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Materials Handling News

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... 

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

Excavator to lay sleepers in railway construction

     14th August 2015 Infrastructure and development group Aveng subsidiary Aveng Rail has bought a 20 t Hyundai wheeled excavator from earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) that will be used in the construction of about 60 km of rail track, near the coal-fired Majuba power... 

Heavy-duty upright beams handle heavier loads at higher storage levels

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Steel racking, shelving and mezzanine flooring manufacturer, supplier and installer Universal Storage Systems expects to launch its new upright beams, which will support heavier material loads, by the end of November, Universal Storage Systems sales director Jan Breytenbach says. The company is... 

Heavy-duty upright beams handle heavier loads at  higher storage levels
HEAVY DUTY Universal Storage Systems' new upright beams have been designed to accommodate loads of between 24 t and 30 t

High-lift headgear cranes delivered to Zambian mine

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 South African crane manufacturer Condra in July completed load tests of two 25 t headgear cranes for copper miner Mopani Copper Mines’ (MCM’s) Synclinorium shaft in Kitwe, Zambia. The cranes were manufactured at the company’s Germiston works, in June. 

High-lift headgear  cranes delivered to Zambian mine
LIFTING ORDER Condra's headgear cranes, featuring high-tensile ropes, have significant high lifts of more than 80 m

Improved logistics make SA roads safer

     14th August 2015 As the single largest group of drivers and road users are the long haul drivers, an improvement in the performance of this influential group will have a significant impact on road safety, states management consultancy the Confidant Group CEO Chantal Walley, “In any enterprise, hiring the right... 

Improved  logistics make  SA roads safer
Photo by Duane Daws
PERFORMANCE BOOST Long distance driving requires specific talent that can achieve clear, measureable performance standards

Materials handling company perseveres amid industry decline

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 Mining industry cost-cutting, as a result of low commodity prices, is having a knock-on effect in the materials handling industry, as capital spending is reduced and maintenance budgets are slashed, says bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering. In addition, many marginal... 

Materials handling company perseveres amid industry decline
REDUCING CAPITAL SPEND Martin Engineering is mitigating industry challenges by providing clients with the best possible materials handling solutions that achieve short-term investment returns

Modular solution meets customer requirements

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 South Africa’s automotive industry has a specific need for robust and heavy-duty linear overhead materials-handling solutions, which has seen specialist crane and related components manufacturer Demag Port Elizabeth supplying its Demag Monorail System (DMS) to the industry, with DMS having been... 

Modular solution meets customer requirements
DEMAG MONO-RAIL SYSTEM South Africa’s automotive industry has a specific need for robust and heavy-duty linear overhead materials-handling solutions

New logistics process boosts operational efficiency

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 SEW-Eurodrive Johannesburg has released its new standardisation of logistics and assembly processes (SLAP) system, which has enhanced the company’s operational efficiency by approximately 40%. “The system, which went live in March, was initially implemented at SEW-Eurodrive Germany. South Africa... 

New logistics process boosts operational efficiency
GERD SEUFFERT The SLAP system ensures reduced stock capturing time as the process becomes more automated with the use of barcode scanners

New series of log stackers launched

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 Materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa (SA) earlier this year launched its updated TXLS series of log stackers onto the South African market, with the new Taylor series designed to efficiently handle a full log load from truck or rail in a single pass. BLT SA is the sole... 

New series of log  stackers launched
TXLS LOG STACKER The new Taylor series designed to efficiently handle a full log load from truck or rail in a single pass

Newly launched products improve conveyor safety

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 Bulk materials handling solutions provider Martin Engineering launched two new products in January and February respectively – the Martin Roller Tracker (MRT) and Martin QB1 primary belt cleaner. Developed in South Africa, the MRT operates on reversing belts. It can continuously correct belt... 

Newly launched products improve conveyor safety
THE MARTIN QB1 CLEANER The QB1 uses high-grade polyurethane and a unique tensioning mechanism that helps provide a cleaner belt and a longer blade life at a lower cost

Pallet trucks increase run time, energy efficiency

     14th August 2015 Materials handling and equipment company Crown has optimised its WT 3000 series pallet trucks to use battery capacity more efficiently, enabling the forklifts to operate for up to 28% longer on each battery charge. All WT 3000 Series trucks will now be delivered with this new battery-life... 

Pallet trucks  increase run time,  energy efficiency
LIFE OPTIMISATION The new Crown WT 3000 models run significantly longer on a single optimised battery charge, while maintaining the same pallet throughput

Screw splicing a reliable alternative to conventional belt repairs

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th August 2015 Engineering company Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) efficient belt fastener system – the Super-Screw splice – which was originally used as a temporary alternative to conventional hot and cold splicing, has proven to be significantly reliable as a permanent splice for certain conveyor belts. The... 

Screw splicing a reliable  alternative to conventional belt repairs
VERSATILE USE Super-Screw splices can be installed as temporary or permanent solutions regardless of the conveyor belt configuration, accessibility and the weather

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