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Materials Handling News

Trial castings successfully completed at foundry

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals successfully completed trial castings on new materials for the business’s Trio product range at its Heavy Bay Foundry, in Port Elizabeth, last month. 

Extensive scope for remanufacture of locomotive components

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Owing to substantial investment by government in imported railway locomotives in recent years, as well as its goal to prioritise localisation, heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturers Metric Automotive Engineering says there is extensive scope for the local remanufacture of locomotive... 

Extensive scope for  remanufacture of  locomotive components
Photo by Bloomberg
LOCAL IS LEKKER South Africa’s developing its capacity to remanufacture locomotive engine components can enable it to become a hub to serve Africa

Eskom names Majuba power station interim coal feeder solution Project of the Year

By: Dylan Slater     3rd March 2017 With the collapse of Silo 20 of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Majuba power station in November 2014, an interim solution to directly feed coal into the power station was implemented, and has been awarded Best Project of the Year by Eskom, during its yearly awards ceremony.  

New equipment available from local supplier exclusively

     3rd February 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift variable reach trucks, which are designed to swiftly, efficiently and safely handle heavy loads of materials such as steel and aluminium, are now available in South Africa exclusively from materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa (SA). 

New equipment  available from local  supplier exclusively
EASY LIFTING The variable reach trucks are capable of easily lifting large rolls of materials

Group of companies receives recognised certification

     3rd February 2017 Equipment group of companies Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), has been accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) with the 9001:2008 certificate demonstrating the company’s high levels of service, efficiency and product quality, says GLTC MD Darryl Shafto. 

Group of companies  receives recognised  certification
Photo by Duane Daws
FORKLIFT Goscor Lift Truck has received new ISO certification for its forklifts

Working capital important for logistics in current economic climate

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 With the high costs of logistics services, imports and working capital specialist Investec Import Solutions believes that it is important to release working capital by reducing the capital that is tied up in a company’s import transactions. 

Working capital important for logistics in current  economic climate
Photo by Duane Daws
INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES Government has invested R813-billion to improve roads, airports and ports infrastructure

Safe transportation of materials a challenge for manufacturers

     3rd February 2017 A critical issue facing manufacturers of powders and bulk solid materials globally is the need for a safe, reliable and efficient packaging and transport system, says manufacturer of pallet-free bulk bag systems Tellap director Ken Mouritzen. 

JV to be completed by end of Q1 2017

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 The transaction regarding the joint venture (JV) between Barloworld Handling South Africa’s local materials handling and agriculture business, and German agricultural trading, building materials and energy specialists BayWa AG (BayWa) is set for completion by the end of the first quarter this year. 

JV to be completed by end of Q1 2017
HYSTER FORKLIFT Forklifts from Hyster will continue to be supplied from Barloworld

Construction of N2 Business Estate under way

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 Owing to the vision of establishing the Cornubia multi-use development as an important node between King Shaka International Airport and the City of Durban, construction company M&F Giuricich Developments has announced the development of a 100 000 m2 logistics park at the N2 Business Estate, in... 

Construction of N2 Business Estate under way
Photo by Reuters
N2 The business estate will be built along the N2 to allow for easy access

Organisations need to have zero tolerance approach to alcohol abuse

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 There is a need for high-risk industries, such as those in the materials handling and logistics sector, to have proper policies in place regarding alcohol consumption, as this would likely decrease the company’s fatality rate, says alcohol testing equipment supplier Alco-Safe director Rhys Evans. 

Organisations need  to have zero tolerance approach to alcohol abuse
Photo by Duane Daws
RESPONSIBLE USE Companies need to ensure that employees do not abuse alcohol

Industry needs to adapt to digital technology to improve

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 To remain competitive this year, companies in the materials handling and logistics industry will be forced to act to optimise efficiency, improve business processes and advance the customer experience, says technology solutions provider Jasco Enterprise service portfolio manager Ian Summerfield. 

Industry needs to adapt to digital technology to improve
IMPROVED TECHNOLOGY Improved communication technology will enable mines and engineering companies to communicate more efficiently

New crane tailored for smaller companies

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 Crane manufacturer Konecranes launched a new CXT UNO overhead crane in January for small and medium-sized construction, materials handling and logistics companies in Southern Africa. 

Freight and logistics company of the year named

     2nd December 2016 South Africa-based transport company Dachser South Africa (SA) has been named the Freight and Logistics Company of the Year at the ninth Transport Africa Awards 2016. The Transport Africa Awards are designed to recognise companies that have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to succeed and have... 

Freight and logistics company of the year named
DACHSER SA Freight and logistics company of the year 2016

Rehabilitation of ‘overlooked’ Port Nolloth harbour under way

By: Dylan Slater     28th October 2016 State-owned logistics company Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has commenced with a multimillion-rand port infrastructure rehabilitation project at the small domestic seaport of Port Nolloth, on the north-western coast of South Africa.  

