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Materials Handling News

Technology, costs, society affecting fleet companies

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Fleet and fuel management company Globaltrack has identified through research that technology, costs and society are the economic forces that have a direct impact on the survival of transport companies. The most prominent of these forces is technology, with the automation of in-house processes,... 

Cleaner, safer fuel on display at expo

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Natural gas supplier CNG Holdings hopes to educate the private sector and original-equipment manufacturers about the benefits of alternative fuels during the TruckX Expo, to be held at the Kyalami International Grand Prix Circuit and Conference Centre on July 11 and 12. “Compressed natural gas... 

Cleaner, safer fuel  on display at expo
POWERED BY NATURAL GAS Natural gas fueling stations are the way of the future

First-timer to exhibit product ranges for truck market

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 First-time exhibitor workshop and fitment centre supplier Integrated Marketing will showcase a range of its products to the truck and fleet management industries at this year’s TruckX expo at the Kyalami International Grand Prix Circuit and Conference Centre, in Gauteng, on July 11 and 12. “The... 

First-timer to exhibit product ranges for truck market
BALANCING ACT The mobile XTB1200 truck wheel balancer allows for on site balancing

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Building on record attendance of more than 2 280 visitors to Africa's leading transport, materials handling, logistics and fleet management event the TruckX Conference and Expo (TruckX) at the Kyalami grand prix circuit, in Midrand, last year, TruckX 2018 hopes to increase this year’s attendance... 

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year
BIGGER SPACE EQUALS BIGGER VISIBILITY The capacity for larger outdoor stands is seen in Sasol’s TruckX 2017 stand

Chevron South Africa empowers logistics company to use drones, expand fleet

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th June 2018 Black-owned petroleum logistics company Crusade Logistics is being aided by some of the newest technology available in logistics, as it goes toe to toe with bigger fuel hauling companies.  

Chevron South Africa empowers logistics company to use drones, expand fleet
Crusade Logistics using drone technology

SAGCC, partners aim to digitalise industries

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and its partners are looking into automating and digitalising South African supply chain industries. According to the SAGCC, there is a substantial shift towards automation and digitalisation in organisations in Germany and in... 

SAGCC, partners aim  to digitalise industries
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW STANDARD There is a shift towards automation and digitalisation of supply chains

Alternative drive systems for offshore operations

25th May 2018 Owing to increasing safety requirements and more stringent environmental regulations, use of electric drive technology has become the subject of ever stronger debate in the offshore sector. Its higher precision and better dynamics and efficiency are winning over more and more users on the high... 

Alternative drive systems for offshore operations
GROUNDED OFFSHORE Pedestal-mounted lattice boom cranes with an innovative electric drive concept

Expo ideal platform for company sector expansion

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th April 2018 With an established track record in the international mining and construction sector, engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa (WMA) used bauma CONEXPO AFRICA as a platform to promote its products to the local construction sector while gaining traction in other sectors. “bauma CONEXPO... 

Expo ideal platform  for company  sector expansion
LOCAL PRODUCT The sand plant is custom-designed to maximise efficiency

Irish forklift manufacturer launches new headquarters, manufacturing facility

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2018 Irish manufacturer of multidirectional forklifts Combilift, which specialises in customised machines, on Wednesday launched its new 46 500 m2 global headquarters and manufacturing facility, in which it invested about €50-million. The facility, which is based in Monaghan, Ireland, currently... 

Irish forklift manufacturer launches new headquarters, manufacturing facility

Heavy capacity lifting equipment in high demand

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Heavy lifting equipment suppliers must sustain investment in the upgrade of lifting equipment fleets and other resources if they wish to remain competitive, advises lifting solutions provider Johnson Crane Hire sales executive Peter Yaman. “The South African economy is experiencing a slight... 

Heavy capacity lifting equipment in high demand
BIG LIFTS CALL FOR BIG EQUIPMENT Johnson Crane Hire's 750 t Liebherr LG 1750 lattice boom all terrain crane doing a wind farm installation

New heavy-duty jib put to the test

20th April 2018 Heavy lifting solutions provider Ale has used its heavy duty jib with the the AL.SK350 crane while performing its inaugural lift, weighing 1 276 t, of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) module integration project in Nigeria. The world’s largest capacity land based crane, the... 

New heavy-duty jib put to the test
EXTENDED LIFTING CAPACITY Ale’s modular jib can lift up to 3 400 t and be configured up to 100 m long

Skills shortage a concern for industry

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 The lack of adequately trained professionals presents a significant safety concern for the South African heavy lifting industry, says Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of South Africa (Leeasa) chairperson Arnold Sommer.  

