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Materials Handling News

The total cleaning solution

     15th August 2014 Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE) provides quality industrial cleaning equipment and solutions to suit a wide range of customers across a multitude of applications and boasts the leading brands in the industry including Tennant, Elgin, Ghibli, Guzzler, Vactor, Green Machines, Maer, and Delfin.... 

Bag enables efficient product transportation

By: Bruce Montiea     4th July 2014 The need for a safe, reliable and cost-efficient packaging and transportation system is a pertinent issue, particularly for specialist manufacturing sectors such as the chemical and petrochemical industries. “What is critical in the handling of chemicals, such as intermediates, carbon powder,... 

Bag enables efficient product transportation
PALLET-FREE BAG The Tellap bag makes storage and transportation of goods easy

Exhibit overcomes dinosaur sized logistics to land in SA

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th July 2014 The 55 274 kg Days of the Dinosaur exhibition has arrived in South Africa in 11 shipping containers over a four-week, 15 000 km journey from Vigo, Spain.  

Logistics costs, as a share of SA’s GDP, on the rise again

By: Irma Venter     13th June 2014 In 2012, the absolute cost of logistics in South Africa was R393-billion. Logistics costs for 2013 were estimated at R423-billion, with this number forecast to grow to between R456-billion and R470- billion in 2014, depending on fuel inflation. 

Boiler fuel dominance is changing

By: Dylan Slater     6th June 2014 The popularity of coal-fired boilers is slowly losing momentum to the rise in cleaner burning fuels such as natural gas, according to heat generation company Steam Generation Africa. 

Boiler fuel dominance  is changing
WEE CHIEFTAN Cochran boilers operate in more than 100 countries worldwide

Fuchs acquires two SA lubricant companies, eyes regional growth

By: Schalk Burger     30th May 2014 Germany-based global specialist lubricant company Fuchs acquired mining and heavy equipment lubricant company Lubritene and food and animal feeds manufacturing lubricant company Lubrasa earlier this month to expand into the Southern African and industrial markets, says Fuchs South Africa MD Johan... 

  Fuchs acquires two SA lubricant companies, eyes regional growth

Imperial Health Sciences to build R210m storage site in Kenya

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2014 Imperial Health Sciences on Wednesday announced the development of a new pharmaceutical storage and distribution facility in Nairobi, Kenya. “This custom-built warehouse forms part of our active delivery of healthcare and storage solutions in developing markets, where there is a dire shortage of... 

Imperial Health Sciences to build R210m storage site in Kenya

Barloworld ups profit 5%, keeps wary eye on mining slump, Ukraine

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2014 Anyone willing to call the timing of any potential uptick in the mining cycle would be “very brave”, said Barloworld CEO Clive Thomson on Monday. “We are at a cyclical low – the question is, when will it improve?” The JSE-listed Barloworld group distributed Caterpillar construction and mining... 

Barloworld ups profit 5%, keeps wary eye on mining slump, Ukraine
Photo by Duane Daws
Clive Thomson

Customer order fulfilment software gaining ground in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2014 South African retail companies are responding to the way in which e-commerce is changing their engagement model with customers by improving customer engagement channels and order fulfilment intelligence, says industrial and retail software company JDA Europe, Middle East and Africa Pre-sales... 

New wear-resistant liner factory geared for global competition

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2014 The upgraded factory of chromium carbide wear liner manufacturer Rio Carb meets the highest international standards, priming the company for international competition in providing wear liners for mining in Africa and South Africa, says Rio Carb MD Martin Maine. The new factory meets US and Canada... 

Bulk materials handling group launches new conveyor maintenance unit

By: Sashnee Moodley     21st March 2014 Bulk materials handling solutions provider ELB Engineering Services officially launched its ELB Conveyor Maintenance company at its ELB service facility in Middleburg, Mpumalanga, earlier this month.  

    Bulk materials handling group launches new conveyor  maintenance unit
NEW SERVICES ELB Conveyor Maintenance provides maintenance services for materials handling systems, including stockyard machines and bulk loading systems

Decline in forklift sales a worrying economic signal, Eqstra CEO warns

By: Irma Venter     21st March 2014 Eqstra Holdings earlier this month reported a 14.7% jump in revenue, to R4.94-billion, for the six months ended December 31, compared with the same period in 2012. Operating profit, however, declined 13.5%, to R461-million. 

Crane contracts increased by 142% in 2013

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 Lifting equipment and service company Konecranes Southern Africa (SA) is manufacturing nine overhead cranes, with an estimated value of R8-million, for the steel industry and continues its inspection and service contracts for local and multinational steel manufacturers and distributors, states... 

