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Materials Handling News

Display technology supplied to global logistics company

By: Carina Borralho     16th August 2013 South African manufacturer of display technologies PVision has collaborated with Shellard Media to complete the installation of display screens and supporting technology worth R738 000 at global logistics giant DHL’s quality-control centre, at its Johannesburg headquarters. “The DHL... 

Equipment distributor wins IFOY Award

     16th August 2013 Bearing company the Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) belting division has extended its range to include the Super-Screw, which is a flexible rubber splice developed by Minet Lacing Technology (MLT), in France, that screws onto a conveyor belt providing efficient repair in all conditions. “BMG... 

HP fire extinguishers suited for transport industry

     16th August 2013 South African fire protection specialists, Centa Group, report that a specialised range of fire protection that includes high performance (HP) vehicle fire extinguishers, performs effectively in the event of a fire in transport vehicles. The HP range is designed especially for flammable... 

Insuring transportation of abnormal loads

     16th August 2013 “Certain vehicles and loads cannot be moved on public roads without exceeding the limitations in terms of the dimensions or mass as prescribed in the Regulations of the National Road Traffic Act,” says risk and insurance consultant Indwe Risk Services automotive and transportation risk specialist... 

IT solutions integral to success of logistics industry

By: Carina Borralho     16th August 2013 Information technology (IT) is a central part of the successful supply chain of organisations in South Africa’s logistics industry, which is worth more than R3-billion a year, logistics software solutions provider Dovetail tells Engineering News. “IT solutions have enabled logistics providers to... 

IT solutions integral to success of logistics industry
LOGISTICS IN MOTION It is estimated that transport accounts for between 40% to 50% of South Africa’s logistics costs, with road transport still carrying the bulk of the freight volume

Modern monitoring technology reduces theft

By: Carina Borralho     16th August 2013 Technology which allows for the extreme compression of video footage, enables transportation companies to remotely view live footage from vehicles in transit, ensuring reduced response times to various situations such as hijacking, theft, and improper following of operator policies and... 

UK solutions provider sees success in SA market

     16th August 2013 Following significant growth, further Loadhog Pally solutions are being rolled out at online store Kalahari’s Cape Town distribution centre, with a substantial number also bought for its second centre in Johannesburg.  UK distribution transit packaging company Loadhog completed its first contract... 

US company brings materials handling technology to SA

     16th August 2013 To give a world-class boost to South Africa’s road maintenance capabilities, among others, bulk materials handling and mineral processing specialist Osborn is supplying the country with Astec equipment, such as the Shuttle Buggy. Osborn is a wholly owned subsidiary of US-based Astec Industries,... 

Pipe-lining trial completed successfully in Australia

     2nd August 2013 The trial, completed in February, took place at the Sonoma coal mine about 6 km south of Collinsville at the northern end of the Bowen basin, in Queensland, Australia. The mine produces high-quality coking and thermal coal, states FLSmidth Ludowici. 

Sarens launches 750-t-capacity hydraulic crane  

By: Samantha Herbst     19th July 2013 Heavy-lifting solutions multinational Sarens, of Belgium, has officially launched a new 750-t hydraulic crane, manufactured by Germany-based construction machinery manufacturer Liebherr. As the biggest crane on the Southern African market, the LTM 1750.9-1 boasts increased capacity, enabling... 

Sarens launches 750-t-capacity hydraulic crane
Sarens SA operations director Lyle Tapinos discusses the launch of the company’s new 750-t hydraulic crane.

Warehouse facility for bio polymer producer established

     19th July 2013 Integrated global logistics company Kintetsu World Express (KWE) implemented a new facility in Mobeni, KwaZulu-Natal, on April 1, which will accommodate its tender project with bio polymer producer LignoTech South Africa (LTSA) as well as other strategic initiatives the company is embarking on. 

Building for the future

     5th July 2013 Twenty-three years ago, a father and son team set up in business to manufacture stone crushing equipment for the local crushing and screening industry. What happened between then and now is living proof that entrepreneurship can literally move mountains as the East Rand-based company, which began... 

Building for the future

Pilot the brand

     5th July 2013 Crushing & screening equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec International has enjoyed an enviable reputation for delivering robust and reliable machinery backed by exceptional levels of service and support. The fact that it has gone out of its way to provide the local and export industries with... 

Relationships matter most

     5th July 2013 If passion is one of the most commonly used words by Pilot Crushtec International CEO Sandro Scherf, then director of sales Graham Kleinhans’s use of the word relationships has to run a close second when discussing the today, tomorrow and long-term future of Pilot Crushtec International. From the... 

Tough African conditions

     5th July 2013 Crushing & screening equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec International sees the African market as crucial to its future, and has a dedicated sales team of seven to service the continent. While African markets are mostly supported from Johannesburg, the company has a dealer in Namibia – Rex Quip –... 

World-class service provided by people who care

     5th July 2013 Right from the start, service has been the cornerstone on which Pilot Crushtec International’s success has been founded. Its ability to deliver world class customer support throughout Africa as well as farther afield has done much to cement the relationships it values so highly. The company has... 

New scanner able to measure stockpiles

By: Joanne Taylor     28th June 2013 Power and automation technology developers ABB Group has developed a level and volume measurement laser scanner, the VM3D laser scanner, for process and utility applications. 

New scanner able to measure stockpiles
LASER TECHNOLOGY The laser scanner uses the building blueprints to determine the depth of the stockpile to eliminate the need for emptying the building to baseline the scanner system

Pilot Crushtec CEO buys out minorities

By: Joanne Taylor     28th June 2013 Crushing and screening specialist Pilot Crushtec SA CEO Sandro Scherf has bought out his partners and increased his stake in the company, which is has also been renamed Pilot Crushtec International, as from March 1 this year. The transaction resulted in Scherf’s indirect stake increasing to a... 

