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Materials Handling News

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... 

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
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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

High-performance chain offers enhanced strength and reliability

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 To ensure greater strength and durability, engineering consumables and components distributor BMG’s range of Tsubaki high-performance product chains now includes the robust Workhorse elevator series. 

Increasing energy cost prompts need for drive systems

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 The ever-rising cost of energy and the increasing pollution associated with power supply systems are continuously driving the need for alternating current drive systems with low harmonics and power regeneration, says Midrand-based variable-speed drive (VSD) and automation equipment supplier... 

Increasing energy  cost prompts need  for drive systems
U1000 MATRIX DRIVE The U1000 matrix drive does not require any additional filtering to achieve low harmonics

Misaligned pulleys affect belt efficiency and life span

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 Misaligned pulleys are one of the biggest contributors to premature failed belts, negatively affecting drive efficiency and shortening the life of the belt significantly, states engineering consumables and components distributor BMG power transmission GM Carlo Beukes. 

Misaligned pulleys affect  belt efficiency and life span
FENNER DRIVE ALIGNMENT LASER The Fenner Drive Alignment Laser is designed for accurate pulley and sprocket alignment

Motor solutions ensure simpler, more compatible installations

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 Owing to the installation of electrical products onto panels and enclosures being time-consuming and costly, electric solutions provider Magnet Group MD Brian Howarth says product installations need to be made simpler and more compatible with existing wiring through the supply of cost-effective... 

Motor solutions ensure simpler, more  compatible installations
EASYPACT TVS The EasyPact TVS range encompasses nine sizes of contactors that cover a broad range of current ratings

Multifunction vibration meter redefines vibration screening

26th January 2018 Sandton-based distribution centre Comtest is offering electronic test tools manufacturer and distributor Fluke’s latest vibration meter, the Fluke 805, which provides quantifiable information on a bearing and the overall health of motors and other rotating equipment. 

VFD adoption triggers need for bearing protection rings

By: Simone Liedtke     26th January 2018 As the adoption of variable-frequency drives (VFDs) increases, so too will the need for the reliable mitigation of destructive shaft voltages, which will lead to increased demand for bearing protection rings, says bearing protection solutions provider AEGIS sales and marketing manager Adam... 

Industry demand sets high targets for company

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Activated carbon manufacturer Rotocarb aims to become the biggest activated carbon producer in Africa by 2019, owing to increasing demand and dependence on activated carbon in the wastewater treatment, purification and desalination industry. 

Industry demand sets  high targets for company
PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN The company’s water-intensive processing and wastewater treatment operations use local raw materials, technology and deployment

Plant to be completed in March

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Integrated solutions provider ImproChem will be completing the construction and commissioning of a desalination plant for a large factory on the West Coast, in South Africa, with the plant expected to supply its first water in the second week of March 2018. 

Plant to be completed in March
REVERSE OSMOSIS Sea water will be pumped through a Suez Reverse Osmosis plant where the salt and mineral particles will be separated

Dutch regulators to probe Deloitte over Steinhoff debacle

By: African News Agency      22nd December 2017 The Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) was investigating auditing firm Deloitte over the alleged accounting irregularities that led to the share price of South African multinational retailer Steinhoff collapsing, it emerged on Friday. David Maynier, an MP from opposition party,... 

Dutch regulators to probe Deloitte over Steinhoff debacle

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

By: Dylan Slater     15th December 2017 The regulations and laws governing access to South African air space for remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are sound and among the “best in the world”, according to Edenvale-based commercial drone operator Visual Air Productions director Stephen Verheul.  

Balancing rules, safety and certification will be key to drone industry success

Barloworld board looks to improve capital allocated to leasing assets to improve returns

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2017 Earthmoving equipment and logistics multinational Barloworld’s board on Thursday announced that it was investigating the capital allocated to leasing assets to further optimise capital allocation into higher-returning opportunities. Various options are currently under consideration in relation to... 

Global air cargo rising, aviation working to revamp operations

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th December 2017 In a year characterised by positive growth, global air cargo is setting the stage for dramatic modernisation and transformation, the International Air Transportation Association (Iata) said on Wednesday. Air cargo accounted for about $6-trillion in the value of goods, representing 35% of global... 

Container supplier sees opportunities despite market slump

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 The chemicals, power generation, oil and gas, and petrochemicals sectors have created a significant demand for tanktainers, says container industry provider Container World. Tanktainers, or tank containers, are intermodal containers used to transport liquids, gases and powders as bulk cargo. 

Container supplier sees opportunities despite market slump
TANKTAINER Container World’s tanktainers can store nonhazardous, semi-hazardous and hazardous materials and products

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 Amid escalating costs of heating containers using traditional methods, such as steam or gas, a more cost-effective, efficient and controlled method of ensuring the constant heating of containers is electrical heat tracing (EHT), says eltherm South Africa MD Peter Stone. EHT specialist eltherm... 

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing
EFFICIENT HEATING Eltherm’s EHT system makes controlled, efficient and constant heating solutions for tanktainers and road tankers

Municipalities to reduce emissions by diverting waste

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Consulting engineering company JG Afrika and international specialist waste consultancy RWA have developed a strategy to help South African municipalities reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by diverting biodegradable waste from their landfills. 

Municipalities to  reduce emissions  by diverting waste
WASTE-DIVERSION STRATEGY The strategy entails waste disposal and the beneficial use for business development

Barloworld puts underperforming logistics unit on notice

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 Barloworld may exit its logistics business should it not reach certain milestones by September next year, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Barloworld Logistics is currently the focus of a turnaround strategy under new divisional CEO, Kamogelo Mmutlana, who took control of the business in March. 

BMW plant refurbishment project nabs Steel Award

24th November 2017 This year’s Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction and  sponsored by steel manufacturer and supplier Aveng Trident Steel, saw BMW’s heavy electric monorail system (H-EMS) win both the overall winner award, and the Safal Steel Innovation Category award. The... 

BMW plant refurbishment project nabs Steel Award
ROOF ASSEMBLY A new roof structure was erected over the existing B50 while the assembly plant remained fully operational

Company embraces industry trends and challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 The major  trend in steel construction globally is very much towards high-end automation driven by integrated software solutions, which has led to local industrial manufacturer and distributor First Cut’s embracing this trend through energy- efficient  capital equipment and consumables from their... 

Company embraces  industry trends  and challenges
TIMED INVESTMENT The Bystronic laser, a significant capital investment, is one that is best done at the downturn of the industry, or just after the upturn

Declining industry could compromise steel industry quality standards

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 Cost-cutting measures have been forced upon companies that wish to remain in business in the steel construction and cladding sector, however, this could have a major impact on product safety and performance, with price considerations often taking precedence over quality and safety.... 

Declining industry could  compromise steel industry  quality standards
DODDS PRINGLE Clients must be aware of advertised quality standards in the steel construction industry

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