Crane contracts increased by 142% in 2013
CRANE OPERATION The Konecranes service procedure and service manual has proven to reduce crane operating costs and thus increasing production capacity, reliability and efficiency

New version of marking system to mark two dimensional code

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th February 2014 The new version of the InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking system, designed for marking hot, primary metals or steel products, which was launched in mid-2013, has an improved controller, which increases the marking speed and can print machine-readable information, or two-dimensional codes, says supplier... 

New version of marking system to mark two dimensional code
MARKING SMART The new InfoDent 8400-20 pin marking machine can print on uneven surfaces and machine-readable information or two-dimensional code onto hot steel products

Company launches new abrasion-resistant hoses and matching pontoons

By: Ilan Solomons     14th February 2014 Rubber manufacturing specialist Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) developed new high-abrasion-resistant rubber dredging hoses last month to be used in mining operations, reports Truco MD John Tait. He says in one particular application, the hoses were made 9 m long, with a 600 mm internal... 

Company launches new abrasion-resistant hoses and matching pontoons
RUBBER INNOVATION The hoses also incorporate Transvaal Rubber Company’s patented double-flange system to allow for improved radii bend and strength at the flanges

Container tracking improves efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     31st January 2014 Logistics solutions provider Dovetail Business Solutions reports that it will launch its new Container Transport Solution (CTS) software package next month, enabling logistics companies to track the whereabouts of containers and improve efficiencies. 

Container tracking improves efficiency
SHERMANDRA SINGH Clients currently enjoy a significant reduction in total cost of ownership

Flexi-Disc conveyor doubles previous output

     31st January 2014 Bulk materials handling equipment company Flexicon has increased the output of its tubular cable conveyor range of Flexi-Disc systems with the addition of a 15-cm-diameter system. 

Flexi-Disc conveyor  doubles previous output
FLEXI-DISC The Flexi-Disc tubular cable conveyor system is suited to handle fragile or friable food products, besides others

Fuel saving brought to container handling

     31st January 2014 A fuel-economic series of container straddle-carriers, Mobicon ECO, was launched on the South African market in December 2013 by container and materials handling equipment suppliers Big Lift Trucks South Africa (BLT SA). 

Fuel saving brought to container handling
LOWERING COSTS The Mobicon ECO container straddle carrier uses a simple design with a small capacity engine, coupled with a hydrostatic drive system to increase manoeuvrability and lower operating and maintenance costs.

Heavy lifting at freezer facility

     31st January 2014 Crown lift truck company equipment, which is supplied in South Africa by Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC), has been contracted to supply a range of materials handling equipment for the frozen foods facility in Cato Ridge of wholesaler and distributor of frozen foods, Merlog Foods. 

Heavy lifting at  freezer facility
COLD OPERATIONS Merlog operates from two facilities - one in Cato Ridge near Durban and the other in Heriotdale

Highway upgrades ensure materials handling safety, efficiency

By: Dylan Slater     31st January 2014 The Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Bakwena) has started with the second major upgrading stage of the N1 and N4 toll route, which started in 2011 and will end in 2015, leading to further improvements on more than half of the 385 km Bakwena N1 and N4 roads. 

Highway upgrades ensure materials handling safety, efficiency
N1 AND N4 TOLL ROUTE Bakwena commercial manager Liam Clarke says upgrades have improved safety for materials handling personnel travelling on the N1 and N4 toll routes

Lifting company invests in African spare parts service centre

     31st January 2014 Alberton-based lifting company Konecranes Southern Africa reports that it has established a full parts distribution centre, to service the African continent. The parts distribution centre, which became fully operational in June last year, will supply Konecranes parts - as well as stock parts for... 

Lifting company invests in African spare parts service centre
Photo by Konecranes
AT YOUR SERVICE Konecranes Southern Africa’s Johannesburg parts distribution team offers accelerated delivery services

Logistics giant supports entertainment company global tour

     31st January 2014 Express and logistics provider DHL reports that it will support live entertainment company Cirque du Soleil as its official logistics partner during its 2014 global tour. 

Logistics giant supports entertainment company global tour
ENTERTAINING LOGISTICS Cirque du Soleil CMO Mario D’Amico and DHL Express CEO Ken Allen sign the partnership agreement, with the cast of one of Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam shows looking on

Mobile crane used for port lifting

     31st January 2014 Mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire (JCH) completed several complex lifts of wind turbine components during two visits to the Port of Ngqura, near Port Elizabeth, in April and June last year. 

