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Materials Handling News

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.  

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

Africa’s infrastructure rapidly growing – BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA CEO

     4th September 2015 With a relatively buoyant outlook, and a number of economies in Africa clocking some of the fastest economic growth in the world, investment in Africa’s infrastructure is significant and growing, says BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA CEO Elaine Crewe. 

BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA expansion necessitates larger venue

By: Dylan Slater     4th September 2015 Since the first international construction and mining trade fair bauma Africa 2013, the expo has grown significantly and will feature hundreds of exhibitors at this year’s event, reports BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA (BC Expo South Africa) CEO Elaine Crewe. 

BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA  expansion necessitates larger venue
ELAINE CREWE The 2015 installment of BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA is expecting more than 20 000 visitors from over 100 countries

Construction equipment retailers to showcase new backhoe loader

     4th September 2015 Construction equipment retailers Case Construction Equipment will showcase its new 570T backhoe loader at the BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015. 

Construction equipment retailers to showcase new backhoe loader
BIG AND BOASTFUL The backhoe loader offers high torque and best-in-class fuel economy

Earthmoving equipment supplier introduces new telematics solution

By: Nadine James     4th September 2015 Local earthmoving equipment supplier Kemach JCB will showcase its LiveLink online monitoring and tracking system, another feature on JCB machines driven by the ‘innovation’ theme that JCB continuously strive for, at this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA international trade fair, which is taking place... 

Infrastructure key to economic growth

     4th September 2015 In its November 2014 report ‘Capital projects and infrastructure in East Africa, Southern Africa and West Africa’ multinational professional services network PwC notes that physical infrastructure is one of the most frequently cited barriers to entry into and economic growth in Africa.  

Logistics service provider optimistic restructuring has laid growth platform

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2015 “This year was an eventful one for us, having concluded a number of significant acquisitions, as well as the sale of PostNet. We also introduced a new empowerment partner, Kagiso Capital, and put a staff share participation scheme in place,” said OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens as he presented the... 

Manufacturer showcases backhoe, skid-steer loaders

     4th September 2015 Construction machinery manufacturer New Holland Construction will spotlight its backhoe and skid steer loaders when it presents a selection of its units at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015. 

Manufacturer showcases backhoe, skid-steer loaders
DIGGING THE ATTENTION The B90B backhoe loaders will be on of the main focuses at New Holland's stand

Underground trackless machine launched at BAUMA

By: Dylan Slater     4th September 2015 A low-profile load-haul dumper (LHD), manufactured by Chinese equipment manufacturer Yantai Xingye Machinery, will be launched at construction and mining trade fair BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015. 

Underground trackless  machine launched at BAUMA
UNDERGROUND HAULERS Yantai Xingye Machinery manufactures a range of underground trackless equipment

Mechatronics laboratory enables pupils to explore industrial systems

By: Schalk Burger     28th August 2015 The Mechatronics laboratory, or MecLab, at science centre Sci-Bono, in Newtown, Johannesburg, will enable school pupils to build, test and operate industrial handling and automation systems, says Sci-Bono CEO David Kramer. “A key problem that educators and industries face worldwide is that... 

Mechatronics laboratory enables pupils to explore industrial systems
MECHATRONIC MANUFACTURING Pupils can explore and trial picking, sorting and handling systems, as well as the integration of these subsystems to create a manufacturing circuit

Imperial to lessen dependence on auto, SA markets 

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2015 The Imperial group had the desire to reduce its dependence on the motor industry and South Africa, owing to the impact of the weak rand on vehicle imports, and the high market share the company already had in South Africa, which limited its domestic growth opportunities, said CEO Mark Lamberti on... 

Imperial to lessen dependence on auto, SA markets
Imperial CEO Mark Lamberti discusses the economic environment in which Imperial operates

Centre to test and prove industrial systems before installation

By: Schalk Burger     21st August 2015 The applications centre at multinational industrial automation company Festo’s Isando offices, in Ekurhuleni, will test and prove concepts and systems for clients to ensure that the systems deliver the intended value once installed, says Festo South Africa MD Brett Wallace. The centre will... 

Centre to test and prove industrial systems before installation
Photo by Duane Daws
BRETT WALLACE Festo customers can physically test any electric drive applications in a controlled environment

High-quality coating materials essential for conveying packaged food

By: Kimberley Smuts     21st August 2015 It is critical in modern food processes that only high-quality coating materials, suitable for packaged food conveying and direct contact with foodstuffs, are used to ensure hygienic, safe processing and efficient logistics, says engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) light... 

High-quality coating  materials essential for  conveying packaged food
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT Ammeraal Beltech's Peak range of PTFE and Silicone coated belts were developed for the food sector

KAP posts good growth in competitive environment

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2015 Industrial and logistics company KAP on Wednesday posted robust results for the 2015 financial year, ended June 30, including reducing its debt-to-equity ratio from 40% to 27%, in a tough and competitive environment. The board and management were “comfortable” with the streamlined structure and... 

500 t crane rehab project completed

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Global lifting solutions provider Konecranes has rehabilitated two 500 t Chinese portal cranes for the Angolan National Oil Company’s (Sonangol’s) Integrated Logistic Services’ (Sonils’) oil service centre, says Konecranes Southern Africa technical and training manager for sub-Saharan Africa... 

500 t crane rehab  project completed
IN WORKING ORDER The cost to rehabilitate the two 500 t Chinese portal cranes for the Integrated Logistic Services’ oil service centre was more than R2-million

Backhoe loaders well received by local market

     14th August 2015 Distributed by local earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa (HPE), automotive manufacturer Hyundai’s backhoe loaders have been well received by the local market, says HPE, the sole distributor of Hyundai earthmoving equipment in Southern Africa. “The robust H930s backhoe... 

Backhoe loaders well  received by local market
H930 BACKHOE LOADER The robust H930s backhoe loader series is particularly well liked by businesses that need smaller machines

Distributor sees satisfactory growth in tractor sales

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 The growth in sales of Japan-manufactured Kubota tractors, distributed in South Africa by specialist machinery importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment, has been satisfactory, says Smith Power Equipment technical specialist Mike Heath, adding that customers have been “very happy with the... 

Distributor sees  satisfactory growth  in tractor sales
ELGIN ORCHARDS The growth and increasing demand for all Kubota products are largely driven by the manufacturer’s focus on innovation and new technologies

Elevated cabin provides optimised visibility when handling bulky loads

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Materials handling and industrial truck manufacturer Linde Group Material Handling (Linde MH) has added an ergonomic solution to its range of products - an optional elevating cabin designed for heavy forklift trucks with a load capacity range of 10 t to 18 t. At the push of a button, this cabin... 

Elevated cabin provides  optimised visibility when  handling bulky loads
Photo by Linde
ERGONOMIC DESIGN The new elevating cabin is available for heavy forklift trucks with load capacities from 10 t to 18 t and can be raised to a maximum height of 5.5 m

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