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Materials Handling News

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

Dust suppression system in high demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Since the launch of environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions’ retractable stockpile dust ring (R-SDR) system last year, market demand has increased greatly, says I-CAT technical manager Morne van Wyk. This demand can be attributed to the R-SDR system having eliminated the... 

Manufacturing equipment locally proves to be beneficial

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Following two years of research and preparing for the local manufacturing of new innovative materials handling equipment, Pretoria-based materials handling company Wuhlf started manufacturing last month and has reached full production. Engineering News reported in January that the company would... 

Manufacturing equipment locally proves to be beneficial
QUALITY OUTCOME PREDICTED Inputs and outputs of the expected end product can be controlled

Fuel efficient equipment launched

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Following the launch of its fuel efficient robust Hyundai Robex R180LC-9S excavator in South Africa earlier this year, earthmoving equipment distributor and manufacturer High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) plans to market the product, owing to its fuel efficiency in the local environment.... 

Fuel efficient  equipment launched
MEETING INDUSTRY DEMANDS The Hyundai Robex R180LC-9S excavator can generate bigger digging power in proportion to its working pressure and cylinder bore size

Plant hire company augments skid steer range

12th August 2016 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CSE Equipment has delivered six new Case SR130 skid steer loaders to plant and tool hire company Bo’s Plant Hire, at  its head offices in Mt Edgecombe, KwaZulu-Natal. These machines are meant to complement Bo’s Plant Hire’s fleet of skid steers... 

Plant hire company augments skid steer range
GROWING DEMAND The Case SR130 skid steer loaders are the smallest machines in the SR series, but still offer advanced features for optimum performance

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... 

Consistent training crucial for materials handling
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Companies in the logistics industry tend to reduce training budgets to cut costs

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... 

Deep Space Industries joins race to mine asteroids

By: Henry Lazenby     10th August 2016 Deep Space Industries (DSI) has entered the race to launch spacecraft that will identify and mine near-earth asteroids, in the hope of establishing a new space economy. The California-based company on Tuesday announced plans to fly the world’s first commercial interplanetary mining mission. Its... 

Deep Space Industries joins race to mine asteroids
Photo by Bryan Versteeg/Deep Space Industries
A conceptual image of Deep Space Industries' Prospector X prototype satelite

From elevated inspections to stock analysis, drones begin making business impact

By: Dylan Slater     5th August 2016 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) have the potential to significantly change the way many industrial, engineering and mining operations are conducted, with the ability to reach difficult to access areas and remove people from hazardous situations.  

From elevated inspections to stock analysis,  drones begin making business impact

Supply chain planning services lower adoption barrier for local firms

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2016 The supply chain planning services of US-based firm ToolsGroup, provided as an outsourced business process, enable local companies to tap into international best practices at an affordable rate, says ToolsGroup Africa director Simon Oosthuizen. Companies can use the supply chain planning tools... 

New robot offers bigger payload handling, compact footprint

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd July 2016 ABB Robotics has launched its latest robot – the IRB 1660ID – for applications, such as arc welding, machine tending and material handling, which require work in tight spaces. The new robot’s Integrated DressPack solution makes it easier to programme and simulate predictable cable movements,... 

New robot offers bigger payload handling, compact footprint
LATEST OFFERING The IRB 1660ID has a reach of 1.55 m and can handle payloads of up to 6 kg

New rail loop adds coal export capacity for Waterberg mines

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2016 The capacity of South Africa’s coal export corridor to transport material mined in the Limpopo province’s Waterberg coalfields has been increased with the completion of a new 1.8 km passing loop at Matlabas, Transnet reports. The loop, which enables 100-wagon trains to cross without disrupting... 

New rail loop adds coal export capacity for Waterberg mines

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions  

By: Terence Creamer     29th June 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet is optimistic of receiving positive responses to a tender for the development of an offshore supply base (OSSB) for the oil and gas industry in Saldanha Bay, reporting that around 120 people attended a tender site briefing this week. A request for proposals (RFP)... 

TNPA luring private oil-services investors to Saldanha using ‘flexible’ terminal concessions
Operation Phakisa programme director Ricky Bhikraj outlines the approach being taken to PPP projects at the Port of Saldanha. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold 

By: Terence Creamer     28th June 2016 Having pulled back from any immediate development of the so-called Durban Dig-Out Port (DDOP), Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is moving ahead with two more modest projects to expand the container capacity at the Port of Durban. Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama has indicated that the DDOP is... 

TNPA to add container capacity at Durban harbour as it puts dig-out port on hold
TNPA senior manager for planning and development Selvan Pillay on the berth-deepening and Salisbury Island projects to increase container capacity at the Port of Durban. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 28.6.2016

New US products showcased at Africa Rail

By: Victor Moolman     24th June 2016 New material testing equipment from US-based company MTS that can determine the strength and durability of rail infrastructure will be showcased at the Africa Rail 2016 conference and exhibition by laboratory equipment and services suppliers IMP Scientific & Precision. 

New US products showcased at Africa Rail
Photo by Duane Daws
WELD TEST Testing equipment provided by IMP test the strength of welds

Local company awarded German welding agency

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The acquisition of the South African agency for German tooling manufacturer Orbitalum Tools will allow Dowson & Dobson (D&D) Industrial to provide welding solutions for industries that require tube and pipe-welding preparation. D&D Industrial is a division of Actum Industrial. Both Actum... 

Local company awarded German welding agency
WERNER SMIT The acquisition of Orbitalum tools has enabled Actum to expand to higher-growth sectors such as the pharmaceuticals industry

Transnet invites private sector bids to build and operate new Gauteng inland port

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2016 Stated-owned freight logistics utility Transnet has issued a request for proposals (RFP) inviting private logistics companies to design, build, operate, maintain and eventually hand over an inland container terminal, earmarked for Tambo-Springs, in eastern Gauteng. The 20-year concession would be... 