Slow growth for materials handling industry

By: Dylan Slater     31st January 2014 Audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG reports that the South African materials handling industry is undergoing several changes, but that the rate at which South Africa is advancing - in terms of materials handling processes and its associated costs, technology and skills levels - it is not... 

Slow growth  for materials  handling  industry
DINESH KUMAR South Africa faces the challenges of lower maturity with regard to business, especially in the sectors of consumer goods, transport and healthcare

Warehouse planning reaches new heights

     31st January 2014 Value Materials Handling, a division of Value Logistics Limited, reports that it can improve warehouse layout, using software that calculates the ideal layout of any warehouse, resulting in maximum space utilisation. 

Warehouse planning reaches new heights
MATERIALS HANDLING EXPERTISE The Still range of materials handling products, coupled with software Value Materials Handling offers, can increase the productivity of any warehouse

Lining manufacturer expands factory, targets export markets 

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2013 Local engineering company and polyurethane lining manufacturer UMP has invested R12-million to double the size of its factory, in Edenvale, east of Johannesburg, and is poised to increase its supply to African and international markets, says UMP director Trevor Carolin. It expanded its urethane... 

Lining manufacturer expands factory, targets export markets
UMP director Trevor Carolin discusses the company's recent factory expansion and future growth.

Barloworld reports decline in back orders as mining demand softens

By: Irma Venter     29th November 2013 Barloworld has reported an 18% increase in operating profit, to R3.53-billion, for the year ended September 30, compared with the previous financial year. Revenue was up 11% to R65.1-billion. 

Telescopic handlers hit heavy-industrial market

     18th October 2013 Italian manufacturer Magni Telescopic Handlers aims to change the industry perception of telehandler machines with the launch of its new brand to the heavy-duty mining and construction sectors. The Magni range of telescopic handlers is solely distributed in a number of key heavy mining and... 

Southern Africa distributor receives top award for scissor lifts sales

By: Timothy Sibanda     27th September 2013 Sole distributor of Genie products in Southern Africa Goscor Hi-Reach won the award for Best Performance for Scissor Lifts, which have achieved good sales figures in South Africa, at this years annual Genie Awards. 

Telehandler popular on building sites

     27th September 2013 The Genie GTH-5022R rotating rough terrain telehandlers, is proving popular on building sites where rough and uneven terrain is still a challenge, says industrial equipment and solutions supplier Goscor business unit Goscor Hi-Reach MD George Landsberg. Goscor Botswana distributor, GHF’s Luis... 

Telehandler popular  on building sites
IDEAL ENVIRONMENT The Genie GTH-5022R is suited to the robust construction environment

Excavator range to be debuted

By: David Oliveira     6th September 2013 Earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa will display its complete product range at the inaugural bauma Africa trade show, including the recently launched the McCloskey brand and -9 range of Hyundai excavators, wheel loaders and backhoe loaders. HPE Africa regards the... 

Latest articulated dump truck to be exhibited

By: David Oliveira     6th September 2013 Earthmoving equipment manufacturer Doosan will participate at the first bauma Africa trade show and display its new DA30 and DA40 machines. The range of articulated dump trucks (ADTs) was launched in South Africa earlier this year, says Doosan MD Rod Watson, adding that the launch of these ADTs... 

Light and compact construction equipment to be showcased

     6th September 2013 Manufacturer of light and compact construction equipment Wacker Neuson South Africa sees the inaugural bauma Africa trade show as a good platform to attract possible distribution partners from across Africa and the company looks forward to taking full advantage of this opportunity, says Wacker... 

Trade show used to market new products

     6th September 2013 Crushing machines supplier Pilot Crushtec International is using the first bauma Africa as a platform to launch new products, the vast majority being new to the South African market. Pilot Crushtec International director of sales Graham Kleinhans says the exhibition, to be held at Gallagher... 

Belting division expanded

     16th August 2013 Warehouse materials handling equipment supplier Crown was presented with the International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award in the Forklift Truck Solutions category in June this year. Sponsored by the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) Materials Handling and Intralogistics Sector... 

CrC plates successfully used in mining industry

By: Carina Borralho     16th August 2013 Manufacturers and suppliers of chromium carbide (CrC) liners and components Rio-Carb reports that its new 6 mm (3/3) CrC wear resistance liner plates are proving to be successful in various parts of the mining sector. “The plates have been successfully used in cyclones, chutes, hopers, square-... 

Delivery company upgrades cargo fleet

     16th August 2013 Global express delivery company TNT Express upgraded its Southern Africa cargo fleet in June this year as a result of a significant deal with industrial services and retail group Imperial Group to increase its capacity for both national and cross-border transportation of cargo, including large,... 

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