increase local sales,  expand abroad
EXPANSION IMPROVEMENT DDL Equipment is reorganising and expanding the service department, increasing staff levels and re-equipping with new tools, critical parts and new vehicles to support solutions

Equipment company ramps up local manufacturing

By: Dylan Slater     29th January 2016 Pretoria-based materials handling equipment company Wuhlf is increasing manufacturing capacity to meet local demand and ease reliance on imported equipment and components, says Wuhlf director Johan Grobler.  

Equipment company ramps up local manufacturing
ATF20 MEERKAT The locally manufactured ATF20 Meerkat is an all-terrain forklift, designed for harsh South African conditions

Paperboard alternative developed

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th January 2016 Honeycomb paperboard and corrugated pallet manufacturer Kimmo has developed and introduced a new honeycomb picking bin as an alternative storage solution, and aims to raise awareness of its advantages to the local market this year.  

Collaboration to improve spare parts logistics in SA and Europe

By: Dylan Slater     29th January 2016 Physical-asset management company Pragma is partnering with Netherlands-based company Gordian Logistic Experts to form a local branch, Gordian Logistic Experts South Africa (SA), which will introduce spare parts management solutions to the local market this year.  

Collaboration to improve spare parts logistics  in SA and Europe
STIJN WOUTERS The creation of Gordian Logistics Experts SA will result in about 30 to 50 jobs being created between the Netherlands and South Africa

SA company solely distributes US products

29th January 2016 Materials handling equipment supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), part of JSE-listed Imperial Group, has been appointed the sole distributor of commercial and industrial vehicle manufacturer Taylor-Dunn’s products in South Africa.  

Dust suppression benefits materials handling

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2015 While dust prevention can be used in materials handling operations, dust suppression is the preferred option, owing to low water consumption, especially in areas where water is scarce, says dust-control company Dust-A-Side. Other benefits of using dust suppression include a reduced probability of... 

Dust suppression benefits materials handling

E-commerce shaping innovative logistics, service offerings

14th August 2015 E-commerce, the electronic trade of goods and services, is reshaping the world of logistics and “forcing logistics providers to step up”, states logistics provider Dachser South Africa (SA) MD Detlev Duve. “E-commerce is driving changes in customer needs and changes in the industry,” says Duve,... 

E-commerce shaping innovative logistics, service offerings
Photo by Bloomberg
FITTING PARTNER E-commerce entrepreneurs require a logistics partner that understands this new dimension and can provide end-to-end services

Pallet trucks increase run time, energy efficiency

14th August 2015 Materials handling and equipment company Crown has optimised its WT 3000 series pallet trucks to use battery capacity more efficiently, enabling the forklifts to operate for up to 28% longer on each battery charge. All WT 3000 Series trucks will now be delivered with this new battery-life... 

Pallet trucks  increase run time,  energy efficiency
LIFE OPTIMISATION The new Crown WT 3000 models run significantly longer on a single optimised battery charge, while maintaining the same pallet throughput

Elevated cabin provides optimised visibility when handling bulky loads

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Materials handling and industrial truck manufacturer Linde Group Material Handling (Linde MH) has added an ergonomic solution to its range of products - an optional elevating cabin designed for heavy forklift trucks with a load capacity range of 10 t to 18 t. At the push of a button, this cabin... 

Elevated cabin provides  optimised visibility when  handling bulky loads
Photo by Linde
ERGONOMIC DESIGN The new elevating cabin is available for heavy forklift trucks with load capacities from 10 t to 18 t and can be raised to a maximum height of 5.5 m

High-lift headgear cranes delivered to Zambian mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 South African crane manufacturer Condra in July completed load tests of two 25 t headgear cranes for copper miner Mopani Copper Mines’ (MCM’s) Synclinorium shaft in Kitwe, Zambia. The cranes were manufactured at the company’s Germiston works, in June. 