Transnet invites private sector bids to build and operate new Gauteng inland port
Photo by Duane Daws
The City Deep inland port

German forklift manufacturer establishes local presence

By: Anine Kilian     11th May 2016 Focused on being a direct service supplier to local customers, German forklift manufacturer Jungheinrich has officially re-launched its South African offices, based in Edenvale, Gauteng. Speaking at the launch on Wednesday, Jungheinrich board member Dr Lars Brzoska said that the company was... 

German forklift manufacturer establishes local presence
Jungheinrich board member Dr Lars Brzoska

March air freight volumes drop by 2%

By: Samantha Herbst     5th May 2016 Global air freight volumes saw a 2% year-on-year drop in March, reflecting subdued growth in world trade, according to demand growth data released by the International Air Transport Association (Iata). This decline was exaggerated by the quarter’s comparison with a particularly strong start in... 

March air freight volumes drop by 2%

Transnet implements stringent measures to meet commitments

By: African News Agency      2nd May 2016 Transnet announced on Monday the implementation of a series of governance, control and monitoring measures to ensure the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) meet the company’s stringent localisation obligations and supplier development commitments. Transnet Group CEO Siyabonga Gama said:... 

Transnet implements stringent measures to meet commitments

S African suppliers penetrate African market

29th April 2016 Global flooring tile producer Interface is using the resources of its South African suppliers to spearhead an intensified marketing drive into sub-Saharan Africa, says Interface director Julien Fanton. 

S African suppliers penetrate African market
JULIEN FANTON Interior designers are using Interface floor tiles when working in Africa

Côte d’Ivoire e-waste drive helps stimulate recycling debate

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2016 Information and communication technology multinational Ericsson’s four-month-long e-waste recycling drive in Côte d’Ivoire, in West Africa, has established a long-term dialogue about recycling and e-waste recycling in the country and region. The e-waste recycling initiative in partnership with... 

Africa’s largest expanse of wind turbines en route to Loeriesfontein 

By: Samantha Herbst     18th April 2016 The first of 1 098 wind turbine components are en route from the deepwater Port of Ngqura, 20 km north-east of Port Elizabeth, to Loeriesfontein, in the Northern Cape, which will soon become home to the largest expanse of wind turbines on the African continent, announced Khobab and Loeriesfontein... 

Africa’s largest expanse of wind turbines en route to Loeriesfontein

Company benefits from strategic positioning and branch network

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Crane solutions provider Johnson Crane Hire believes that its fleet of 250 cranes, a network of 13 branches throughout major cities in South Africa and a business branch in Gaborone, Botswana, have led to its success in various heavy lift applications over the years.  “Our branches are... 

Acquisition in line with expansion plan

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Crane manufacturer Condra in February became the majority owner of Cape Town-based crane manufacturing company BB Cranes. The acquisition stems from a long-standing relationship spanning more than 22 years and is in line with Condra’s expansion plan. “We feel that BB Cranes is one of the few... 

Acquisition in line with expansion plan
METICULOUS Condra is involved in projects with highly specialised machinery and equipment that requires time to ensure quality and durability

Renewable energy project successfully completed

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Integrated heavy lifting, transportation and installation solutions provider ALE South Africa completed the handling and transportation of 56 wind turbine generators in February for the Amakhala project, in the Eastern Cape. The generators are made up of 10 components each comprising three... 

Renewable energy project successfully completed
GIVING RENEWABLE ENERGY A LIFT ALE successfully transported and handled 56 wind turbine generators for the Amakhala project

Modular crane completes recovery of Bertha

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist - Mammoet completed the recovery of ‘Big Bertha’ ; the world’s largest boring machine, which was built in 2013 specifically for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel in Seattle, Washington. 

Modular crane completes recovery of Bertha
Photo by Mammoet
THE BIG LIFT Mammoet’s lifting tower system was custom-built to recover Bertha

Draft code targets 10% black pilots, 35% black bus ownership, more women in taxi industry 

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry has invited comment on the Draft Amended Transport Sector Code, which has been gazetted in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act. The transport sector code, one of the biggest sector codes, consists of eight subsector codes. It has been... 

Draft code targets 10% black pilots, 35% black bus ownership, more women in taxi industry

Container companies’ price hike announcements harm industry

8th April 2016 The European Commission announced its concerns that container liner shipping companies' practice of publishing their future price increase intentions may harm competition and customers by raising prices for their services to and from Europe, in breach of the European Union (EU) antitrust rules.... 

Container companies’ price hike announcements harm industry
ANNOUNCEMENTS RAISE CONCERN GRI announcements allow carriers to explore each other's pricing intentions and coordinate their behaviour

Software developed to save container operators millions

8th April 2016 The StarConomy reefer control software designed by manufacturer of dry containers Maersk Container Industry (MCI), in conjunction with fruit multinational Dole, supports reefer  refrigerated container operators by allowing them to maximise the value of their refrigerated cargoes in MCI’s Star... 

Software developed to save container operators millions
REEFER CARGO VALUE MAXIMISED Dole eefer container transport preserves and transports the fruit safely using as little energy as possible

Heat exchanger market worth $21.8M by 2019

8th April 2016 India-based market research company Markets and Markets (M&M) predict that the heat exchanger market will be worth $21.08-million by 2019 owing to demand increase from Europe and Asia. The exchanger market report conducted by M&M is based on heat exchanger types such as shell and tube, plate and... 

Heat exchanger market worth $21.8M by 2019
MARKET DEMAND TO INCREASE A large number of emerging manufacturers is expected to drive the heat exchanger market in future

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