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Materials Handling News

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

Energy efficient steel roller benefits materials handling sector

By: Bruce Montiea     10th July 2015 To meet the materials handling industry’s need for a cost-effective, energy efficient and long-lasting steel roller that also creates less noise pollution, conveyor rollers manufacturer and distributor Megaroller launched a new-generation steel roller onto the market in May. The roller is... 

Energy efficient steel roller benefits materials handling sector
NEW-GENERATION STEEL ROLLER Megaroller’s steel roller is designed to ensure accurate bearing alignment

Fluctuating steel prices affect local manufacturers

By: Bruce Montiea     10th July 2015 A significant number of South African manufacturers have been forced to import steel over the past two years instead of buying it locally because local steel prices are high, says steel racking, shelving and mezzanine flooring manufacturer, supplier and installer Universal Storage Systems sales... 

Fluctuating steel prices  affect local manufacturers
FLUCTUATING COMMODITY While importing steel is sometimes the most economic option, Universal Storage Systems remains committed to local procurement

German packing specialist invests in local branch

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 The Southern Africa subsidiary of global manufacturing specialist Haver & Boecker is being assigned to increase after-sales service support, thus expanding the German group’s presence in Africa, says Haver Southern Africa GM Demelza Mulligan. She tells Engineering News that with its extensive... 

South Africa is a base for German continuous miners and gearboxes

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 As one of the world’s largest coal producers, and with South Africa having the second largest fleet of continuous miners in the world, after the US, the country is a strategic base for Germany-headquartered coal mining machinery manufacturer Eickhoff. Eickhoff South Africa MD Francois van Tonder... 

Ford improves automation processes at assembly plant 

By: David Oliveira     15th June 2015 Automotive manufacturer Ford’s Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, has improved the automation of the Ford Ranger production line, following the installation of a conveyor belt and wax system, as well as further improvements to the underbody system of the production line, which were all... 

Ford improves automation processes at assembly plant
Ford Manage the Change team manager Victoria Machete tells Engineering News about the automation systems at the company’s Silverton plant,

Hill retires as Eqstra CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2015 Walter Hill has retired as CEO of industrial and capital equipment group Eqstra, effective June 1, after seven years at the helm. He believed it was an appropriate time to hand over to new leadership, with CFO Jannie Serfontein appointed interim CEO. 

Hill retires as Eqstra CEO
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Retired Eqstra CEO Walter Hill

Conditions to remain challenging in second half, Barloworld warns

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2015 With new equipment orders stalling and the Russian market still in a slump, Barloworld found its cheer for the six months ended March 31 from a turnaround in its Iberian business and healthy equipment parts and service sales. The equipment, automotive and logistics group in May reported that... 

Industry body warns against unaccredited training programmes

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd May 2015 The Southern African Readymix Association (Sarma) has warned cement and concrete industry stakeholders that some unaccredited organisations are running cement and concrete training and courses, disseminating unvetted information that could be harmful to the industry. Sarma published an article in... 

Industry body warns against unaccredited training programmes
QUALITY EDUCATIONThe School of Concrete Technology providing on site training in Dullstroom

International group acquires transmission components manufacturer

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd May 2015 Germany-based power transmission solutions and technology provider Ringspann acquired its long-term agent and manufacturer Transmission Components in February. “As Transmission Components is now a wholly owned subsidiary of an international group with a yearly turnover of €65-million, this... 

International group  acquires transmission  components manufacturer
LONG-TERM COMMITMENT Former Transmission Components has been Ringspann’s agent and supplier for Southern Africa for almost thirty years

Booming parts business offsets Russian slump for Barloworld

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2015 With new equipment orders stalling and the Russian market still in a slump, Barloworld found its cheer for the six months ended March 31 from a turnaround in its Iberian business and healthy equipment parts and service sales. The equipment, automotive and logistics group on Monday reported that... 

Booming parts business offsets Russian slump for Barloworld
Photo by Duane Daws
Barloworld CE Clive Thomson

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 Hosted by nonprofit public benefit organisation The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA), the RepSem Concrete Repair and Protection seminar, which took place in March in the four major centres around the country, focused on starting repair and rehabilitation processes at the design stage of... 

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs
UPDATING THE INDUSTRY The CSSA offers seminars, site visits, student support and continuing professional development accreditation for its members

Construction chemicals specialist to open East Africa branch

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 The establishment of construction chemicals specialist Chryso Southern Africa Group’s first subsidiary outside South Africa – Chryso Eastern Africa, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya – is currently under way and is expected to be operational by June 2015. This development is part of Chryso Group’s... 

Construction chemicals specialist to open East Africa branch
CEMENT'S GLOBAL GROWTH One of the primary demands from customers is the assurance that the Chryso Group’s products are 'green'

Heavy-lift specialist completes turnkey projects at two power plants

By: Samantha Herbst     8th May 2015 International heavy-lift, abnormal transport and installation specialist, Vanguard, has been active in two vital power generation projects in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, which are set to supply South Africa with more than 1 000 MW of power during times of high electricity demand or supply... 