Skills shortage a concern for industry
SKILLS SHORTAGE South Africa’s heavy lifting industry needs qualified riggers and operators who have a higher level of competence which would lead to with a wealth of experience in the future.

Haulage company offers discounted rates

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Standard and specialised load transportation company Transcon Haulers is offering a haulage discount rate on specific national routes in South Africa. “The special rates offering is aimed at maximising fleet productivity by securing useful loads for return journeys, for trailers that would... 

Haulage company offers discounted rates
LONG-LENGTH LOADS Transcon Haulers demonstrates its long-length load capability

Urban soccer sculpture wins PPC Imaginarium Awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 Upcoming young artist Chris Soal was announced as the overall winner of cement supplier PPC’s Imaginarium Awards 2018.  

Urban soccer sculpture wins PPC Imaginarium Awards
Chris Soal's sculpture titled Imposed Structure to the Detriment of the Members

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity  in projects
CASE IN POINT CASE Construction South Africa’s skid steer loaders have advanced features for improved performance, enhanced productivity and increased operator comfort

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location
SHOWCASING CRANE CAPABILITIES The Mthatha River bridge project served as the maiden project for the heavy-lift capabilities of the 750 t hydraulic crane

Company resupplies machine stock to keep S. African market supplied

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 To keep its supply of stud-welding machines current, furnace and industrial services company The Dickinson Group keeps a range of such machines in stock at its Vereeniging headquarters at all times. The company has supplied more than 600 stud-welding machines over the past 24 years to the mining,... 

Harbour materials handling company transforms corporate identity

30th March 2018 Durban-based harbour materials handling specialists Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has transformed its corporate identity with the launch of a new company name – BLTWORLD. BLTWORLD MD Ken Mouritzen explains that the company – which has traded locally and internationally as BLT for over 20 years – needed... 

Harbour materials handling company transforms corporate identity
CONTAINER HANDLER BLTWORLD’s portfolio of container and bulk handling equipment now includes straddle carriers

Lack of carton collection reduces recycling processes

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Although paper and plastics packaging company Mpact has been processing liquid packaging successfully, not enough cartons are being collected to use for recycling. “Consumers don’t realise that liquid packaging, such as juice and milk cartons, are actually recyclable. We need to put in an effort... 

Grindrod targets June Nasdaq listing for shipping division

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2018 Grindrod is targeting a June listing for its Shipping division.   A positive change in the business cycle “had provided the stimulus to implement the spin-off of the Shipping business with a planned listing amongst its peer group on the Nasdaq, with an inward listing on the JSE”, said executive... 

 Grindrod targets June Nasdaq listing for shipping division

Transnet lauds February achievements at DCT

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 State-owned freight utility Transnet has reported a productive start to the year at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT), which boasted positive records and milestones, including the handling of 190 000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in February, a 57% improvement in shift change, an increase... 

Transnet lauds February achievements at DCT
Transnet's Durban Container Terminal

Continued growth predicted for global forging markets

9th March 2018 Market research company Technavio has predicted the global forging market will exhibit a healthy compound annual growth rate of about 4% between 2017 and 2021. The company says the rising demand for fabricated metal products is one of the primary drivers for market growth. Press machines are... 

Continued growth predicted for global forging markets
Photo by Duane Daws
GROWTH The forges markets across the world will continue to grow in the next few years

First-time participant hopes to gain industry exposure

By: Melissa Zisengwe     2nd March 2018 For the first time since the establishment of bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, high frequency fine screening equipment designer, manufacturer and supplier Landsky will showcase its products to industry leaders and high-profile buyers in Southern Africa.  

First-time participant hopes to gain industry exposure
TESTED UNIT 12t/h test unit which is currently being used on a Chrome Plant

Drive specialist launches new product at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 Drive engineering specialist SEW Eurodrive will launch its ECDriveS at this year's bauma CONEXPO AFRICA expo for the global construction and mining industries. 

Drive specialist launches new product at event
NORMAN MALEKA Our aim is to offer complete solutions, as opposed to simply being a component supplier

Over 20 000 visitors expected at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 With more than 20 000 international and local visitors from 72 countries expected to attend bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, international exhibition company Messe München South Africa CEO Elaine Crewe says the event aims to present an opportunity for stakeholders to showcase new innovative products... 

Over 20 000 visitors expected  at event
2018 EDITION The third iteration of the event in Africa will be held from March 13 to 16

Tough trading environment put Transpaco under pressure in H1

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 JSE-listed plastics and packaging group Transpaco reported a 4.7% fall in operating profit to R78.5-million in the six months to December 31. While in line with expectations, the company said its performance remained under pressure from a continued challenging economic environment, leading to a... 

