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Materials Handling News

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... 

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

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

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

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... 

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
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MANUFACTURING South Africa’s manufacturing stimulation policies must be cognisant of global value chain opportunities and risks

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
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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

Honeycomb paperboard offers new lightweight packaging alternative

By: David Oliveira     30th January 2015 Since July last year, honeycomb paperboard and corrugated pallet manufacturer Kimmo has been supplying KimmoBin honeycomb paperboard crates, each month, to the South African branch of global materials handling equipment manufacturing and distribution company Bell Equipment for the safe packaging... 

Honeycomb paperboard offers new lightweight packaging alternative
PAPER WEIGHT Honeycomb paperboard has significant compression strength and a 30-mm-thick honeycomb board can withstand a load of more than 8 t

New chain hoist launched in SA

     30th January 2015 Global lifting solutions provider Konecranes has launched the latest enhancement to its industrial cranes portfolio in South Africa – the CLX chain hoist. Available in safe working loads, the CLX chain hoist, which was introduced into the market in November, is suitable for several different... 

Logistics and transportation company upgrades Jhb facility

     30th January 2015 Logistics and transportation company DHL Express has upgraded its Johannesburg Gateway facility – a fixed base for shipment handling – based at OR Tambo International Airport, after outgrowing its capacity as a result of rapid volume growth, the company announced in November. The Johannesburg... 

New wear solutions for materials handling sector

By: David Oliveira     30th January 2015 Wear solutions provider Multotec Wear Linings launched its latest wear solution offering to the materials handling sector, comprising the MultoCano transfer chute and the Quick Fit Panel, incorporating the Green Dot ceramic tile, at the Electra Mining Africa trade show, which took place at the... 

New wear solutions for materials handling sector
MULTOCANO Multotec’s MultoCano system can be erected at the point of use without disrupting other operations within a plant

Hydraulic gantry designed for improved safety

     30th January 2015 Abnormal load, machine moving, rigging and warehousing solutions provider Lovemore Bros has invested in a new 350-t-capacity hydraulic gantry, which features an innovative lifting safety system. Designed with safety and versatility in mind, the hydraulic gantry, which the company bought in... 

Forklift dealer receives second Dealership of the Year award

     30th January 2015 Johannesburg-based forklift sales and rental company Action Equipment Company (AEC) won its second generator and forklift supplier Kipor Dealership of the Year award in a row, in November last year, following sales of over 50 Kipor forklifts in 2014. Kipor South Africa GM Tom Bloom notes that it... 

Telematics service provider exhibits latest innovations at German vehicle show

     30th January 2015 Global fleet and mobile asset management solutions provider MiX Telematics launched and demonstrated its latest telematics innovations at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show, which took place in Hannover, Germany, from September 25 to October 2. “Telematics and connectivity were key focus areas at... 

Company secures refurbishment contract

By: Leandi Kolver     30th January 2015 Total technology solutions provider Tenova Mining & Minerals’ client support services division secured the supply and installation contract in November last year for the refurbishment of a  Redler chain elevator for a brewery in Johannesburg. The contract was awarded to the company on the back of... 

Working with suppliers important to meet industry challenges

     30th January 2015 The ability to quickly react to industry and business changes is fast becoming one of the key differentiators between technology suppliers in the supply chain and logistics industries, scenario planning authority Clem Sunter said at a VSc Solutions conference, held in Sandton, in October last... 

Bell Equipment to restructure, improve efficiency

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd December 2014 The share price of JSE-listed Bell Equipment fell by 5.65% on Wednesday morning after the heavy equipment manufacturer announced that it was planning to restructure the business to improve operating efficiencies and ensure the group’s long-term competitiveness and sustainability. In a statement... 

Bell Equipment to restructure, improve efficiency

Lamberti expects challenging trading conditions to linger

By: Irma Venter     21st November 2014 The Imperial Group expects earnings in the 2015 financial year to mirror that of the 2014 financial year. CEO Mark Lamberti says Imperial anticipates earnings in the current six months to decline on the prior year, as the impact of the weak rand on the vehicle import, distribution and dealership... 