Heavy-lift specialist completes turnkey projects at two power plants
HEAVY LIFTING Vanguard loads a 230 t generator with its 800 t hydraulic lift system

Dust prevention reduces downtime

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 To prevent operational downtime that, on average, can result in a loss of between $1 000/h and $3 000/h, materials handling companies must invest in dust prevention solutions that effectively reduce or eliminate air pollution, says dust suppression engineering solutions company Dust-Act special... 

Dust prevention  reduces downtime
Photo by Bloomberg
ACCIDENT PREVENTION Investing in dust surpression solutions can effectively reduce or eliminate air pollution at any materials-handling site

Contractor invests in latest equipment

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th April 2015 As part of its endeavour to invest in the best internationally recognised modern equipment and make it available to the Southern Africa market, local heavy- lifting equipment logistics contractors Lovemore Bros in December invested in a new R3.85-million hydraulic boom gantry that boosts the... 

Contractor invests in latest equipment
SECRET TO SUCCESS Lovemore boasts effective fleet management, experienced drivers and positive relationships with road authorities

Localisation, beneficiation must be cognisant of global value chains

By: Schalk Burger     17th April 2015 South Africa’s industrial policies might be ignoring the importance of global value chains because focusing on realistic competitive advantages might allow for the sustainable production of intermediate goods that dovetails with multinational, globalised supply chains. This is one of the messages... 

Localisation, beneficiation must be cognisant of global value chains
Photo by Duane Daws
MANUFACTURING South Africa’s manufacturing stimulation policies must be cognisant of global value chain opportunities and risks

Logistics company RTMS-accredited

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th April 2015 JSE-listed logistics service provider Onelogix Group has obtained its Road Traffic Management System (RTMS) accreditation, which the company believes will add to the high-quality service that it already offers. Onelogix group CEO Ian Lourens tells Engineering News that the company regards the... 

Tank replacement project progressing well

By: Pimani Baloyi     17th April 2015 Transport and heavy lifting services provider Mammoet Southern Africa’s tar separator tank replacement project for a petrochemicals refinery in Secunda, Mpumalanga is going well and is set to meet the expected completion date in May next year. Mammoet Southern Africa marketing and business... 

Tank replacement project progressing well
TANK REPLACEMENT Mammoet Southern Africa’s multi-axle trailer on route from the tank manufacturing plant to the refinery

Container handler delivered to Transnet

     10th April 2015 Container-handling equipment specialist BLT SA, which supplies and supports a range of materials handling equipment across various industries  delivered a loaded-container handler to Transnet Engineering, the engineering division of State-owned rail operator Transnet, in the last quarter of 2014.... 

Partnerships key to enabling e-waste recycling in Africa

By: Schalk Burger     10th April 2015 Partnerships between companies, communities, government and nongovernmental organisations are necessary to enable the efficient recycling of electronic waste (e-waste) throughout Africa, says Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa Head Fredrik Jejdling. Ericsson has piloted a partnership model for e-waste... 

Automation the key theme at warehousing conference

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd April 2015 Automation in warehousing was the key focus at logistics software provider Dovetail’s 2015 warehousing conference, held in Johannesburg last month.  

Eqstra won't sell troubled mining-linked units at 'bottom of the cycle'

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2015 Eqstra Holdings was going to reduce its exposure to contract mining, but it was not yet ready to sell the troubled business, said CEO Walter Hill earlier this month. He said Eqstra would not sell its contract mining business in a “depressed market”. He said it would be prudent to first make the... 

Imperial to move some 190 000 t/y of McCain products over two-year contract

By: Tracy Hancock     19th March 2015 Supply chain and logistics leader Imperial Logistics has clinched a significant two-year contract with global frozen foods specialist McCain to transport about 190 000 t/y of frozen vegetables. Imperial Cold Logistics is the lead logistics provider on the contract, acting as McCain’s single point... 

Imperial to move some 190 000 t/y of McCain products over two-year contract

Eqstra not selling contract mining business – yet

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2015 Eqstra Holdings was going to reduce its exposure to contract mining, but it was not yet ready to sell the troubled business, said CEO Walter Hill on Tuesday. He said Eqstra would not sell its contract mining business in a “depressed market”. He said it would be prudent to first make the business... 

Eqstra not selling contract mining business – yet
Photo by Duane Daws
Walter Hill

OneLogix increases H1 revenue to R703m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2015 Despite having faced numerous challenges during the six months to November 30, JSE-listed logistics group OneLogix grew its revenue by 9% to R703-million. Headline earnings per share (HEPS) and earnings per share (EPS) rose 14% from 17.6c to 20c, owing to fewer shares being in issue during the... 

OneLogix increases H1 revenue to R703m

OneLogix acquires logistics companies in R110m deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th February 2015 JSE-listed logistics group OneLogix has signed a R110-million deal to acquire four specialised logistics companies, known as Jackson and Buffelshoek, from Jackson Group and shareholder Jacques du Randt.  Jackson and Buffelshoek operate in the refrigerated fresh produce, industrial food and... 

OneLogix acquires logistics companies in R110m deal

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