Rehabilitation of ‘overlooked’  Port Nolloth harbour under way
PORT NOLLOTH The port was founded in the late 1800s as an export facility for copper from mines located in the Springbok area

Logistics Barometer highlights paradox of local industry 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th October 2016 If South Africa invests more in beneficiating more of its raw materials, the logistics costs relative to gross domestic product (GDP) will drop, which will, in turn, contribute to job creation and grow the economy, Stellenbosch University (SU) logistics professor Jan Havenga said on Thursday. For... 

Logistics Barometer highlights paradox of local industry
Stellenbosch University logistics professor Jan Havenga

Conveyor belt delivers coal from new shaft at Middelbult operation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st October 2016 Global conveying and industrial solutions provider Dunlop Industrial Products manufactured and supplied conveyor belting that has been fitted on to one of the longest belt conveyor systems in the world – a 20-km-long system – at energy and chemicals company Sasol’s Middelbult coal mine in Secunda. 

Conveyor belt delivers coal from new shaft at Middelbult operation
CONVEYING COAL The overland belt conveyor is transporting coal mined at the Shondoni shaft to Sasol’s coal supply operations, about 20 km apart

Dust suppression system in high demand

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th August 2016 Since the launch of environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions’ retractable stockpile dust ring (R-SDR) system last year, market demand has increased greatly, says I-CAT technical manager Morne van Wyk. This demand can be attributed to the R-SDR system having eliminated the... 

Manufacturing equipment locally proves to be beneficial

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Following two years of research and preparing for the local manufacturing of new innovative materials handling equipment, Pretoria-based materials handling company Wuhlf started manufacturing last month and has reached full production. Engineering News reported in January that the company would... 

Manufacturing equipment locally proves to be beneficial
QUALITY OUTCOME PREDICTED Inputs and outputs of the expected end product can be controlled

Fuel efficient equipment launched

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Following the launch of its fuel efficient robust Hyundai Robex R180LC-9S excavator in South Africa earlier this year, earthmoving equipment distributor and manufacturer High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) plans to market the product, owing to its fuel efficiency in the local environment.... 

Fuel efficient  equipment launched
MEETING INDUSTRY DEMANDS The Hyundai Robex R180LC-9S excavator can generate bigger digging power in proportion to its working pressure and cylinder bore size

Plant hire company augments skid steer range

     12th August 2016 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CSE Equipment has delivered six new Case SR130 skid steer loaders to plant and tool hire company Bo’s Plant Hire, at  its head offices in Mt Edgecombe, KwaZulu-Natal. These machines are meant to complement Bo’s Plant Hire’s fleet of skid steers... 

Plant hire company augments skid steer range
GROWING DEMAND The Case SR130 skid steer loaders are the smallest machines in the SR series, but still offer advanced features for optimum performance

Consistent training crucial for materials handling

     12th August 2016 In these tough economic times, it is crucially important to provide a consistent, high standard of training to workforces in the materials handling and conveying industry, says industry body Conveyor Manufacturers Association (CMA) chairperson Simon Curry. “Companies tend to reduce training... 

Consistent training crucial for materials handling
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT Companies in the logistics industry tend to reduce training budgets to cut costs

Company implements new logistics system

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Amid the challenges of cost transparency and inefficient vehicle use, food and beverages producer and distributor Pioneer Foods implemented solutions provider Resolve Solution Partners’ in-house transport management system PLATO at its plant. The PLATO system helps generate an optimised... 

Integrated technology mindset needed for logistics success

     12th August 2016 A change in approach towards an ‘integration mind-set’ and the understanding that no part of the supply chain should be reported on in isolation is needed for the success of the logistics industry, says supply chain technology and consulting solutions provider VSc Solutions. “Solution buzzwords... 

Integrated technology mindset needed for logistics success
GRANT MARSHBANK If businesses do not move towards an integration mind-set, it is going to result in only a subset, or snapshot, of what businesses actually need to make informed decisions

Integrating supply chain systems the future of warehouse efficiency

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 With warehousing and logistics becoming increasingly complex and fast-moving, resolving operating issues regarding materials handling, data capturing, order fulfilment and software technology have become business imperatives, asserts beverage company Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA). “As... 

From elevated inspections to stock analysis, drones begin making business impact

By: Dylan Slater     5th August 2016 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) have the potential to significantly change the way many industrial, engineering and mining operations are conducted, with the ability to reach difficult to access areas and remove people from hazardous situations.  

From elevated inspections to stock analysis,  drones begin making business impact

New robot offers bigger payload handling, compact footprint

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd July 2016 ABB Robotics has launched its latest robot – the IRB 1660ID – for applications, such as arc welding, machine tending and material handling, which require work in tight spaces. The new robot’s Integrated DressPack solution makes it easier to programme and simulate predictable cable movements,... 

New robot offers bigger payload handling, compact footprint
LATEST OFFERING The IRB 1660ID has a reach of 1.55 m and can handle payloads of up to 6 kg

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... 

New rail loop adds coal export capacity for Waterberg mines

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

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... 

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