Crane rail fastening system reduces wear and tear

     21st November 2014 Automated warehouses, steel mills, power stations, airports, wastewater treatment works, harbours and container handling depots can cut production time losses, when cranes fail, as engineering company Horne Group is now distributing a crane rail fastening system that extends the life of crane... 

Crane rail fastening system reduces wear and tear
FASTENING SYSTEM Gantrail MK7 has been designed specifically for crane rail fastening applications in facilities that use cranes for their operations

South Africa begins waking up to the economic potential of waste recycling

By: Schalk Burger     14th November 2014 South Africa lost an estimated R17-billion worth of resources through disposal of waste to landfill in 2012, while the effects of resource scarcity and resource constraints are increasing globally. However, the value to the economy of additional recycling or recovery – including the avoided... 

South Africa begins waking up to the economic potential of waste recycling

Scanner for university a first in Africa

By: Bruce Montiea     31st October 2014 Electronics industry equipment, software and technical support supplier Zetech last month supplied the first nano-computerised tomography X-ray scanner in Africa to Stellenbosch University, in the Western Cape, to assist the university in scanning objects during lab analyses for disciplines such... 

Scanner for university a first in Africa
SENSING AND INSPECTING The Nanotom S is the inspection solution for a wide range of computerised tomography applications

Stainless steel marker introduced

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Stainless steel clamping and identification systems distributor Banding & Identification Solutions Africa (Bisa) acquired a PRO-Mark liquid crystal display (LCD) pin-marking machine at the end of last year and demonstrated the machine’s capabilities at the Electra Mining Africa Expo last month.... 

Stainless steel marker introduced
EASY PRINTING The PRO-Mark LCD pin-marking machine uses programmable marking and component identification

Fabrication projects provide exposure to diverse markets

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th October 2014 Sheet-metal component manufacturer Fabrinox expects to complete four projects with a collective value of about R50-million for the mining, water treatment, laboratory, and the food and beverage industry within the next six months, Fabrinox MD André Visser tells Engineering News. “These projects... 

Fabrication projects provide exposure to diverse markets
NEW COMMISSION The ACF Cornerformer Multiflex machine can be used for the corner forming mild steel of up to 4 mm and stainless steel of up to 3 mm

Eqstra weighing options for underperforming contract mining unit

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2014 Eqstra’s Contract Mining and Plant Rental division served as a heavy drag on the company’s results for the year ended June 30. Group revenue increased by 9.8%, to R10-billion, compared with the previous financial year, while operating profit dropped by 9.6%, to R938-million. 

ELB attributes growing revenue to risk spread across industries

By: Natalie Greve     22nd September 2014 Materials handling group ELB has attributed its solid full-year showing to its diversification across several industries and numerous commodities, which has resulted in the spread of risk rather than a reliance on the health of a single market. “If you specialise in [materials handling] for one... 

ELB attributes growing revenue to risk spread across industries

Weaker rand affects performance of Imperial’s vehicles unit

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2014 The JSE-listed Imperial group breached the R100-billion revenue mark for the first time in the past financial year, ended June 30. Revenue was up 12% on the previous financial year, to R103.6-billion, with operating profit up 2%, to R6.2-billion. 

PackSolve

     5th September 2014 Established in 2014 through the merger of South Africa’s two leading industrial packing solution entities, PackSolve is the largest diversified industrial packaging group in the Southern African Development Community. The company, which has an order book of R200-million, offers clients a full... 

PackSolve

Troubled contract mining division eats into Eqstra profit

By: Irma Venter     2nd September 2014 Eqstra’s Contract Mining and Plant Rental division served as a heavy drag on the company’s results for the year ended June 30, released on Tuesday. Group revenue increased by 9.8%, to R10-billion, compared with the previous financial year, while operating profit dropped by 9.6%, to R938-million. 

Troubled contract mining division eats into Eqstra profit
Photo by Duane Daws
Walter Hill

Mindset change in logistics industry

By: Jonathan Rodin     15th August 2014 Projects in many industries are becoming more challenging because of the remote, undeveloped areas in which new resources are being discovered and, subsequently, the global projects market is beginning to follow a more innovative approach towards logistics, giving it a higher priority, says... 

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