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Materials Handling News

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... 

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

Forklift partnership extends storage capability

     23rd October 2015 Lift truck company Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) – which is part of the Imperial Group – and aluminium supplier Hulamin have jointly devised a scheme based on the revised Broad-based Black Economic-Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice to extend Hulamin’s warehousing and storage... 

Forklift partnership extends storage capability
JOINT VENTURE Multi Lift and Omalume Manufacturing and Projects will supply 20% of the total forklift fleet at Hulamin

Machine-moving company extends storage solutions

By: Dylan Slater     23rd October 2015 KwaZulu-Natal-based machine-moving and abnormal loads company Lovemore Bros has invested in a new equipment handling and storage facility, which opened in June, on Rotterdam road in the Bayhead area of Durban port.  

Machine-moving company  extends storage solutions
MACHINE MOVING Lovemore Bros recently invested in a new warehouse facility to extend its storage and handling capability in KwaZulu-Natal

Outsourcing warehouse operations creates value

     23rd October 2015 Outsourcing the task of operating a warehouse can add significant value to a company’s supply chain, says logistics company Value Logistics.  

Petrochemicals industry shows increased transport, heavy-lifting demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd October 2015 In addition to being involved in close to 20 projects a year for a local petrochemicals manufacturer, transport and heavy-lifting services provider Mammoet Southern Africa has noted a marked demand for its transportation, lifting, rigging and installation services in the petrochemicals industry.... 

Petrochemicals industry shows increased transport, heavy-lifting demand
DELIVERY CAPABILITY Mammoet Southern Africa uses several crawler cranes and jacking and lifting methods to ensure the most significant time-saving solutions for customers

Industrial equipment group secures sales at BAUMA

By: Dylan Stewart     16th October 2015 Diversified industrial group Torre Industries sold a hoist, telehandler and tower crane at this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA, which Torre CEO Charles Pettit says is testament to the quality of attendance at the event. 

Industrial equipment group secures sales  at BAUMA
FLYING HIGH Torre's tower crane and the Team Torre aerobatic team

SDLG introduces backhoe loader onto African market

By: Dylan Stewart     16th October 2015 Chinese construction machinery manufacturer Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery (SDLG) exhibited its range of SDLG machines at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015, including its SDLG B877 backhoe loader, which it introduced to the African market at the event. 

SDLG introduces backhoe loader onto African market
NEW RELEASE The SDLG B877 backhoe loader is designed for all-day operation

Versatile loader launched at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA

By: Dylan Stewart     16th October 2015 The newly launched 760i loader was the focal point at multitask articulated loader designer and manufacturer Avant South Africa’s stand at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015.  

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

By: Henry Lazenby     25th September 2015 US-based heavy machinery and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar will retrench more than 10 000 employees by the end of 2016 as part of a significant restructuring and cost reduction plan, designed to lower operating costs by about $1.5-billion a year, once fully implemented. Starting later... 

Caterpillar restructuring to see more than 10 000 retrenchments by 2016

Hoist and lift firm raises factory capacity, targets local and regional demand

By: Schalk Burger     25th September 2015 South African hoist and lift and company Wesant is increasing the capacity of its manufacturing facilities by upgrading and increasing its capital machinery, streamlining its production line, says Wesant founder Digby Wareing and the Wesant engineering team. The company is expanding its... 

Hoist and lift firm raises factory capacity, targets local and regional demand
8 T ICE RINK LIFT The 8 t Ice Rink lift will carry the Rink’s Zamboni up 9.5 m

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