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Materials Handling News

Mobility Vision

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Gauteng-based transport economist Andrew Marsay earlier in February detailed his vision for a high-density, high-value public transport system in South Africa, delivered in a presentation at the i-Transport and UATP conference, held in Sandton. Engineering News senior deputy editor Irma Venter... 

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Owing to the high air entrainment and shear sensitivity of froth pulp, mixing equipment and peristaltic pump manufacturer Afromix applied its AFX065 peristaltic hose pump – which is already associated with arduous mining and industrial applications – to mitigate this challenge.  

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges
FROTH APPLICATION The AFX065 was selected as the company’s first platinum froth application

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) is strategising to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand in diverse industries, including the pumps industry. 

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand
PNEUMATIC GREASE TRANSFER About 180 kg of grease is being pumped and used daily at Richards Bay Minerals

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities
MOMENT IN THE SUN Africa’s largest power and electricity event offers innovative, cost-effective means of tackling Africa’s power challenges

Recent aquisition enhances firm’s product quality

By: Victor Moolman     17th March 2017 Following filtration technology company Freudenberg Filtration Technologies’ acquisition of technology producer Alphasorb in the second quarter of 2016, the quality of Freudenberg’s gas-control products has increased greatly, says Freudenberg market segment manager for sub-Saharan Africa Pooven... 

Recent aquisition enhances firm’s product quality
DANGEROUS Corrosive gases are usually by-products of industry processes and can be flammable

Outgoing Barloworld CEO on surviving tough times and the group’s prospects 

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 JSE-listed Barloworld announced the appointment of new CEO Dominic Sewela, who replaced the outgoing Clive Thomson last month. Thomson was appointed in December 2006 and managed the South African industrial giant during some of the most challenging economic periods in recent history. 

Outgoing Barloworld CEO on surviving tough times  and the group’s prospects
Outgoing Barloworld CEO Clive Thomson discusses his tenure at the helm of the South African industrial conglomerate. Camerawork:Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Trial castings successfully completed at foundry

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals successfully completed trial castings on new materials for the business’s Trio product range at its Heavy Bay Foundry, in Port Elizabeth, last month. 

Trial castings successfully completed  at foundry
RAPID PROTOTYPING Investments in the rapid prototyping process have enabled the foundry to make new patterns to manufacture parts

Eskom names Majuba power station interim coal feeder solution Project of the Year

By: Dylan Slater     3rd March 2017 With the collapse of Silo 20 of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Majuba power station in November 2014, an interim solution to directly feed coal into the power station was implemented, and has been awarded Best Project of the Year by Eskom, during its yearly awards ceremony.  

Extensive scope for remanufacture of locomotive components

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Owing to substantial investment by government in imported railway locomotives in recent years, as well as its goal to prioritise localisation, heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturers Metric Automotive Engineering says there is extensive scope for the local remanufacture of locomotive... 

Extensive scope for  remanufacture of  locomotive components
Photo by Bloomberg
LOCAL IS LEKKER South Africa’s developing its capacity to remanufacture locomotive engine components can enable it to become a hub to serve Africa

KPMG at forefront of PRASA rail infrastructure upgrades

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Leading global advisory firm KPMG is providing full financial, commercial and localisation advisory services for one of public transport utility Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) projects currently under way. The rolling stock project, which reached financial close during the... 

KPMG at forefront of PRASA rail infrastructure upgrades
Photo by Duane Daws
PRASA PROJECT The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is replacing the entire metro rail fleet of South Africa through the provision of 3 600 new train car units

S Africa aims to improve poor maintenance of railway infrastructure

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 The inability of local rail infrastructure to attract sufficient revenue has led to a deficiency in the required sustaining capital necessary for its maintenance, says professional services consultancy WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff infrastructure and transportation divisional director Vishaal... 

S Africa aims to improve poor maintenance of  railway infrastructure
Photo by Bloomberg
MANDATORY MAINTENANCE Several projects have been implemented or are under way to improve rail infrastructure in South Africa

Grindrod FY16 loss widens on depressed H1 market conditions, impairments

By: David Oliveira     2nd March 2017 Shipping and logistics group Grindrod’s attributable loss widened to R1.9-billion for the 2016 financial year, from a loss of R1.43-billion in 2015, as a result of depressed market conditions in the first half of the year and impairments in its Shipping and Freight Services Rail businesses.... 

AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2017 The official unveiling of the Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, on Friday, marked the next step in steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail. Dedicated rail links between... 

AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

Acquisitions help bolster logistics group in ‘difficult’ market

By: Irma Venter     17th February 2017 Logistics group OneLogix has, for the six-month period ended November 30, reaped the benefit from recent acquisitions and property infrastructure developments. The group reported a 12% increase in revenue compared with the same period in 2015, to more than R1-billion. The jump came as a result of... 

Construction of N2 Business Estate under way

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 Owing to the vision of establishing the Cornubia multi-use development as an important node between King Shaka International Airport and the City of Durban, construction company M&F Giuricich Developments has announced the development of a 100 000 m2 logistics park at the N2 Business Estate, in... 

Construction of N2 Business Estate under way
Photo by Reuters
N2 The business estate will be built along the N2 to allow for easy access

Group of companies receives recognised certification

     3rd February 2017 Equipment group of companies Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), has been accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) with the 9001:2008 certificate demonstrating the company’s high levels of service, efficiency and product quality, says GLTC MD Darryl Shafto. 

Group of companies  receives recognised  certification
Photo by Duane Daws
FORKLIFT Goscor Lift Truck has received new ISO certification for its forklifts

Industry needs to adapt to digital technology to improve

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 To remain competitive this year, companies in the materials handling and logistics industry will be forced to act to optimise efficiency, improve business processes and advance the customer experience, says technology solutions provider Jasco Enterprise service portfolio manager Ian Summerfield. 

Industry needs to adapt to digital technology to improve
IMPROVED TECHNOLOGY Improved communication technology will enable mines and engineering companies to communicate more efficiently

JV to be completed by end of Q1 2017

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 The transaction regarding the joint venture (JV) between Barloworld Handling South Africa’s local materials handling and agriculture business, and German agricultural trading, building materials and energy specialists BayWa AG (BayWa) is set for completion by the end of the first quarter this year. 

JV to be completed by end of Q1 2017
HYSTER FORKLIFT Forklifts from Hyster will continue to be supplied from Barloworld

New crane tailored for smaller companies

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 Crane manufacturer Konecranes launched a new CXT UNO overhead crane in January for small and medium-sized construction, materials handling and logistics companies in Southern Africa. 

New equipment available from local supplier exclusively

     3rd February 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift variable reach trucks, which are designed to swiftly, efficiently and safely handle heavy loads of materials such as steel and aluminium, are now available in South Africa exclusively from materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa (SA). 

New equipment  available from local  supplier exclusively
EASY LIFTING The variable reach trucks are capable of easily lifting large rolls of materials

Organisations need to have zero tolerance approach to alcohol abuse

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 There is a need for high-risk industries, such as those in the materials handling and logistics sector, to have proper policies in place regarding alcohol consumption, as this would likely decrease the company’s fatality rate, says alcohol testing equipment supplier Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans. 

Organisations need  to have zero tolerance approach to alcohol abuse
Photo by Duane Daws
RESPONSIBLE USE Companies need to ensure that employees do not abuse alcohol

Safe transportation of materials a challenge for manufacturers

     3rd February 2017 A critical issue facing manufacturers of powders and bulk solid materials globally is the need for a safe, reliable and efficient packaging and transport system, says manufacturer of pallet-free bulk bag systems Tellap director Ken Mouritzen. 

Working capital important for logistics in current economic climate

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 With the high costs of logistics services, imports and working capital specialist Investec Import Solutions believes that it is important to release working capital by reducing the capital that is tied up in a company’s import transactions. 

Working capital important for logistics in current  economic climate
Photo by Duane Daws
INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES Government has invested R813-billion to improve roads, airports and ports infrastructure

Freight and logistics company of the year named

     2nd December 2016 South Africa-based transport company Dachser South Africa (SA) has been named the Freight and Logistics Company of the Year at the ninth Transport Africa Awards 2016. The Transport Africa Awards are designed to recognise companies that have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to succeed and have... 

Freight and logistics company of the year named
DACHSER SA Freight and logistics company of the year 2016

The worst appears to be over for mining sector – Barloworld

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2016 For the first time in four years some green shoots are starting to appear in the mining industry, says Barloworld CE Clive Thomson. Discussing the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended September 30, he says he believes the current cycle has reached its bottom. 