Imperial Holdings delves into unbundling plans, reports solid H1 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 Imperial Holdings' plans for unbundling its Imperial Logistics and Motus entities, and listing them separately, are still in the works but are dependent on a number of internal and external factors, CEO Mark Lamberti said on Tuesday. The company last year said work was in progress to determine... 

Imperial Holdings delves into unbundling plans, reports solid H1 results
Photo by Duane Daws
CEO Mark Lamberti

Materials supplier company secures contract

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 Construction materials company Afrimat has been awarded a contract to supply building material to the Mozambique liquefied natural gas fields, which will be developed by oil and gas exploration company Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, on the northern border of the country.  

Materials supplier company secures contract
BUILDING NEEDS Afrimat will supply materials – aggregates, ready-mix concrete, bricks and blocks – for the resettlement village at a gasfields development project in Mozambique

TFR transports record chrome volumes from mines to ports

By: Schalk Burger     14th February 2018 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) has transported a record 5.77-million tons of chrome by rail from mines to the ports in the first 47 weeks of the current financial year. This exceeds the 5.75-million tons of chrome transported by rail in the prior financial year. 

Best features combined in new container design

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd February 2018 Cape Town-based container leasing company Seaco Global launched the SeaPC+ cellular palletwide container that combines the best features of its previous designs, the Seacell and the Cellular Palletwide Container (CPC). The Seacell and the CPC were marketed by Seaco Global and container leasing... 

Best features combined  in new container design
INNOVATIVE DESIGN SeaPC+ cellular palletwide containers are suitable for rail and road transport

Digitisation gives valuable operational insight for logistics companies

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd February 2018 The advent and adoption of digitisation, fuelled by developments in the Internet of Things (IoT), analytics and smart factory technology, gives organisations insight into their cost of production, variances, output capacity, warehousing capability and requirements. International... 

Digitisation gives valuable  operational insight for logistics companies
DERESHIN PILLAY A digital production environment creates the predictability organisations need

Equipment investment can ensure efficiency for cargo owners

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd February 2018 Customers and cargo owners have to invest in warehousing, transshipment points and intermodal terminals, as well as related materials handling equipment, to ensure that the movement of cargo by rail is operated at full efficiency, says rail supply chain solutions company Barberry Group strategy... 

Equipment investment  can ensure efficiency  for cargo owners
Photo by Dauane Daws
FREIGHT RAIL ON THE MOVE Transnet’s market demand strategy aims to shift freight from road to rail

Logistics operator fosters road safety

2nd February 2018 The logistics and supply chain sector must be proactive in adhering to stringent safety standards because companies’ rubber-stamped policy documents locked in lever arch files cannot govern safety on the roads, says logistics and supply chain management company Crossroads MD Arend du Preez. “As... 

Logistics operator fosters road safety
AREND DU PREEZ Logistics and supply chain operators have to comply with road safety procedures and requirements

Technology increases collaboration in supply chain

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd February 2018 Innovative industry players are removing intermediaries in the supply chain and threatening the market dominance of traditional logistics providers, says advisory firm PwC Africa transport and logistics leader Dr Andrew Shaw. “Digitisation creates a common platform with opportunities for... 

Technology increases  collaboration in supply chain
Photo by Dauane Daws
PWC AFRICA TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS LEADER DR ANDREW SHAW Digitilasation creates a platform for collaboration between clients, operators and suppliers

Articulated forklifts save energy costs

2nd February 2018 Under increasing pressure to trim warehousing costs and to achieve maximum efficiency, warehouse operators are recognising that the space-saving abilities of Bendi articulated trucks are also creating opportunities for significant energy savings compared with premises in which counterbalance,... 

Articulated forklifts  save energy costs
ENERGY SAVING Bendi articulated trucks are designed to operate in external yards – even where the ground is uneven or broken

Scientific engineered chute improves efficiency and cuts costs

2nd February 2018 Germiston-based engineering and transferring chutes company Weba Chute Systems uses a scientific approach for the designing and engineering of transfer chutes that provide a longer equipment life, easier maintenance and improved plant efficiencies. Weba Chute Systems MD Mark Baller says each... 

Scientific engineered  chute improves efficiency and cuts costs
SCIENTIFIC DESIGN The Weba Chute Systems teams have extensive field experience and are able to provide fit-for-application transfer point solutions

Growing global trend for small, compact and cost-saving VSDs

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 Owing to a global trend in cost efficiency and going green, drive engineering specialist SEW-Eurodrive sales engineer Sean Tibbott foresees the demand for a small, compact and cost-saving variable-speed drives continuing to grow worldwide. 

Growing global trend for small, compact  and cost-saving VSDs
MOVIGEAR MECHATRONIC DRIVE UNIT The units are able to reduce installation and start-up efforts and costs
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