Pilot Crushtec CEO buys out minorities
SANDRO SCHERF I have real confidence in the business and in the crushing and screening industry

Barloworld not overly concerned by mine labour issues

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2013 Barloworld is, from a financial perspective, not too concerned about the current labour unrest simmering at a number of South African mines, says CEO Clive Thomson. Barloworld distributes the Caterpillar brand, popular in the mining and construction industries, in South Africa. The reason Thomson... 

Heavy-lifting equipment manufacturer launches hybrid reach stacker

     24th May 2013 Finland-based crane and heavy-lifting equipment manufacturer and services provider Konecranes has launched the world’s first hybrid reach stacker, powered by a hybrid diesel-electric driveline, an electrified hydraulic lifting system and a supercapacitor-based energy storage unit.   

Forestry group moves ahead plan to integrate Sabie site, extract more value 

By: Samantha Herbst     10th May 2013 Forestry and forest products group York Timbers is hoping to break ground early next year on its R1.5-billion site integration project at its Sabie facilities, in Mpumalanga, once it receives a record of decision from the Department of Environmental Affairs on its environmental-impact assessment... 

SA industry finally grasping energy efficiency nettle, but constraints remain

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2013 Industrial energy efficiency projects are steadily being implemented in South Africa to combat price and productivity pressures, but financial constraints, including funding and internal resources, remain barriers to their broad deployment. 

SA company acquires world’s largest mobile crane as part of big capex push

By: Samantha Herbst     3rd May 2013 Mobile crane hire company Johnson Crane Hire (JCH) has entered the last leg of a R1-billion expansion programme, which it expects to complete by December 14. The company plans to spend R450-million in capital expenditure to replace older cranes and upgrade the company’s fleet with newer models.... 

Imported heavy-duty lift trucks to reach South Africa by July

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2013 Forklift and lift-truck distributor Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) reports that the Doosan DV250 S-7 25 t lift truck, which was launched in Korea last year, will be available to the South African market by July. “This will create a new market for GLTC, as it is the first time that the company... 

Gauteng firm adds sensor sorting to its crushing and sorting portfolio

     15th March 2013 Comminution and separation company IMS has launched a materials test centre in conjunction with its new range of German separation technology company Steinert sensor sorters and its new Cybas-I cone crusher. 

Biomedical robot use on growth path – Yaskawa

By: Martin Creamer     26th February 2013 The use of robots in the biomedical field is expected to grow significantly, says the Japanese Yaskawa, which is investing in its newly acquired Southern African growth platform. Yaskawa Europe COO Manfred Stern told Engineering News Online that 25 of the company’s dual-arm robots were being put... 

Aerodynamic trailer developed to reduce fuel costs, carbon footprint

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Truck and trailer body manufacturer Serco has collaborated with retail group Spar South Africa to develop a prototype of a new concept trailer, designed to help reduce fuel costs and carbon dioxide emissions, while simultaneously being highly practical to load. 

Africa next logical step owing to trade and development opportunities

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Logistics solutions provider Seko Logistics aims to increase its market share in Africa to 5%, up from the current 1%, through the establishment of new offices across Africa in the next five years. 

Distribution centre takes delivery of 34 machines

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Forklift and lift truck distributor Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has delivered 34 materials handling machines, including several Crown reach trucks, Doosan forklifts and Tennant sweepers to Walmart group subsidiary Mass Discounters’ distribution centre in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). 

Equipment supplied to Namibia for scrub removal, loading

     1st February 2013 Manufacturer of compact construction machines and light equipment Wacker Neuson has supplied five tele wheel loaders and telehandlers for use at a project to reducing scrub encroachment on farms in Namibia aimed at and turning the subsequent biomass into fuel for a cement factory. 

Name change reflects increased service offering

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Bridge Projects, formerly Bridge Clearing and Forwarding, has expanded its service offering to become a turnkey projects management company, in line with its group strategy, says Bridge Shipping Group CEO Colin Emanuel. 

New wheel loaders range to be launched

     1st February 2013 Construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa, as the sole Southern African distributor of Hyundai earthmoving equipment, will launch the range of Hyundai -9 Series wheel loaders this month. 

Programme to reduce materials handling equipment failures

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Materials handling equipment provider Integrated Handling Solutions (IHS) Africa has made advancements to its reliability-centred maintenance (RCM) programme, which aims to reduce failures in the materials handling industry by conducting proactive maintenance tasks. 

Significant demand for improved storage capacity at existing facilities

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Industrial equipment company Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), supplies a wide range of narrow-aisle electric powered materials handling equipment to the warehousing and logistics industry to optimise storage space. These trucks enable users to reduce the width of their operating aisles to only... 

Solution installed on record number of vehicles

By: Chantelle Kotze     1st February 2013 Supply chain and logistics service provider Cargo Carriers has become the first Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) client to break through the 100 active vehicle mark using the FleetBoard telematics solution. 

Water storage vessel supplier extends range

By: Joanne Taylor     25th January 2013 Polokwane-based distributor of steel panel water-storage vessels, Rainbow Reservoirs, has extended the maximum capacity of its product range from 1.3-million-litre tanks to 25-million-litre tanks. 

Global group brings new, improved mobility solutions to Africa

By: Gia Costella     26th October 2012 Mobility solutions provider and integrator Zetes South Africa (SA), part of the global Zetes group, carried out a national series of supply chain showcase events in August, to highlight the group’s 3i Innovation and Competence Centres across Europe, as well as its solutions and technology... 

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