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Materials Handling News

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... 

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%

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

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

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

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... 

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

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st April 2016 Construction product supplier and subsidiary of the Chryso Southern Africa Group, a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, is in the final phase of completing its modernisation and expansion programme that involves the installation of new high-technology equipment at its Boksburg and Isipingo factories.... 

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase
PRODUCTION RATE INCREASED First component of the a.b.e expansion programme at the bulk emulsion stainless steel tank in Boksburg

New-generation crane launched

     1st April 2016 Cranes manufacturer Demag launched its V-Type girder early this year, which it believes is a game changer in the local materials handling sector owing to its double service life of a conventional box-section girder and ability to easily manage more than 500 000 load changes. Demag senior manager... 

New-generation  crane launched
CARBON REDUCTION The V-Type girder manufactured using ecofriendly processes to reduce Demag’s carbon footprint

Drives provide maximum capacity for mills

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 The South Africa branch of German engineering company SEW Eurodrive is focused on producing energy efficient drives that can maximise the load and capacity of mills and refiners in the sugar industry. “A key point in the sugar industry is its need for motors and gearing solutions to provide... 

Drives provide maximum capacity for mills
TAILORED DRIVES SEW Eurodrive has reaffirmed its focus to tailoring its motor and gearing options for sugar producers

Locally produced flocculants provide cost-effective solutions

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 With increasing productivity and water availability being the biggest challenges for sugar and ethanol plants, chemicals group AECI’s wholly owned water, energy and air solutions subsidiary ImproChem has reaffirmed its focus to provide sustainable solutions for the sugar industry. 

Locally produced  flocculants provide  cost-effective solutions
SIMON TRESTON The new SENFLOC range of products is suited to the market as it has a unique property in uncurling to reach maximum expansion

Waste separation at source key to improved recovery and landfill diversion

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2016 The greatest value is derived from recycling materials that are well sorted and uncontaminated. This requires that as much waste as possible, and as efficiently as possible, is separated early in the recycling process chain. Abstracting the highest value of recyclables before they get further... 

Waste separation at source key to improved recovery and landfill diversion

Government rail network targets global recognition by 2019

By: Bruce Montiea     26th February 2016 The country’s rail infrastructure networks are set to receive significant boosts in investment, owing to government’s target of having the fifth-largest railway network in the world by 2019, says professional services firm WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff. WSP|Parsons Brinkerhoff Africa infrastructure... 

Government rail network targets global recognition by 2019
PASSENGER RAIL IMPROVEMENTS There has been significant movement to improve and increase passenger rail capacity in South Africa owing to PRASA's rolling-stock upgrade projects

Sustainable transport key to economy

By: Bruce Montiea     26th February 2016 A well-functioning economy starts with putting in place a good transport infrastructure before any other primary infrastructure development, says professional services firm KPMG global infrastructure major projects advisory head De Buys Scott. “The leverage potential of a well-developed and... 

OneLogix businesses perform well in tough H1 trading environment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th February 2016 JSE-listed logistics company OneLogix on Thursday reported a 4% year-on-year increase in net profit to R48.3-million for the six months ended November 30. Earnings per share and headline earnings per share (HEPS) declined 17% and 18% respectively during the interim period, owing to an... 

OneLogix businesses perform well in tough H1 trading environment

SA university engineering students impress in industrial automation challenge

By: Schalk Burger     5th February 2016 The judges of the Japanese industrial components company SMC and German industrial drives and motors multinational SEW Eurodrive 2015 PneuDrive Challenge were impressed with the quality of the entries by South African university student teams. The three winning teams, the University of... 

SA university engineering students impress in industrial automation challenge
ADRIAN BUDDINGH The quality of submissions was very high, which is promising for engineering students’ careers and industry

Big scrap looms over proposed new scrap export rules 

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2016 South African scrap merchants and domestic scrap consumers are taking strongly opposing positions regarding proposed amendments to the price preference system (PPS) policy guidelines, which will govern the future exportation of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metal. The proposed changes were... 

Big scrap looms over proposed new scrap export rules

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

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

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

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

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.  

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.  

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

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... 

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.  

Automotive warehousing project a first for local storage company

By: Dylan Slater     23rd October 2015 Warehousing and storage solutions company Pandae Storage Systems has completed a multimillion-rand project for automotive manufacturer Renault South Africa at its new Isando-based parts distribution centre.  

Automotive warehousing project a first for local  storage company
STORAGE SYSTEMS The Renault SA project used 40 t of light-duty racking and a catwalk system, and 80 t of heavy-duty, high-rise racking

Container solutions offer mobile storage

     23rd October 2015 Pretoria-based building contractor JC van der Linde & Venter Building Projects’ ongoing need to rent storage containers on its building sites prompted the local company to establish Container Agents, a fast-growing container rental and sale company.  

Container solutions offer mobile storage
CONTAINER SOLUTIONS Container Agents has a special container-handling forklift truck, pictured here moving a 12 m unit

Food retailer awards warehousing forklift contract

     23rd October 2015 Forklift company Toyota Forklift, a division of equipment company Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), has been awarded a major order to supply a comprehensive range of warehousing equipment to Shoprite Group of Companies food retailers Shoprite and Freshmark.  

Food retailer  awards warehousing forklift contract
WAREHOUSING FORKLIFTS The forklift order for food retailer Shoprite Group of Companies comprises over 400 trucks

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