Some green shoots visible in mining sector, says Barloworld’s Thomson

By: Irma Venter     21st November 2016 For the first time in four years some green shoots are starting to appear in the mining industry, says Barloworld CE Clive Thomson. Discussing the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended September 30, in Johannesburg, he said he believed the current cycle had reached its bottom. 

Some green shoots visible in mining sector, says Barloworld’s Thomson
Photo by Duane Daws
Clive Thomson

Rehabilitation of ‘overlooked’ Port Nolloth harbour under way

By: Dylan Slater     28th October 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has commenced with a multimillion-rand port infrastructure rehabilitation project at the small domestic seaport of Port Nolloth, on the north-western coast of South Africa.  

Rehabilitation of ‘overlooked’  Port Nolloth harbour under way
PORT NOLLOTH The port was founded in the late 1800s as an export facility for copper from mines located in the Springbok area

Logistics Barometer highlights paradox of local industry 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th October 2016 If South Africa invests more in beneficiating more of its raw materials, the logistics costs relative to gross domestic product (GDP) will drop, which will, in turn, contribute to job creation and grow the economy, Stellenbosch University (SU) logistics professor Jan Havenga said on Thursday. For... 

Logistics Barometer highlights paradox of local industry
Stellenbosch University logistics professor Jan Havenga

Conveyor belt delivers coal from new shaft at Middelbult operation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Global conveying and industrial solutions provider Dunlop Industrial Products manufactured and supplied conveyor belting that has been fitted on to one of the longest belt conveyor systems in the world – a 20-km-long system – at energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Middelbult coal mine in Secunda. 

Conveyor belt delivers coal from new shaft at Middelbult operation
CONVEYING COAL The overland belt conveyor is transporting coal mined at the Shondoni shaft to Sasol’s coal supply operations, about 20 km apart

Safer system for product management completed

By: Sascha Solomons     21st October 2016 Africa-based intra logistical storage solutions provider APC Storage Solutions SA completed the installation and training for the racking, pallet shuttles and sprinkler system of a turnkey system for customs franchised-container freight station company Intermodal Cargo Solutions. “About 110... 

Gauteng govt urges citizens to make greater use of public transport

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd October 2016 The Gauteng provincial government has urged citizens to embrace the different modes of public transport available in the province to ease congestion on the province's roads. October marks the launch of National Transport Month. Speaking at a tour of the Pretoria railway station, Transport... 

Gauteng govt urges citizens to make greater use of public transport
Photo by Duane Daws
Minister Dipuo Peters

SA ports operator outlines view on weight regulations at global event

By: David Oliveira     30th September 2016 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) was invited to present at this year’s International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) conference, which took place last month in Hamburg, Germany. The presentation joint presentation of TPT senior strategy manager Dr Darren Fraser and TPT compliance manager... 

Grindrod reports some interest in locomotive unit despite weak market

By: Irma Venter     9th September 2016 A depressed commodities market continued to takes its toll on shipping and logistics group Grindrod in the six months ended June 30. Grindrod reported a drop in revenue to R11-billion in its management income statement – which included the company’s share in joint ventures – compared with... 

Grindrod records R1.1bn loss, ready to develop Coega liquid-bulk terminal

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2016 A depressed commodities market continued to take its toll on shipping and logistics group Grindrod in the six months ended June 30. Grindrod on Thursday reported a drop in revenue to R11-billion in its management income statement – which included the company’s share in joint ventures – compared... 

Grindrod records R1.1bn loss, ready to develop Coega liquid-bulk terminal

TPT celebrates 1bn ton iron-ore export milestone

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th August 2016 Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT’s) Saldanha operations on Thursday celebrated a significant milestone – with one-billion tons of iron-ore having passed through the bulk terminal. Saldanha is South Africa's main iron-ore export terminal and a highly mechanised bulk-handling facility that remains the... 

Barloworld celebrates 75 years on JSE

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th August 2016 Industrial brand management company Barloworld on Tuesday celebrated its seventy-fifth year on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), and is one of only nine companies to have achieved this. CEO Clive Thomson told Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the 75-year celebration that the... 

Barloworld celebrates 75 years on JSE
CLIVE THOMSON

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... 

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