High-lift headgear  cranes delivered to Zambian mine
LIFTING ORDER Condra's headgear cranes, featuring high-tensile ropes, have significant high lifts of more than 80 m

New series of log stackers launched

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 Materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa (SA) earlier this year launched its updated TXLS series of log stackers onto the South African market, with the new Taylor series designed to efficiently handle a full log load from truck or rail in a single pass. BLT SA is the sole... 

New series of log  stackers launched
TXLS LOG STACKER The new Taylor series designed to efficiently handle a full log load from truck or rail in a single pass

Materials handling company perseveres amid industry decline

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 Mining industry cost-cutting, as a result of low commodity prices, is having a knock-on effect in the materials handling industry, as capital spending is reduced and maintenance budgets are slashed, says bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering. In addition, many marginal... 

Materials handling company perseveres amid industry decline
REDUCING CAPITAL SPEND Martin Engineering is mitigating industry challenges by providing clients with the best possible materials handling solutions that achieve short-term investment returns

Newly launched products improve conveyor safety

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 Bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering launched two new products in January and February respectively – the Martin Roller Tracker (MRT) and Martin QB1 primary belt cleaner. Developed in South Africa, the MRT operates on reversing belts. It can continuously correct belt... 

Newly launched products improve conveyor safety
THE MARTIN QB1 CLEANER The QB1 uses high-grade polyurethane and a unique tensioning mechanism that helps provide a cleaner belt and a longer blade life at a lower cost

500 t crane rehab project completed

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Global lifting solutions provider Konecranes has rehabilitated two 500 t Chinese portal cranes for the Angolan National Oil Company’s (Sonangol’s) Integrated Logistic Services’ (Sonils’) oil service centre, says Konecranes Southern Africa technical and training manager for sub-Saharan Africa... 

500 t crane rehab  project completed
IN WORKING ORDER The cost to rehabilitate the two 500 t Chinese portal cranes for the Integrated Logistic Services’ oil service centre was more than R2-million

Backhoe loaders well received by local market

14th August 2015 Distributed by local earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa (HPE), automotive manufacturer Hyundai’s backhoe loaders have been well received by the local market, says HPE, the sole distributor of Hyundai earthmoving equipment in Southern Africa. “The robust H930s backhoe... 

Backhoe loaders well  received by local market
H930 BACKHOE LOADER The robust H930s backhoe loader series is particularly well liked by businesses that need smaller machines

Screw splicing a reliable alternative to conventional belt repairs

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Engineering company Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) efficient belt fastener system – the Super-Screw splice – which was originally used as a temporary alternative to conventional hot and cold splicing, has proven to be significantly reliable as a permanent splice for certain conveyor belts. The... 

Screw splicing a reliable  alternative to conventional belt repairs
VERSATILE USE Super-Screw splices can be installed as temporary or permanent solutions regardless of the conveyor belt configuration, accessibility and the weather

Improved logistics make SA roads safer

14th August 2015 As the single largest group of drivers and road users are the long haul drivers, an improvement in the performance of this influential group will have a significant impact on road safety, states management consultancy the Confidant Group CEO Chantal Walley, “In any enterprise, hiring the right... 

Improved  logistics make  SA roads safer
Photo by Duane Daws
PERFORMANCE BOOST Long distance driving requires specific talent that can achieve clear, measureable performance standards

Modular solution meets customer requirements

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 South Africa’s automotive industry has a specific need for robust and heavy-duty linear overhead materials-handling solutions, which has seen specialist crane and related components manufacturer Demag Port Elizabeth supplying its Demag Monorail System (DMS) to the industry, with DMS having been... 

Modular solution meets customer requirements
DEMAG MONO-RAIL SYSTEM South Africa’s automotive industry has a specific need for robust and heavy-duty linear overhead materials-handling solutions

New logistics process boosts operational efficiency

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 SEW-Eurodrive Johannesburg has released its new standardisation of logistics and assembly processes (SLAP) system, which has enhanced the company’s operational efficiency by approximately 40%. “The system, which went live in March, was initially implemented at SEW-Eurodrive Germany. South Africa... 

New logistics process boosts operational efficiency
GERD SEUFFERT The SLAP system ensures reduced stock capturing time as the process becomes more automated with the use of barcode scanners

Excavator to lay sleepers in railway construction

14th August 2015 Infrastructure and development group Aveng subsidiary Aveng Rail has bought a 20 t Hyundai wheeled excavator from earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) that will be used in the construction of about 60 km of rail track, near the coal-fired Majuba power... 

Distributor sees satisfactory growth in tractor sales

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 The growth in sales of Japan-manufactured Kubota tractors, distributed in South Africa by specialist machinery importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment, has been satisfactory, says Smith Power Equipment technical specialist Mike Heath, adding that customers have been “very happy with the... 

Distributor sees  satisfactory growth  in tractor sales
ELGIN ORCHARDS The growth and increasing demand for all Kubota products are largely driven by the manufacturer’s focus on innovation and new technologies

Heavy-duty upright beams handle heavier loads at higher storage levels

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Steel racking, shelving and mezzanine flooring manufacturer, supplier and installer Universal Storage Systems expects to launch its new upright beams, which will support heavier material loads, by the end of November, Universal Storage Systems sales director Jan Breytenbach says. The company is... 

Heavy-duty upright beams handle heavier loads at  higher storage levels
HEAVY DUTY Universal Storage Systems' new upright beams have been designed to accommodate loads of between 24 t and 30 t

Logistics group’s 2014 revenue showed 8.1% improvement

By: David Oliveira     30th January 2015 The revenue of JSE-listed Barloworld’s automotive and logistics division increased by 8.1%, or R2.3-billion, to R31.1-billion during the financial year ended September 30, 2014, excluding income that had been generated by the group’s Motor Retail Australia business unit, which was sold in April... 

Logistics group’s 2014 revenue showed 8.1% improvement
Photo by Duane Daws
CLIVE THOMSON Barloworld's automotive and logistics division's revenue increased by R2.3-billion during the financial year ended September 30, 2014

Honeycomb paperboard offers new lightweight packaging alternative

By: David Oliveira     30th January 2015 Since July last year, honeycomb paperboard and corrugated pallet manufacturer Kimmo has been supplying KimmoBin honeycomb paperboard crates, each month, to the South African branch of global materials handling equipment manufacturing and distribution company Bell Equipment for the safe packaging... 

Honeycomb paperboard offers new lightweight packaging alternative
PAPER WEIGHT Honeycomb paperboard has significant compression strength and a 30-mm-thick honeycomb board can withstand a load of more than 8 t

New chain hoist launched in SA

30th January 2015 Global lifting solutions provider Konecranes has launched the latest enhancement to its industrial cranes portfolio in South Africa – the CLX chain hoist. Available in safe working loads, the CLX chain hoist, which was introduced into the market in November, is suitable for several different... 

Logistics and transportation company upgrades Jhb facility

30th January 2015 Logistics and transportation company DHL Express has upgraded its Johannesburg Gateway facility – a fixed base for shipment handling – based at OR Tambo International Airport, after outgrowing its capacity as a result of rapid volume growth, the company announced in November. The Johannesburg... 

New wear solutions for materials handling sector

By: David Oliveira     30th January 2015 Wear solutions provider Multotec Wear Linings launched its latest wear solution offering to the materials handling sector, comprising the MultoCano transfer chute and the Quick Fit Panel, incorporating the Green Dot ceramic tile, at the Electra Mining Africa trade show, which took place at the... 

New wear solutions for materials handling sector
MULTOCANO Multotec’s MultoCano system can be erected at the point of use without disrupting other operations within a plant

Hydraulic gantry designed for improved safety

30th January 2015 Abnormal load, machine moving, rigging and warehousing solutions provider Lovemore Bros has invested in a new 350-t-capacity hydraulic gantry, which features an innovative lifting safety system. Designed with safety and versatility in mind, the hydraulic gantry, which the company bought in... 

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